Cadet Taissia Pituch
561st Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Soldiers with the 561st Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, are working on construction projects, here.
They arrived Aug. 6 to build a Main Supply Route, or MSR, and to improve a new Tactical Vehicle Parking Lot, or TVPL.
Both missions are scheduled to be completed in early October.
These construction projects are part of a company-level exercise that gives equipment operators a chance to train and provide a quality product that will serve the needs of future units training, here.
“The current mission is to improve construction on the TVPL in order to provide a staging area for a battalion-sized element’s rolling stock,” said 2nd Lt. Charles Payne, officer in charge and project manager, 561st Eng. Co.
Soldiers worked 12-hour shifts to stay ahead of schedule.
“I am impressed with the Soldiers’ steady work-rate and proficiency on the equipment,” said Sgt. Jesus Miguel Rodriquez, vertical construction noncommissioned officer, 561st Eng. Co. “The Soldiers’ motivation increases each day as they see the project coming together.”
Despite the speed of the project, safety is paramount. Soldiers are required to wear personal protective equipment while working to ensure their safety.
“I am watching a lot of equipment moving side by side,” said Pfc. Raymond Williams, Combat Lifesaver, 561st Eng. Co. “Soldiers are maintaining situational awareness, and as a result, no injuries are occurring.”
The maintenance team from the 561st Eng. Co. trained Soldiers on how to check fluids, change tires and replace fuses. While Soldiers made minor repairs, mechanics assessed and repaired construction equipment.
“We are a tight-knit family,” said Spc. Peter Partridge, heavy equipment mechanic, 561st Eng. Co.
“If there is an issue that one can’t solve, everyone puts their minds together to get the vehicle up and running in order to complete the bigger mission,” Partridge added.
The noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of the 561st Eng. Co. are working jointly in an effort to move ahead and construct the MSR. Given their work performance during the first month, they are displaying the Warriors’ world-class horizontal construction capabilities.
(Editor’s Note: Pituch is an ROTC cadet at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. She is currently attached to the 561st Eng. Co. for training.)