The US Army Engineer School would like to invite all of the engineer community, to include spouses, to the annual Engineer Regimental Conference- ENFORCE 2008. This year's conference activities will be held in two locations: St. Louis, 4 thru 6 May 2008 and Ft. Leonard Wood, 7 thru 10 May 2008. Beginning with a half day of registration and Army Engineer Association's evening Ice-breaker on Sunday, you can expect the following five days to be filled with extraordinary events and socials activities in both St. Louis and on Fort Leonard Wood. We currently have scheduled several engaging speakers, the Chief of Engineer’s State of the Regiment address, USAES work groups, USACE forums, the National Guard Engineer Advisory Team meeting, the Army Reserve Engineer Advisory Board meeting, Contractor Industry events, vendor displays, as well as numerous ceremonial activities (AEA President's Dinner, Regimental Ball, Regimental Review, the Commandants Luncheon and "Remembering Our Heroes" Memorial Service). On Saturday, you are invited to end the conference week with a few rounds of golf at the FLW Piney Valley Golf Course. Activities are planned for spouses in both St. Louis and at Ft. Leonard Wood. USAES's POCs for these actions are COL Loretta A. Deaner, email@example.com and MAJ Timothy O'Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEST SAPPER COMPETITION 2008
The annual Best Sapper Competition will be held 6-8 May 2008 at Fort Leonard Wood MO. The Best Sapper Competition tests the physical endurance and technical knowledge of the best Soldiers in the Engineer Regiment. Teams will be tested on demolitions, foreign weapons, mountaineering, land navigation and more. This year’s competition is open to all personnel serving in a 21 series MOS. Teams are encouraged to register early to ensure their spot in the competition by visiting www.bestsapper08.com. [Gilion, Brent MAJ] Fort Leonard Wood is excited about this year's competition. Many innovative and interesting changes have been made to how the competition will be conducted that will make it the best competition to date. Many units have been expressing their interest in sending teams so it is absolutely critical that teams get registered on the website as soon as possible. To get more information about the Best Sapper Competition or to find out more information about the Sapper Leader Course visit, www.wood.army.mil/sapper.
ENFORCE VIDEO – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We graciously request your support with recognizing the tireless and selfless service, sacrifices, and achievements of your Soldiers, civilians, families, and loved ones. As part of Engineer Commandant's welcome at ENFORCE, we would like to put together a video of all of the great things our Engineers are doing. Please send any images (digital or still photo) to MAJ Sally Hannan, email@example.com .
1. Deputy Assistant Commandant, Army Reserve. The U.S. Army Engineer School is looking for Engineer Reserve/Guard officers and NCOs to fill the following IMA (Individual Mobilization Augmentee) Instructor positions. Instructors will perform drills and Annual Training at Fort Leonard Wood. Drills can be combined into 14-19 day blocks to minimize travel. Possibilities to be mobilized at Fort Leonard Wood for one year also exist for IMAs who volunteer. For qualifications, please contact MAJ Tim O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or COM: 573-563-8075.
E8 21Z, Instructor, Enlisted Courses
O3 Small Group Leader, Captain’s Career Course
O4 Instructor/Writer, Captain’s Career Course
The U.S. Army Engineer School is looking for Engineer Reserve/Guard officers and NCOs to fill the following positions at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for one-year mobilization tour with possibility of continued mobilization beyond one year, if desired. Shipment of household goods is not included. AGRs do not qualify. If interested, please contact MAJ Tim O'Brien at email@example.com or COM: 573-563-8075.
2. Engineer Personnel Proponency Office (EPPO) Subject: Bradley Training prior to Korea Assignment
1. The lack of Operator/Leader training on the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle prior to assignment to Korea was brought to the attention of the Engineer School Commandant. Due to the short length of the tour to Korea, it is not feasible to send Soldiers to the training after arrival in country.
2. Coordination between the Engineer Personnel Proponency Office (EPPO) and the Engineer Branch Chief, Human Resources Command (HRC) resulted in the following course of action:
Noncommissioned officers and company grade officers will attend training at the Mechanized Leader Course TDY enroute to Korea. This course is three weeks in length at Fort Benning, GA. This action is executed by HRC, Engineer Officer and Enlisted Branch and is centrally funded using MTSA funds.
For Engineer lieutenants, HRC is notified by the 554th Engineer Battalion at Ft. Leonard Wood, of which schools need to be included in the special instructions on their RFO, based on their future duty assignment. A follow on course start date cannot be more than two weeks out from their BOLC graduation date; otherwise they are PCSd to Korea. In this instance, MTSA funds cannot be used and the gaining unit will be responsible for the cost of the training in a TDY and return status.
For NCOs, the standing order at HRC is that all E-5(P) and above that are on assignment to Korea with duty in 1st BDE 2ID, will attend the Mechanized Leader Course TDY enroute to Korea. HRC, Engineer Branch coordinates with HRC, Schools Branch to schedule the Soldiers in ATRRS.
There are currently two enlisted Soldiers on assignment to Korea that are scheduled for the course in a TDY enroute status. There are 3 Engineer BOLC lieutenants scheduled to attend the course enroute to Korea. The schooling for all 5 students is covered by MTSA funds.
The POC for the Mechanized Leader Course is the course NCOIC, SFC McGovern at COM (706-544-6950).
f. There is currently no skill level 1 training available outside of Infantry and Armor OSUT. Therefore there is not a system in place to train our young 21B Soldiers on the operation and maintenance of the Bradley.
3. Point of contact is MSG James Meriweather, Directorate Sergeant Major, 573-563-7311.
2. Directorate of Training and Leader Development Engineer Leader Technical Competency Prepared by: COL Jerry Meyer, U.S. Army Engineer School, Directorate of Training and Leader Development (ATSE-D), (573) 563-4093. 25 FEB 08
BACKGROUND: The Chief of Engineers has received several indicators over the past several months that indicate Engineer Leader Technical Competency has declined. Several events have increased the requirement for military engineer technical skills, e.g., Katrina response; engineer support to the War on Terrorism; and a Presidential directive increasing the importance of stability operations. As requirements increase, decreases in technical competency as illustrated in reduced military engineering developmental assignments, a shift toward sapper (mobility and countermobility) mentality in the Engineer Regiment, and findings listed below indicate this decline may cross multiple levels of both civilian and military leadership. The Chief of Engineers asked the Commandant of the Engineer Regiment to lead further investigation and resolution of the decline.
DISCUSSION: The Commandant of the Engineer Regiment has partnered within and outside the Department of Defense to investigate and implement solutions that reverse engineer leader technical competency decline. The intent is to develop and implement an integrated, sustainable National Engineer Leader Technical Competency Strategy which attracts/recruits, develops, and retains world-class engineer leaders who are technically and tactically capable and competent to deliver full spectrum engineering in the 21st century.
Initial data collected on active duty Army engineer officers corroborates the perceived decline. There has been a significant decline in the share of Army officer engineer branch accessions with a degree in engineering. The share of engineer officers with engineering degrees form top tier schools has declined over the past decade. Engineer technical developmental assignments for officers have declined. The share of engineer field grade officers with engineering credentials (e.g., professional engineering license) has fallen over the past decade. Allied nations and sister services invest more time educating their officers in technical skills developmental assignments that enhance technical skills. Air Force and Navy engineers are held to more stringent standards that mandate engineer technical proficiency. Current engineer force structure does not facilitate senior engineer mentoring of junior engineer officers and NCOs. Also, the contemporary operational environment has raised concerns regarding a decline in officer competency in high intensity conflict engineering operations.
Five workgroups have been organized to investigate deficiencies and recommend/implement initiatives: Future Engineer Missions, Roles, Methods of Delivery; Accessions; Training and Education (post-accession); Developmental Assignments; and Communications. Workgroup responsibilities include: assessment of near and long-term engineer leader capability and competency concerns; recommend “quick wins” to improve engineer technical competency; collaboration and sharing of information on future missions, roles and methods of delivery; standardizing definitions of competencies; defining metrics to measure desired competencies; determining how to anticipate and shape future workforce trends; partnering and communicating with other workgroups concerning trends, objectives, needs, solutions and progress.
A series of briefings to engineer leaders, in-progress video teleconferences, sharing of information via an AKO website (log in to AKO, then enter https://www.us.army.mil/suite/submitdraft.do?$c=0&$p=504789), and presentations at applicable forums are planned February through April. This topic will be a major focus for discussion and breakout groups during the annual ENFORCE conference to be held at Ft. Leonard Wood the first week in May.
This site is a controlled link. For access, please send an email request to MAJ Aaron Titko, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Joint Engineer Operations Course (JEOC) JEOC Purpose and Scope
JEOC is designed as a joint Engineer introductory course for Service Engineers. Target audience is senior 0-3’s, junior 0-4’s, selected senior NCOs, and Warrant Officers. Goal is to better prepare them for service on a Joint Task Force (JTF); importance of understanding Joint operations and how Engineers fits in; importance of understanding Sister Service Capabilities, similar and “unique” capabilities; know what a JTF engineer staff looks like, what it does, how it supports the Combatant Commanders/Joint Force Commanders (COCOM/JFC); know the importance of relationships between the JTF/COCOM Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Facilities Engineer Command (NAVFACENGCOM), Host Nation (HN), Contractor’s, Coalition forces, Joint Interagency Intergovernmental and Multi-national (JIIM), Interagency (IO), and Non-governmental organizations (NGO).
JEOC Pilot Lessons/courseware During the Distributed Learning (dL) Phase the students review the following topics:
FOB/Basecamp Planning (Open, Upgrade, Close); Facilities Eng
Real Estate and Real Property; Environmental Considerations
Coalition Engineer Operations Panel (AUS, CAN)
Funding and Contingency Contracting
Contractors on the Battlefield
Geospatial Engineering; IED Defeat
Sourcing and the RFF Process
Dept. of State – USAID/OFDA support to military missions
Missions “outside the wire”
JEOC-02-08 dL phase opened on 14 Jan 08.
The dL phase is 40 to 48 hrs, and is a prerequisite to the 7-11 April resident phase.
Currently enrolled: 21 Army, 10 Air Force, 5 Navy, and 3 Marines. Enrolled in dLonly: 3 Army (MNC-I).
Max. Class Size: 45
Enrollment POC is Dwayne Boeres; email@example.com, (573) 563-7065
Engineer Publications Update
DA PAM 600-3-21, Engineer, is now considered obsolete and has been replaced by DA PAM 600-3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management, dated 11 December 2007.
Department of Instruction & Individual Training Division
The U.S. Army Engineer School is still looking for NCOs (Active or Reserve Component) in the rank of SSG, SFC, and MSG to fill vacancies within the Individual Training Division to assist in Training Development to keep the institutional courses (both active and reserve) current and relevant. There are vacancies in the following MOSs: 21B, 21H, 21N, and 21T. Due to the train up time to execute training developer tasks, Reserve Component NCOs would be asked to mobilize for a year to work at the Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Those NCOs in the Reserve Component that are interested in filling one of these vacancies should contact MAJ Tim Obrien at (573) 563-5377 or DSN 676-5377 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on the positions available and detail of the duties associated with the positions, contact Mr. Jesse Rutledge, Chief of the Individual Training Division at (573) 563-4112 or DSN 676-4112.
Additionally, there are vacancies for Officer training as follows: 21B30/40, 21C30/40, and 21H30/40. These positions are Platoon Trainers and Operations in the Department of Instruction, Leader Development, 554 EN BN. POC for further information is CSM Kammerdiener at (573) 596-8909, email@example.com.
AN/PSS-14 Licensing Requirement Issue: Licensing requirement for the AN/PSS-14
Discussion: The unit needs the ability to sustain trained operators and qualify new personnel when they are assigned to the unit. Because of the sophistication of the AN/PSS-14 and major differences from other, previously fielded detection systems, operators must be trained and licensed by qualified personnel. The initial training of unit operators is accomplished during the NET process provided by the Program Manager (PM). USAES has established a Unit Master Training (UMT) program. Following the guidelines of AR 600-55 “The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program (Selection, Training, Testing, and Licensing)” and in order to meet the sustainment needs of the unit the UMT program was established. This course will provide units with trained instructors to sustain their personnel on the system and leave them with a draft licensing program to adopt for their unit. This course is either taught at a location chosen by the unit or at Fort Leonard Wood. The following guidelines are established for the UMT Program.
Must be an E5 or above
Must be operator qualified (accomplished during NET or given by USAES after NET but before UMT)
Successfully complete the 40 hour UMT Course
At the UMT Course the instructors will assist units in establishing permanent training lanes and provide them with a CD that obtains all lesson plans and tests required to license unit personnel. Additionally, the CD contains an example of a unit SOP and licensing program for units to use and instructions for maintaining and establishing additional training lanes. USAES is in the process of establishing a Web Site, accessed through an AKO portal that provides units with a forum to obtain updated information about the AN/PSS-14. The site will contain lesson plans, upcoming training dates and locations, and a list qualified instructors, by unit. A media article has been written and is awaiting publication in the Infantry, Armor, Chemical, Engineer, and Military Police Magazines. The article is currently in OIS for review.
Recommendation: Units send a minimum of two E5s or above to their unit’s NET for the AN/PSS-14. This will allow units to take advantage of the instructors while they are on site. The schedule for a units NET can be obtained from their Force Modernization Officer. If a unit has already be NET’d USAES will send a team to provide them both operator and UMT courses at over a period of two weeks (40 hour operator and 40 hour UMT). USAES will only conduct the training for E5 or above personnel.
Scheduled Unit Master Training – Open table to see more
Background Information Description: The Detecting Set, Mine, LIN D03932, AN/PSS-14 is a portable, one (1)-man, battery-powered, lightweight detector. It is used to locate both metallic and low-metallic buried mines. The AN/PSS-14 folds up and fits into a soft Backpack to form a compact, transportable unit. When not in use, the packed unit is stored in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN)–proof Storage Container.
Capabilities: The AN/PSS14 is designed to detect metallic and non-metallic antitank and antipersonnel mines. If a mine is detected an audio cue alerts the operator. The detector can distinguish between nails, shrapnel, other clutter, and mines/improvised explosive devices (IED), which decreases false alarms. This improved processor along with ground penetrating radar (GPR) provides a 95 percent probability of detection. The combination of microprocessor technology and GPR greatly enhances the survivability on the battlefield versus the previous detectors. The AN/PSS 14 will allow the operator full body movement and will not restrict the operator from wearing body Armor, MOPP 1-4 equipment, and cold/wet weather gear.
Employment: The AN/PSS 14 will be employed by trained Combat Engineers and other trained users to find IED, Unexploded Ordnance, or Mines. It will be employed where vehicular and aerial detectors are not suitable or available to those who must clear a path, trail or road.
Basis of Issue: The AN/PSS 14 will be fielded to units performing clearance and quartering operations or require the ability to detect explosive hazards. Will be fielded as a 1:1 replacement for the AN/PSS12/11, LIN G02341, Detecting Set..
Training Systems: - Sweep Monitoring System (SMS) and Training Target Sets (TTS): The AN/PSS-14 Training Devices Set will be fielded worldwide to the 44 designated TSCs to provide commanders the capability to provide exercise training. The SMS and TTS are used to support initial entry training, institutional training, and unit sustainment training. The SMS was developed as a training device for the AN/PSS-14 but it is also suitable for other hand held mine detector wands such as the AN/PSS-12.
3. Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID) The Requirements Determination Directorate (RDD), Assured Mobility Branch, MANSCEN Futures Center has developed an Engineer trailer survey; this survey is intended for all Engineer soldiers and all levels of leadership. Please complete the survey so we can better identify your trailer needs and better fit the field with needed capabilities. This survey is located in the AKO knowledge center at the following link:
https://www.us.army.mil/suite/kc/9928202 Please complete the survey and send it to either of the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
MILPER MESSAGE NUMBER : 08-027 / EFFECTIVE 19 DECEMBER 2007, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS APPROVED SDAP AT THE RATE OF SD-3/$225 FOR ALL ENLISTED SOLDIERS PERFORMING DUTY AS PLATOON SERGEANTS (PSG) AND SQUAD LEADERS (SL) IN U.S. ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND WTU'S.