95th Engineers practice moving T9 dozers

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of 4th Platoon, 95th Engineer Company (Clearance), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, attach the first set of chains used to secure a T9 dozer to a trailerduring transport from the South Range engineering training area, here, earlier this month.  (Photo by 2nd Lt. Trevor Foote, 95th Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Soldiers of 4th Platoon, 95th Engineer Company (Clearance), 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, attach the first set of chains used to secure a T9 dozer to a trailerduring transport from the South Range engineering training area.

Story and photos by
2nd Lt. Trevor Foote
130th Eng. Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of 4th Platoon, 95th Engineer Company (Clearance), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conducted earthmoving operations at the south range engineering training area, here, this month.

The event served to familiarize Soldiers with the specific version of T9 dozers in the 95th Eng. Co.’s arsenal, as well as to teach them how to work in equipment teams to complete a mission efficiently.

During training, Soldiers worked in dozer teams in order to create rectangular tank ditches. They also learned all the steps necessary to get the equipment from one location to another, from binding the dozers to the trailers, to coupling the tractors and trailers.

Engineers practice tying down a T9 dozer to a trailer so it can be transported back to the motor pool during training at the South Range engineering training area.

Engineers practice tying down a T9 dozer to a trailer so it can be transported back to the motor pool during training at the South Range engineering training area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
While Soldiers did not train on the dozers, concurrent training was done to teach them how to get the dozers on to the trailers, how to secure them and how to couple the trailers to tractors for transport.

“Winching a trailer onto a (tractor) … there’s a lot of coordination required,” said Pfc. Eric La Cuesta, heavy equipment operator, 95th Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn. “It’s not as easy as it looks.”

Most Soldiers in 4th Platoon came into the training with very little to no equipment operating time, outside of their advanced individual training (AIT). But all came out of the training with a better understanding of the equipment’s capabilities, as well as their individual ability to use those capabilities to complete the mission.

Soldiers of 4th Platoon, 95th Engineer Company (Clearance), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, coordinate with each other to dig the tank ditch and spread soil on the far side of the ditch at the South Range engineering training area, here, earlier this month. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Trevor Foote, 95th Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Dozer drivers of 4th Platoon, 95th Engineer Company (Clearance),  coordinate with each other to dig the tank ditch and spread soil on the far side of the ditch at the South Range engineering training area, here, earlier this month.

“This opportunity provided a great experience for team leaders to help coach and mentor the new Soldiers coming straight out of AIT,” said Spc. Kouadio Signo, team leader, 2nd Squad, 4th Platoon, 95th Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn.

The skills learned during this range will serve as the foundation from which the Soldiers of the “Equipment Platoon” will expand their abilities to use various earthmoving equipment and to complete a variety of engineering tasks in future training events.

(Editor’s note: Foote works in the 95th Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Brigade.)

 

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