The 18th Civil Engineer Group is the largest civil engineer unit in the U.S. Air Force and consists of two Squadrons, the 18th and the 718th Civil Engineer Squadrons. These organizations are typically aligned as a squadron under a mission support group across most of the Air Force. However, due to the scope and complexity of the mission here at Kadena Air Base it was necessary to elevate it to a civil engineer group with two squadrons.
The 18th CEG comprised of 450 military and 1,250 civilians and local nationals. They provide world class engineering and emergency response services to the 18th Wing across the full mission spectrum. The 18th CEG supports a base worth of $17.5 billion while supporting a population of 35,000 from 6 major commands, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and other units assigned to Kadena.
The 718th Civil Engineering Squadron oversees four flights that provide services to Airmen, Marines, Sailors and their families by providing housing, facilities, and infrastructure across the island of Okinawa. They manage a $2 billion design and construction portfolio and execute over 150 projects for the 18th Wing and partners.
The Engineering flight is the largest in the Air Force and is responsible for strategic planning/design and large-scale construction on Okinawa.
The Housing flight is the largest joint service housing office in the DoD and is the executive agent for housing in Okinawa. They are responsible for 7,820 military family homes and 1,798 dorm rooms. The flight provides centralized support for all accompanied military, unaccompanied Air Force and U.S. civilian personnel residing on Okinawa.
The Asset Accountability flight is comprised of real property and environmental. Real property manages support agreements, permits, licenses, and joint-use agreements. Environmental provides expertise to Kadena AB on pollution prevention, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and tank and hazardous material compliance.
The Housing Maintenance flight is the second largest flight in the civil engineer group and is geographically separated across seven installations on Okinawa.