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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – It’s engineers’ week and we wanted to highlight some of our engineering teammates at AFIMSC.

Meet Erik Potter with Facilities Management at our Air Force Civil Engineering Center. Potter is manager of the utility privatization program in the Real Estate Development Branch.

What is your area of ​​engineering expertise?
I have a master’s degree in civil engineering and am a licensed professional engineer. I have also worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers and have experience running and scheduling projects. I have been at AFCEC for about a year now.

What are the main things you are currently working on?
The new utility installation (power, water, sewage, natural gas) for the reconstruction effort at Tyndall Air Force, Florida. I am also responsible for utility privatization programs at Travis AFB, California; Hill AFB, Utah; and MacDill and Eglin AFBs, Florida, as well as efforts to privatize utility systems at Cape Space Force Station and Patrick Space Force Base, Florida.

What do you enjoy most about being an Air Force CE?
Work with design engineers and construction companies in a team effort to meet core infrastructure requirements and dates of need to deliver the Air Force mission, prevent mission disruptions, and provide infrastructure resilient and modernized to the Air Force.

How do you contribute to Air Force lethality and readiness?
As Senior Project Manager, I was responsible for ensuring proper design and construction standards were applied to all applicable Unified Installation Criteria and other required state and federal building codes, upon some of the toughest and most demanding installation requirements for new weapons development testing. weapon systems and platforms. It is equally important to convey this mentality to the UP program to ensure that bases operating these weapon systems and platforms have reliable utility systems.

What has been your favorite, most successful, or most rewarding project in your career with the Air Force so far and why?
I was the Air Force Senior Project Manager and Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Air Force’s newest and future model for all new Flight Line Fire Stations. The Air Force’s newest 42,000 square foot flight line fire hall was designed and built to include both collision and structural firefighting capabilities. This installation was a modernization of the existing 12,000 SF installation from 1954 which was too small to support modern firefighting vehicles and support equipment.

What motivates and inspires you the most?
I am driven by the scale of the Air Force footprint and the need to ensure that every Air Force installation I am directly involved with has modern, resilient infrastructure in support of missions. Air Force readiness and test.

Is there anything you would like to add?
Air Force CE can be very challenging and rewarding. Each design and construction project is unique in its own way. Unforeseen site conditions almost always occur. Managing and minimizing these conditions brings out the best in your ability to design a solution and contributes to the success of your project.

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