130th Engineers expand their technical skills

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Soldiers from the 130th Engineer Brigade and Reginald L. McCoy (center), from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) USACE Reachback Operations Center, head out to gather field data as part of Field Force Engineering training, which was held July 25-Aug. 5 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. USACE Pacific Ocean Division coordinated the two weeks of on-site training, which provided Soldiers with hands-on experience of operating tele-engineering communications, automated route and infrastructure reconnaissance equipment. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pacific Ocean Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, got a boost in their technical engineering skills during two weeks of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Field Force Engineering (FFE) training, from July 25 to Aug. 5, here.

About 50 Soldiers learned new reconnaissance and base camp development skills through classroom and hands-on training, as well as practical exercises.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division’s (POD) Readiness and Contingency operations officer, Lolly Silva, coordinated to bring a Mobile Training Team (MTT) of USACE subject matter experts to the home of the 25th Infantry Division, here, to conduct this on-site training.

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Military Planner Peter Gitto, from USACE Pacific Ocean Division (center), observes as Howard Durkee (right), from the Engineer Research and Development Center USACE Reachback Operations Center, prepares Soldiers of the 130th Engineer Brigade for a field force engineering practical exercise. The Soldiers learned new reconnaissance and base camp development skills from a mobile training team of experts arranged for the brigade by USACE POD. (Photo by Terri Kojima)

POD’s military planner Pete Gitto said, “We are giving this brigade the same training that is given to our Forward Engineer Support Teams at the USACE Readiness Support Center in Mobile, Ala. The MTT brings this valuable training right to the brigade’s foxhole.

“Field force engineering is USACE’s expeditionary capability that brings technical engineering support to the joint forces commander … Army service component command or theater Army subordinate commands,” said Gitto. “FFE leverages the Corps of Engineers’ technical expertise through the deployment of small, forward elements with state-of-the-art tele-engineering communications and reconnaissance equipment along with reach-back capabilities.”

MTT members from the Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) USACE Reach-Back Operations Center (UROC) brought all the necessary equipment to ensure each Soldier received the hands-on experience of operating tele-engineering communications and automated route reconnaissance equipment.

In addition, other USACE experts provided instruction on the base camp master planning and design process. Instruction was reinforced with practical exercises that the Soldiers used to demonstrate their proficiency in the areas of mission analysis, location selection, land use planning, facilities development requirements, general site planning, and base camp clean up and closure.

 

 

 

 

 

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