Engineers overcome terrain, build multiple JOTC huts

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Josephine Kim, 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command A Chinook helicopter is sling-loaded with construction materials for delivery to remote areas throughout KTA, Jan. 22-29, in support of the JOTC.

1st Lt. Josephine Kim, 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
A Chinook helicopter is sling-loaded with construction materials for delivery to remote areas throughout KTA, Jan. 22-29, in support of the JOTC.

1st Lt. Tyler Skomp
643rd Engineer Company,
84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA — Engineers with the 643rd Engineer Company (Vertical Construction), 84th Eng. Battalion, recently constructed six huts in remote areas of the Kahuku Training Area in support of the 25th Infantry Division’s Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC).

The mission’s emphasis was to create multiple structures that could be used as objectives for platoon attacks and raids.

The buildings were built Jan. 22-29 at three separate locations with two huts on each site, one measuring 8 feet by 8 feet and another measuring 16 feet by 16 feet. However, because of the remoteness of the construction sites desired by the 25th ID, a Chinook helicopter was needed to support the delivery of all the construction material to each location.

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The 2nd Platoon, 643rd Eng. Co., conducted the construction through split operations, leaving a squad leader in charge at each site as the crew leader. Doing this construction maximized the amount of work that could be accomplished in the time allotted.

“It was great to be able to show my young Soldiers how to manage a project site and divide labor in such a way that the project stays on schedule,” said Staff Sgt. George Marshall, leader of 3rd Squad, 2nd Plt.

“Even with the rain, wind and nightfall, having a clear objective to reach before going to bed every night made it easier to push through stressful times,” said Spc. Dominic Sawyer, engineering Soldier with the 1st Squad, 2nd Plt.

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The sturdy buildings will be able to withstand the intense rain and wind that is common, here. The completed buildings provide sites that will act as realistic training villages for JOTC students to conduct platoon-sized raids and attacks.

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