In October, the Tennessee Air National Guard broke ground on a new squadron operations building at its McGhee Tyson base, home to the 134th Air Refueling Wing. Elizabeth Eason Architecture is serving as LEED Consultant on the project.
The building will house rooms for flight crew and intelligence briefings, a flight safety office, flight planning classrooms, life support and survival equipment storage among other facilities. The building is currently scheduled to be completed in June 2011.
Squad Ops serves as an Air Force command post and operations center for intelligence functions, air crew training, mission scheduling and planning, air crew briefing and debriefing, standardization and evaluation, flight planning, life support, survival equipment and unit administration. The new Squadron Operations Building will allow the base to handle the next generation refueling aircraft that replaces the KC-135R.