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It’s Missionary Monday! Jianren “JR” Lei is a pavement engineer with Detachment 2 at the Air Force Mission Support and Installation Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

He is responsible for reviewing and responding to pavement engineering questions, challenges and solutions supporting Pacific Air Forces, its installations and, on occasion, Combatant Command Engineers as well. As a “one-stop-shop” pavement expert, he supports military construction, operations and maintenance, expeditionary readiness construction design reviews to make power projection platforms more lethal and improve agile combat employment operations.

Here’s a little more about Lei and how his work contributes to Department of the Air Force (DAF) lethality and readiness:

What do you like in your job?
Every day is a new day. You never know what questions people will ask or need help with.

In your work, what motivates you?
My job is like a mini tech support office. It gives me great satisfaction when questions are answered and problems are solved. Sometimes the issues are complex and complicated, requiring me to research and contact other people or my counterparts throughout the Air Force. The opportunity to interact and learn from so many people in this job and improve myself technically is absolutely amazing. Finally, knowing that there are things I don’t know is pure motivation.

Why are you and your team important to the Air Force business/your customers?

We deal with real situations and help solve problems. We make other people’s lives a little easier and their days a little brighter.

Describe a project/event that you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
We were recently at a hot airfield where a repair crew was doing a partial deep concrete repair. Previously, we had heard that extra water was sometimes added to the ready-mixed packaging so that the concrete could flow better and be easier to work with. This was not good because the extra water can increase the water to cement ratio and decrease the strength of the concrete. We have noted in the ready-to-use packaging that retarders for this particular product are sold separately and have discussed with store management to make acquiring the ready-to-use and retarder combined a top priority. This encounter doesn’t seem significant, but it should make life a little easier for the repair team. That’s what our team is trying to do.

AFIMSC has three strategic priorities: increasing lethality and readiness, strengthening Airmen, Guardians and families, and pursuing organizational excellence. Tell us how these priorities best align with what you do and why?
My work deals with pavement issues that can impact day-to-day flight operations and future flight activities.

Is there anything else you would like to add that might help people understand the importance of what you do to the Air Force?
In my PACAF area of ​​responsibility, there is a shortage of engineers whose primary duties are airfield and road pavements, and people often seek technical advice on various pavement issues, often at short notice. . My role fills this important gap, I hope adequately. Another unique aspect of this position is knowledge sharing. I am able to learn many different things and then share what I learn with others. Finally, my position is a testament to the grassroots people that we (Det 2) are here to help; if we cannot, we can refer you to someone or an organization that can help you.


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