‘Never Daunted’ Soldiers shine during mission

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
An U.S. Airman (left) checks up on a young Mongolia boy in the new clinic building constructed by Soldiers in the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, as part of exercise Pacific Angel, recently.

An U.S. Airman (left) checks up on a young Mongolia boy in the new clinic building constructed by Soldiers in the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, as part of exercise Pacific Angel, recently.

2nd Lt. Diana Worth

84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As the only construction effects battalion in the Pacific, Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, answer the call for construction on other islands and in other countries.

Though that work is usually done by whole platoons, these Soldiers sometimes deploy in small teams or individually to assist in construction projects throughout the Pacific.

Recently, Sgt. Jesse Domenech, carpentry and masonry specialist, and Sgt. Lester Hoy, interior electrician specialist, returned from a two-week mission to Tsenkermandal, Mongolia, as part of the combined, joint humanitarian operation called Pacific Angel.

During this operation, service members from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force worked alongside the Mongolian army to build clinics and to provide health care screenings in distant villages.

Domenech and Hoy were part of a team that built a clinic in a remote Mongolian village. They honed their construction skills while forming bonds with Air Force, Navy and Mongolian army peers.

In addition to the opportunity to build the clinic and interact with counterparts, they learned about a new culture. Soldiers sampled traditional cuisine and experienced what it felt like to live in the vast, largely-undeveloped Mongolian steppe.

“It was surprising to live in a yurt,” Domenech said, referring to the traditional, round, felt-covered dwelling that Mongolian nomads typically live in.

U.S. Airmen stand alongside Mongolian soldiers. Soldiers with the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, worked with these joint services to construct a medical clinic in Tsenkermandal, Mongolia, that provides health care services to distant villages. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Airmen stand alongside Mongolian soldiers. Soldiers with the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, worked with these joint services to construct a medical clinic in Tsenkermandal, Mongolia, that provides health care services to distant villages. (Courtesy Photo)

The Soldiers lived in a yurt for the duration of the exercise.

“It was desolate,” Domenech said. “We were a two-hour drive to the job site or anywhere else.”

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the exercise was the feeling that the Pacific Angel team had positively affected the lives of the Mongolian people who will use the clinic.

“We had a lot of interaction with the locals,” Hoy said. “They were really friendly, and they definitely appreciated our work.

“They would stop us, smiling, in the street,” he said. “We couldn’t understand what they were saying, but we got the feeling that they were saying ‘thank you.’”

The Pacific Angel exercise in Mongolia was a great opportunity for these “Never Daunted” Soldiers to share their construction expertise, interact with a different culture, and most importantly, improve the lives of the Mongolian villagers.

“It was a great experience,” Hoy said. “I would definitely do it again.”

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