‘Never Daunted’ Battalion hosts first FTX since returning from Iraq

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, measure a string line in preparation for placing the foundation of a concrete block building they are constructing. The building serves as a practice for when these engineers travel to other countries in the Pacific to build schoolhouses.

Soldiers with the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, measure a string line in preparation for placing the foundation of a concrete block building they are constructing. The building serves as a practice for when these engineers travel to other countries in the Pacific to build schoolhouses.

Story and Photos by
Capt. Christopher Ren
84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Comma
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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For the first time since returning from Iraq in late 2009, “Never Daunted” engineers have assembled to test their combat skills.

The entire 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conducted its battalion-level, field training exercise, June 7–14, at several locations throughout the island, including the Kahuku Training Area, located on the North Shore.

During the weeklong exercise, the Never Daunted Soldiers trained in a variety of simulated combat scenarios while performing real-world construction missions. The training highlighted the variety of skills engineers must master.

When Army units train in the field, their missions are based on combat scenarios, such as reacting to a mortar attack, searching a suspicious vehicle for bomb-making materials or defending a base against an enemy ground attack. Not only are engineers often forced to react to these same situations, but they must do so while also constructing a building, surveying an airfield or building a road.

During the FTX, the battalion’s 142nd Survey and Design Detachment, a technical engineer unit that surveys roads and drafts designs for buildings, traveled to Marine Corps Base Hawaii to recertify its airfield. Military airfields require recertification every five years, and the 142nd Survey and Design Det. is the only unit in the Pacific that can do so.

With support from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency representatives, the 142nd Survey and Design Det. gained the necessary technical skills needed to recertify any of the military airfields located throughout the Pacific.

The battalion’s 561st Eng. Company established a combat outpost at KTA during the FTX. Its job was to perform major repairs and improvements to two main training roads.

These roads, once complete, will service Marine and Army units that use the large area for vehicles to maneuver, such as the 25th Infantry Division’s Stryker armored fighting vehicle.

Battalion engineers in the 643rd Eng. Co. undertook three separate construction projects, here.

A Soldier with the 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, uses a chain saw to clear foliage, while another Soldier operates a scraper to remove material from a road in KTA, on the North Shore, recently.

A Soldier with the 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, uses a chain saw to clear foliage, while another Soldier operates a scraper to remove material from a road in KTA, on the North Shore, recently.

The first was a concrete-block structure for engineers to practice building schools in countries, such as the Philippines and Thailand. The structure will now serve as a practice shoot house for other units conducting military operations on urban terrain training.

In the next project, the 643rd Eng. Co. built additional office space within the motor pool at 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC. For this project, engineers honed their carpentry skills, erected interior walls, installed doorframes and dry wall, and practiced other finishing techniques.

For the company’s third project, Soldiers constructed a new wheelchair-accessible concrete pad and sidewalk around the memorial to 2nd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID’s fallen Soldiers. The work included the removal of a pre-existing sidewalk and added a permanent area around the memorial, where people can pay their respects.

While all of these projects were happening, Soldiers of the battalion’s Forward Support Co. provided the nourishment and support needed to get the missions done. They cooked breakfast and dinner everyday and also provided maintenance and logistics support for the entire battalion.

In the end, all the battalion’s Soldiers trained on the technical skills they need and the skills necessary to be successful in a combat environment.

 

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