561st and 95th Engineer companies train at PTA

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Photo courtesy 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers with the 95th Eng. train on controlled explosives while deployed to PTA for a monthlong mission and training exercise. The engineers performed construction to repair the main supply route, practiced with different types of explosive charges and fine-tuned their Soldier skills.

Photo courtesy 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Soldiers with the 95th Eng. train on controlled explosives while deployed to PTA for a monthlong mission and training exercise. The engineers performed construction to repair the main supply route, practiced with different types of explosive charges and fine-tuned their Soldier skills.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — The 561st Engineer Company and the 95th Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, deployed, here, at the end of April, for a long mission and training exercise.
The key objectives of the engineers’ deployment is to construct and repair the Keeamuku Main Support Route, validate combat roads and trails, and participate in a variety of demolition ranges.
While at PTA, the companies will participate in live-fire exercises, to include night fire and reflexive fire, and community events that invite schools to see the engineers’ equipment and continue on the combat road
construction.
The companies took many lessons away from the past few weeks of training and the missions, said Capt. Jonathan Browning, 561st commander. The 561st Soldiers received excellent training during the M4/M16 range, which they used as a building block for the upcoming live-fire exercise.
A community relations event with elementary school students was a great success that continued to build rapport between the military and community.
The demolition ranges will increase the Soldiers’ proficiency with building charges and educate them on creating improvised explosives.
All of the Soldiers in the 95th Eng. Co. will receive an opportunity to construct a grapeshot charge, a platter charge, a brashier charge and an improvised bangalore without any safety incidences or lost or damaged equipment.
The engineers will continue their mission and training exercise at PTA through May.

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