65th Engineer Battalion Nesletter
This Month: 65th Engineer Battalion heads to the Pohakuloa Training Area An Update from the 34th SAPPER Company Find Out what the Soldiers of the 70th Geospatial Have Been Working On Upcoming 65th Engineer Events and Family Readiness Group and Happenings!
Inside this issue: First In: Trailblazer 6
A Message from Trailblazer 7
34th SAPPER Company
Range Density at PTA
70th Geospatial Company
Forward Support Company
82nd Engineer Support Company
95th Route Clearance Company
7th Dive Team
Family Readiness Group Page
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65th Engineer Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Dan Koprowski
railblazers, Trailblazer Families and 65th Alumni,
Greetings all! It‟s been a long and hectic month, with most of the Battalion shipping to PTA for training, and the 95 th executing critical pre-deployment training. But our non-deployed units are all, briefly, in the same place at the same time. That won‟t last long, however, as the train keeps moving and we ship 95 th to the National Training Center during the first week of June. Our training at PTA was all we hoped, and then some. My intent for our units going into the rotation was to get beyond basic marksmanship and achieve proficiency on all of our weapon systems. I also wanted to capitalize on the opportunity of having everyone in the field to do platoon collective training that would allow us to test our planning, tracking and mission command systems. Finally, we wanted to exercise many of the logistical support functions that we don‟t often get to shake out in garrison. Mission accomplished on all fronts! All three of our training units, HHC, FSC and the 70th, achieved outstanding results on a host of weapons ranges. From Basic Rifle Marksmanship to reflexive fire and crew served weapons, every company exceeded the standard. On our heavy weapons, we qualified literally dozens of crews, and on individual weapons we were able to train more than 2/3 of our Soldiers in Close Quarters Marksmanship and reflexive fire. When it came time to execute the platoon collective training, our main effort shifted to the 70 th,
who put their platoons out into the field to execute analysis and production missions. Despite this being the first time many of our 12Ys had operated in that environment, they came through with flying colors, developing a number of outstanding geospatial products that will be used for years to come by USARPAC, FEMA and JTF-HD. FSC, meanwhile, got to shake out its distribution, maintenance and field feeding operations. Their operations went smoothly for the whole month, and were a highlight of the FTX. Every field Soldier can agree on one thing: good support (especially hot chow!) is worth its weight in gold, and that‟s exactly what we got from our FSC. Add to that the seamless support from HHC‟s staff sections, and the PTA rotation was a resounding success! The 95 th remained at Schofield for the month and focused on preparing for the NTC. They too qualified on all of their weapon sytems, achieving and impressive 65% experts on individual weapons. They completed convoy live fires and worked through the many tasks required of a unit preparing to conduct a rotation at the NTC. By the time this is published, they will be in the Mojave Desert, putting all of their skills to the test against the NTC OPFOR. We wish them good hunting and a safe return! One quick update to my save-the-date announcements from last month: Jane Sapper day is locked in (that‟s Army-ese for “more likely than not”) for 27 August. Once again, spouses, please make plans to come out and be a sapper for a day! Ask those who did it last year…you won‟t be disappointed! As we move into the summer months, with kids out of school and some opportunities for leave, I encourage all of you to enjoy the endless recreational opportunities that we enjoy living here in paradise. Whether you‟re a surfer, hiker, biker, swimmer, shopper or whatever, there are lots of things to do here on Oahu. Get out and explore! Finally, as always, please remember those we have deployed, and their families back here. And by all means, if there‟s something you‟d like to see in future editions of this newsletter, contact our new PAO, LT Kyle Suchomski. Wherever you are in the world reading this, good luck and stay safe!
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Battalion Command Sergeant Major Joe Constante
Greetings to everyone in the 65 Engith
neer Battalion: Soldiers, families, friends, and support teams. Thank you for all your support. Everyone has returned from PTA, where training was being conducted to keep our Soldiers proficient in their weapons, operating skills, MOS‟s, and much more. Soldiers had a bit of a gut check while climbing to the top of Mauna Kea. Everyone made it and realized what they could accomplish if they truly pushed themselves. Recovery went well, and the recent Town Hall Meeting gave us all an glimpse into a few key areas we need to improve. These improvements will make the quality of life better for our families and single Soldiers. Up next is ensuring that all of our Soldiers and equipment are ready for the next tasks—the upcoming NTC rotation, Army Birthday, NCOES, Engineer Week, and the Luau.
Take care, be safe, Aloha.
“FIRST IN, LAST OUT! SGM Joe Constante Trailblazer 7
The 34th SAPPER Company A Message from First Sergeant
34th Sapper Company‟s First Sergeant Otero I am very excited to write you all again in this edition of our newsletter. Time has been flying by this deployment, but even though we are more than halfway through it the end can‟t come fast enough. I wanted to take a moment to thank all the spouses and family members back home for your consistent and unwavering support. All the care packages and letters for our Soldiers have truly been appreciated. This month has been a very busy and exciting month. With R&R leave in full swing, we have many Soldiers returning to Iraq recharged and ready to finish strong. We also have many others taking a well deserved and needed break to enjoy some quality time at home with their loved ones. Our Titan Soldiers continue to stay busy and continue to accomplish great things here in Iraq. We have truly made a name for ourselves throughout our Task Force. I am very proud of all the Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Officers in this unit and couldn‟t think of a better group of guys to stand side-by-side with during a deployment. I would like to take a moment to recognize some Titans for a job well done and their achievements. First of all, I would like to con-
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gratulate SPC Clark, SPC Humbertson, SPC Williams, SGT Welsh, and SGT Astrande for a job well done by attending and successfully passing the promotion board. This was a very significant and exciting part of their careers and it is exciting to see them grow as young and future leaders in our Army. Additionally, SSG Camacho made the list for E-7, and is now SSG(P) Camacho: a very significant achievement indeed. I also would like to congratulate SPC Schultz, SPC Manthei, SPC Lobato, SGT Dalia, SPC Coleman, SPC Fitzpatrick, SPC Kempfand SPC Francis for recently reenlisting to stay in the Army. The Army will continue to Soldiers of the 34th Sapper Company donned their gas masks to improve as an say their oaths of re-enlistment. The dust downrange has been organization as especially bad as of recently. long as young Soldiers like these Titans continue to serve in our military. In closing I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the support and love that you have shown for our Soldiers. As I discussed a few months ago, it truly helps a Soldier deal with a deployment when he knows he has the love and support of his family and friends back home. I feel that families have just as hard a job and deserve the same amount of respect for everything you go through back home while your Soldier is deployed. I would like to say thank you for all that you do. Trust me our Sappers couldn‟t perform their jobs without you. With summer fast approaching and the end of school, I hope you all enjoy some good times at the beach and quality time with family. Before you know it your Sapper will be home. Once again, thank you for the support and stay strong as deployment is almost over. God bless, take care and talk to you soon. First In-Last Out and Breach Hell! 1SG Otero Titan 7
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Range Density at Pohakuloa Training Area
SSG Ray Jones, from HHC, fires the Mk19 Grenade Launcher at targets as far as 2000 meters away.
s any Soldier will tell you, he is required, at a minimum, to be proficient with his individually assigned weapon. For the vast majority of Soldiers, this requirement translates into marksmanship training followed by a day or two at the installation‟s M16 (or M4) rifle qualification ranges. While there are distinct advantages to this training scenario, Soldiers also benefit from a much more immersive and varied training experience. By focusing training on a wide-array of weapon systems, Soldiers could ultimately become proficient with not only their assigned weapons, but also with other weapons in a unit‟s arsenal. With this objective in mind, more than 300 soldiers of the 65th, Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade are currently on the island of Hawaii at the Pohakuloa Training Area for an extended field training exercise.
The Pohakuloa Training Area, or PTA, a is the Pacific Theater‟s largest training site, with a enormous 108,000 acre footprint on the lower slopes of both Mauna Kea and PTA “gives Soldiers the maximum opportunity to qualify on all Mauna Loa. Though Pohakuloa is immense, it is in a remote and sparsely populated location, due MTOE’ed (or available) weapons. Otherwise, we’d have only in large part to the volcanic terrain. Such rebeen able to send a few assigned crews to the range.” moteness makes the training area an ideal location to employ a wide range of weapons of vary-CPT Shawn Hutson, CDR, HHC ing calibers. At 6,800 to 9,000 feet above sea level, the site is mountainous and difficult to traverse, but, there are large expanses of relatively flat ground that are well suited for use as one of PTA‟s many weapons ranges.
Sergeant Sukah Nanthavongsa, of the Forward Support Company takes aim with his assigned weapon at the M16 qualification range.
Soldiers from the 65 th Engineer Battalion‟s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Forward Support Company, and 70th Geospatial Company, as well as the 84th Engineer Battalion‟s 523rd Engineer Support Company have recently completed the first of two weeks of “range density” training. Throughout this training, Soldiers have taken up an assortment of individual and crewserved arms with the objective of becoming more than simply „familiar‟, but of becoming tactically and technically (Continued on next page)
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proficient with these weapons. These weapons range from the M16 carbine rifle, M9 pistol, and M203 grenade launcher to larger, crewserved models, like the M249 and M2 machine guns or the Mk19 grenade launcher. Captain Shawn Hutson, Commander of the Headquarters & Headquarters Company, said that PTA “gives Soldiers the maximum opportunity to qualify on all MTOE‟ed (or available) weapons. Otherwise, we‟d have only been able to send a few assigned crews to the range.” For many Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, the Pohakuloa Training Area has been their first introduction to these weapons. One such Soldier was Sergeant Troy Halley, of HHC shot „expert‟ in his first attempt at qualification with the Mk19 grenade launcher. “At first I was a little nervous, but I like the weapon,” said Sergeant Halley of the Mk19, “I think I could show other people how to use it.” For other soldiers, the training has been a much needed refresher. Although she had only fired a few At first I was a little nervous (about firing the training rounds from MK19), but I like the weapon. I think I could an M203 show other people how to use it.” grenade -SGT Troy Halley, HHC launcher during basic training, Specialist Lashay Mays, of the Forward Support Company, qualified as a sharpshooter with the weapon at the range. Much like Specialist Mays, Private First Class Richard Graczyk of the 70 th Geospatial Company, said that this was the first time he had used a quadrant sight on the M203, and as a result, he “felt more confident and accurate” with the grenade launcher. The M2 .50 caliber machine gun train-up and qualification was also a success. Private First Class Justin West from HHC had never used the .50 caliber, but after being trained on how to maintain and operate the weapon, he was able demonstrate his proficiency by qualifying at the range. Although training Soldiers on individual and unit-oriented skills has been the emphasis of the field exercise, for those in support functions, the training event in itself has also proven beneficial. The responsibilities associated with planning, coordinating and resourcing training for more than 300 individuals has prepared Soldiers not only to support garrison missions, but also to support missions abroad. “All the stuff we‟ve been training on, like timelines and ammo requests—Soldiers are seeing it in action here”, said 1LT Doren Kolasa of the FSC. “That‟s the stuff we‟ll all have to adjust to downrange. So, I think it‟s been really beneficial”.
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With more than 150 rounds per iteration, the M2 range consumed many cases of ammunition. Sorting and supplying .50 caliber rounds was a critical task.
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HHC Renegades towards handing off our unit to the incoming Commander fit to fight. Congratulations are in order for SGT Caddel, SGT Weaver, and SGT Winder on their recent promotions. Also recognized with AAMs for their contributions at PTA were PFC Johnson, SPC Picket, SGT Newman, SGT Weaver, SFC Outlaw, SFC Pierce, and 1LT Spencer.
(From left to right) HHC Executive Officer, 1LT Walsh, points out left and right limits to SSG Church and SSG Lentz, both of HHC. loha Renegades,
The month of May was a busy one, bringing with it an extended FTX at PTA and a frenzy of efforts in the Rear D to push 95th (and a few of our own!) out the door on their way to NTC. Not that anyone had forgotten about our trip to the Big Island, but as we return to our regular routine and battle rhythm here at Schofield Barracks, it‟s important to stop and offer our thanks and appreciation for the warm welcome home and continued support of our friends and families who held down the homestead while we were actively engaged at PTA. The end of the FTX doesn‟t leave the Renegades idle, however. As with any FTX, there is plenty of recovery of vehicles and equipment to keep HHC well-occupied. Maintenance and Training are the pillars of unit readiness, and our FTX to PTA has provided plenty of both. A few scattered holidays (Kamehameha Day and the 4th of July) and a much-deserved DONSA on 06 JUN will provide some time for personal and family „recovery‟, too. We have a full plate to look forward to in the month of June. In addition to our regularly scheduled training events, we‟re supporting 95th during their deployment to NTC, running a range to qualify those who weren‟t able to fire at PTA, and gearing up for the upcoming Change of Command in the beginning of July. In the short term, this means 100% inventories as HHC makes sure all of its property is where it belongs. While the CoC Inventory process can be tedious, it‟s one more step
HHC would like to welcome the following individuals to the unit: PFC Dana Bersterman, SPC Jason Burns, SPC Nathifa Private First Class Mark Corcoran shakes Pierre, SGT Troy hands with 8th TSC Commanding General , Wallan, SSG Corey Major General Terry. Smith, SSG Roger Lariviere, SFC Balmore Vasquez, 2LT Jason Borchik, 2LT Steven Stark, CPT Anthony Nguyen, and CPT Raymond Mockus. Finally, a fond farewell to the following Renegades: PFC David Lippman, PFC Shawnte Robinson, SPC Eddie Goodwin, SPC Timothy Lawrence, SPC Daniel Marker, SPC Thomas White, and 1LT Alex Plotkin.
Until next month, Renegade 6 out.
HHC Company Commander, Shawn Hutson, at PTA‟s M16 Zero Range. HHC Soldiers trained on a variety of weapons at PTA.
CONGRATULATIONS! SPC Nathaniel Jacobsen and wife Lisa Maria Jacobsen delivered little Stuart Arthur on May 15th.
70th Geospatial Company A Message from the CPT Meyers
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so with the small amount of weapons, and the 2nd Platoon large amount of rounds we had to go through.” Second Platoon executed a variety of events at the The sheer number of ranges was not the Pohakuloa Training Center including running the M16 only obstacle for the platoon in trying to execute Ranges, mapping key points of Hilo, taking aerial photothe range. The weather also proved to be an obgraphs of a UAV Landing Strip, and climbing to the peak of stacle, frequently cutting short days on the range, Mauna Kea (8 miles up). leaving for even less time available to fire. What The M16 Range experienced threats from thunder, was on the side of the platoon however, was the lightning, rain and winds, and the harassment of Soldiers who helped run the event. From the OIC, the Nene Birds which no one injured. If the Hato RSO, to the RTO, CLS, range safeties, ammuniwaiin Nene bird was to even show up on the range tion detail, and weapons guard, this range refor a second it shut the range down completely quired the full participation of everyone involved, until the bird decided to leave on its own free will. who delivered enthusiastically. One of the Soldiers We also had the opportunity to convoy down to who played a vital role on the range was PFC Hilo where we Richard Doonan, who took pictures of served on the Ammunition Sergeant Kyle Thomas, of the 70th some key points Detail during the range. Of which we deemed Geospatial Company, was named NCO 1st Platoon his time out there, he Congratulations to 70th Geo necessary for The 70th Engineer Co says, “It was always tricky of the Year in the 8th TSC’s Annual (Geospatial) recently returned Executive Officer, CPT Peterson Humanitarian Aid trying to figure out how and Disaster Warrior Challenge! on his recent promotion. from a training exercise at many rounds to get ready Relief operations. Pohakuloa Training Area, on the for the day, since we had Though at first we were weary that the residents of Hilo Big Island of Hawaii. Their mission was to support a hypoto shoot every round out of a case that we opened would be alarmed at our presence, we found that they thetical Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief even though the range could get shut down bewere more than helpful and oftentimes thought we were (HADR) operation after earthquake and tsunami events. cause of the weather. But it was fun being able to lost (which we were not). During platoon collective training week, the 70th participate in the range, watching other people The last part of our Geospatial training consisted of established tactical command posts and setup cantonment shoot, and even being able to qualify myself.” having PFC Quinones, the photographer from our areas from which to conduct operations. Each platoon Platoon, hang out of a UH-60 Blackhawk with a implemented a 24hr work cycle to maximize effort and $1,000+ camera and take aerial photographs of system availability to complete PTA exercise products and the UAV Landing strip (fortunately the camera concurrent support for Yama Sakura 2011 and other theacame back safe). ter-wide missions. st Lastly before our hike up to the 8 mile 1 peak of Mauna Kea, which a good number Platoon of the Platoon finished, Second Platoon was performed hip pocket training when the tasked camp overflowed with water into the to Billets and into our work area. It was an coordiexperience many of us will not forget as nate 8th TSC Commanding General, MG Terry comwe had to manually dig trenches in the collecmends SPC Levi Reynolds for his work throughmiserable rain so that we could divert tion and out PTA and in garrison. the flow of water so as to not be electroproccuted from the DTSS-D computers. essing Overall, even through all of the challenges of new Soldiers of the 70th Geospatial Company prethat the platoon was put through on the time in 3rd Platoon aerial pare for the arduous hike up Hawaii‟s tallest running the M203 range out at PTA, it proved to be One of the ranges run while at PTA was a qualifiimagery mountain, Mauna Kea. a huge success. By the end of the range, over 120 cation range for the M203 Grenade Launcher. Run of the rd th by the Soldiers of 3 Platoon, 70 EN CO, their Soldiers were qualified on the weapon, many of “damaged areas.” Throughout the mission, Squad Leaders task was to train all available Soldiers in the use of the them for the first time, and almost 80 Soldiers were eager to maximize previous lessons learned and Grenade Launcher, and to qualify them in the use of the prove the unit‟s effectiveness toward the mission. To the from the 70th EN CO alone were able to qualify. weapon. To assist them in this task was 4 M203 Grenade first end, using the Air-Ground Integration range experiWith that, the M203 range had set the standard Launcher and over 3600 40mm practice rounds. As the ence they developed an over-flight plan with the 2-26 for what would turn out to be a highly successful Range Safety Officer, SGT Shawn Smau put it during the Combat Aviation Battalion. To the second end, they levertime in the field not just for the Company, but the FTX, “Our biggest challenge during running the range was aged the capabilities of the Combat Terrain Information Battalion as well in their three weeks on the Big to get a lot of these Soldiers through the range, but to do System (CTIS) to collect, orient, process, and deliver near Island. real-time geospatial data and products. As the Company Commander of the 70 th Engineers, it is with my great pleasure to report to the readers of the 65 th Engineer Battalion that it has been an incredible adventure this past month with overwhelming success all across the board. With our Soldiers deploying to the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), WLC, Air Assault School, Soldier of the Year competitions, redeployment back from PTA and the return of our two Soldiers that deployed to Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi. Each Platoon in the company wanted to take the time to write about a significant event that took place during the company‟s deployment to PTA.
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Forward Support Company the services and recovery of dead-lined vehicles for the Battalion. SSG Brian Gottshall, platoon sergeant during the training exercise, said “Yeah, well, you know, stuff has to get done. We have the tools and we have the mechanSPC Cody Cripe and SGT Fredis Kindelin ics; it‟s our job.” The prepare for the Forward Support Commechanics spent countpany‟s Nighttime Range. Night vision less hours in the BattalForward Support Company Soldiers practice reflexive fire devices were used to shoot the M-16 rifle ion‟s motor pool servicexercises at PTA. These exercises would culminate in the ing vehicles, most of at 25-meter targets. Close Quarters Marksmanship Range which belonged to other companies. Apart from services, Maintenance also handled every recovery mission at PTA. Since their platoon has the only wrecker, they rescued downed vehicles along convoy routes, as well as aiding oldiers of Forward Support Company, 65th Engineer 523rd Engineer Company move pieces of heavy vehicle equipment. Battalion spent the latter part of April and most of May on the big The Headquarters Platoon had the arduous task of feeding the island of Hawaii in support of the 65 th Engineer Battalion‟s rota330 Soldiers occupying PTA from the Battalion. Their commitment tion through the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Support ranged level was evidenced in their ability to open the dining facility the day from transportation of equipment, vehicle maintenance services after we arrived in the field, which was days earlier than anticipated. and recovery, fueling, ammunition handling, and dining facility For the most part, Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion had three operations. In short, the Forward Support Company found themmeals daily prepared and selves a critical component of overall mission success. served out of the dining “Proud doesn’t even begin to describe how I The Distribution Platoon, an 18-Soldier unit, was responsible facility. 1LT Doren Kolasa, feel about this company. Thank you to for the entirety of the Battalion‟s ammunition needs for the more the Company Executive everyone. The Battalion couldn’t have done than 20 ranges conducted Officer, when it without you.” at PTA. In all, the platoon asked about the -CPT Clarence Toussaint, FSC Commander procured, secured, and Soldiers working delivered over 300,000 in the dining facilrounds of ammunition vality, said, “These guys work hard! It is a thankless job and yet ued at over $2.5 million. In they are doing it day after day without anyone complaining. addition to their hard work It‟s impressive really.” on the ranges, they issued The Soldier‟s of the Forward Support Company were essenover 8, 5000 gallons of tial to the success of the 65th Engineer Battalion‟s rotation at fuel. SGT Cordell Reese, PTA. Their hard work, unwavering sense of duty, and pride in one of only two NCO‟s in the their work was evidenced in the scope and quality of training platoon while at PTA, said “The Soldiers we have here NCOs of the Maintenance Platoon aid the 523rd Engiachieved in the field. CPT Clarence Toussaint, the company are easily doing the work of neer Company lift a hydraulic arm onto one of their commander of the Forward Support Company, said of his 30 Soldiers. These guys damaged vehicles. Maintenance was the only platoon unit‟s performance in the field, “Proud doesn‟t even begin to are always working-hard.” with a wrecker from the Forward Support Company, describe how I feel about this company. Thank you to everyThe Maintenance Plamaking them an invaluable asset on every movement. one. The Battalion couldn‟t have done it without you.” toon was responsible for
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82nd ESC Completes Relief in Place (RIP) with 617th EN CO.
ompleting a rigorous and very long train-up for deployment to Operation New Dawn, memCaptain Joshua Long, Company Commander bers of the 82nd Engineer of the 82nd Engineer Support Company. Support Company stood proudly in formation on April 15th, 2011, at Joint Operating Hello everyone, Base Balad, or JBB for short. The training to get to this point Happy Mother‟s Day to all the mothers out there… had been strenuous, physically you‟re sorely missed by all us over here!!! Well we‟re and mentally shaping the Soloff and running. It‟s been a crazy month since we left diers for the hardships they Hawaii, but so far, so good. I‟ve been extremely imwill face during their stay in pressed with every one of our Soldiers, NCO‟s, and Iraq. Being the last Horizontal officers. You all would be amazed with the amount of Construction Company deSoldiers of the 82nd Engineer Support Company stuff that‟s been thrown on their plates, and with the ployed in Iraq presents unique currently deployed in support of operations in Iraq. professionalism that they conduct business. They‟re challenges which the officers, doing awesome. NCO‟s, and Soldiers are was able to exceed expectations and arprimed for and ready to execute. rive at JBB ahead of schedule. Things haven‟t necessarily gone as Following the Upon arrival to JBB, the platoons immediwe‟d hoped, and we‟re not out on misdreaded goodately began their tasks and transitioning sion as much as we‟d like, but things byes with loved with members of the 617th EN CO out of Ft are start-ing to pick up, and I think ones, the 82nd Lewis, WA. The days were long, filled with that trend should change. As far as ESC flew for inventories, and the dreaded “M” word… long term, I wish I had more informanearly 2 days Maintenance. tion, but every-thing‟s very murky straight going right now, and I‟m in the dark as much from Hawaii to Once all the inventories were completed, as everyone else. As soon as I have a Sacramento to it came time for the patrols. Each platoon plan, with something solid, I‟ll make Maine to made their way out into the battlespace, sure everyone knows what‟s going on Germany and learning the ropes from the old guys. so we can all plan for a grand homefinally, to Kuwait. There were some minor hiccups along the coming. way, but all the patrols were completed, The trip was very and the final transfer of information was What I do know is that the amenities long and draining, completed. which we enjoy now will start going The 82nd ESC‟s new logo, designed by SFC but when the away in June. As I get concrete dates, Austin, Platoon Sergeant, 1st Platoon. boots hit the Following the official TOA ceremony, the I‟ll make sure the FRG is aware. ground, the 82nd 82nd went to work, ready to tackle a hisThanks for all your support and prayers. Without began to execute beautifully. Completing all retoric mission, and live the epitome of the you, we couldn‟t do what we do. quired training in a very short time, the 82nd First In, LAST OUT Battalion Sincerely, CPT Long
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o the Families and Friends of the Wolfpack-
It's great to talk to you again and tell you about the great things that your Sappers in the Wolfpack are doing as we continue or ascent to deployment. This past month has seen many returning from over 5 months of route clearance and engineer training at Fort Leonard Wood, medical training at Fort Sam Houston, and a myriad of other schools at assorted locations as we prepare ourselves.
We continue to train hard, and I write this to you from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. The entire company is here and we are going into our last major training exercise before we go on block leave in July. Our training in June prepared us well for this capstone event, with many ranges, two field training exercises, and alot of long days making sure we are ready to go. I want to thank the families and loved ones for the sacrifice they make with the requirements to deploy on short notice. We have been making efficient work of our time, and I promise that we will get that time back to our Sappers when we return from NTC and we all go on a very well deserved block leave. My intent is to get every one of the Wolfpack home to thier families in time for July 4th weekend.
If you are not getting calls or emails, please send an email to our FRG leaders at email@example.com.
Between multiple ranges every week as well as numerous other administrative requirements getting knocked out of the way, we are almost there. We re-qualified on every weapons system in the company, conducted a convoy live fire exercise, and validated ourselves so that we could fire the MICLIC (Mine Clearing Line Charge) at NTC. The MICLIC is a cornerestone of engineer capability and is one of the most potent systems the engineer can bring to bear.
The skills we have acquired while away are a key element to our future success Through this all, we have seen rapid growth of our FRG, with alot in Afghanistan. Our medics of participation and planning for upcoming events such as Engineer were tested to the limits of Week and the Wolfpack returning from NTC. Come on board and thier capability, and they make sure you get your rally towels!! passed with flying colors. Many of our Sappers comIf you are not getting calls or emails, please send an email to our pleted EOCA (Engineer OrdFRG leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org. They do a great job of keepnance Clearance Agent) ing our families and friends informed and are always looking to school- one of the most menhave additional help. It doesn't take alot and the amount of informaA Soldier from the 95th Route Clearance tally rigorous courses the Company lays out MDI for prior to assembling tion you get through the FRG channels can be incredibly helpful. Engineer Regiment can offer. Also check out our facebook page- search for Wolfpack FRG and We also had LT Bazemore earn demolitions charges. you'll see the company logo- that's us. the coveted Sapper tab as the honor graduate of his class. We sent almost a dozen of our very best to From our team to yours, have a great June and we will see you all Air Assault school right here at Wheeler Army airfield. Results: all graduwhen we come back from the National training Center at the end of ated and earned thier air assualt 'wings'. As you can see, we have been the month. incredibly busy. WOLFPACK!! CPT Rich Peacock WOLFPACK 6
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loha from Kuwait! The month of May has proven to be another busy month for the 7th Engineer Dive Team. We had an excellent start to the month as we promoted two outstanding Soldiers: SSG Cochran and SGT Damon. Also this month, we found out that SSG Brandton Rohde was selected to become a Warrant Officer in the Army Boat Community; he and his wife Andrea will PCS after returning to Hawaii and start his training as a navigator of the waters. 7th Dive has also been busy preparing many Soldiers for upcoming promotion and Audie Murphy boards, so we expect to report a lot more good news next month.
Soldiers of the 7th Dive Team prepare for an underwater mission.
7th Dive once again provided great support to the 20th Engineer Brigade in Iraq as they removed bridges from the Tigris River, and we were also able to support other units in the ports of Kuwait and Oman, throughout the month. Along with our missions, 7th Dive was also able to complete some high quality training in Kuwait. The unit received training from SFC Andy Harrison on how to operate pumps during salvage operations, and SSG Jake Cochran trained
As always, care packages and letters are always welcomed by the 7th Dive Team, and we thank you for all of the packages already sent: Engineer Dive Team, APO AE, 09337. the unit on how to properly use and maintain underwater photography and video equipment. The big training event this month was spearheaded by SPC Robert Russell under the direct supervision of his Squad Leader, SSG John Geffert; SPC Russell planned and executed the unitâ€&#x;s surface demolition range where we trained on various cut-
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ting and breaching charges used for underwater demolition operations. We worked with EOD throughout the training event and the capstone blast was detonating 2,400 lbs of explosives! Needless to say the event ended with a big bang! However, we once again found ourselves doing equipment inventories towards the end of the month, and unfortunately, this round of inventories was for the upcoming change-out of the 7th Dive Commander. As this will be the last newsletter article I send out to the friends and families of the 65th Engineer BattalCol. Peter Corey, Commander of the 197th Fires ion, I would like to thank Brigade, awards the Army Achievement Medal to the 130th Engineer BriSpc. Robert Russell of the 7th Engineer Dive Team gade and 65th Engineer for scoring 300-plus on his physical fitness test Battalion leaders and during a ceremony at Kuwait Naval Base, April 27. staff members for their outstanding support in getting us to our deployed location trained and prepared to take on our war-time mission. I would also like to thank all of the friends and family of the 7th Engineer Dive Team, Jenny Koprowski and the 65th Engineer Battalion FRG, and Nicole Martinez and the 7th Engineer Dive Team FRG. Nicole has been an outstanding FRG Leader throughout my time in command, and she has gone above and beyond to keep all 7th Dive families informed and active in the organization. As CPT Scott Sann will soon learn that being the 7th Engineer Dive Team Commander is the best job in the Army, and unfortunately, the time in command goes way too fast. 7th Dive Team Commander, CPT Adrian Biggerstaff
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Perhaps our Single Soldiers and their significant others experienced some form of strain in their budding relationships, too. Even though the primary purpose of PTA involved weapons qualification, a grueling 8 -mile climb to the top of Mauna Kea and the perpetual search for a functioning washing machine, the opportunity to expose our relationships to the strain of a separation (albeit a short and sweet one!) served as a “bonus buy” to help our families identify
PTA compelled our more seasoned couples reetings to all Soldiers and to once again assume or relinquish tradifamily members of the 65th Engineer tional roles around the house for the duBattalion! Our recent miniration of the 4-week field problem. deployment to PTA on the Big Island provided a great opportunity for our “sustain or improve” aspects of their maryoung families to experience separationriage or future marriage. Now that the related anxiety for perhaps the very first “honeymoon” time. For phase comes to Please stop by my office at battalion us “old a close and the headquarters to pick up a free Relationship salts,” PTA “honey-do list” Attachment Model which will help you and your period resumes, compelled this may be a spouse or future spouse assess the condition our more good time to of your relationship. seasoned conduct a relacouples to tionship checkonce again assume or relinquish tradiup. Please stop by my office at battalion tional roles around the house for the duheadquarters to pick up a free RAM ration of the 4-week field problem. Chaplain hosts numerous Battalion sponsored Couple‟s Retreats and even Single Soldier Retreats throughout the year. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and events!
(Relationship Attachment Model) which will help you and your spouse or future spouse assess the condition of your relationship. Perhaps your marriage of future marriage would benefit from some counseling. As I mentioned in last month‟s column, any counseling that I conduct is considered privileged: I cannot reveal anything you say to me to anyone at any time. Until next month, may God richly bless you and your family! -Chaplain Mark Sedwick
If you would like to speak with Chaplain Sedwick, he may be reached at: Cell: (808) 497-0956 Office: (808) 655-8838
Family Readiness Group Page Complete list of ITR Specials: www.mwrarmyhawaii.com/itr-welcome
Military Appreciation Day at the Waikiki Aquarium
June 25th 0900-1500 Free Admission for all Service Members with a valid Military ID
Upcoming 65th Engineer Battalion Events: 130th Engineer Brigade Engineer Week Luau
June 30th Paradise Cove 1700-2200 Itâ€™s Not Too Late to Purchase Your Tickets!
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For More Information or to Get Involved with Your FRG: Bridget Shioshita, Family Readiness Support Advisor (FRSA) 65th Engineer Battalion 874 Williston Ave, Bldg 773 Room 107 Office: (808) 655-6559 Hours: 0800-1630
Movie Night July 22nd Hamilton Field Watch a Movie, Grab a Snack, and Enjoy a Great Movie!
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