TRANSATL ANTIC DIVISION
Within the Transatlantic Division, there are several unique capabilities such as the Technical Center of Expertise for Hangar Fire Protection, above.
plans, and 90 environmental reports. The TFE model has been such a successful supporting unit that ARCENT is looking to maintain its capability and capacity going forward in its enduring mission. “Our coalition partners recognize TFE as an invaluable asset to the mission,” said Col. John Haas, the TFE commander. “They recognize that TFE provides USACE quality on the warfighter timeline.” This is true of many projects in theater, with one example being Erbil Air Base in Iraq, where TFE is bringing that USACE quality to the deteriorating airfield. The taxiway enables many coalition partners in their mission success, and this project will support continuity of operations and the defeat of Daesh. Primary support for the warfighter includes force protection; life, health, and safety; power surety; storm water management; and quality of life. TFE maintains the multiyear integrated priority list for the CJTF Engineer (CJENG) based on whether the project is mission critical, essential, or enhancing. These imperatives are the foundation of the Joint Facilities Utilization Board (JFUB). Of significant importance to CJENG is that TFE provides cradleto-grave oversight of all projects as they progress through the JFUB process. This process helps mission partners get involved in the execution of their requiring activities to accomplish construction effects within the CJOA and to provide base operating support integrator engineer focus on requests for support.
Through TFE’s tremendous ability, CJTF-OIR is now in the latter stages of their mission and have claimed success in the degradation of ISIS’ capabilities and the building of partner capacity for the Iraqi security forces, so they can maintain the security and safety of the Iraqi people. The TFE team is proud to have been a part of the accomplishment and is poised to provide the agile responsive model for our mission partners. TFE is building strong to support the warfighter. The final and most recent piece of the Transatlantic Division’s mission scope is dedicated support to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Different divisions within USACE are responsible for different combatant commands within the U.S. military. TAD acts as a liaison to facilitate those command-to-command relationships when SOCOM is involved in order to synchronize those programs across USACE. “TAD’s day-to-day execution for SOF [special operations forces] is relatively small compared to other major subordinate comands; however, we offer a unique and dispassionate perspective of SOF engineering,” said Brandon Chance, a TAD program manager who works SOCOM programs in the division. “Also, TAD’s wealth of contingency engineering experience, combined with a robust operations staff, provides significant insights and resources for the SOF engineer.” Currently, SOCOM is leveraging TAD’s experience in crafting its internal engineering standards document, titled, “SOCOM Spearbook,” which will supplement other COCOM standards (including CENTCOM’s “Sandbook”), as well as serving as a “how-to” reference for the SOF engineer. With ongoing support to contingency operations, TAD continues to look for ways it can provide value to CENTCOM, SOCOM, and other key stakeholders. n 1 17