29th Engineers prepare for the battlefield

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Hernandez, second platoon sergeant, Sapper Co., emplaces a Claymore mine during an exercise, Sept. 9, on East Range Training Complex. The Sappers worked on their infantry tactics to sharpen their combat skills.

Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Hernandez, second platoon sergeant, Sapper Co., emplaces a Claymore mine during an exercise, Sept. 9, on East Range Training Complex. The Sappers worked on their infantry tactics to sharpen their combat skills.

Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A group of enemy combatants attack a command post with every intention of breaching the perimeter, making numerous attempts to gain an advantage, but the structure seems to be impenetrable.

This particular command post is a well-built position because of the dedication to duty and attention to detail of the engineers assigned to Company A, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

It was designed to prevent the loss of Soldiers and equipment.

“This is important primarily because it provides survivability for our equipment in the event of an attack,” said 1st. Lt. Kenneth Ganneta, Alpha Co.’s assault and obstacle platoon leader.

The engineers of the 29th are tasked with building some of the most significant constructions on the battlefield, and continuous training is the catalyst for mission success.

“Without this training, we would not be able to protect our position,” said Pvt. Jason Miller, a horizontal construction engineer.

The platoon focused on building a command post with the intent to ward off enemies while commanders make assessments to win on the battlefield.

Additionally, the second platoon of the Sapper Co. coordinated with the assault and obstacle platoon to sharpen their tactical skills. Engineer Soldiers who weren’t training on new equipment were tasked as opposing force to increase the effectiveness of the training.

“We began a crawl-walk phase with dismounted movements and reconnaissance,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Duran, Sapper Company second platoon leader.

Duran explained how this is important for light dismounted Sappers.

“We have to focus more on infantry tactics and involve the engineers in our maneuver role,” he said. “We continue to train and learn to become more proficient and operate smoothly in the future.”

“This training is incredibly important,” said Ganneta. “Our Soldiers are becoming familiar with numerous pieces of equipment, which will keep their skills sharp. I’m 100 percent confident in my Soldiers’ abilities on the frontline.”

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