MESSAGE TO THE REGIMENT #23:
”The Engineer Blast”
13 January, 2006
A. Overview: The Office of the Chief of Engineers is pleased to forward this twenty-third version of “The Engineer Blast”. The Message to the Regiment, the “Engineer Blast” proudly celebrates its one year anniversary with this edition.
Thanks for all you do and stay safe – enjoy the “BLAST!!”
NOTE: In order to further enhance communications from the major entities of the Engineer Regiment to the field, the Office, Chief of Engineers (OCE) is facilitating a process to spread Engineer knowledge from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), The United States Army Engineer School (USAES), Engineer Branch, other Engineer agencies, and our office in the Pentagon. All links should work for .mil computers.
Safety continues to be of major concern for the Army Leadership and was the first topic discussed at the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Nominative Command Sergeants Major Conference. POV accidents remain as a leading cause of soldier’s deaths. Please continue to use the tools provided by the Combat Readiness Center to eliminate this tragic waste.
Senior NCOs from the Engineer Regiment and spouses met with the our shining future, the senior NCOs currently enrolled in the United States Sergeants Major Academy, during the SMA Nominative CSM Conference.
B. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides the following information:
1. The Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) was formed to provide comprehensive analysis to determine exactly what happened in the New Orleans hurricane and flood protection system during Hurricane Katrina. IPET includes some of the nation’s leading engineers and scientists from government (federal, state and local agencies), academia and private industry. (IPET Web Site)
2. CORPS POINTS, a weekly compendium of facts and talking points to help tell the Corps story, is linked. Version; 22 DEC 05; Version 10 JAN 06
3. USACE News Clips are daily compilations of published current news articles and commentary concerning significant U.S. Army Corps of Engineer issues.
4. Historical Vignette # 14;A Former Chief Engineer Became the Army's Top General? By USACE Office of History.
5. The 138th Annual Engineer Dinner and Castle Ball scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA beginning at 1700 hrs. POC is Shirley Rees, HQ USACE Protocol Officer, 202-761-1220. Invitation and Registration Form is now available.
6. The following information is provided by the 412th ENCOM.—MAJ Roth
412th ENCOM currently has 44 soldiers mobilized ISO GWOT both in CENTCOM and USEUCOM AORs.
412th ENCOM continues coordination with members of the GRD staff and will conduct the next teleconference on 05 FEB 06 with all members of the 412th ENCOM deployment cell. The discussion during the teleconference held during this weekend’s Battle Assembly (7-8 JAN 06) included the amended Request For Forces (RFF) and 412th ENCOM staffing efforts to achieve resolution.
The 412th ENCOM will be conducting a USACE-centric Battle Assembly during the period 4-5 FEB 06 which will involve all aspects of USACE and potential systems that the mobilizing soldiers will utilize during their deployment ISO GRD. This training will be supported by the MVD and coordination continues.
Transformation (TEC)//Army Reserve Command and Control (ARC2)
412th ENCOM ICW HQUSACE and the 416th ENCOM are staffing Initiative 23. (Theater Engineer Command (TEC)) and have submitted their proposed Equipment Set and DRAFT O&O Concept Paper to the MANSCEN Futures Center (USAES) for FDU submission to TRADOC.
412th ENCOM held its initial meeting of the Army Reserve Command and Control (ARC2) Working Group to develop comprehensive plans for the transformation into a Title X functional command while still maintaining go-to war mission readiness ISO, the ENCOM’s transition to TEC. A Mission Analysis will be conducted by the ARC2 Working Group on 121000JAN06 to support goals and objectives of the transformation.
412th ENCOM is currently sourcing the support of six (6) individuals to support Hurricane Relief Operations ISO Mississippi Valley Division in the MS/LA AOR.
412th ENCOM (Korea Forward and Main) is supporting Combined Forces Engineer (CFEN), Combined Forces Command, Korea in the development of products utilizing the ENCOM’s internal reachback capability.
The 412th ENCOM conducts WARPLEX ’06 (31 JAN – 03 FEB 06). The focus of the exercise will be analysis of 412th ENCOM world-wide commitments ISO COCOMs. Exercise objectives also include 412th Transformation Planning ISO the Army Reserve Command and Control (ARC2) structure which will transform the 412th ENCOM into a functional command with Title X downtrace units.
The 412th ENCOM continues planning for USF-K Exercises Ulchi Focus Lens and RSOI ’06 and is conducting bi-weekly teleconferences with the Korea Forward in support of planning efforts.
Exercise Related Construction
412th ENCOM conducts Operation Sand Castle as USARC Action Agent, 372d EN GP (CBT) has C2 over exercise units.
In addition to the Final Planning Conference (scheduled for 17-19 FEB 06 at the NTC), a further design review has been scheduled for 14-15 JAN 06.
412th ENCOM is conducting initial coordination with USACE for potential synergies between the USACE Training Mission (FRAGO 1 to OPORD 2006-02) at the NTC and Operation Sand Castle.
The 412th ENCOM (Forward – Germany) is completing final After Action Review for the MEDFLAG ’05 exercise in Angola ISO a 19 pax rotation to refurbish a 17km water distribution system ISO Humanitarian Assistance Operations and the EUCOM TSCP.
The 412th ENCOM (Forward –Hawaii) continues planning ISO PACOM/USARPAC in the execution of exercises Balkitan ’06 , Cobra Gold ’06 and Khan Quest ’06. The 854th ECB (H) will provide units ISO vertical and horizontal construction projects ISO Humanitarian Assistance Projects ISO the PACOM Theater Security Cooperation Plan (TSCP).
7. The following information is provided by the 416th ENCOM.—SGM Prater
Currently have 58 soldiers mobilized ISO operations in the CENTCOM AOR.
Will participate as USARC Executive Agent in NH 06 FPC 16 -20 Jan 06 in El Salvador.
Trade Winds 06 FPC 24 – 26 Jan 06 in Kingston, Jamaica. This is a 19 nation JCS exercise to be conducted in Mar-Apr 2006.
Currently have 2 personnel ISO hurricane Katrina/Rita relief efforts with 6 more personnel awaiting orders from USACE to move forward.
Bright Star 07/08 Concept Development Conference in Cairo, Egypt 22-28 Feb 06.
8. The Gulf Region Division (GRD) The following articles are provided by GRD.
Jan 13 - Al Basheer residents celebrate water projects, Jan 10 - Ambassador Khalalzid views Iraq health care improvements, Jan 9 - Molding Iraq's future Jan 8 - Kirkuk is Getting an Electrical Boost Jan 6 - Special deliveries made to special groups Jan 5 - Securing a military academy Jan 4 - Gonzales has a firm grip on weighty issuesJan 3- Covering the police
Forwarded for your information is the PCO Weekly Iraq Reconstruction Update – Version 15 Dec 05., Version 11 Jan 06. This update highlights Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PCO) progress. This document is a product of the PCO Strategic Communications staff. The PCO Office has cleared these documents for release.
9. The Afghanistan Engineer District :
10. The Corps Environment, a quarterly newsletter to provide information about Corps environmental actions, issues, policies and technologies is now available.
C. The The US Army Engineer School (USAES) provides the following information:
AC's MESSAGE: On behalf of MG Castro and CSM Pearson, Happy New Year from the Engineer School Team! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. I want to send some updates on key events and issues we are working here at the school. Continue to send us your feedback and questions.
1. LATEST ON IED-DEFEAT: Significant progress has been made in the effort to improve logistics sustainability and maintenance readiness in our suite of mine protected vehicles (Buffalo, IVMMD, RG-31 Medium Mine Protected Vehicle). We were successful in obtaining over $30M in additional funds from AMC to specifically address this problematic area. Additional funds are still being sought, but close coordination and teamwork between PM Close Combat Systems, PM Force Projection and the TACOM Deployment Equipment Product Support Integration Directorate has resulted in better parts flow through initiatives to restock and increase ASL, and improve the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) provided by Field Service Representatives (FSRs). The impact has been impressive - for the past 30 days Buffalo Readiness has climbed steadily. Although many readiness issues remain, OR rates should continue to improve over the next few months. On the PEO CS&CSS AKO homepage, under the “Hot Topics” section, users can request access to a website with the latest information on Mine Protected Vehicle initiatives is at: https://www.us.army.mil/suite/portal.do?$p=221976.2. UPARMORED CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT PROGRESS: Support from the Regiment is needed for the Construction Equipment Add on Armor (AoA) effort. TACOM has AoA kits in various stages of development for 12 systems (IHMEE, HYEX, DEUCE, 2.5 CY Loader, ATEC, 5 CY Loader, Vibratory Roller, Scraper, High Speed Compactor, Dozer, Grader, and 7.5T Crane). These AoA kits SIGNIFICANTLY increase operator protection and are in critical need in OIF/OEF areas of operation. The preferred approach is to service life extension program (SLEP) a vehicle, install the AoA and ship to theater. However units must offer up “seed vehicles” to enable this strategy. Units are highly encouraged to provide systems and support this critical force protection effort where possible. In return units offering up “seed vehicles” will receive a RESET system on the average within 12 months. To submit a vehicle for SLEP or obtain additional information contact Ms. Marilyn Altobelli, TACOM CE Fleet Planner, DSN 786-7918/comm: (586)574-7918, email: AltobelM@tacom.army.mil or Mr. Jeff Hoezee, CE Deputy for Logistics, DSN 786-6940/comm.: (596)574-5940, email email@example.com.
3.UPCOMING ENGINEER COMMANDANT'S VTC: The semi-annual world-wide Engineer Commandant's VTC will be on 23 Feb 2006, 0900-1130 CST. The agenda will feature a discussion lead by MG Castro and CSM Pearson on the most current IED-Defeat strategies. The Command Team will be followed by COL Nicholson, the TRADOC Systems Manager - Assured Mobility, who will talk about IED-Defeat developments in GWOT, IED Protocols, Breaching TTPs, Search CONOPS (Search Team and Search Advisor), Route Recon and Clearance (Current Equipment and Training), and EHCC/EHT (Current EHCC Operations). COL Kelly, Director of Training and Leader Development, will give a training update to include the Role of the Battle Staff Engineer. COL Schweitzer, 1st EN BDE Commander, will then give an enlisted engineer training update. COL Hornack, Director of Combat Developments, will brief on the Fusion Cell and the latest Future Engineer Force progress, as well as up-armoring engineer platform efforts and efforts in Mine Protection Vehicle development. He will also brief on modular force review recommendations and Echo company initiatives. COL Crabtree, TPIO-TD, will then brief on Battle space Awareness and IED Defeat. He will talk about BuckEye/Lidar, plus some other geospatial initiatives. There will be over an hour to hear key regimental issues from the field before MG Castro closes the VTC. Contact LTC(P) Dennis Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573)563-8046.
4. ENGINEER WEEK: 1-5 May is shaping up to be an outstanding week for our Regiment. Not unlike the Orlando conference, we are going to synchronize as many Engineer activities as we can into on exciting week, starting in St. Louis on Monday and moving to Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday. I STRONGLY encourage ALL ENGINEER LEADERS TO ATTEND. Major events will include a COUNCIL of COLONELS, COUNCIL of CSMs, focused work groups, the NG Advisory Team, the USAR Engineer Board, TASS EN BN sessions, USACE meetings, an INDUSTRY tract, the Best Sapper Competition, and the Engineer Ball. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ENGINEER WEEK OF THE YEAR AND THE ONLY MAJOR REGIMENTAL ASSEMBLY IN 2006 - highly recommend you maximize participation. IN ADDITION, if your unit has plans to dedicate a plaque in the Engineer Museum in the very near future or has a ceremonial-type event it wants to stage, we can arrange to have it at FLW during that same week. Contact COL Jerry Lago at email@example.com for details.
5. DeFLEURY NOMINAITONS FROM BSTB COMMANDERS: We've received some questions about DeFleury Award nominations from BSTB Commanders who do not have Engineer Colonels in their chains of command. If you are a BSTB Commander and you need O-6 approval for a Bronze DeFleury Award, send your nominations to:
6. IMA WANTED AT SCHOOL HOUSE: The Reserve Component Captain’s Career Course at the Engineer School currently has instructor/writer positions open for Reserve/Guard members. These are IMA (Individual Mobilization Augmentee) positions and allow for Annual Training as well as drill time.
Current positions open are for Engineers in the rank of O4, O3, and E8. E7s can also interview for an E8 slot. Please contact MAJ Tim O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. USAES LEARNING PORTAL: The U.S. Army Engineer School Lifelong Learning Portal has posted the following discussion under “Forum Index; General Discussions” https://www.mwu.army.mil/portal/eng/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=29#29 Listed below is the link to assignments that the Engineer Branch considers “Hard to Fill Locations ". If you are interested and think you qualify for one of these assignment please contact your Assignment Manager or PDNCO.
8. Engineer Regiment, Class V, Training Munitions Usage Rates As of 27 DEC 05 1st QTR. FY06 The following information is for Engineer Commanders. The munitions usage rates for the Engineer Regiment and DA are listed below. The numbers below reflect the 1st QUARTER, FY06.
The Department of the Army, G3, and Ammunition reviews the usage rates and monitors the usage rates through-out the training year. Low usage rates are utilized by DA giving the impression proponents including Engineers, can’t train current strategies found in the DA PAM 350-38, Standards in Training Commission (STRAC). The low usage rate impacts new systems training strategies, making it difficult to obtain approval of new munitions through the already taxed system.
Request Engineer Commanders place this systemic problem high on their priority list and insist the Ammunition Managers keep the Chain of Command aware of the training munitions usage rate through out the year.
Commanders can obtain usage rates for brigade, battalion or company level by contacting Bobby Skinner, 573-596-0131 ext36243 or by the email address: email@example.com .
MUNITIONS ENGINEER DA USAGE RATE 1. Demo 16% 6%
2. Small Arms 10.5% .09%
3. Mines 1% .01%
4. Grenades 17% .086%
5. CS Capsules 21% .09%
6. Smoke Pot 07% .02%
7. Simulators 3% .02%
8. Flares 02% .02%
9. Signals (Smoke) .05% .04%
Note: Mines must be requested through the MACOMS for training.
The FORSCOM Commander made the decision to place a hold on mines due to the Presidential Landmine Policy effective in FY10. Engineers must request mines as need throughout the fiscal year.
The 1st week in January 2006 saw USAES MIPR $15K to G3 to support continued contractor support by Mr. Pete Clarkson. A supporter and advocate of Engineer concepts and material, Mr. Clarkson will keep on as a liaison within the G3 for future and current Combat Engineer related matters.
Take a moment to visit the Engineer School web site to KEEP CURRENT and keep critical information flowing to our Soldiers. It's very much worth the time to visit BOTH NIPR and SIPR sites.
D. The Engineer Enlisted / Officer Branch provides the following information:
1. If you are currently a Sergeant First Class and you have successfully completed 18-24 month of rated Engineer Platoon Sergeant time contact your PDNCO about filling an Army Active Component/Reserve Component Observer-Controller Trainer Position.
2. Expanded Graduate School Program. If you are YG 1998-2003 and interested in attending ACS, please see MILPER Message below and contact your branch manager for more information.
Expanded Graduate School Program for Officers in Year Groups 98-03 message, MILPER Message 05-293.
3. RED TEAM COURSE, 18 week course at Fort Leavenworth to start JAN 2006. Looking for volunteers in grade of O4-O5 and CWO3-CWO5 to attend one of four pilot Red Team Course at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) at Fort Leavenworth. Please contact your Assignment Officer if interested.
Information Paper G3 Message Q&A
E. The Office of the Chief of Engineers provides the following information:
1. Safety continues to be of major concern for the Army Leadership and was the first topic discussed at the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Nominative Command Sergeants Major Conference. POV accidents remain as a leading cause of soldier’s deaths. Please continue to use the tools provided by the Combat Readiness Center to eliminate this tragic waste.
2. Congratulations on your promotion to MSG. You are among the best and brightest the Corps has to offer.
COKER ANTHONY JAMES, 21Z5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
LANE JEFFREY SCOTT, 21Z5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
BEST WINFRED MAURICE, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
FAUST DANIEL JOSEPH, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
HEARNE RICHARD EARL, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
JORDAN RONALDO EMANUEL, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
MOOSE BARRY RAYMOND JR, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
ORTEGAGARCIA ANGEL J, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
SANPEDRO STEVEN JOHN, 21X5 MSG 01 FEB 2006
LINDSAY CARL LOUIS II, 21X5 MSG 01 NOV 2005
3. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO COTTAD POLICY AND TO PROVIDE HQDA POLICY CLARIFICATION TO INCLUDE QUALIFICATION FOR ORDERS, TOUR LENGTHS, ORDERS PROCEDURES AND AUTOMATION PROCESSING FOR RESERVE COMPONENT (RC) SOLDIERS SERVING ISO GWOT. THIS MESSAGE RESCINDS REFERENCES 1.A. THROUGH 1.F. ABOVE. Complete Message 4. THE VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY HAS APPROVED A TWO YEAR TEST OF A REDESIGNED SF WOTTCC BEGINNING O/A JULY-AUGUST 2006 AND ENDING IN SEPTEMBER 2008. CONTINUATION OF THIS INITIATIVE BEYOND THE TESTING PERIOD WILL BE BASED UPON FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM FIELD COMMANDERS AND PROVEN IMPROVEMENTS OBTAINED IN SF WARRANT OFFICER RECRUITING DUE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS INITIATIVE. Complete Message.
5. MESSAGE –SUBJECT: Erroneous or Improper Transfers to the IRR The purpose of this message is to address a significant concern with Soldiers erroneously or improperly transferred into the IRR. As Commander of the IRR, I am charged with ensuring the readiness of the IRR as a mobilization asset in time of war. To that end, I need your immediate assistance and command emphasis on eliminating erroneous and improper transfers to the IRR. Actions taken by separation authorities and transition centers must be procedurally correct and in the best interest of the Army.
6. A Student pays his respects to the military.
7.. Department of the Army Stand To - A daily compendium of news, information, and context for Army leaders. A consolidated version of the Army’s daily send.
8.. You can always find all the Messages to the Regiment at our AKO site—AKO Login is required. For those having a hard time getting to the files that require an AKO logon, here is a screenshot to show where the files are physically located.
F. Topic of Interest: The Army NGA Support Team
The Army NST. In the mid-December blast, we introduced the NGA Support Team - Army (Army NST) and our mission. While our headquarters is in Reston, Virginia, we also have personnel deployed throughout CONUS to support Army units and personnel with geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). The attached PowerPoint slide shows our locations, personnel, and contact information. Our mission essential tasks are to:
· provide NGA data, products, services, on-site exploitation, and technical support at major Army locations.
· incorporate geospatial intelligence activities into Army curricula and training; to promote awareness within the Army about NGA products, services, and training.
· assist the Army in submission and management of requirements.
· assess/review policy, processes, services, data, and functionality with the Army and provide feedback to the Army and NGA about usefulness and improvements.
· facilitate interaction and collaboration between the Army and NGA by representing NGA at critical Army fora dealing with geospatial intelligence issues and by advocating Army needs within NGA.
· lead and manage change and expectations as the Army and NGA develop and transform.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.nga.mil and click on the Military Support link (only from .mil or .gov domains). You can also call our customer service line at (commercial) 703-264-3001 or DSN 570-3001, or email us at NSTArmy@nga.mil.
NST-A Phone Location Chart 050429.ppt
G. Engineer Unit Highlight: 20th Engineer Brigade This feature provides a venue for Engineer Units/Activities to post unit information. If you are an OIC/NCOIC of an Engineer Unit/Activity and would like your organization mentioned here, download the template and email back to me. All entries will be consolidated on a master page as they come in. Use featured document as the template. Feel free to elaborate. Engineer Unit Highlight: Former Submissions
H. Recurring Links:The Commandant’s Message; Engineer Casualties (Updated as of 28 Dec 05)
The Engineer Lifelong Learning PortalUSACE Organizations ; The Engineer Update ; Military OneSource ;
The West Point Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering ; USMA Basecamp
The USACE Installation Support Community of Practice Portal; Topographic Engineering Center
United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center; NCO Net
The West Point Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering
Department of Military Instruction (Engineer Branch)ENGINEER UNIT REGIMENTAL LINKS
I. Engineers Supporting Engineers—Professional Organizations Links:
1. Army Engineer Association : AEA News; Army Engineer Association Programs; Membership.
Send Reunion Announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL: Engineer Regimental Week 2006 has been scheduled for 1 thru 5 MAY 2006 in St. Louis and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Army Engineer Association (AEA) , in conjunction with the Engineer School and USACE, will be conducting a series of activities in Missouri.
First, AEA will host a Engineer Regimental Conference in St. Louis, consisting of numerous working sessions conducted by the Engineer School and USACE, Guest Speakers, Council of Colonels & Sergeant Majors, Vendor Displays, and Social Events.
Later the same week at Fort Leonard Wood, the Regiment will celebrate key events highlighted by the Best Sapper Competition; the unveiling of the new AEA sponsored Sapper Statue to be located in the Engineer Memorial Grove, and the 2006 Engineer Ball (Regimental Dinner).
This will be the only major regimental assembly during 2006. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
REGISTRATION FOR THE ST. LOUIS PORTION OF THE EVENT WILL BE CONDUCTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.
2. Society of American Military Engineers : The Military Engineer Online : Membership
2006 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo
May 30-June 2, 2006
New Orleans, La.
CONTACT Ashlyn Graves EVANS-GRAVES ENGINEERS, INC.,
One Galleria Blvd.
Metairie, LA. 70001
HOST Louisiana Post
Modular Army Units Get New Names: U.S. Army units are getting new designations in support of the continued modular force restructuring effort.
Click Here for a Microsoft Word document detailing the changes.
Click Here for an Adobe PDF document detailing the changes.
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