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36th Civil Engineer Squadron welcomes new commander

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
A Change of Command for the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron was held in the Andersen Fire Station June 30.

Incoming commander, Lt. Col. Richard Mathews was previously stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. During his tour at Kunsan AB, he served as the commander of the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron and as the base Civil Engineer and Fire Marshall.

While there he was responsible for the construction, maintenance, repair and operation of 1,070 base facilities, utilities, and infrastructure on 2,678 acres of land. He was also responsible for dorm management, environmental stewardship, fire protection and emergency response, explosive ordinance disposal, full-spectrum threat response and combat readiness. Lieutenant Colonel Mathews has been awarded several awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal.

Outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Peter Ridilla has commanded the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron for two years. As commander he oversaw the management of 19,025 acres and 2,698 facilities totaling 9.3 million square million square feet of Air Force property worth over $3.5 billion. Lieutenant Colonel Ridilla was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his two years of service to Andersen.

The 36th Civil Engineer Squadron will provide maintenance, construction, fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, emergency management, environmental support, and readiness planning for 36th Wing and 13 associate units.