Contract crewmembers observe the progress as a crane lifts a light pole from the ground into position. The pole is one of 10 being erected on the flightline of the 433rd Airlift Wing flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Viola M Hernandez)
Emerald Standard Services Inc. crewmember secures the crane hook to a piece of thick wire rope while his coworkers hold the rope taut. The wire rope will be used to erect one of the new light poles which have been erected on the flightline of the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Viola M. Hernandez)
Emerald Standard Inc. crewmembers work to secure one of the new light poles installed on the flightline of the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas on August 23, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Viola M. Hernandez)
by 433rd Airlft Wing Public Affairs
433rd Airlift Wing
8/24/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Contractors worked throughout the week to install a new $1.8 million lighting system around the 433rd Airlift Wing flight line at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas . The new light poles will bring the flight line lighting up to Air Force standards. "The current lighting system was put in place in 1986 for security purposes not maintenance," said Don Hall, a 433rd Airlift Wing Safety specialist. " At that time the maintenance group was not working three shifts. However, since that time, increased mission requirements, inception of the school house, and maintenance increasing their ops to 24 hours lead to a safety hazard." In 1997, he began the lengthy process to have the lighting system updated because of the safety hazard .