84th Eng. Bn. helps bring Air Assault Course back to Hawaii

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Paulina Ziminska
643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Soldiers with the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., nail plywood onto the mini rappel tower, to create a rappel surface. Pictured from left to right: Pfc. Alex Greuniesen, carpenter, Sgt. Jonathan Hulstedt, carpenter, Sgt. Joshua Wilhelm, carpenter, and Spc. Ali Ebrahimnejad, electrician.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, completed construction on the Air Assault Village and Pre-Ranger Course at East Range Training Complex, here, Nov. 9.

The Air Assault School, once an active component of the training programs on Schofield Barracks, has been dormant due to continued deployments in support of overseas contingency operations.

The last time an air assault class was held at the Schofield Barracks Air Assault School was in 2005. Because of the high operational tempo of deployments, the Air Assault School became a low priority and instruction was temporarily ceased, resulting in a deficit of air assault qualified personnel within the 25th Infantry Division.

Two mobile training teams, or MTTs, are scheduled to arrive on the island and use the newly renovated course in spring 2011.

“The work on the East Range Training Complex will allow the division to host several air assault MTTs,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Bryant, East Range Training Complex noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 25th ID. “This will prepare the small unit leader to deploy to combat environments and execute air assault operations.”

The 643rd Eng. Co. demolished, built and renovated numerous components of the training complex. A new addition to the complex includes an outdoor classroom complete with electrical outlets and light fixtures.

“I enjoyed doing my job and leading a team in completing my mission,” said Spc. Ali Ebrahimnejad, 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., who led a group of electricians during the installation. “It rained a couple of days that we were out there, so overcoming the weather while doing electrical work was a challenge.”

The complex includes two new wooden mini-rappel towers that will be used for practice rappels until Soldiers in the course are ready to be certified on the 50-foot rappel tower. The previous mini-rappel towers were demolished.

“The wood-construction training is great practice for Soldiers in preparation for deployment construction projects,” said Sgt. Joshua Wilhelm, a carpenter and mason with 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “Working together on small projects prepares us for larger projects. The Soldiers receive hands-on training with the tools and materials, and they really enjoy being out in the elements.”

Other renovations to the training complex included the demolition and reconstruction of an obstacle known as the “Weaver.” The obstacle known as the “Tough One” was also repaired and will be certified by officials for training.

The Soldiers of the 643rd Eng. Co. were excited to have the opportunity to work on a project that allows other Soldiers to become air assault certified.

“Once this school is up and running, I hope we get some air assault slots,” said Spc. Gabriel Tisue, carpenter and mason, 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

Story and Photo by1st Lt. Paulina Ziminska643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, completed construction on the Air Assault Village and Pre-Ranger Course at East Range Training Complex, here, Nov. 9.  The Air Assault School, once an active component of the training programs on Schofield Barracks, has been dormant due to continued deployments in support of overseas contingency operations.  The last time an air assault class was held at the Schofield Barracks Air Assault School was in 2005. Because of the high operational tempo of deployments, the Air Assault School became a low priority and instruction was temporarily ceased, resulting in a deficit of air assault qualified personnel within the 25th Infantry Division. Two mobile training teams, or MTTs, are scheduled to arrive on the island and use the newly renovated course in spring 2011.  “The work on the East Range Training Complex will allow the division to host several air assault MTTs,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Bryant, East Range Training Complex noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 25th ID. “This will prepare the small unit leader to deploy to combat environments and execute air assault operations.”The 643rd Eng. Co. demolished, built and renovated numerous components of the training complex. A new addition to the complex includes an outdoor classroom complete with electrical outlets and light fixtures.  “I enjoyed doing my job and leading a team in completing my mission,” said Spc. Ali Ebrahimnejad, 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., who led a group of electricians during the installation. “It rained a couple of days that we were out there, so overcoming the weather while doing electrical work was a challenge.” The complex includes two new wooden mini-rappel towers that will be used for practice rappels until Soldiers in the course are ready to be certified on the 50-foot rappel tower. The previous mini-rappel towers were demolished.  “The wood-construction training is great practice for Soldiers in preparation for deployment construction projects,” said Sgt. Joshua Wilhelm, a carpenter and mason with 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “Working together on small projects prepares us for larger projects. The Soldiers receive hands-on training with the tools and materials, and they really enjoy being out in the elements.”  Other renovations to the training complex included the demolition and reconstruction of an obstacle known as the “Weaver.” The obstacle known as the “Tough One” was also repaired and will be certified by officials for training.The Soldiers of the 643rd Eng. Co. were excited to have the opportunity to work on a project that allows other Soldiers to become air assault certified.  “Once this school is up and running, I hope we get some air assault slots,” said Spc. Gabriel Tisue, carpenter and mason, 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

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