2nd Lt. Nick Reisweber
643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Soldiers of the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, traded in their mason’s kits and miter saws and picked up impact wrenches and I-beams in their effort to support the Directorate of Public Works, or DPW, here, recently.
The company’s 2nd platoon built two prefabricated I-beam steel structures to help expand DPW capabilities. Additionally, Soldiers rewired the panel box that the new structure would tie into, potentially saving workers from a deadly situation.
“It felt good knowing that the work I did in fixing the outdated panel box helps to ensure the safety of those who will use the building in the future,” said Spc. Carlton Baxter, one of the interior electricians on the project.
Overall, the Wolf Pack Soldiers gained experience with steel structures, completing the 1,680-squarefoot space in just over two weeks.
“It was definitely a challenge,” said Spc.Erik Standish, 643rd Eng. Co. “But seeing how quickly the platoon picked it up was impressive.”
The platoon was also called to support construction of two concrete pads in a simulated combat environment. Encouraged by their command, Soldiers created a new expedient formwork technique that eliminated the need to drive stakes into the solid volcanic surface covering most of the training area.
After completing the mission, Soldiers and NCOs of 2nd Platoon believe they are poised to take on any construction mission.
According to Gerrit Pasco, supervisor, range maintenance, DPW, and benefactor of this mission, “The Soldiers of the 643rd executed this project with the professionalism and expertise of any civilian contracted company I’ve worked with.”