84th hosts ‘action-packed’ field trip

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Dionisio Darang, Higher Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Sgt. Elidio Aguilar, engineer, 95th Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates how to move the MARCbot, using its controls, before letting the students try it on their own during a field trip,  hosted by the 84th Eng. Bn., for the second-grade students of Mililani Uka Elementary School, recently.

Staff Sgt. Dionisio Darang, Higher Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Sgt. Elidio Aguilar, engineer, 95th Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, demonstrates how to move the MARCbot, using its controls, before letting the students try it on their own during a field trip, hosted by the 84th Eng. Bn., for the second-grade students of Mililani Uka Elementary School, recently.

1st Lt. Josephine Kim
84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs
130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Wandering eyes, pointing fingers and the question, “What is that?” filled the air when 2nd grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School stepped off a bus, here, recently, to learn about Army engineers.

The field trip was one of many events 84th Engineer “Never Daunted” Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, facilitates as part of its partnership with the school.

“This was a great action-packed field trip,” said Marlene Ohira, their teacher.

The students quickly saw there is more to being an Army engineer than what is seen in the movies. Students witnessed construction and combat engineer equipment in action, to include the grader, the scraper, the buffalo and the MARCBots, which are small robots used for inspecting suspicious objects.

The demonstration showed how big the tires are on a scraper and allowed the students to honk the Humvee and buffalo vehicle’s horns. They learned how mine detectors, MARCBots and buffalos all play crucial roles in route clearance missions, and the step-by-step process of using survey equipment along with graders and scrapers to create a construction site.

Parent Community Network Center Facilitator, Norma Tansey, said the students were engaged, enthralled and excited. Several asked the engineers if they could come back for more visits.

“Our military Soldiers have provided a much better understanding of what their jobs are about, and that it’s more than just weapons,” she continued. “There are many technical skills required (in the Army), and (the kids) saw they could someday have a future in the military.”

The students wrote thank you letters to the “Never Daunted” Soldiers sharing the wonderful time they had.

The Soldiers said the letters were gratifying and showed them they were positive role models impacting the students’ lives.

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