Army engineers build "road to berm-a"

By 1LT Neil Miller Published - July 15, 2004

 

   

116th Army Engineers improving a road on a captured Iraqi depot.

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116th Army Engineers improving a road on a captured Iraqi depot.

“Essayons” has been the battle cry of Army Engineers for centuries. Soldiers who are privileged enough to have the castle pinned on their collar enjoy exposure tmo a wide variety of military tasks and skills. The word ‘Engineer’ typically conjures up images of pocket protectors, calculators, Dilbert ties, and conversations about the limitations of carbon steel vs. stainless steel vs. lumber etc. etc. For an Engineer soldier, it’s all true and more.

Mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability are the premise for a wide assortment of Engineer missions. All Engineer soldiers receive familiarization with obstacles, explosives, construction, and maintenance in addition to basic soldier skills. The 116th Engineer Company (CSE) has recently been exposed to many of these Engineer skills.

As part of their involvement with Operation Iraqi Freedom 2, the 116th Engineer Company ‘Devil Diggers’ have hauled gravel, built roads and improved defensive   positions.    They have fabricated parts to fix equipment, hauled water, constructed  helipads   and   taxiways, pro-

Specialist Staheli from the 116th left, and Specialist Hansen from HSC 84th Engineer Battalion staking out a protective position complex.

Specialist Staheli from the 116th left, and Specialist Hansen from HSC 84th Engineer Battalion staking out a protective position complex.

Specialist Musgrave mans the MK19 while a portion of 2nd Platoon prepares an over watch position out of HESCO bastions

Specialist Musgrave mans the MK19 while a portion of 2nd Platoon prepares an over watch position out of HESCO bastions

vided civil engineering design and construction surveying services, and many other tasks supporting the triumph of coalition forces over tyranny in the Middle East.

1LT Neil Miller and SSG Jonnie Carter bookend some US civilian security personnel in front of some 116th Engineer Equipment and a rare rainbow in the West Deserts of Iraq. Photos by 1LT Neil Miller

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1LT Neil Miller and SSG Jonnie Carter bookend some US civilian security personnel in front of some 116th Engineer Equipment and a rare rainbow in the West Deserts of Iraq. Photos by 1LT Neil Miller

           Ask any Engineer soldier how they feel about their job, and the gist of nearly every response will be “I’m proud of my ‘Desert Tan Collar Worker’ heritage!” Despite the austere conditions and everyday challenges, the soldiers of the mighty 116th continue to proudly serve the American and Iraqi people and the cause of freedom. The 116th is driving on in the spirit of its foster battalion’s motto ‘Never Daunted’.