Engineers repair K-Bay roads

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Greg Painter (center), crew leader, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and crew install a 40-foot culvert at the outlet of a small pond at MCBH, Kaneohe Bay.

Sgt. Greg Painter (center), crew leader, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and crew install a 40-foot culvert at the outlet of a small pond at MCBH, Kaneohe Bay.

Story and photos by
1st Lt. Brett Carter
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay — Soldiers of the 561st Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, not only help out around the community and in foreign nations; they also help other military services.

The 561st Engineers spent the last two months helping the Kaneohe Marine Corps Range Facility with much-needed horizontal construction work, here.

Heavy rains on Oahu’s windward side regularly wash away much of the base, and the runoff collection had caused a lot of damage to the facilities’ roads and ranges.

Soldiers of the 561st Eng. Co.work to emplace more than 600 feet of SmartDitch™ while helping out the Kaneohe Marine Corp Range Facility with horizontal construction at K-Bay.

Soldiers of the 561st Eng. Co.work to emplace more than 600 feet of SmartDitch™ while helping out the Kaneohe Marine Corp Range Facility with horizontal construction at K-Bay.

Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., rebuilt a portion of these roads and drainage systems that had been washed away.

To accomplish this mission, the platoon planned and prepared for three months. And though the work site was beautiful, situated among some of the most picturesque parts of the island, it did not come without risk and the unmistakable characteristic of work.

Overall, it took 45 days of sweat and hard work to complete about a half-mile portion of gravel road, to include more than 400 yards of drainage V-ditch, 800 blocks of low water crossings, and more than 600 yards of drainage ditch and ditch liner.

From the start, the project served to be a memorable and unique experience for many of the Soldiers involved.

“Unlike previous missions, this one was unique because it pulled us out of the Army routine and gave us a real construction mission that would be used for years to come,” said Staff Sgt. Carl Price, senior squad leader, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

“It was also the first time we messed with some of the new construction materials while on this mission,” Price added.

Staff Sgt. Carl Price, senior squad leader, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates how to lay a concrete block on a 25-foot square low-water crossing.

Staff Sgt. Carl Price, senior squad leader, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates how to lay a concrete block on a 25-foot square low-water crossing.

The project also was significant because it enhanced the operational and training environment of the Marine Corps Range Facility, which is not only a Marine Corps facility, but a place where all military and government services on the island train.

“This mission was nicely laid out,” noted Spc. Daniel Martin, heavy equipment operator for the 561st.

“Also,” Martin continued, “everyone got a chance to try out the equipment. It was a change for once that some of our lower enlisted got chances to take leadership roles on the project.”

After the project’s completion, the Marine Range Maintenance Office rewarded Soldiers with a framed plaque.

The relationship developed with the Marines has already led to mutual assistance with many training aspects and will hopefully lead to many more.

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