The Field Force Engineering, or FFE program, is a way to leverage the expertise of USACE civilian technical experts to more directly support the warfighters. Tulsa District has several distinct elements of FFE support. The district provides one of the Base Development Teams, or BDTs. This group remains within the district office to work on projects sent to the USACE Reachback Operations Center. Tulsa’s BDT has a long history of excellence in its support of the mission.
Another important part of FFE is the group of Forward Engineering Support Teams (FESTs). There are two types of teams, the FEST-A and the FEST-M. The FEST-A, or Forward Engineering Support Team-Advanced, is a small group of 6-10 technical experts with a military team leader. The FEST-M, or Forward Engineering Support Team-Main, is a larger group of 30-50 which acts as a small deployable district office substitute and can provide command and control as well as administrative support to several FEST-As. Two types of FEST-As currently exist within USACE. Tulsa’s FEST-A is a legacy team with a history of deployments to Djibouti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, and Korea all on its resume, as well as numerous deployments to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.