Welcome to the second edition of the Warrior Scribe Newsletter. I’ve received numerous positive feed-
back regarding the previous edition, so we will continue to try to send these out to keep the families updat-
ed on current and upcoming events for the company. 1SG and I
are approaching nearly five months of command and I can not
believe how fast time has gone by. I am truly grateful and appre-
ciate of all of the efforts from our Families and our Soldiers.
As always, the months of May and June have been extremely
busy for the company. We’ve spent many hours in training on
our basic Warrior Tasks and Soldier skills during the month of
May, and then transitioned to our construction skill set by using
our equipment out at East Range training sites during the month
of June. We will soon be recovering all of our equipment that
was used in the field to be prepared for any follow-on missions
that are required from us. I believe the company has made great
strides over the past two months in building on our common
Soldier tasks as well as honing our skills on our horizontal con-
struction equipment. Training aside, it was great to spend the
day with all of the families at Bellows. I was amazed at the turn-
out and hope everyone had a great time.
The month of July will be a very slow month for the company, as I see a majority of us will be enjoying some
much deserved leave. I hope that many of you are taking advantage of this opportunity as we all need some
time to rewind and relax. Once leave is over, on Saturday, 27 July, the battalion will be hosting the KOA
OHANA Day for all of the spouses to participate in some fun and challenging opportunities that our Soldiers
experience on a common basis. I know we had a great turnout last year, so I look forward to seeing the
families come out and support this event again. The events and times have not been determined yet, but
once we receive the information, we will be sure to pass it along. The month of August will be mainly fo-
cused on our weapons skills and will maintain our qualifications by going to ranges.
I know there are still many questions floating around about the Guam deployment and we are all sharing the
same frustrations. Currently, the company is still preparing to go to Guam, but the mission has the potential
to change in us only sending one platoon and some limited maintenance personnel. Until a final decision is
made, we have to continue to prepare as if the entire company is deploying. Once that decision is made, I
assure you we will pass this along so everyone knows exactly what the timeline and requirements are. I
apologize for this as I know it has significant impacts on many families and appreciate your patience.
From the Commander
Congratulations to the following Soldiers
on their promotions. Well deserved!
21 June 2013Volume 1, Issue 2
The following Soldiers have arrived to
the unit after 01 May. Welcome to
the Warrior Team!
SPC Bernard PV2 Daros SGT Sorg
PVT Binford PV2 Embrey SGT Yiznitsky
SSG Chanthaseng PFC Flak PFC Selau
PVT Callazo SPC French PV2 Sherwood
PFC Conaway SPC Gerber
PV2 Conn SGT Gonzalez
SGT Cook PV2 Hall
1LT Hansen PV2 Lones
1LT Orozco SGT Orozco
PV2 Palombaro SGT Rausch
A special thanks to Barbara Eittreim for making
a truly awesome Engineer Cake for Family Day!
Congratulations to SGT
Williams and SGT Ordaz
for winning the 84th EN
BN NCO of the Month
Board! Keep up the
The Roughneck Platoon
Platoon Leader Note:
The month of May kicked off the Roughneck preparation for
Guam with both major training events and significant personnel
changes. The platoon started the month by shifting focus back to
the heavy equipment world when we executed airfield training at
East Range. Guam preparations then progressed with the Con-
struction Management Training and Cultural Awareness training.
All E4s and below gave scholarly cultural classes on areas in the
Pacific while E5s and above were exposed to the Construction
Management training they will need for Guam. Amidst all the ar-
duous training, the Roughnecks experienced some significant
personnel changes. 1st Platoon lost SSG Lewis to Operations,
but gained SGT Sorg, SPC Hale, and SPC Richardson, PFC Falk,
PV2 Rooney, PV2 Sherwood. In addition, three E4s made the
by name list for their promotion to Sergeant. First Platoon
would like to congradulate soon to be SGT Uribe, SGT
Deatherage, and SGT Reed on their upcoming promotions!
-LT David D. Karwick
Above: SPC Ortiz, SPC Whitting-
ton, and SPC Wright are ex-
posed to the Navy 3M system in
preparation for Guam.
Above: SGT Ganal coaches SPC Harrington on
Grader Operation used to construct and Airfield.
Above: SGT Sandoval give Soldiers a class
on Tactical Airfields.
2nd Platoon Dirt Dawgs were at it again! The month of May was
filled with great training and certification in preparation for the upcoming Guam De-
ployment. The beginning of the month was focused on certifying the platoon on Army
Warrior Task and Battle Drills. This was an oppor-
tunity for the platoon to train and retrain on skills
deemed critical to Soldier survival in combat.
Training included weapons instruction, tactical
communications, and first aid; some skills which
many hadn’t reviewed since Basic Training. To-
wards the end of the month, training focus shifted
to Construction Project Management for the
NCOs in preparation for Guam and the upcoming
Platoon STX. NCOs spent a week at Pearl Har-
bor learning the Joint Construction Crew Leader
Handbook, and then the following week put their
training to the test in the construction manage-
ment and planning of their Platoon STX Project at East Range starting 3 June. Dirt
Dawgs are looking forward to the month of June. The Platoon STX will be a great op-
portunity for the platoon to prove our skills on our construction equipment, and train
on what we do best!!
May was a month for significant personnel changes. Welcome to our newest
members of the Dirt Dawg team: SSG
Chanthaseng, SGT Rausch, SPC French,
PFC Conn, PFC Brown. Additionally, fare-
well to SPC Rozier who PCS’d to Ft. Stew-
art, Georgia on May 10th
Congratulations to SGT (P) Page on
achieving her promotable status this
Congratulations and thank you to SPC Cer-
vantes, SPC Martin, and SPC Melendez and
their families for their recent reenlist-
2nd PLATOON DIRT DAWGS
SPC Cervantes Reenlistment Ceremony
at Waimea Bay (above)
SPC Martin Reenlistment ceremony on top of
Punchbowl Tantalus (above)
We have had a very busy month in the 561st EN CO. As always the Warrior Family is preparing to do
their part to contribute to the efforts of the “Never Daunted” Battalion both here at home and
abroad. 3rd PLT/561st has been busy preparing for STX Lanes, in which “UNIT” has been awarded the
opportunity to participate in Project U-Turn. Project U-Turn is a improvement of Schofield Barracks
Range Road, in which many of the veteran and new soldiers of 3rd PLT will get a chance to exercise
their skills. The Warrior and UNIT family would like to congratulate SGT Ronnie Williams on being
awarded NCO of the Month and getting his promotable status to Staff Sergeant. Also UNIT would like
to recognize SPC Matthew Skinner for getting his promotable status to Sergeant. The UNIT has also
welcomed the arrival of several new soldiers to 3rd PLT in anticipation of future missions in which they
will be mentored by veteran soldiers and NCO’s on horizontal construction operations. In prepara-
tion for the upcoming STX Lanes and Projects UNIT was able to get back into the swing of things with
a Project Rollout of the new D7 Dozers and Graders, as well as other equipment in an effort to meas-
ure the performance of both the soldiers and construction equipment. The rollout was a overall suc-
cess helping the UNIT gauge its readiness, train soldiers on the new equipment and identify any faults
that needed to be corrected. It is with sadness that the Warrior Family and UNIT offers our condo-
lences to SPC Tyler Nielsen and the Nielsen family in their recent lose of his sister. Our thoughts and
prayers are with the Nielsen family during their time of grief.
SGT Ronnie Williams is the 84th EN BN
NCO of the month. He has devoted himself
to leading by example as well as studying tire-
lessly in order to be pro-
moted to Staff Sergeant
and earn honors as NCO
of the month. Con-
again to SGT Ron-
SOLDIER OF THE ISSUE:
SGT RONNIE WILLIAMS
3rd Sqd after completing rollout and excavation exercises in
preparation for PLT STX. In which UNIT will be conducting
repairs on Areas 3 and Area 4 of ER-ETA Drivers Training
Roads in an operation titled Project U-TURN (picture on
PROMOTIONS BIRTHDAYS NEW ADDITIONS
Congratulations to the follow-
ing soldiers for being promoted
Promoted to Staff Sergeant:
Happy Birthday to the fol-
Austin Hohnke: May 07
Jeffrey Evangelista: May 17
Congratulations to the follow-
ing soldier and their spouse on
celebrating their newborn!
James and Holly Nicholson
Soldiers from Maintenance PLT, 561st EN CO
receiving their safety brief before Table II qualifi-
cation on the M249. Photo taken by 2LT Casey
Above is a picture of a point that soldiers had to find
during land navigation training at Bellows. As you can
see, the point blended in very well with its surround-
ing environment, making it very difficult to find the
point. Photo taken by 2LT Casey Kilpatrick
Soldiers from the Maintenance Platoon, 561st Engineer Company re-
cently finished up a month full of services in the motor pool. Maintenance
needed to ensure that the vehicles would be up and running to take on the
Platoon STX lanes throughout the month of June.The Maintenance Platoon
also supported the Battalion by conducting a M249 Table II Qualification on
April 22, 2013 at CR-2 on Schofield Barracks.The platoon was able to qualify
20 firers from 561st, 6 firers from 643rd, and 2 firers from HHC.
Maintenance PLT took time away from Schofield Barracks to conduct
land navigation with some different scenery. On 9May2013, Maintenance got a
hands on training experience at the Marine Corps Training Area located at
Bellows Beach Park.The soldiers appreciated the challenging course that Bel-
lows provided. We were able to train 25 soldiers from both Maintenance
and Headquarters platoons.
I In the past month the Maintenance Platoon has received many
new soldiers to its fleet. SPC Gerber, PFC Selau, PV2 Hall, PV2
Collazo, and PV2 Shelua, Welcome to the team!
“From the Front”
The Headquarters Platoon (Backbone of the Company!) focused the month of
May on training and field preparations. The platoon started off the month taking a
successful PT test. 1LTThompson and CPT Browning both led the way scoring a
300! After the event, the platoon average was 266.
After a successful PT test, the next highlight of the month was
SPC Tarbutton’s 26th birthday on May 8th. According to him,
this was the most important day of the month, a day filled with
plenty of cake and ice cream. His cake is pictured here
The training focus of the month was training on Warrior Tasks
and Battle Drills, and conducting the Initial Command Inspection
(ICI). Every Thursday, the Soldiers trained on Land Navigation,
squad movements, and basic skills every Soldier needs to know. The training was a
great refresher and an opportunity to get out of the office and back into the field.
For the ICI inspection, battalion leader-
ship inspected every section in Headquar-
ters: Personnel Management,Training,
Land and Ammo,Arms Room, Communi-
cations, and Supply. Our Soldiers and
NCOs did a great job preparing their sec-
tions and every one of them received a
The month ended with the great Family Org Day at Bellows Beach on May
28th. Soldiers and families gathered at the beach for games, BBQ, prize drawings,
and informal socializing on the beach. The highlight for the kids was the surprise
visit from the “Mermaid”.
Oh yah, it was also SSG Hess’s 29th birthday. His wise words of
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Army Community Services: (808) 655-4227
Army Substance Abuse Programs: (808) 655-8700
Battalion Chaplain: (808) 655-1297
Military Family Life Consultant: (808) 226-7307
Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Tripler Trolley: (808) 433-1200
LEADER: Dana Lashley
TREASURER: Liz Bartley
ALT TREASURER: Jenna Browning
SECRETARY: Lizzie Graves
KEY CALLERS: Megan Hess
VOLUNTEERS: Allie Beverly
Summer is upon us! This is always
a busy time of year for everyone, especially
those who are PCS'ing. During this time of
transition, our FRG needs YOU! Several of
our key volunteers will be or have already
left the Warrior Family. This means that
we have open positions; please contact me
if you are interested in joining the team!!
The FRG has started a new pro-
gram: BABY BASKETS! If your family is
anticipating the arrival of new baby, please
email us with your name and due date.
Baskets will be presented at 561st FRG
Socials. Donations (diapers, clothes, wipes,
etc.) for baby baskets can be made at the
HHQ Office. Thank you in advance for all
The Warrior FRG is dedicated to
the Families and Soldiers of the 561st Engi-
neer Company. Our goal is to foster a
sense of belonging to the unit and commu-
nity and provide a vehicle for families to
develop friendships while they gain infor-
mation about the unit and community. In
addition, we provide information, referral,
and share support. We are here for YOU!
Do not hesitate to contact us!
A special thank you to everyone
who assisted with FAMILY DAY! We had
an excellent turn out...including a visit from
Mahalo for All your Sup-
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
For the 130th
What is an MFLC?
A Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC) provides short-
term situational problem-solving counseling to Service Mem-
bers (SM) and their families.
What kind of services can a MFLC help me and my
An MFLC can help SM and their families understand the impact
of stress, deployments, family reunions following deployments
and the stresses of military life.
Where can I see an MFLC for appointments?
Your BDE MFLC is located in Trailer 14 close to Hamilton
Field and across the street from the Soldier Support Center. It
would be best to schedule your appointment in advance with
your current MFLC, Bessie Estonactoc at 808-226-7307.
Services can be provided on or off military installations, but not
in your home.
How about if I need to see an MFLC right away and
you aren’t available?
You can go to the ACS Center and walk in between the hours
of 7:30am to 4:00pm to see an MFLC or call 808-222-7088.
Who will you share my information with when I see
you for a session?
Services are confidential and private, except for duty-to-warn