Army’s 84th Engineers train, learn Sailors’ construction methods

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Navy Lt. Shannon Wright (front, left) leads Soldiers of the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, in some Navy physical training exercises at Schofield Barracks, recently.

Navy Lt. Shannon Wright (front, left) leads Soldiers of the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, in some Navy physical training exercises at Schofield Barracks, recently.

Platoon leaders to use Navy-style managment during next deployment

Story and photo by 2nd Lt. Carolyn Johnson
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — When Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, deploy early next year, they will work side-by-side with Sailors.

Throughout the deployment, the 84th Eng. Bn. will still maintain its traditions and daily operations, but will adapt to the 30th Navy Construction Regiment’s methods of construction, reporting and construction standards.

“Integrating the Navy’s construction process with the Army’s is a continuous learning process,” said 2nd Lt. Josephine Kim, horizontal platoon leader, 84th Eng. Bn.

Part of that learning process involved platoon leaders attending the Construction Leader Certification Course, here, recently.

“I think that the Navy puts a much greater emphasis on project management than we do, and the Navy spends more time focusing on the details,” said 1st Lt. Nick Reisweber, vertical platoon leader, 84th Eng. Bn. “The course allowed us to see how much work we have to do to compete at their level. With proper training of our squad leaders, we too can perform at that level, if not better.”

Battalion Soldiers constructed a concrete masonry unit, here, during a training exercise.

Platoons experienced long work hours, operated heavy construction equipment and adapted to the Navy’s construction process.

“After successful project completion, platoon leaders will be certified on the upcoming mission demands,” said Capt. Jonathan Browning, head planner, Construction Leader Certification Course, adding that the certification guarantees they are meeting the design, construction and reporting standards as outlined by the 30th NCR.

“The project management styles between the branches are very different,” said 1st Lt. Andrew Cammack, coordinator of the Construction Leader Certification Course. “To take on this mission will require a major shift in our planning and execution of construction.

“Change like this is always painful at first,” he continued, “but we’ll see the fruits of our work a few months into the deployment. Understanding the Navy’s style of project management is only going to help us be more effective in our missions.”

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