Message to the regiment #27: ”The Engineer Blast”



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MESSAGE TO THE REGIMENT #27:
The Engineer Blast”
31 March, 2006

A.  Overview:  The Office of the Chief of Engineers is pleased to forward this twenty-seventh version of “The Engineer Blast”.

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. 

General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

 

     Army Lt. Gen. David F. Melcher has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as military deputy for budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), Washington, D.C.  Melcher is currently serving as deputy chief of staff, G-8, Army, Washington, D.C.


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The US Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center has developed the BuckEye Imagery GeoIndex (BIG) site for Iraq coverage. This 4" georeferenced Buckeye imagery is very useful for military planners. See TEC BuckEye article for more description. CAC CARD LOGIN REQUIRED.

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The Engineering Research and Development Center requests your assistance in a bridge survey.

The purpose of this survey is to insure this research effort considers the unique requirements of military bridging - more specifically non-standard military bridging. Our concern is that as we proceed on this project with incorporation of civilian academic and transportation officials that the research may sway towards construction and engineering practices common to civilian bridge construction.

The scope of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of high strength steel as a "replacement" candidate for non-standard fixed bridge plans and specifications that are contained in the Army Forces Component System manuals.
The desired outcome of this survey is for the personnel involved in the research to have a better understanding of current non-standard bridging practices and requirements. The desired outcome of the research project is to develop alternates to the current non-standard bridge plans in the AFCS that allow heavier Military Load Classification vehicles or the same vehicles for longer span lengths. An additional possible outcome may be the development of a new non-standard steel bridge geometry that allows for heavier vehicles to cross longer spans.
Please return surveys to Terry.R.Stanton@erdc.usace.army.mil or David.W.Hyde@erdc.usace.army.mil


B.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides the following information:

1. NOTICE DATE CHANGE The Chief of Engineers will host an Engineer Muster for all Engineers, past and present, on 14 June 2006 from 1000 – 1100 hrs in the Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers Executive Foyer.  Refreshments will be served following a brief ceremony. Please RSVP to Shirley Rees, 202-761-1220 to facilitate entrance to the GAO building.

2. The U.S. Air Force awarded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, with four Design and Construction Awards presented through its 2006 Design and Construction Awards Program.

In addition, the district also received three of ten Design and Environmental Awards given by the U.S. Army. (More)

3.  USACE News Clips are daily compilations of published current news articles and commentary concerning significant U.S. Army Corps of Engineer issues.

4.  CORPS POINTS, a weekly compendium of facts and talking points to help tell the Corps story, is linked.  Version; 22 Mar 06 ; 30 Mar 06 ; Safety Supplement

5.  Historical Vignette # 26; What Infamous Gang Stole a Corps Payroll? By USACE Office of History.



6. The following information is provided by the 412th ENCOM—MAJ Latiolais
GWOT

    • 412th ENCOM currently has 44 soldiers mobilized ISO GWOT both in CENTCOM and USEUCOM AORs.

    • 412th ENCOM has received it’s mobilization order ISO USACE GRD support and will report to Home Station prior to deployment to the Ft. Bliss CRC next month. 

Transformation (TEC)/Army Reserve Command and Control (ARC2)

    • 412th ENCOM ICW HQUSACE and the 416th ENCOM is 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.

Humanitarian Assistance

    • 412th ENCOM is currently sourcing the support of two (2) individuals to support Hurricane Relief Operations ISO Mississippi Valley Division in the MS/LA AOR.  One additional individual is projected to return to St. Bernard Parrish following his participation in Exercise RSOI.

 COCOM Support
    • 412th ENCOM participates in exercise RSOI during the period 20-31 MAR 06 in the Republic of Korea.  The ADVON for RSOI deployed 17 MAR 06 and the Main Body deployed on 19 MAR 06.  The majority of the Command Group and all staff sections are engaged with this exercise, as well as downtrace from the 729th FED, 168th EN GP, and 308th EN DET (Real Estate).


    • The 412th ENCOM will be conducting WARFIGHTER 06 during the period 2-4 JUN 06 in Vicksburg, MS.  The theme for the conference will be “Engineers - Building the Future” and will have participation from all supported COCOMs and USACE as well as the Engineer Community in CONUS.  The OPORD for the event has been released.  Invitations for speakers have been released and invitation for attendees is forthcoming.

    • The 412th ENCOM continues planning for USF-K Exercises Ulchi Focus Lens 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.  Planning continues for the first rotation, 20 April – 10 May 2006.

    • The 412th ENCOM (Forward – Germany) continues staff planning ISO Humanitarian Assistance Operations and the EUCOM TSCP.  They are also  preparing to demobilize in July, with the return of the 18th Engineer Brigade. 

    • The 412th ENCOM (Forward –Hawaii) continues planning ISO PACOM/USARPAC in the execution of exercises Cobra Gold ’06 and Khan Quest ’06.  Exercise Balikatan concluded this month with significant accomplishments by the 854th EN BN on HA Projects on the island of Jolo.  Exercise Cobra Gold commences in May.

7. The following information is provided by the 416th ENCOM—SGM Prater

CENTCOM Support
  • Currently have 58 soldiers mobilized ISO operations in the CENTCOM AOR.


  • Working two electrical power related design projects (generation and distribution) in support of future operations within Mubarek Military City.

  • Participating in Lucky Warrior, 10-14 Apr 06, a 3rd US Army staff exercise conducted in preparation for Bright Star 07/08.

  • Evaluating 2 potential design missions for SOCCENT.


SOUTHCOM Support  

  • USARC Executive Agent for New Horizons 2006El Salvador21 Feb – 9 Jun 06.  Currently 360 service members in El Salvador. Mission is to construct three 2-room schools and two clinics, drill three wells and conduct three MEDRETEs. 

  • USARC Executive Agent for Trade Winds 06.  This is a 19 nation JCS exercise to be conducted in Mar-Apr 2006 in Kingston, Jamaica.  Construction projects are 100% complete.  Training mission in progress. 

  • USARC Executive Agent for New Horizons 06 - Peru, 15 Jul – 30 Sep 06.  A joint exercise employing Army, Navy and Marine personnel.  Seabees and Marines are primary engineer force.  Mission is to construct one school and two clinics, drill three wells, and conduct three MEDRETEs.

    • IPC conducted 6-9 Mar 06 in San Antonio.

    • PSDD/Market Survey scheduled for 17-28 Apr 06.

    • Executive Planning Conference 5-9 Jun 06 in Lima, Peru.

    • Execution Phase 15 Jul – 30 Sep 06.         
  • Supported USARSO with engineer staff operations support for Blue Advance 2006, a SOUTHCOM staff exercise, 3-17 Mar in Suffolk, VA.


  • Staffing a mission in Grand Exhume, Bahamas to support OPBAT.  Mission includes, COR training with an electrical engineer on site to observe the construction of a new gym.

 

Installation Related Construction

  • USARC Executive Agent for Operation Essayons, conducted at Ft Hunter-Liggett, CA, 15 Jul – 11 Aug 06.  Exercise integrated with IRC mission. 

    • FPC 28-30 Apr in Denver, CO.

    • Execution Phase 15 Jul – 11 Aug 06.

  • Support to Patriot Warrior, conducted at Ft. McCoy, WI.

    • FT McCoy site visit and coordination meeting with PW planners 29 Mar 06.

  • FPC 28-29 Apr 06.

  • Execution Phase 9-23 Jun 06.

  • Support to Ft. Dix, NJ – Attended IPB (Installation Planning Board) meeting 15 -17 Mar 06. Identified projects for IRC 07.  


USACE Support

  • Currently have 5 personnel ISO Hurricane Katrina/Rita relief efforts.

8. The Gulf Region Division (GRD) GRD provides the following articles.


Iraq Weekly Status Report -29 March 2006



Project

Mar 29

Area Engineers learn from the past to build a brighter future

Project


Mar 27

Ribbon Cutting Held at Karbala Government Building

People

Mar 24

SFC Westerman earns entry into Sgt. Audie Murphy Club

People

March 22

The International Day of Women

People

March 10

Being blue in a green world

9. The Afghanistan Engineer District : USACE Extreme Makeovers.


AED contracting office presents technical proposal workshop to Afghan firms

KABUL, Afghanista -- As part of Afghan First activities, about fifty contractors participated in a Contractor Open House which featured a Contractor Technical Proposal Workshop at the US Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District (AED) headquarters.  Read more.


Who are ya gonna call when the lights go out?

KABUL, Afghanistan -- After 20 years of darkness, the lights are finally back on in Gardez.  That’s thanks to the Czech Republic’s donation of a generator and the talents of the US Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District’s (AED) Yvan Nobile.  Read more.


10. Request for Assistance from HQ USACE, Resdro



Current Mission

WHO:E-4 through O-5, Branch or MOS immaterial (ORB and Biography required for officers)

WHAT:  Hurricane Recovery
WHEN:  Currently Underway (60-120 day tours)
WHERE:  LA, MS
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 1.  Government Credit Card with at least a $5,000 limit.


 2.  Civilian driver’s license
 3.  A current physical (within 5 years) and current HIV (within 2 years) from the start of the tour.

OTHER INFORMATION: Personnel will be on TTAD (Temporary Tour of Active Duty) orders.  Personnel are on per diem and pay their own expenses, which are reimbursed using travel vouchers. Individuals may apply for a card through their unit personnel office.  IRR or IMA individuals apply through the Corps of Engineers. Individuals make his or her own travel arrangements to the sites using Carlson-Wagonlit Travel Agency. 

Emergency OPS Personnel Requirements Mission

WHO:   E-4 through O-5, Branch or MOS immaterial (ORB and Biography required for Officers)
WHAT:  Hurricane Recovery
WHEN:  Currently seeking Volunteers for Tours Beginning June 2006 (120-179 day tours)
WHERE:  TBD
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Government credit card with at least a $5,000 limit


2.  Civilian driver’s license
3.  A current physical (within 5 years) and current HIV (within 2 years) from the start of the tour.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Personnel will be on TTAD (Temporary Tour of Active Duty) orders.   Personnel are on per diem and pay their own expenses, which are reimbursed using travel vouchers. Individuals may apply for a card through their unit personnel office.  IRR or IMA individuals apply through the Corps of Engineers Individuals make his or her own travel arrangements to the sites using Carlson-Wagonlit Travel Agency



 Points of Contact:
 2LT Monroe     202-761-1703 Angela.Monroe.2lt@hq02.usace.army.mil
 SGM Qualy      202-761-0302 Richard.W.Qualy.SGM@hq02.usace.army.mil
 SSG Shuler     202-761-4284 Clara.J.Shuler.SSG@hq02.usace.army.mil

11. 416th Facility Engineer Group: FEC-NW (416th ENCOM) – The Facility Engineer Center for the Northwest part of the United States has multiple reserve enlisted and officer positions open in the following areas: Construction Sergeant, E-6, both 21N & 21H, Denver (Colorado), Supply Sergeant, E-5, (92Y), Personnel Sergeant, E-5, (42A), Personnel Sergeant, E-8, (42A) and Information Systems Officer, 0-3 & 0-4, (25A), Fort McCoy (Wisconsin). In addition the following areas have these openings in Construction Inspectors, E-7, (21H), Construction Supervisors, E8, (21X), Engineer Officers, 0-3 & 0-4, (21B & 21D), Warrant Officers (210A) in Seattle (Washington), Denver (Colorado), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Fort McCoy (Wisconsin), Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Peoria (Illinois), Chicago (Illinois), Detroit (Michigan), Indianapolis (Indiana), and Columbus (Ohio).

If interested in any of the above mentioned positions please send your contact information or your military resume to Major Gary Metzer (gary.metzer@us.army.mil) indicating the position and part of the country you are interested in.

12. You are invited to click on the hyperlink to receive your copy of The Corps Environment, a quarterly newsletter.

The hyperlink will connect you directly to a menu containing a link to each article.  I encourage you to maneuver through the menu to review all of the great articles.  If you prefer to see the entire newsletter, you can access the current edition of the The Corps Environment by opening the appropriate portable document format (PDF) file.  But if you choose to open the pdf version of the newsletter, you may experience a delay dependent upon the number of users attempting to download the file at the same time.


Building, sharing, and supporting a greater understanding of the environment and the impacts of our work.

Stacey K. Hirata, Environmental Community of Practice






C.  The The US Army Engineer School (USAES) provides the following information:

 

USAES AC MESSAGE - MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENT:  Wanted to send some recent updates from the Engineer School on key issues we are working and some viewpoints from the Field.   If you can only read highlights – read about the IED Conference and the ENFORCE update!!



1. 1st ENGINEER BATTALION REORGANIZATION: Congratulations are in order to LTC Thiessen, CSM Benton, and the entire 1st Engineer Battalion team for their successful reorganization ceremony on 15 March at Fort Riley. The 1st EN BN has been redesignated as a Combat Effects Battalion, consisting of the Headquarters Support Company, the Forward Support Company, the 111the Sapper Company, the 41st Mobility Augmentation Company, and the 72nd Mobility Augmentation Company. We are proud to see the Future Engineer Force become a reality in these units, and to see the Army’s oldest Engineer Battalion at the forefront of modularity.

2. EXCELLENT NTC IED CONFERENCE LAST WEEK: I would like to thank the NTC Sidewinder team for an absolutely outstanding IED Seminar last week – the content was extremely relevant and value added to all.  The conference would not have been possible without contributions from the Engineer School, the IED ICDT, and the Sidewinder team. I feel we made many substantial gains in the battle on IED Defeat during the course of the week. In classified panel discussions, the conference addressed new and emerging TTP’s, great threat update on the latest challenges, field demonstrations of new technology enhancements that are being procured for future rotations, and the full DOTML.PF integration effort that we are working here at the schoolhouse. Over 400 people were in attendance, including numerous contractors and displays, 8 General Officers (LTG STROCK (Chief of Engineers) /LTG STALDER (USMC) / BG VOTEL (JIEDDO) / BG CONE (NTC) / BG HORST(ADC-M, 3ID) / BG TUCKER (ATEC) / BG BROWN (RDECOM) / BG SPENCE (UK), over 15 ENGR BN AND BDE CDR's, and three maneuver commanders from 3ID.  Over 45 members of the TRADOC ICDT and key TRADOC schools were present and worked issues the entire week. Special thanks to LTC Tom Magness and his Sidewinders – couldn’t have happened without them!

BOTTOM LINE: The Sidewinders’ conference hit perfectly on every theme: it was RELEVANT to WARFIGHTERS, inclusive of the ENTIRE IED Defeat team, and it encompassed current and relevant issues addressing both maneuver and Engineer Commanders. For more details, contact the Center for Explosive Hazards (CEHC) at the schoolhouse website.
3. ENFORCE: ONE ENGINEER REGIMENT - Transforming and Assuring Mobility While at War: We are one month away from ENFORCE 2006. Those of you participating in the Engineer School's Warfighter Symposium in St. Louis will be exposed to the most up to date initiatives and issues facing the Engineer Regiment. This will include updates from recently deployed Engineer leaders. Also we will hit heavy subjects covering transforming our Modular Engineer Force and our progress on the IED Defeat Campaign. You can expect to take home some valuable tools in the form of handbooks, CDs, and DVDs to assist you and your organization as you prepare for transition to a new organization or prepare for the next fight.
On FLW, we have an aggressive schedule of numerous activities. This will include sharing the insights with LTG Strock and MG Castro, honoring our best Sappers, and commemorating our fallen comrades. You will also have the opportunity to see how your Engineers are now being trained for meeting the dynamic challenges they will soon face.

Enclosed is our latest draft schedule. Both of the AEA and Engineer School registration websites are now up. If you have already registered on the AEA website, please visit our Engineer School website at www.army.wood.mil/eschool/ to register for the remaining events at Fort Leonard Wood. There you will also find FLW area lodging information. If you have not registered for either location, you will find an Engineer School link on the www.armyengineer.com website.

4. CPT’s - RAPID COMMAND OPPORTUNITIES: If you want to be part of a new Engineer Battalion with quick opportunities to command, then ECCC 3-06 is the class for you! LTC Shawn Howley, working in support of HRC, has important news below for CPT’s who want to be postured for rapid Company Command.
The Army and Engineer Regiment are standing up four new Engineer Battalions this fall / winter at Fort Drum, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, and Fort Benning. If you would like to quickly take command of a newly forming company then attend the Engineer Captains Career Course class 3-06 starting in May 06. The Masters Degree program will be curtailed for this class in order to quickly move Engineer Captains to activating Engineer Battalions. You will still have opportunities to obtain your Master Degree later through the Army’s new Expanded Graduate School Program. In order to support the Master Degree program the Army will increases ACS slots from 400 to 1,000 annually for YG 02 and beyond. For more information, contact the Engineer Branch Manager at HRC, or C Company 554th Engineer Battalion at (573) 596-7008.

5. NEED MORE TEAMS for BEST SAPPER COMPETITION: The Regiment’s Second Annual Best Sapper Competition will be held from 02-04 MAY 2006 and coincides with this year’s ENFORCE.  The competition is designed and run by our Sapper Leader Course cadre and supported by the entire installation – we have expanded our ability to accept MORE TEAMS for the competition.  I know you all have unbelievable OPTEMPO challenges coming or going to OIF / OEF, but I would like to personally challenge each of you in a COMPANY or BATTLAION to send one team/company TDY for six days to take part in this world-class event. I also want to recognize some to units who will be sending teams to this year’s competition:

E Company, 2-69 AR, 3 ID

41st Mobility Augmentation Company, 1st EN BN

E Company, 2-9 IN

82nd Engineer Battalion

Several Fort Leonard Wood Teams
6. FORCE STRUCTURE UPDATE: We will give everyone a detailed update at ENFORCE on the latest number of Companies, Battalions, Brigades, and Combat Support Battalions (ME) in the AC, USAR, and ARNG portions of the regiment. The most current Force Structure Message (called the ARSTRUC) is due-out any day with the latest numbers. The good news is that both the demands of OEF / OIF and the criticality of the capabilities we bring to the fight have been validated by the DA G3 and we continue to maintain and grow opportunities over the last year. Will highlight final numbers when the ARSTRUC is published in a few weeks – but the Regiment is growing to better support Army Transformation!!
Thanks for all you do everyday – let us know how we can support you better. COL(P) Todd Semonite


Engineer School Blast

1. ENLISTED PERSONNEL PROPONENCY OFFICE: ATTENTION 21U & 21S

The Engineer Warrant Officer Program is looking for 21Us and 21Ss (E5 and above) who want to be a Geospatial Information Technician. If you qualify and are selected, you could become a member of a small, elite corps with tremendous opportunities such as specialized training, challenging assignments, increased pay and promotions. If you meet the qualifications and want to apply, act now! Opportunities for selection are better now than any time in recent history. The accession board for 215D is tentatively scheduled for May 06. Prerequisites and application procedures can be found at: www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/prerequ/WO215D.htm or www.wood.army.mil/EPPO/

You can contact CW4 Le’Vere (Engineer WO Proponent) at DSN 676-4088, commercial (573) 563-4088 or email at david.d.levere@wood.army.mil. Apply now and you could be on your way to a new career.


2. COMMANDERS CORNER: 577th ENGINEER BATTALION:
The 577th En Bn continues to work hard to ensure graduates are well trained and meet the regiment’s needs. Our focus is to ensure all Soldiers arrive at their next duty station trained and prepared to go to war immeditatly. We are also working on the following:
a. Sapper Leader Course (SLC):


  • Recently, the SLC conducted a formal review of its POI and outbriefed the Directorate of Training and Leader Development. The comments and suggestions collected over the last few months from the field were assessed and applied were applicable. Revisions will take effect immediately.




  • Sapper Leader Course started a recycle program in MAR.  Units should be prepared to send students for up to 56 days if a recycle slot is available.




  • Reminder, students attending the Sapper Leader Course need to bring an assigned weapon (M4 or M16A2) and Night Vision Device.




  • The annual Best Sapper Competition (BSC) 2006 is near (2-4 May 06). Battalions can register teams for the BSC competition by sending an email request to george.case@wood.army.mil.  For more information visit www.wood.army.mil/sapper

b. Army Diver: We need more divers! Therefore, Delta Company, 577th Engineer Battalion initiated a recruiting initiative focused at Ft. Bragg, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Stewart, and Ft. Benning.  Ft. Bragg was the first stop from 26 Feb --2 March.  These recruiting trips are focused much like the Special Forces recruiting initiatives.  The PAO's at each post have been contacted and will post Dive posters and flyers in high traffic areas.  Army Knowledge On-line has been contacted and an informational message will be published about 2-weeks prior to personnel recruiting at each post.  Facilities have been reserved to administer the Diver Physical Fitness Test and to conduct initial pool training.  Candidates will be able to experience what it is like to be an Army Diver during the visits.

c. Engineer Detachments (Canine): We currently have teams deployed in support of both OIF and OEF. Meanwhile, in preparation for future deployments, we are coordinating to get teams added to BCT CTC rotations.  Recently, we deployed teams to NTC with the STRYKER Bde and are currently coordinating to send teams to JRTC with 1/1 CAV.
d. 21E/F/J Training: The courses are in the first steps of using computers for training in the near future. The use of simulators in Engineer equipment training is essential during the initial learning process.  The simulators allow students to build confidence in their skills and as well as familiarize themselves with the equipment in a classroom environment prior to operating the actual equipment.  Currently, we are integrating the HYEX simulators into training and hope to do the same with other equipment in the future. 
3. TRADOC PROGRAM INTEGRATION OFFICE-TERRAIN DATA

The 2006 Army Geospatial Conference (AGC) will be held 15-18 May at Ft Belvoir. This conference provides for the exchange of information among personnel representing organizations that make up the worldwide Army geospatial community. Special focus will be on the critical transitions facing not only the geospatial community but also the entire Army in the near-term as the force re-configures into the digital information-based future force. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a major player along with Army geospatial soldiers in assuring that the digital terrain data information required by our current and future forces will be available despite the demands imposed by limited resources, lack of new technologies, and a radically altered threat environment. This conference provides a great opportunity to bring together the Army's geospatial community's mid- and upper-level members into a single forum to discuss issues and lessons learned.

Conference is co-hosted by HQDA DCS G-2 and the Office of the Chief of Engineers - Pentagon. Visit the following web site for information and registration: http://www.dami.army.pentagon.mil/offices/dami-po/geospatial/
4. DIRECTORATE OF TRAINING AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT:
a. The Directorate of Training and Leader Development (DOTLD)/U.S. Army Engineer School (USAES) hosted a very successful Urban Mobility Breaching Course (UMBC) Mobile Training Team (MTT) at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) on 20-31 March 2006. The team of Army instructors, consisting of SFC Pope, SSG Wick, and SSG O'Neil--with duty at the resident UMBC at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina--trained 16 NCO and civilian instructors from the 1st Engineer Brigade and 554th Engineer Battalion on urban breaching, to include explosive, manual, and ballistic techniques. These 16 instructors are responsible for training engineer soldiers and officers as part of the institutional training at FLW. For more information on bringing the UMBC to your duty station, contact SGM Harris, DOTLD SGM at (573)528-1134.

b. The revised program of instruction (POI) for the Army Engineer Diver Phase I (A-433-21D10) course has been completed and approved. The revised POI now focuses on basic diving knowledge and physical fitness for 2 weeks 4 days. Previously, the course had 1 week 4 days allotted to diving information and 1 week for common engineer training. The attrition rate has been reduced by almost 25% over the last year. This is due, in part, to the grass roots campaign to educate recruiters and students on the rigors of the course prior to arrival. The campaign included updating Web sites, creating an informational video, distributing welcome packets and fitness training guides, and linking up with future students--while still in basic combat training (BCT)--on Sunday afternoons for additional pool training in a mentoring atmosphere. For more information, contact SFC Michael Von Keyserling at michael.vonkeyserling@wood.army.mil .

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:
ACTIVE SFC Board Statistics





E.  The Office of the Chief of Engineers provides the following information:

1. CONGRATULATIONS to the perspective Commanders and new RC/AGR MSG selected along with the 248 Engineer SSGs picked up for SFC.

FY07 COLONEL, ARMY COMPETITIVE CATEGORY, COMMAND
SELECTION LIST

COMBAT SUPPORT ARMS DIVISION (CSA)




FY07 COLONEL, ARMY COMPETITIVE CATEGORY, COMMAND
ALTERNATES LIST

COMBAT SUPPORT ARMS DIVISION (CSA)



C2AR-ENGINEER TRAINING AND STRATEGIC SPT

LTC

CHAPMAN THOMAS CLARK

LTC

CHRISTENSEN JONATHON LOWELL

LTC

CRALL MICHAEL PATRICK

LTC

FUNKHOUSER ANTHONY CHARLES


LTC

HOLMES LAWRENCE BARRETT

LTC

JACKSON DONALD EDWIN JR

LTC

JORNS BYRON GRAHAM

LTC

KERTIS EDWARD JOHN JR

LTC

MAGNESS THOMAS HENRY

LTC

PRESS DAVID CHARLES

LTC

SMITH THOMAS PATRICK

LTC

TORTORA ANIELLO LOUIS

LTC

TURNER CLARENCE DAVID

LTC

WEHR MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER

LTC

WESTON DAVID CHARLES

LTC

WILSON ROGER ALLEN JR

CY06 Master Sergeant, RC/AGR, Selection Board Results



SERRANO MIGUEL

SFC

21B4

21X5


160

WHITE STACY

SFC

21B4

25U5

16

SMITH MATTHEW THOMAS

SFC

21C4

42L5

134

NIEVES REINALDO

SFC

21H4

21X5

273

YINGST PAUL JASON

SFC

21H4

21X5

141

MANO WADE LEWIS

SFC

21N4

21X5

203



C2A-ENGINEER TACTICAL


LTC

ADAMSON WILLIAM GERALD

COL

BRUMFIELD TYRONE JEFFERY

COL

DONOVAN MICHAEL JOSEPH

LTC

HALL JEFFREY MICHAEL

LTC

KEM JOHN SAMUEL

LTC

MENDOZA FABIAN EDMUNDO JR

LTC

MOON MICHAEL THOMAS

LTC

SCHANTZ BLAIR ALLAN







C2AG-ENGINEER INSTITUTIONAL

LTC

BEERMAN KEVIN RAYMOND

COL

BRUMFIELD TYRONE JEFFERY

LTC

COOK JUDSON ALEXANDER

COL

CROFFORD CLIFFORD DEAL JR

COL


DONOVAN MICHAEL JOSEPH

COL

GULLY EDWARD CHARLES

LTC

MENDOZA FABIAN EDMUNDO JR

COL

ROBERTSON RUSSELL GOODMAN

LTC

SCHANTZ BLAIR ALLAN






C2AR-ENGINEER TRAINING AND STRATEGIC SPT


LTC

ADAMSON WILLIAM GERALD

LTC

BEERMAN KEVIN RAYMOND

LTC

BRINKLEY WILLIAM DAVID

COL

BRUMFIELD TYRONE JEFFERY

LTC

CINTRON NORBERTO RAFAEL

LTC

COOK JUDSON ALEXANDER

COL

CROFFORD CLIFFORD DEAL JR

COL

DONOVAN MICHAEL JOSEPH

LTC


FORD FRANKLIN DELANO JR

COL

GULLY EDWARD CHARLES

LTC

HALL JEFFREY MICHAEL

COL

KOENIG GREGORY PAUL

COL

LARSEN CHRISTOPHER JOHN

LTC

LEGERE PAUL LEO

LTC

MENDOZA FABIAN EDMUNDO JR

LTC

MOON MICHAEL THOMAS

LTC

PRESNELL MICHAEL CLINTON

LTC

RAMOS JOSE MICHAEL

COL

ROBERTSON RUSSELL GOODMAN

LTC

SCHANTZ BLAIR ALLAN

COL

SMITH JEFFREY CRAIG

COL

TABACCHI PETER JAMES

COL

TIPTON ROBERT ALEXANDER

LTC


TOLLISON BILLY GENE

COL

WOODS KEVIN SCOTT

C1X-GENERALIST INSTITUTIONAL

COL

DONOVAN MICHAEL JOSEPH

COL

GULLY EDWARD CHARLES



2. Maintenance Advisory Message (MAM), TACOM Control No. MAM 06-025, Over-due Leak Testing of M43A1 Detector (NSN 6665-01-081-8140) and M8A1 Alarms (NSN 6665-01-105-5623) LIN (A32355)

3. Maintenance Advisory Message (MAM), TACOM Control No. MAM-06-022, M8 Paper, NSN 6665-00-050-8529.

4. 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.

5.  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: SAFETY SENDS #14

The Chief of Staff of the Army has mandated several initiatives aimed at enabling commanders in the field to manage risk as they accomplish the demanding missions of fighting a Global War on Terrorism and transforming.  Here is a link that should be very helpful... gives you just what you need to help develop your safety program.  https://crc.army.mil/commanderscorner/index.html.  It can also be found on the front page of the CRC's website at https://crc.army.mil/home/

The power of this site is that it provides easy navigation to all the tools available from the CRC to include examples for -1 entries on CRM; online risk assessment tools and training courses; digital accident and loss reporting; as well as links to publications like Countermeasure, Flightfax and Impax.
As the CRC continues to serve as a knowledge center for all loss, suicide has become a focus of preserving combat power.  Last year alone, our Army lost 70 Soldiers to suicide.  A Soldier's comment from years ago still holds true today: "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."  Knowing the signs of suicide is a tool for managing risk.  The focus of CRM, at its most basic level, is answering the question of "what will take you or your buddy out".
Next week, the CRC will post information on its website to assist Soldiers and commanders in identifying Soldiers who are "at risk" for suicide and share control measures for preserving combat power.
I look forward to your feedback.

 

"Own the Edge!" through Composite Risk Management.



Vr Joe Smith, BG

G.  Engineer Unit Highlight: 412th Engineer Command No new entries, 416th ENCOM Pending
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 Portal USACE Organizations ; The Engineer Update ; Military OneSource

Essayons Forward ;  The Engineer Magazine; Current PERSCOM Messages. ; 412th ENCOM ;

The West Point Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering ; USMA Basecamp

The USACE Installation Support Community of Practice Portal, Engineering Knowledge Online ;

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

Joint Task Force North


I.  Engineers Supporting Engineers—Professional Organizations Links: 

1.  Army Engineer AssociationAEA News;  Army Engineer Association Programs; Membership.



Send Reunion Announcements to aeamag@armyengineer.com

*******ENFORCE 2006*******
AEA Engineer Regimental Conference

ENFORCE is back!! AND, it's a new, exciting format. This is the only event this year that the entire Army Engineer Community will gather for its annual training and professional development conference.

AC and RC Engineer Warfighters from all levels (BCT to Joint), USACE staff and Div/District Engineers, Engineer Materiel developers, Industry and alumni will all be present. Engineers from other US services, and DPWs are also invited, and all members of the US Army Engineer Regiment are invited to attend.

AEA will host the St Louis leg of ENFORCE 2006 in the America's Center from 1-3 May 2006, featuring MG Castro's ENFORCE 2006 Warfighter Symposium, along with Industry seminar sessions on BRAC, MILCON Transformation, Civil Works, and warfighter materiel development. Register on AEA web site. Breakfast, breaks, and lunch will be provided on the exhibition floor.

The Engineer School will then host Government and Industry at Fort Leonard Wood for the final leg of ENFORCE 2006, 3-5 May 2006. There will be several ceremonial activities at the Home of the Engineers, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 3-5 May 2006. The premier events will be the Best Sapper team final event, the Engineer Memorial dedication and the 2006 Engineer Regimental Ball. Register on AEA web site link to Fort Leonard Wood.

The Conference provides a full week of opportunities for all in attendance to share the common bond of Army Engineer service, while at the same time being able to participate in a series of educational and information sharing sessions, not available elsewhere under a single venue.

If you're AC/RC military, DOD government, or Engineer Regimental alumni -- go to the AEA web page and register, and make sure you book your hotel room now.

If you're Industry -- register today, but also check out booth and sponsorship opportunities.

Detailed information regarding ENFORCE 2006 Regimental Conference can be found here.

AEA Members can register here.

Non-Members can register here.

We hope to see you in St. Louis this May!




If you are unable to click the links above, copy and paste the following URL into your browser. http://www.armyengineer.com/regt_conf_06.htm



2.  Society of American Military Engineers : The Military Engineer Online : Membership



2006 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo, May 30 – June 2

Go to the Conference Web Site for:

 


  • Individual Registrations – Reduced Fees for Public Sector, Young Members and NCO Members – Full and One-Day Registrations

  • Spouse/Guest Registrations – Full registration or a la carte

  • Exhibit Registrations – Several exhibit booths remaining

  • Hotel Reservations at the Marriott in the French Quarter – Make your reservations early.

  • Schedule at a Glance

    • Tuesday – Golf, Technical Tour, Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting, Ice Breaker

    • Wednesday – Opening Session, Luncheon with Honors Ceremony, Young Members Mentoring Event

    • Thursday – Post Awards Breakfast, National Committee Luncheons, Technical Tour, Society Ball

    • Friday – Board of Direction Meeting

  • Technical Sessions – Session descriptions and speaker information becoming available and updated weekly

    • Opening Session Year in Review:  RADM Mike Loose, CEC, USN, SAME President
    • Opening Session Keynote Speaker:  LTG Carl A. Strock, P.E., Chief of Engineers and Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers


    • 12 Technical Sessions with Professional Development Hours (PDH)

  • Two (2) Technical Tours

    • Guided Tour of D-Day Museum

    • Survey of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Area

  • Three (3) Spouse/Guest Tours

 

The Louisiana Post is developing an awesome program, and we have the Engineering Service Chiefs and many other senior government officials lined up to come.  All we need is YOU.  Show your support for the hurricane recovery effort, network with your SAME colleagues, and obtain valuable education and training.

 

Member prices are afforded to only SAME members in good standing.  For Sustaining Member Companies and Public Agency Members, only those individuals designated as Sustaining Member and Public Agency Representatives (and provided Membership Numbers) are considered SAME members.  Other individuals from Sustaining Member Companies and Public Agencies are considered “Non-Members” when registering for this conference.  Non-members may easily become SAME members by going online—become a Member and take advantage of lower registration fees.



 
Deployed Engineering Team

Get The Military Engineer and SAME News delivered directly to you! Complete our temporary deployment form and we will send your SAME materials to you onsite while serving in your area of operational responsibility (AOR).

This free service is just one of the many ways SAME salutes our members. Click here to provide your temporary AOR contact information.

Transitioning from military service?  Retiring from the Federal Government?  Looking for a new and exciting position in the A/E/C industry?  If the answer to any of these questions is YES, place your resume on the SAME Job Center web site.  The service is free for SAME members.  The site has been or is being utilized by over 300 companies that through their placement of job announcements have access to your resume.

3. The Army Engineer Officer Wife’s Club of Washington DC Castle Gram for Apr 06.




Alternate response email address is DAEN-ZC@hqda.army.mil
V/R

William R, Arthur

William R. Arthur

Sergeant Major

Office of the Chief of Engineers

Work: (703) 693-4404

Fax             693-4410

BB:    (703)-459-5365



"To the Core; for the Corps"






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