MESSAGE TO THE REGIMENT #38:
”The Engineer Blast”
16 November, 2006
A. Overview: The Office of the Chief of Engineers is pleased to forward this thirty-eighth 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.
Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the President has nominated the following Army Competitive Category brigadier generals for promotion to the rank of major general.
Brigadier General John E. Sterling, Jr. Assistant Commandant, United States Army Engineer School/
Deputy Commanding General, Initial Military Training
Brigadier General Merdith W. B. Temple, Director of Military Programs, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC 20314
Each year, many deserving Army Engineer Soldiers do not compete for Society of American Military Engineers Awards. While there are many that may qualify, they may be unaware of the award or process. Check out this matrix to see if you qualify. Instructions for the NCO Medal will be added shortly. Visit this link for more information.
B. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides the following information:
1. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Brigadier Gen. Michael J. Walsh took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, on Oct. 14, 2006, from Maj. Gen. William H. McCoy at a ceremony on the Gulf Region Division’s Headquarters compound in Baghdad, Iraq.
“Essayons – let us try – when others have failed. Essayons – when others don’t know what to do. Essayons when it has to get done,” said Walsh as he addressed the crowd of more than 100. “That word is an idea and a passion, as is the other Service’s Engineer mottos.” (More...)
2. If you are a Reserve Soldier looking for an Engineer position opportunity, check this link for availabilities.
3. USACE News Clips are daily compilations of published current news articles and commentary concerning significant U.S. Army Corps of Engineer issues.
4. Engineer Publications: The History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. EP 870-1-45 5. CORPS POINTS, a weekly compendium of facts and talking points to help tell the Corps story.
6. Historical Vignette #103: WRDA-86--Now Twenty Years Old--Fundamentally Changed the Way the Corps Planned and Financed Water Resources Projects; By USACE Office of History.
7. The following information is provided by the 412th ENCOM—MAJ Roth GWOT: 412th ENCOM currently has 28 Soldiers mobilized in support of GWOT, both in CENTCOM and USEUCOM AORs.
Army Reserve Command and Control (ARC2): The 412th ENCOM assumed command and control of the 926th EN BDE as of 01 OCT 06 marking the first phase of a time-phased transition plan which will ensure command and control of three subordinate Brigades NLT 30 SEP 08.
Transformation (TEC): 412th ENCOM in coordination with HQUSACE and the 416th ENCOM in staffing Initiative 23 (Theater Engineer Command (TEC)). Proponent input during world-wide staffing has created a proposed increase in the size of the TEC from 226 to 241 in order to achieve self sufficiency. Staffing of the final document continues.
412th ENCOM is currently sourcing the support of one individual to support Hurricane Relief Operations in support of Mississippi Valley Division in the MS/LA AOR.
The 412th ENCOM continues planning for RSOI 07.
The 412th ENCOM conducts bi-weekly teleconferences with the Germany Forward in support of Reconstitution Ops and future Army Reserve Engineer Training Opportunities within the USEUCOM AOR for TY07.
The 412th ENCOM Forward is currently staffing the sourcing of vertical construction projects in support of exercise Flintlock in Niamey, Niger in the coming year and conducted a site recon with SOCEUR during the period 07 - 13 NOV 06 . Constructing unit for this exercise will be elements of the 368th ECB (H).
Exercise Related Construction:
The 412th ENCOM (Forward – Germany) continues staff planning in support of Humanitarian Assistance Operations and the EUCOM Theater Security Cooperation Plan. A formal Memorandum of Agreement between the 412th ENCOM and USEUCOM is awaiting signature in order to formalize a liaison relationship between the 412th Forward Germany and the EUCOM J44 Engineer cell in support of Humanitarian Assistance construction operations throughout the EUCOM AOR.
The 412th ENCOM (Forward –Hawaii) continues planning in support of PACOM/USARPAC.
Planning for exercise Cobra Gold (Thailand) may be postponed due to real-world politico-military concerns.
Elements of the 412th ENCOM (Forward –Hawaii) continue planning for the participation of a Sapper Squad of trainers (391st EN BN) in support of exercise Balikatan 07 (Philippines) during the 19 FEB thru 4 MAR 07 time period.
Elements of the 412th ENCOM (Forward –Hawaii) continue planning for Exercise Talisman saber (Australia – JRAC) and attended the Mid Planning Conference during the period 30 OCT – 03 NOV 06.
The 412th ENCOM conducted the Mid-Planning Conference for Operation Sand Castle (OSC) 06 during the period 4-5 NOV 06 at the National Training Center. The 412th ENCOM is the USARC Action Agent for this exercise, and command and control will be shared by the 926th EN BDE and the 420th EN BDE in a time-phased operation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.
The 412th ENCOM is soliciting volunteers to support for this exercise including:
Operations Chief (LTC)
Operations NCOIC (SFC and above)
Logistics Chief (SFC and above or warrant officer)
Engineer Chief (MAJ and above)
Contracting Officer (CPT and above)
Positions will be during the period 01 APR 07 thru 15 JUN 07 in an ADSW status
Requires OC-T certified individuals with recent combat deployment experience, or individuals who will be able to certify as OC-T prior to the exercise.
CPT and above
SFC and above
Duty will be in an AT or ADT status.
Interested personnel should forward all questions MAJ Brierton at 601 631 6188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. The following information is provided by the 416th ENCOM –Visit the 416th ENCOM Association.
Short Range: GWOT: Currently the command has 24 Soldiers deployed supporting the GWOT in the CENTCOM AOR.
Training Exercises: USACE Support: Identified 26 person staff to fill GRD requirement for FY 07.
Long Range:Training Exercises: We are serving as the USARC Executive Agent for New Horizons 2007 – Panama, in the Mar-Jun 2007 timeframe, with the 353rd EN GP serving as JTF C2 headquarters. Projects include three schools, two clinics, two roadway improvement projects and perform three MEDRETEs. Additionally, we are working on two electrical power related design projects (generation and distribution) in support of future operations within Mubarek Military City, Egypt.
Transition to Operational Command: Staff developing transition plan to assume command and control of selected engineer and non-engineer units from six different USAR Regional Readiness Commands (RRCs). Memorandums of Agreement with the 70th, 89th and 90th RRCs outlining the timeline and other details are being coordinated. Assumption of Command & Control of these units will be completed by 30 SEP 07.
416th ENCOM POC
SGM Richard Prater, G-3 Ops SGM
(630)-910-3213 x 109 or (800)-315-6327 x 109
9. The Gulf Region Division (GRD) GRD provides the following articles.
Contracting, Networking Opportunity Day draws large Iraqi Turnout
The Importance of Primary Healthcare Clinics in Iraq
U.S. Officers Provide Lecture for Basrah Engineering Graduates
Training Eliminates Safety Violations
Iraq Reconstruction Weekly Update 10/26/06
Walsh takes Command of Gulf Region Division
Education: Build the Man First
Department of the Army Starts Final Iraq Reconstruction Projects
10. The Afghanistan Engineer District : AED provides the following: KABUL , Afghanistan – The Afghanistan Engineering District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held an open house for contractors Nov. 8 designed to mentor local Afghan companies on doing business with the district office.. More
11. The November edition of "Engineer Update" has been posted on the Web.
12. You are invited to click on the hyperlink “Corp Environment” to receive your copy of The Corps Environment, a quarterly newsletter.
C. The US Army Engineer School (USAES) provides the following information:
BG STERLING – COMMANDANT of the ENGINEER SCHOOL Members of the Regiment: The past month at Fort Leonard Wood was very inspiring with MG McCoy assuming command of MANSCEN and Fort Leonard Wood and more recently the redeployment of the Fighting 5th Engineer Battalion and 50th Engineer Company (MRBC) from Iraq. The returning Soldiers mission in Iraq included locating and destroying improvised explosive devices from roadways in order to ensure the mobility and safety of Coalition Forces. The 50th Engineer Company (MRBC) assured the mobility of forces by emplacing, replacing, and maintaining bridging assets along lines of communication throughout Iraq. The 1st Engineer Brigade, the Fort Leonard Wood Garrison, and the local communities performed superbly to welcome, receive, and reintegrate all the great Soldiers, their families, and loved ones over a period of several days. We uncased the battalion colors and company guidons on 9 Nov 06 officially marking the safe and successful deployment to OIF and return to Fort Leonard Wood.
The fusion cell continues to serve as an excellent venue to identify, discuss, and resource matters pertaining to the activation, transformation, and preparation of units to deploy. I applaud your efforts to support and contribute to this important effort. Most recently, COL Loretta Deaner, Deputy Assistant Commandant for USAR, developed a plan to conduct recurring USAR fusion cell meetings mirroring the efforts and success of the current fusion process. This is extremely important effort given the size and importance of USAR engineer forces to the Engineer Regiment.
As a Regiment and Army, we are entering a very dynamic and dangerous period in terms of safety. Motor vehicle accidents especially continue to injure and kill our Soldiers, their family members, and loved ones at alarming rates. It goes without saying that obeying driving laws, using good common sense, and most importantly always wearing your seatbelts are paramount to reducing and eliminating injuries and death. With the holiday season comes increased travel, celebration, and off duty opportunities. I sincerely appreciate the vigilance of all our leaders and Soldiers to take care of our family making this holiday season a safe and joyous period for all.
1- U.S. Army Engineer School Director of Training and Leader Development (DOTLD) ENGINEER DOG HANDLERS NEEDED!
The Engineer Canine Detachment Program continues to grow! Exceptional 21Bs are needed to become dog handlers and work as part of a Specialized Search Dog (SSD) or Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team. Our Canine Detachments are a major part of the theater commander’s counter-IED measures. The Engineer Regiment is constantly responding to increased requirements for dog teams in support of OIF and OEF Commanders. Interested 21Bs in the rank of SPC through SSG must be physically and mentally capable of deploying and working independently for maneuver commanders. Handlers must be mature, articulate, assertive and self-motivated Soldiers who have no fear of dogs. Initial screening for interested Soldiers will be conducted telephonically. The names of potential candidates will be forwarded to HRC Engineer Branch for assignment consideration. POC is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
2- U.S. Army Engineer School Engineer Counter Explosives Hazards Center (CEHC) Search Course – The course covers the following types of search operations: Occupied/unoccupied building search, person search, vehicle search and area search. The course is broken into two levels of instruction – Search Advisers E7-O4 and Search Squad members up to E6. This is a 3 week residential course.
Route Reconnaissance and Clearance Course – This course teaches the systematic clearance of routes using mine protected vehicles (MPVs), to include the Buffalo, RG31 and Husky. Each Course trains a total of 32 personnel, broken down into 4 Route Clearance Equipment (RCE) teams. This is a 2 week, engineer specific, residential course.
Route Reconnaissance and Clearance Maintainers Course – This course is a maintenance/refresher course for the 63B MOS and provides a refresher on each piece of RCE. This is a 1 week, residential course.
Area Clearance Course (ACC) - The ACC is designed to provide soldiers and leaders with familiarization with area clearance methods using both manual and mechanical means. The ACC consists of an overview of current doctrine, to include FM 20-32 Change 5 and FM-3-34.210 (Final Draft).
Route Reconnaissance and Clearance (SAPPER) – Provides Sappers with the individual and collective knowledge and skills required to conduct route reconnaissance clearance operations when RCE is not available. This is a 2 week residential course.
IEDD T3(Train the Trainer) training – The CEHC is responsible for teaching all non-BCT units throughout the military. This is a 2 week residential course.
Funding for these courses is the unit’s responsibility. We will provide a Fact Sheet with all POC information to assist with TDY coordination. The POC is SGM William Secules, (573)563-3996, email@example.com .
3- U.S. Army Engineer School Engineer Directorate of Environmental Integration (DEI)_ Check out the Engineer School Collaborative Site, ArmyBaseCamp/JFOB.net in BCKS under the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Professional Forum tab for base camp information. There are currently 13 different topics of interest related to base camps on this site. You need to have an AKO account. If you have any questions about how to sign up to become a member, just click on this link
https://bcks.army.mil/secure/join.htm The latest addition of The Bottom Times is now available.
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.
UNITED STATES ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL REQUEST FOR INFORMATION SYSTEM
D. The Engineer Enlisted /Warrant/ Officer Branch provides the following information: Congratulations to all the selectees.
FY06 COLONEL, ARMY COMPETITIVE CATEGORY, PROMOTION BOARD RESULTS
E. The Office of the Chief of Engineers provides the following information:
1. The Arkansas Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion accepted responsibility for a critical mission in the war on terrorism today during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Striker in central Iraq
2. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO ANNOUNCE A TEMPORARY EXCEPTION TO POLICY FOR WEARING THE BLACK ICWB WITH THE ACU. POLICY CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
3. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO ANNOUNCE EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF AR 600-9, 1 SEPTEMBER 2006.
4. IN 1789, PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON DECLARED THE FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING. YEARS LATER, WITH AMERICA ENGAGED IN A COSTLY CIVIL WAR, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN REVIVED WHAT IS NOW AN ANNUAL TRADITION.
5. Safety Of Use Message (SOUM), TACOM Control No. SOUM-06-008, Operational, M2 .50 Caliber Machine Guns, NSN 1005-00-322-9715 (Flex), 1005-00-957-3893 (Turret type), LINs L91975, L91701, MSG DTG: 2005/12/13, 14:33:57Z
6. Take a look at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) News Summary. Many links require navy unique logon, but the news articles are very informative.
7. 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: Operational Support Airlift Agency
What is it? The Operational Support Airlift Agency (OSAA) is a Department of the Army, Field Operating Agency (FOA) under the National Guard Bureau. OSAA includes active duty Army and Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and civilians. OSAA provides high priority, short notice critical air transport to passengers and cargo movement for Soldiers from all Army components, members of Department of Defense (DoD), and personnel from other government agencies. Overall, OSAA is responsible for scheduling and coordinating requests for the 114 Army fixed-wing aircraft.
What has the Army done? The OSAA exists as a unique organizational structure with a considerable network of geographically-dispersed, yet centrally controlled military aircraft. In 2005, combat support to the warfight included transporting time sensitive and mission-critical supplies and personnel to, from, and within Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, and the Horn of Africa. While supporting homeland security operations, fixed-wing aircraft transported much needed supplies and personnel throughout the Gulf Coast for relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both at home and abroad in 2005, these aircraft flew 50,800 hours, 18,000 missions, transported over 9.1 million pounds of cargo, and carried more than 66,750 passengers. The flight hours reflect an emphasis on cargo lift and demonstrate the critical role fixed wing cargo aircraft serve in warfighter and homeland security missions.
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
SMA LEADERS BOOK NOTES – ACUs with Black ICWB
Command Sergeants Major,
Recently, GEN Schoomaker announced a temporary exception to policy allowing Soldiers to wear the
black Intermediate Cold / Wet Boot (ICWB) with the Army Combat Uniform. As leaders, we must ensure that we are taking care of Soldiers by keeping their feet warm and dry during the cold winter months.
This temporary policy affects Soldiers in climatic zones 3 through 7, which includes cold regions of the continental United States, South Korea, Europe and Alaska. This decision was made because the suppliers of the tan ICWB are producing boots as fast as possible, but it will take a while longer to get sufficient quantities of the tan ICWB to troops in the field. This policy will ease the short-term demands on ICWB providers and allow the supply to catch up with our world-wide requirements. We do not want Soldiers to suffer through the winter months with their summer / light weight tan boots.
The first version of the Intermediate Cold Wet Boot, fielded in the early 1990s, filled the void between the standard-issue leather combat boots and the extreme cold weather “Mickey Mouse” boots. The current ICWB allows the feet to breathe and keeps them warm, providing a compromise for dismounted Soldiers operating in cold, wet environments. The removable insulated liner is washable and can be replaced by a dry liner when it becomes wet.
This temporary exception to policy is expected to last through April of 2007; it allows Soldiers to wear the ICWB black boot with the ACUs immediately. As our Army continues its transformation, this is a common sense exception to policy that ensures our Soldiers are properly taken care of.
Thanks for all that you do for the Nation and for the Army - Hooah!
SMA Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army
G. Engineer Unit Highlight: 9th Engineer Battalion 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 ; PASSAGES
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, 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: ADSO Incentives Program
Department of Military Instruction (Engineer Branch)ENGINEER UNIT REGIMENTAL LINKS Joint Task Force North ; Engineer Museum Reference Library. Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
The staff of the Engineer Professional Bulletin not only maintains the mailing list for the bulletin but also is responsible for keeping the Engineer Unit Directory updated. They can only do that with your help. Please take time to look at the directory Web site at and check your unit to see if the information is correct. If it isn’t, e-mail the bulletin staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with corrections.
I. Engineers Supporting Engineers—Professional Organizations Links:
1. Army Engineer Association : AEA News; Army Engineer Association Programs; Membership.
Regimental Leaders: Take care of your people by letting them know about the family scholarships, AEA member scholarships, and the CareerCenter now up on www.armyengineer.com. You can legally brief your people on benefits of organizations like AEA.
Colonel, US Army Corps of Engineers (Retired),
Executive Director, AEA
The AEA Career Center is now online.
JOBS...after the Army
AEA is now hosting a complete online Career Center. You can learn about civilian opportunities autonomously. Additionally, AEA has been running and will continue to run, a special series of articles in Army Engineer magazine which focus on individual job experiences of many retired Army Engineers. To read those articles, you need to subscribe to the magazine. Do so here.
2. Society of American Military Engineers : The Military Engineer Online : Membership
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3. The Castle Gram; a publication of the Army Engineer Officers’ Wife’s Club of Washington DC.
Alternate response email address is DAEN-ZC@hqda.army.mil V/R