561st conducts MSR construction, live-fire

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Soldier with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, eyes up his target during the unit’s 60-day training and construction mission, here, Hawaii, April 1-June 1.

A Soldier with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, engages his target during the unit’s 60-day training and construction mission, here, Hawaii, April 1-June 1.

Story and photos by 1st Lt. Marc Orozc and 1st Lt. Carlie Turnidge
130th Engineer Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — After completing a 60-day construction mission and multiple training exercises, here, April 1-June 1, Soldiers of the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, have returned to Oahu.

Due to the heavy rainfalls and runoff from Mauna Kea volcano, there were much-needed drainage improvements on the main support routes (MSR) surrounding the area.

Massive amounts of water flowing down the volcano washed out certain portions of the roads and made it difficult for traffic to travel safely.

Soldiers with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, install drainage on the road.

Soldiers with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, install drainage on the road.

The unit’s construction mission consisted of improving the water runoff through the existing drainage sites and providing a stable means of travel for heavy maneuver teams along the Keeamuku MSR.

The mission provided an excellent opportunity for the engineers to achieve proficiency on a multitude of construction equipment, as well as a cross-training opportunity working with the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn.’s vertical assets for the construction of concrete formwork and concrete emplacement.

“This was the first time I’ve worked with concrete,” said Sgt. Luis Holland, project crew leader, 2nd Platoon, 561st Eng. Co. “Being a (horizontal construction engineer), it was a great opportunity to receive vertical construction experience, skills and traits I can use throughout my engineering career.”

Soldiers with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pour concrete to improve roadways.

Soldiers with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pour concrete to improve roadways.

The construction projects were a part of a variety of road repairs throughout PTA assigned and funded by the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa, for troop construction.

“We appreciate the continuous troop construction from the 84th Eng. Bn.,” said Jim Bramblett, engineer technician, DPW. “They are making a significant difference throughout our training areas, providing future military units the opportunity to achieve the most effective training possible.”

After 30 days of construction, 561st Eng. Co. transitioned into two weeks of density training. The unit conducted day and night fire ranges, to include reflexive fire, and completed squad and platoon-level patrolling fundamentals, all of which led to their culminating event, a dismounted, platoon-sized live-fire exercise.

“It was nice to get away from garrison operations and be able to focus solely on our jobs as engineers,” said Sgt. David Jusino, platoon sergeant. “PTA was a great opportunity to get the essential training that was needed to continue to be successful.”

The 561st Eng. Co. will continue heavy construction on Oahu this summer, as well as provide a squad to support the 643rd Eng. Co. in the construction of guard towers at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

A Soldier with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shoots at a pop-up target.

A Soldier with the 561st Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shoots at a pop-up target.

(Editor’s note: Orozc and Turnidge are with the 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn.)

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