DIMA supports USACE in Key Resolve 2013

| April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Active duty Soldiers, civilians and DIMA Reserve Soldiers supported the USACE POD during Key Resolve 13, recently. Pictured (front row, from left) are Staff Sgt. Tisa Richardson; Col. Thomas Lavender, senior DIMA, (standing, from left) Lt. Col. Amy Trombley; Maj. Aaron Eklund; Lt. Col. Nicholas Nazarko; and Andrew Benziger, chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations. (Photo courtesy Pacific Ocean Division Public Affairs)

Active duty Soldiers, civilians and DIMA Reserve Soldiers supported the USACE POD during Key Resolve 13, recently. Pictured (front row, from left) are Staff Sgt. Tisa Richardson; Col. Thomas Lavender, senior DIMA, (standing, from left) Lt. Col. Amy Trombley; Maj. Aaron Eklund; Lt. Col. Nicholas Nazarko; and Andrew Benziger, chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations. (Photo courtesy Pacific Ocean Division Public Affairs)

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Pacific Ocean Division Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — A team of five Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee (DIMA) Army Reserve Soldiers deployed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Pacific Ocean Division (POD) in Hawaii and to the Far East District (POF) in Seoul, Korea, and demonstrated their capabilities during exercise Key Resolve, last month.

The combined and joint defense-oriented annual training event was designed to defend the Republic of Korea, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula.

Col. Thomas Lavender led the DIMA team, which was assigned to support POD and POF in the exercise. Rounding out the team were Lt. Col. Nicholas Nazarko, Maj. Aaron Eklund, Lt. Col. Stuart Ross and Maj. Jeffery Ward.

Nazarko and Eklund deployed to Fort Shafter, where they updated a draft concept plan to support military contingencies on the Korean Peninsula and developed a tabletop exercise for split-basing in the event of a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation.

In Seoul, Ross and Ward participated as USACE liaison officers to Combined Forces Command and the ROK army.

Col. Gregory Gunter, commander, POD, spoke highly of the DIMAs’ contributions to USACE.

Col. Thomas Lavender (right), senior DIMA Soldier at USACE POD, and Andrew Benziger, chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations at the Division, collaborate on a draft concept plan to support military contingencies on the Korean Peninsula during exercise Key Resolve 13.

Col. Thomas Lavender (right), senior DIMA Soldier at USACE POD, and Andrew Benziger, chief of Readiness and Contingency Operations at the Division, collaborate on a draft concept plan to support military contingencies on the Korean Peninsula during exercise Key Resolve 13.

“DIMA Soldiers provide valuable assistance to commanders by serving as additional emergency operations staff,” said Gunter. “The team validated its competencies during this major annual exercise, which is designed to enhance the ROK-U.S. alliance. The DIMAs serving in our region are a group of talented officers and noncommissioned officers who maintain a high level of readiness and are ready to support contingency operations.”

The purpose of the DIMA program is to facilitate the rapid expansion of the active Army wartime structure in order to meet military manpower requirements in the event of military contingency, pre-mobilization, mobilization, sustainment and/or demobilization operations.

This objective is accomplished by preassigning qualified members of the Army’s Selected Reserve to required mobilization positions that have been specifically designated and documented to augment a proponent agency, such as USACE.

Some people are not aware of the difference between an Army DIMA Soldier and a traditional Army Reservist.

“The primary difference is a DIMA provides support to the active component, while a traditional Reservist is part of a larger reserve component unit,” explained Lavender, who is the senior DIMA Soldier at POD. “DIMAs normally have the flexibility to perform their annual training and drills all at once, or they can space them out, depending on the needs of the Soldier and the needs of the unit.”

POD has six DIMA positions, and POF has 18 positions, consisting of planning and operations staff members, as well as a number of liaison officers.

This 24-Soldier team of DIMAs is the largest of all the divisions within USACE.

In addition to the five DIMAs who recently assisted in the Key Resolve exercise, a number of DIMAs are on active duty orders providing long-term support to POD and POF.

Lt. Col. Amy Trombley has been supporting POD since June 2011.

POF is enjoying the benefit of support from Maj. Randy Lorenzo, Maj. Vincent Lee, Maj. Brian Becker, Sgt. Maj. David Breitbach, Sgt. 1st Class Ernestine Smith and Staff Sgt. James Park, who are all performing duties associated with managing one of the largest construction programs in the history of USACE in Korea.

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