Student field trip to engineer battalion proves educational

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Daryl Shook (second from left), driver for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, answers questions from Mililani Uka Elementary School second-graders after his mine detection class, held during the school's field trip to the engineers' facilities, recently.

Spc. Daryl Shook (second from left), driver for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, answers questions from Mililani Uka Elementary School second-graders after his mine detection class, held during the school’s field trip to the engineers’ facilities, recently.

 

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted a field trip for the second graders of Mililani Uka Elementary School to see construction equipment, recently.

The Soldiers showed the children what engineers do on a daily basis, serving as positive role models.

Five heavy equipment operators from the 561st Eng. Company taught classes on engineer construction equipment, including a scraper, grader, backhoe loader, HMMWV and LMTV.

Ten other Soldiers from the battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Co. also taught classes on mine detection, weapons, survey equipment, first aid and radios.

“The students were able to learn via the equipment the different types of engineering jobs that the Soldiers do to help the community,” said Arleen Tanaka, a second grade teacher from Mililani Uka. “Everything went very smoothly, and the students had fun, fun, fun! They were actively engaged in all of the 10 different stations that were offered to us.”

The children got to handle the equipment and learn about the basic steps of operation.

“This event was not only entertaining, but allowed the kids to see what we as engineers do on a daily basis,” said Spc. Daryl Shook, driver for the HHC, 84th Eng. Bn.

“This program allowed students to see that there is more to the military than just weapons,” said Marisa Louie, a second grade teacher with Mililani Uka.

The event was a great opportunity for the children to get a better understanding of the Army and the different careers offered, she continued.

“The 84th Engineers offered a field trip at Schofield that was very organized,” said Lynn Mills, another second grade teacher from Mililani Uka. “All personnel at their designated stations were well informed of their subject matter.”

The field trip was described as an immense success, with the Soldiers of the 84th Eng. Bn. interacting enthusiastically with the children, while serving as a role model and providing an indelible memory in the process.

 

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