U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
FORT SHAFTER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District was present at the 2011 Key Resolve exercise in South Korea to develop a preliminary contingency plan for use in potential future U.S. forces missions.
USACE-HD’s 565th Eng. Detachment, Forward Eng. Support Team-Advance, or FEST-A, joined forces with USACE-Baltimore District’s 71st Eng. Det., as the 565th Eng. Det. wasn’t fully staffed to support the mission due to recent departures of personnel.
Members from the Baltimore FEST-A were used to augment the Honolulu team and brought a unique work experience and skill-set to the table.
“It was a valuable experience to share knowledge and techniques with another FEST-A and successfully work toward a common goal,” said Jon Hosaka, mechanical engineer, 565th Eng. Det., FEST-A.
The joint FEST-A mission was “to conduct a critical infrastructure survey …, develop a preliminary contingency bed-down plan to support a significant increase of base personnel and to prepare a plan to upgrade an existing Patriot Air and Missile Defense (system) site,” according to Hosaka.
He added that the operational tempo of the fast-paced Key Resolve mission was “a great team-building and bonding experience” for the USACE-HD FEST-A.
For this year’s exercise, the 565th Eng. Det., FEST-A spent the first week in Seoul at the USACE-Far East District compound. USACE Reachback Operations Center and Readiness Support Center instructors trained team members on various field force engineering equipment and programs, including the Automated Route Reconnaissance Kit, TeleEngineering Communication Equipment–Deployed, the It Knows Everything and the Theatre Construction Management System.
Following training, the FEST-A teams conducted exercise survey work.
Hosaka explained that the site surveys focus on SWEAT-MSO, or the major categories of infrastructure reconnaissance: sewer, water, electricity, electrical, academics, trash-medical, safety and other considerations. For the Key Resolve exercise, academics, medical and safety were not covered.
“For the final days of the mission, (the team) finalized and submitted the technical report and our briefed our customer, (the) 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base,” Hosaka said.
The “customer was very pleased with the product the team prepared and commented that it was the best FEST-A report they had received,” according to Mike Bruse, from the USACE-HD FEST-A.
Key Resolve is an exercise that enables the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance to hone the skills needed to deter aggression against South Korea.