249th ENGINEER BATTALION (PRIME POWER) BY STAFF SGT. RODERICK MACLEOD, 24 9 th Engineer Bat talion
he 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) is a multi-component unit and the only medium-voltage power and distribution unit in the U.S. Army. As such, it possesses a majority of the Armyâ€™s Prime Power production specialists (military occupational specialty [MOS] 12P) and the full complement of the U.S. Army Reserve Linemen (MOS 12Q). Due to its unique mission, the 249th consistently operates under challenging conditions that are unknown to other engineer units or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) districts. These challenges include
geographic dispersion among units in order to provide regional support, the lack of traditional tiered-higher headquarter support systems (brigade and division), and a multi-component composition (active and Reserve forces).
MISSION On order, deploy worldwide to provide prime electrical power and electrical systems expertise in support of military operations and the National Response Framework.