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MESSAGE TO THE REGIMENT #21:
The Engineer Blast”


A.  Overview:  The Office of the Chief of Engineers is pleased to forward this twenty-first 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. 
12 December, 2005

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

1. FROM THE CORPS CSM: Seasons Greetings to all Sappers around the world! I have recently returned to the Washington DC Headquarters of the Corps of Engineers from a trip to Afghanistan and Germany. It was a great trip and I am still full from eating two terrific Thanksgiving meals with Soldiers and our great deployed Civilians in Afghanistan.

      I can tell you that the Engineers of TF Sword in Afghanistan are doing a terrific job of improving that devastated country’s infrastructure by building roads and also ensuring the safe passage of coalition Forces by sweeping the MSR’s for IED’s and mines. It is apparent as you travel around the country that the people of Afghanistan are living better everyday due to the efforts of our great Corps personnel, Soldier and Civilian, who are working tirelessly to provide a quality of life for the Afghan people that they have never had before. It is truly awe inspiring to see their efforts come to fruition and it makes me proud to be a member of this great Corps Family.

     I also visited our Folks at NAU in Wiesbaden and had a chance to spend sometime getting my boots muddy looking at the projects that will improve dramatically the Quality Of Life of the Soldiers, Civilians and Family members who live in the Wiesbaden Community. While in Germany, I visited with the 1st Armored Division and the 16th Engineer Battalion in Giessen and the 130th Engineer Brigade RD in Hanau. The great Soldiers of the Catamounts were preparing to deploy early next year and they were all positive and prepared to conduct their missions with great confidence and had no doubt about the outcome of the War on Terrorism.

    I got to spend some time in Bamberg and Schweinfurt with the 1st ID and the 9th Engineer Battalions to include attending the Gila Ball as their guest speaker. It was awesome to spend time talking to Soldiers who were also preparing for their next deployment with great certainty that they would also be successful.

    I would like to thank COL Toomey, the AED commander, and his staff, especially MSG Orlando Johnson and LTC Lee, for planning a great visit in Afghanistan. Thanks to CSM Craddock; TF Sword, CSM Lewis; TF Pacemaker, and CSM Sanders of TF Wildcat, who are doing a phenomenal job of taking care of Soldiers and for giving me the opportunity to ride in the RG-31. Thanks to all in Germany ---COL Burcham, NAU CDR, and staff to include MSG Spears, to the 1st AD team, COL Shumway and CSM Miller, for their hospitality, to the 1st ID team, COL Watson and staff to include SGM St. Louis, and lastly to the great Gila battalion. It was a great honor to speak to your soldiers at the All Ranks Ball. Thanks LTC Massett and CSM Turpin.

     Lastly, I want thank all who are serving far from home this Holiday Season know that you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers and that I am proud of all of you. Please continue to take care of each other and I look forward to seeing you somewhere down the road. Happy Holidays! CSM Bob Winzenried

2.  CORPS POINTS, a weekly compendium of facts and talking points to help tell the Corps story, is linked.  Version; 6 DEC 05;


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 # 7; How the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Became a Major Army Command? By USACE Office of History.

5. Mark your calendars for 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. More information in future editions.

6. The Gulf Region Division: Forwarded for your information is the PCO Weekly Iraq Reconstruction Update – Version 23 Nov 05 ; Version 7 Dec 05. 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.

7. The Afghanistan Engineer District : U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander and Chief of Engineers, LTG Carl A. Strock recognized the service of civilian volunteers in Operation Enduring Freedom when he presented over 80 Afghanistan Engineer District (AED) employees the District’s new Civilian Combat Service Pin during his recent Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan.  The AED pin is issued to deployed, and formerly deployed, civilians who have served with the District in Afghanistan for 30 or more continuous days. Among those who have received the AED Civilian Combat Service Pin are: Mamie Anderson, Steve Blankenship, Sheryl Chapman, Gilbert Dent, Rich Dickson, Andrea Duff, Jim Fox, Rod Hallstrom,

Tom Hayes, Dave Hopkins, Bart Jennings, Maryam Khan, Bruce Kim, Jon Kirchner, Shannon Lamberth, Myrlande Lee, Randall Lewis, Mary Lien, Rick Lien, Tony Lijewski, Charles Lilly, Carolyn Markos, Will Matias, Dan McConnell, Dennis McKinley, Kurt Monger, Yvan Nobile, Larry Phyfe, Kimberly Pugh, Steve Purdy, Maureen Ramsey, Don Ripp, Ed Sealock, Derrick Shannon, Trudi Shannon, Edna Sheridan, Ed Sherman, Larry Shockley, Mark Springer, Steve Stouter, Richard Urich, Brian Walls, Jodi Beauchamp, Howard Blood, Phil Durgin, Steve Farkus, Ed Flint, John Hazelton, Dean Homleid, Ehsan Nawabi, Harold Allensworth, Paul Ancog, Eugenio Bultedaob, Patricia Cason, Humberto Cerrillio, Max Hayes, David Hudson, Ze F Jong,  Harry Pham, Elizabeth Carver, Edward Freer, Donald Hendrix, Greg Hernandez, Ibrar Ali, Shaukat Ali, Wayne Birgado, John Boa, Jamal Fakhouri, Howell Green, Robert Harry, Steve Haselman, Steve Ireland, Tom Nason, John Nicholson, Larry Ryan, Jennifer Samela, Joe Haugen, Richard Lavoie and Dawn Pisarski





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

 ENGINEER SCHOOL BLAST  



ASST COMMANDANT MESSAGE:  Wanted to send some recent updates from the <<Engineer> <School>> on key issues we are working and some viewpoints from the Field. MG Castro, CSM Pearson and all of us at the ENGINEER SCHOOL hope you are looking forward to the holidays!!

1.  ENGINEER REGIMENTAL WEEK: Mark your calendars for our upcoming Engineer Regimental Week---1-5 MAY 2006.   The <Engineer> <School>, in conjunction with USACE and AEA, will be conducting a series of activities in <<Missouri>>.  First, AEA will host a 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.    Latter in the same week = at <<Fort> <Leonard>> Wood, we will be celebrating some key Regimental events highlighted by the Best Sapper Competition, the unveiling of the Sapper Statue, and the Engineer Ball.  This will be our only major regimental assembly in 2006.  Keep your eyes open for more details as they unfold.   

 

 2.  EMBEDDED ENGINEER CONFERENCE: I would like to thank the leaders who attended the HBCT Embedded Engineer Conference this week here at Fort Leonard Wood. A special thanks to LTC Mike Presnell and the MANSCEN / ENGINEER SCHOOL DCD team for putting this all together.  Attendees included leaders from the 25th ID, 1st EN BDE, 30th EN BDE, 35th EN BDE, 105th EN BN, 3-2 SBCT, 3rd BSTB 10th MTN, 2-12 CAV, 82nd EN BN, and 3rd BCT 4th ID, as well as representatives from USACE, US Armor Center, TRADOC, NTC, JRTC, DA Staff, and ERDC.  The conference allowed us to determine the best embedded engineer capability in the BCT within the current resource constraints.  The group conducted a detailed task review, analyzed current capability gaps, and developed DOTMLPF solutions.  Using this methodology, we prioritized a list of 5 capability gaps with feasible near-term solutions: 1) Provide Mounted Breach, 2) EQT, 3) Explosive Hazard Detection & Defeat, 4) Reconnaissance, and 5) Enable Movement through Route Clearance. The next step is to push our materiel, training, doctrine, and concept initiatives to fruition.  You will see the results very soon - new tools/SKOs, expanded counter explosives and route reconnaissance courses, and the Assault Breaching Vehicle.  BOTTOM LINE: The Engineer School CONTINUES to work to provide the strongest and most capable engineer force in the new BCT structure. 


 

 3.  COUNTER EXPLOSIVES TECHNOLOGY:  The USAES Counter Explosive Hazards Center (CEHC) remains actively involved in the IED-Defeat materiel solution process making significant progress in Route Reconnaissance and Clearance (RRC) operations.  CEHC led several initiatives to increase the capabilities of RRC Teams including: in theater operational testing of the GYROCAM (gyro-stabilized triple sensor camera); integration and testing of the CROW remote weapons station; and prototype testing for the Buffalo RPG cage now scheduled for fielding. This past week the team conducted final testing and evaluation of multiple robotics platforms and is purchasing an initial fleet to commence Sapper training on stand-off IED neutralization TTPs. We are also supporting the two recent efforts by the JIEDD-TF and REF to simultaneously detect and neutralize IEDs using electric and microwave technologies. A BIG WIN...working with PM-CCS and CFLCC, the team assisted with the development of the recently approved ONS to further increase RCC Teams in the CENTCOM AOR from 38 to 63.                              vr  COL(P) TODD SEMONITE 




From the Regimental Command Sergeant Major

4. IED Defeat Conference

The Counter Explosives Hazard Center hosted a Command Sergeant Major, Master Gunner IED Conference from 30 November-2 December 05 at Fort Leonard Wood. The purpose of the conference was to refresh NCOs in Train The Trainer support requirements. The conference was designed to train Master Gunners on changing insurgent IED trends, updated search techniques and crew device refresher all centered on IED Defeat lanes training. Some of the events included classified Threat and Crew Briefs, Advance Search Techniques, Mine and Search Dog demonstrations, training aids overview and vendor displays. There was also a VTC with the 80th DIV (IT) on the final day.

5. Sapper Tab

The Army G-1 has approved a proposal to award 10 promotion points for the Sapper Tab and 4 points per week for the course. The MILPER message officially announcing this to the field will be published soon.


6. MOS Consolidations

All three MOS Consolidations 21T/S, 21U/L and 21E/J/F have been approved by DA for FY08/09 implementation.


7. Explosive Ordnance Clearing Agent (EOCA) Schedule

The E8 ASI has been approved by DA for FY 08/09 implementation. The ASI will be top loaded for all Soldiers who have received the training. All future graduates will need to process a request for ASI through their unit upon completion of the course.



 Class Schedule

FY: 2006

School: 093

Course: 2E-F231/030-F14

Phase:

Course Length: 6 Weeks 0.0 Days

Course Title: EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE CLEARANCE AGENT

Class Maximum: 16     Class Optimum: 16     Class Minimum: 12


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8. NCOES: As the Army and our Regiment transform, NCOES must also implement change to remain relevant and continue to produce competent leaders. The Engineer Advanced and Basic Noncommissioned Officer Courses are meeting this challenge head on. The recent construction of a NCO Academy FOB has added a great sense of realism to all tactical training. The students now have the opportunity to live in a tactical environment that comes very close to recreating the living conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The FOB serves as an outstanding base of operations for all missions. Both ANCOC and BNCOC are continuously updating course material to keep up to date with the fielding of new equipment and techniques. In a joint training effort with the Counter Explosive Hazard Center portions of the Supervisor Search Course are being taught in both ANCOC and BNCOC. Another example of leveraging the assets on Fort Leonard Wood is the integration of search and mine dogs through demonstration and implementation during the STX. Other new initiatives within our Regiment’s NCOES courses is the emphasis placed on Sewer, Water, Electricity and Trash (SWET), vertical and horizontal construction projects, lessons learned, and counter insurgency operations. Throughout all courses we continue to emphasize and train the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. The Engineer ANCOC and BNCOC courses will continue to transform along with our Regiment and train our future leaders. CSM Pearson

9. GEOSPATIAL NEWS:

Topographic Force Structure. The Future Engineer Force changed every Topographic unit in the Army. Battalions and Corps companies are being eliminated; Terrain Detachments are embedded in the new Divisions and Corps headquarters. The three remaining TOPO companies are doubling in size and the current P&Cs are tripling in size as they transition the new Geospatial Planning Cell Structure (see attached slides). The real growth however, is in the embedded BCT teams. These changes will double the number of 21Us and DTSS systems in the field. Although we lose our survey assets within the Topo companies, the Regiment gains 40 Survey and Design Teams.
Moves that have occurred or are planned in the next 15 months:
Sept 05: Inactivated: 1309th TA, 1006th TA DS

Oct 05: Inactivated: 555th Eng Co, 123rd Force XXI TA, 88th TA, 37th TA, DS; Activated: 555th Eng Det, 1st Cav HQ, 4 BCTs, and 1 SBCT, 25 ID 4th BCT, 72nd S&D TM

Nov 05: Activate: 25 ID HQ 3rd BCT

Jan 06: Activate: 25 ID 6th BCT

Mar 06: Inactivate: 175th Eng Co, Activate the 275th TA Det



Jun 06: Inactivate: 541st TA L; Activate 82nd ABN HQ and 4 BCTs, S&D to 36 En Bde

Sept 06: S&D assigned to 111 Eng Bde, 35th Eng Bde, 194th Eng Bde and 3 NG teams TBD

Oct 06: Inactivate: 517th TA, 510th TA DS, 25th TA, 64th TA L,

The transformation of the Army is a work in progress, this is today’s truth, however we are in the process of conducting TAA (Total Army Analysis) 08-13 and there will be changes when the results are announced. If you have specific questions or need my assistance please call MSG Don Murray at 573-563-7031 or DSN 676-7031 or Email at <mailto:donald.murray@us.army.mil> donald.murray@us.army.mil.
10. Soldier Reenlistment Bonus Due to shortages in 21U SPC, the Chief of Engineers has proposed an increase of the Soldier Reenlistment Bonus(SRB). This increase will change from the current 2A and be raised to 2.5A. This increase is essential to retain Soldiers and as the topographic force structure increases by approximately 50% over the next few years. This SRB increase is expected to be approved and should take effect in the very near future. Questions can be addressed to MSG Don A. Guess, don.guess@wood.army.mil or (573) 563-7369/ DSN 676-7369.

11. 21U/21L Consolidation The consolidation of the 21U and 21L MOSs should be approved this quarter forming the new MOS 21Y and implemented as early as FY07 or as late as FY09 (based on funding for the HVMPs). 21Ys will require Secret and/or Top Secret Clearance. Commanders should position there 21L soldiers for success by requiring them to file for Secret Clearances for the grades of PVT-SGT and Top Secret (TS) clearances for SSG and above now (due to the long lead times required to obtain TS Clearances). 21Ls will receive formal training at the Defense Geospatial-Intelligence School at Ft Belvoir, VA as a normal MOS reclassification as a TDY in route following the normal PCS rotation. Soldiers assigned to a PSYOPS position will attend 7 weeks of training for the ASI of G5 enroute to their printing assignment. Questions for the consolidation can be addressed to MSG Don A. Guess, don.guess@wood.army.mil or (573) 563-7369/ DSN 676-7369.

12. 21U New Recruit Secret Clearance Issue An ongoing issue with 21U’s arriving at their first duty station without having a Secret clearance has been identified. EPPO has addressed this issue with USAREC G-3. The new automated security clearance submission process effective 29 Aug 2005 should reduce these problems. IET Soldiers will begin the process at the Military Entry Processing Station (MEPS). Questions can be addressed to MSG Don A. Guess don.guess@wood.army.mil or (573) 563-7369/ DSN 676-7369.


DIRECTOR OF TRAINING NEWS:

13. Results of Training and Leader Development General Officer Steering Committee (TLGOSC), 29 November – 1 December 2005
Slides from this TLGOSC (06-1, Nov-Dec 05) can be accessed at the AKO Operations Knowledge Center under Leader Development.
ARFORGEN. (Army Forces Generation Model) has become a centerpiece for our Army Training Strategy. It is a training and readiness strategy that drives units through a structured progression of increased readiness over time, resulting in recurring periods of availability of trained, ready, and cohesive units prepared for operational deployment. Units are in one of three phases: Reset/Train, Ready Force, and Available Force. Will not be fully on line until FY08.
Impacts of ARFORGEN on Training and Leader Development.

- NCO Courses moving to an average of 8 weeks in length

- Increased emphasis on Distance Learning

- Captain’s Career Course: intent is to allow captains to choose either a PCS or TDY option (TDY en-route or TDY and return); still many bugs to work out before implementation.

CTC Way Ahead. “Dirt” CTCs will consist of NTC, JRTC, and a smaller JMRC (USAREUR) plus some Exportable Training Capability (ETC). ETCs will provide an improved training and evaluation experience for BCTs at home station or local training areas. BCTP will restructure to support the new Corps, Division, BCTs, and Support Brigades.

Joint IED Defeat Training at the NTC. The Joint IED Center of Excellence will co-locate at the NTC with the CG, NTC dual-hatted initially. Route clearance equipment (Buffalo, Husky, RG31, robotics, etc) plus Search and IED Defeat Kits will be trained at NTC in upcoming rotations.
OPTEMPO and Unit Training Funding. Training dollars will be tight over next few years. The OPTEMPO $ for deploying units will rely solely on supplemental funding. Supplemental funding will cover a total of 17 months: 2 months prior to deployment, 12 months of deployment, and 3 months after return. Some risk involved for units scheduled to go but then postponed.
Revised AR 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. Due out to the field any day – overall reduction in HQDA-directed training; requires unit commanders to implement combatives training as part of unit's training program; officially eliminates CAS3 and implements Intermediate Level Education (ILE) as replacement for CGSC.
Mission Training Plans (MTPs). Hard copy MTPs are being phased out. They will remain available on AKO and the Reimer Digital Library. MTPs will be replaced by the Combined Arms Training Strategy (CATS) as part of the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) currently being fielded.
Pentathlete. The CSA and SECARMY have outlined the base tenets for the Army leader in a slide entitled “Growing Army Leaders for the 21st Century ‘The Pentathlete’”. Warrior Ethos ties together a list of Leader Attributes and Leader Skills.
360 Assessment and Feedback Program. Army has conducted a two year 360 A/F Program at the CTCs. Results are very positive. Army G3 accepted responsibility for developing an Army-wide 360 A/F Leader Development Program - made it clear that it would not be tied to the evaluations process.

Soldier Competency Assessment. The DA G3 will take the lead in developing a replacement for the previous Skill Qualification Test or SQT. Still in early stages.

Division Battle Command Staff Tasks and ABCS 6.4 Battle Staff System of Systems Training Support Package (TSP). These products are available at https//www.us.army.mil/suite/portal/index.jsp
14. DOTLD SMART BOOK: To assist the Engineer Regiment in keeping up with the latest doctrine, TTP's, and lessons learned we are distributing Engineer Leader Smart Books (DVD's) to Engineer leaders. The Smart Book is a comprehensive reference source filled with current and relevant information and will greatly contribute to saving the lives of our Soldiers. These Smart Book Packages are starting to arrive at units and we are receiving positive feedback. We have distributed 2,500 DVDs and will continue to distribute to all leaders in the Regiment.
15. LATEST IN DOCTRINE: Our doctrine division continues to develop manuals that help Engineers adapt to an ever-changing battlefield and meet the imperatives of assured mobility. Assured mobility depends on reconnaissance. To assist in this effort we are staffing the program directive review for the revision of FM 3-34.170 (5-170), Engineer Reconnaissance. This manual will encompass engineer reconnaissance in support of tactical operations as well as the engineer technical reconnaissance. The suspense for this review is 21 Dec 05.
16. LATEST SWEAT ASSESSMENT BOOK VERSION 2.1: Directions to the General Engineering AKO site...

- log in to AKO

- click on the 'groups' page/tab

- in the upper right hand corner of the groups page type in 'general engineering' in the 'Name' box and click the 'Find' button

- you'll find the site titled 'General Engineering - USAES'...... click on the homepage (you will have to subscribe to it)

- go to the 'infrastructure' folder - in that folder is the file 'SWEAT-IR Book v2.1'

MAJ Paul J Kremer (573) 596-0131 ext 37060

TSM- ASSURED MOBILITY NEWS:
17. EXPLOSIVE HAZARDS DATA BASE: The USAES Counter Explosive Hazards Center (CEHC) maintains the only comprehensive Explosive Hazards Data Base outside or the CENTCOM AOR.  They serve as a critical reach-back resource in support of GWOT by analyzing developing explosive hazard threats and producing graphic representation products for the field.  The Center continues to provide mission specific training on IED Defeat for deploying joint forces.  In the past two months the center has trained engineers from 8 battalions and the USMC in Route Clearance and Advanced Search Operations integrating the latest lessons learned from the CENCOM AOR.  The Center is currently working with the National Training Center and the Ordnance School to rapidly develop a condensed IED Breaching Course aimed at preparing Sapper Companies and Route Clearance Teams to identify types and complexity of IEDs, advise the commander, and conduct stand-off neutralization using robotics.
COMMANDER’S CORNER:
The 577th En Bn is working 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:

18. Sapper Leader Course (SLC): Last month, the SLC completed its POI Revision road trip to various recently redeployed units and the JRTC. We appreciate the input and support received. The proposed changes will be presented late January, with the changes taking effect in June 2006. We would also like to thank those who took the time to complete the SLC survey and sent us their feedback. If interested in providing your input, please go to (SAPPER TASK EVALUATION ). Reminder, the goal is to ensure the SLC’s training scenarios include engineer specific tasks and identified TTPs used in current operations such as in OIF and OEF. Note: The sapper course will not have a class until February, during the break instructors will focus on POI changes and validating/preparing lanes for the Best Sapper Competition. The second annual Best Sapper Competition (BSC) will occur during ENFORCE XXI ’06; for more information on the BSC click on the following BEST SAPPER COMPETITION ).

19. Army Diver: In October, we conducted the annual Army Engineer Dive Conference.

The FLW engineer leadership and dive commanders from HI, FL and VA met and discussed recruiting/retention issues, Force Design Update Jr. and Engineer C2 for dive companies. A follow-up VTC is being planned for Jan 06. The endstate is to ensure our Army Dive Program continues to be a vital asset for the Army.


20. Engineer Dog Detachments: Last month we activated two additional engineer dog detachments. The Regiment now has three. The detachments have teams deployed in support of both OIF and OEF. As the word gets out, the demand goes up, as reflected in our most recent RFF requesting additional teams. All engineers should be aware that this detection capability is available in both theaters. Meanwhile, in preparation for future deployments, we are coordinating to get the engineer dog detection teams added to BCT CTC rotations.  We are currently coordinating to have dog teams incorporated into combined arms training scenarios prior to linking them up with their supported units.
21. 62B Training: The overall goal is to have a culminating training event that joins the junior and senior personnel in an exercise prior to reporting to their next duty station. AIT and BNOCOC are currently conducting STX lanes together. The overall goal is to put the students through a more tough and realistic training scenario exercising the squad leader and Soldier relationship prior to leaving the school environment.
169th Engineer Battalion - Task Force Vertical:


22. MOS Feedback - A huge thank you to LTC Paul M. Paolozzi, Commander of Task Force Pacemaker in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan for the great feedback on our MOS training.  The Task Force is working through the issues and trying to improve in those areas his great team identified.  We continue to seek feedback from our customers, the commanders in the field who receive our great Soldiers. Our goal is to stay relevant in the training we provide are great Soldiers.  Please send feedback directly to LTC Dave Holbrook at david.holbrook@us.army.mil if Soldiers arrive and are not proficient in areas you consider critical in your current mission.  

23. Warrior Tasks and Drills – The battalion recently hosted a representative from the 29th Engineer Battalion from Hawaii and one from the ADA School at Ft Sill sent to Ft Leonard Wood to observe our Battle Focused Training (BFT) Exercise.  We welcome any and all personnel who desire to come and observe our BFT scenario.  It will provide you with a streamlined, low resource, and cost affective approach to prepare your Soldiers for Combat.  Please contact LTC Dave Holbrook at david.holbrook@us.army.mil and he will set up the visit for your unit representative.  The battalion is currently working on a take home DVD to show how we resource and conduct the exercise here at Ft Leonard Wood.  We expect the product to be complete by the end of January.  Keep monitoring the Engineer Blast for when the product is available for shipping.
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:

Message from the Engineer Branch Chief (Officer)


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.

Enlisted Engineers see Hot Assignments for updates



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

1. Please view the SMA’s Leader Book Notes for December, 2005. This issue deals with the Army Combat Uniform..


2. Does Army Force Generation have you perplexed? View "HQDA ARFORGEN 101 Brief (DEC 05)" to get a good understanding of the process. AKO Login is required.
3. The Army NST. Did you know that the Army has a Support Team at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)? The Army NST provides geospatial and imagery support to the Army throughout CONUS and coordinates activities between NGA and the Army. At our main office in Reston, Virginia, and at the Pentagon, we advocate Army geospatial and imagery issues to NGA to provide better support to Army units. At each CONUS corps headquarters, the Engineer and Military Intelligence Schools, TRADOC, FORSCOM and Fort Leavenworth, members of the Army NST provide direct assistance to Army units and exercises. 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. COL Russell Robertson

4. LTC Carol Anderson assumed command of the 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Fort Polk, LA on 19 Oct 05. The Command Sergeant Major is CSM Francis Thibodeau. The 46th ECB conducted their deployment ceremony on the same day and deployed to Iraq in support of OIF on 21 Oct 05.

5. Designated Marksman Instructor Course Dates, (Fall-Winter 2005-2006), The United States Army Marksmanship unit announces tentative dates for Designated Marksman Instructor Courses for 1st and 2nd Quarter FY 06 to be conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. The Designated Marksman Instructor Course is a Train-the-Trainer school that provides NCOs the course material and live-fire range experience to conduct home station Designated Marksman instruction using the M16A4 Rifle and M4 Carbine from 100 to 600 yards. Enrollment is open to NCOs rank E5 to E9, with priority to deploying Brigade Units of Action (OEF and OIF4 and OIF5). The course is 5 days long and is NOT listed in ATRRS. Class size is limited to approximately 40 NCOs per class.

OEF and OIF4 and OIF5 deploying units may request Designated Marksman Instructor Mobile Training Teams at their respective home installations (providing Known Distance ranges are available). Requesting units fund MTT deployments.

Courses from March 2005 to September 2006 are conducted by the National Guard Marksmanship Unit, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Other DM Courses may be arranged through the US Army Reserve 1st and 5th Army Small Arms Readiness Groups.

* DM 1-06 17-21 October 2005


* DM 2-06 15-18 November 2005
* DM 3-06 5-9 December 2005
* DM 4-06 23-27 January 2006
* DM 5-06 6-10 February 2006

The Army Marksmanship unit also conducts Close Combat Marksmanship Trainers and Mobile Training Teams for requesting units. For more information contact Mr. Mike Behnke, US Army Marksmanship Unit, S3 Chief of Competitions, DSN 835-1272 or (706) 545-1272, e-mail at michael.behnke@usaac.army.mil.

6. The Commander, U.S. Army North Atlantic Treaty Organization (USANATO) is delegated authority to award the Bronze Star Medal (BSM) and all lesser decorations to U.S. Army Soldiers assigned or attached to USANATO deployed to Iraq in support of the NATO Training Mission - Iraq. This authority will not be further delegated.—and other wartime awards are mentioned.

7. The Joint Staff has announced approval of the HSM and AFSM for U.S. service members engaged in the relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

8. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO PROVIDE ARMY LEADERS A COMPLETE COMPILATION OF EXISTING ADJUSTMENTS TO ENLISTED PROMOTION POLICIES SPECIFICALLY AS THEY RELATE TO NCOES ATTENDANCE. THIS INFORMATION MUST BE DISSEMINATED TO ALL COMMAND SERGEANTS MAJOR AND FIRST SERGEANTS.

9. Subject: Ground Precautionary Message (GPM), TACOM Control NO.GPM 06-004, Drinking System for the M45 Mask, NSNS 4240-01-414-4034/4035/4051/4052, and 4240-01-447-6989/6987/6988/8967, LIN M12736, Density 53000

10. GUIDANCE FOR DISPOSITION OF MOBILIZED INDIVIUAL READY RESERVE(IRR) OFFICERS BEYOND MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATION(MSO) COMPLETION

11. CSM Jeffrey Mellinger, J MNF-I CSM, provides some insight to share with our soldiers.

12.  The Army Facilities Component System (AFCS) Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center, released v2.5of its Theater Construction Management System (TCMS) software Oct. 17, 2005.

13. 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.

14. You can always find all the Messages to the Regiment at our AKO site—AKO Login required


https://www.us.army.mil/suite/folder/1066848




F.  Topic of Interest:  The U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center(CFSC) DAS 6 Dec 05

* Mission: As a Field Operating Agency under the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, The U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center's (CFSC) foremost mission is to develop and formulate plans, strategies and standards for Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Family programs and services.

CFSC has oversight of 167 missions from all aspects of child care and families to athletics, renovation and construction design and management, legal and statutory oversight, and NAF employee benefits and retirement. CFSC also directly operates four world-class Armed Forces Recreation Centers, a world-wide recreation gaming machine program and the World Class Athlete Program.

* The U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center was established as a FOA by General Order Number 40 on Nov. 23, 1984, by then Army Chief of Staff Gen. John A. Wickham Jr.

* CFSC helps Soldiers and their families thrive through a robust network of Soldier and family support programs including Army Community Service; child care; youth services; financial counseling; spouse employment programs; sports and recreation opportunities; MWR support to deployed Soldiers; instruction in Army basics, lifestyle and culture; and Family Readiness Groups, among others.

* Programs and Services highlights:

-- The Family and Soldier Readiness System provides commanders with an integrated chain of support from Army Community Service, family assistance centers, Family Readiness Groups, rear detachments, Child and Youth Services, and other military and community resources.

-- The virtual FRG system is designed to provide all of the functionality of traditional FRGs in an ad-hoc and online setting. Each unit's site has an FRG Administrator who may be the unit's RDC or an FRG Leader who the RDC designated to maintain the site.

-- Army child care supports Soldiers and their families with a service proclaimed as a "Model for the Nation" with more than 400 facilities and 2,800 Family Child Care homes worldwide. Providers are assessed and accredited by professional civilian organizations. The Army shares the cost of this valuable service with Army families to ensure child care is affordable for all Army families.

-- Army Clubs, Food, Beverage and Entertainment , operations including Army branded/theme restaurants, are an integral part of business operations in Army communities and contribute essential funding to support MWR programs. The Army operates 227 worldwide CFBE facilities with a wide variety of programs and services enhancing unit readiness and supporting community social needs.

-- Army Lodging operations at 80 garrison locations support the Army Lodging mission to provide customer-focused, mission-driven lodging and hospitality services that support the readiness of the total defense force worldwide. The Army's Lodging Success Program saves official travelers millions of dollars annually through reduced room rates that averaged 20 percent below area lodging per diem rates.

-- Army Community Recreation provides mission sustaining fitness, recreation and library programs including community centers; aquatics activities; cardiovascular, strength and flexibility activities; competitive sports; and reference and research services. Community support programs include outdoor recreation programs and equipment, travel information, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, arts and crafts, performing arts and entertainment, and recreation.

* Core MWR programs are expanding to increase child care availability, increase Army Community Service support to the Guard and Reserve, deploy sports and physical fitness personnel and equipment downrange, and tailor more promotions and events to garrison business operations in order to maintain community cohesiveness and morale.




G.  Engineer Unit Highlight: 46 ECB (H).
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. Former Submissions


H.  Recurring Links: The Commandant’s Message; Engineer Casualties (Updated as of 18 Nov 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; Topographic Engineering Center

United States Army 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 AssociationAEA News;  Army Engineer Association Programs; Membership.


Send Reunion Announcements to aeamag@armyengineer.com

70th Combat Engineer Battalion (Vietnam Era) reunion will be held at the Hilton Tucson East Hotel, Tucson, Arizona April 7-9, 2006. Contact Phil Hall at philmartyhall@hotmail.com or 520-575 9424 for details.

591st Engineer. Company (LE) active from 66-72 (Vietnam Era) will have their reunion July 9-12, 2006 at the Circus in Reno, NV. Contact Dale Salman, PO Box 779, Round Mtn, NV. 89045. Ph:775-377-2529 Email: tinypat@desert-express.com Web: http://mysite.verizon.net/jbbabs/index.html

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



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3. The Army Engineer Officers’ Wives Club Castle Gram



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William R. Arthur

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