94TH ENGINEER BATTALIONThe WOLVERZINE 1st Quarter FY 2010 V OLUME 1, I SSUE 1 Wolverine 6 Notes SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: Make a difference day Support of Vibrant Response Soldiers, Family, and Friends of the Wolverine Battalion; Tish and I want to Ft. Riley, Kansas take a minute and thank you for all that you do to make this Battalion a success Bn Org Day every day. We are honored to serve in Ranges the 94th Engineer Battalion and we wake up every day thankful for each opportu- Change of Command nity we have to interact with you. Do not think for a minute that either of us Change of Responsibility takes being a Command Team for granted...it is truly a privilege and we Calendar will do if forever if the Army lets us. It is hard to believe that I have been Wolverine 6 for 10 months already. Talk about time really flying by...I guess the old saying is true. I am amazed at how many great Caption describing picture or graphic. things Wolverine Soldiers and Families A good battle plan that were involved in this past quarter. For you act on today can be everyone that participated in the numer- better than a perfect one tomorrow. ous “Make A Difference Day” projects...a - Gen George S. Patton huge Thank You from me. Community support and volunteerism is a great way for everyone associated with this Battalion to make an impact on our local community. This community does a lot to support us; it is nice for a change to give them something back. Well done Wolverines! In This Issue: If you haven‟t seen pictures of what Wolverines accomplished while up in Fort Riley, you are really missing something pretty cool. The size and scope CSM’s Comments 2 of the construction project we accomplished and the ranges that we executed are things I will remember for the rest of my life. All Wolverines should be PA establishes 3 understandably proud of our accomplishments! space in GLWACH I will end my first entry into the Wolverzine by thanking some pretty spe- Make a Difference 4-5 cial people. The FRG leaders in each company are some really amazing peo- Day/Halloween ple and the amount of volunteer work they do for our Soldiers is awesome. 94th ENG Bn 6-10 Thank you for all the “behind the scenes” work that you do. I also want to Companies publically thank the Battalion‟s FRSA (Mrs. Mattie Falealii) for making this Sr Advs 11 document a reality...Well Done Mattie! LT Promotions Calendar 12 The Family Readiness Group Newsletter is provided to all spouses of Soldiers with the 94th Engineer Battalion with the sole purpose of providing for the well being of family members of 94th Engineer Battalion, as authorized by DA PAM 608-47 and verified by the Battalion Commander’s signature.
P AGE 2 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1From the office ofthe 94th Engineer BattalionCommand Sergeant Major 94th Engineer Battalion Family, I hope everyone enjoyed your holidays. I am happy that everyone returned safely. During this time of the year I can only reiterate winter safety is a priority. The cold winter months are ahead snow, ice and other hazards can be very dan- gerous if we are not alert to them. A family looks after each other; remind your battle buddy to stay diligent as far as safety goes. As the New Year begins let us continue to set stan- dards in all we do! Wolverines!Command Sergeant Major It is better to deserve honors Dewayne Keel and not have them than to have them and not deserve them —Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)―By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to beboss and work twelve hours a day.‖ - Robert Frost
P AGE 3 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 194th Eng Bn Chaplain’s Corner CPT Doug Ochner Greetings to all Wolverine Soldiers and Family Members! I‟m Chaplain Doug Ochner and have been with the 94th since Febru- ary, 2007. I‟ve been married 12 years and have 4 children (David, Annalisa, Jonathan and Isabella) under the ages of 9. I‟m also a Missouri boy and actually like being here. If you need ideas of where to go and what to see, give me a call. My number is 573-433-1672. There‟s been a lot of movement in and out of the Battalion, so I look forward to getting to know you if you‟re relatively new. Strong Bonds - Whenever I speak with Spouses and sometimes with Soldiers I get asked, “When is the next Strong Bonds?” Well I „m happy to say we should be able to take some Families for a weekend of strengthening marriages in January 2010. A Single Soldier weekend is also in the works for possibly February. If you might be interested in going to an upcoming Strong Bonds re- treat, attend an upcoming orientation meeting which will be an- nounced.94th Eng Bn Physician AssistantCPT Jeffery Blue 94th En Bn Medical Section has established clinical space at the Fort Leonard Wood White Eagle Clinic (Internal Medicine Department) with-in the hospital. Contact number ifor CPT Blue is 417-274-6086. The Clinical hours are weekdays Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri 1100- 1600 except Wednesdays which will remain Admin Day.―Two road diverged in the woods and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that hasmade all the difference.‖ Robert Frost
P AGE 4 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1 Make a Difference Day—Bn Org Day– 2009
P AGE 6 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1 103rd Eng Co “Vipers”From the 12th through the14th of November the 103rd October was a busy monthEn Co supported 4th MEB‟s for the Vipers several mem-operation Vibrant Response bers of the 103rd volun-by hauling communications teered to work on Make aequipment to Camp Atter- Difference Day. Our volun-bury Indiana. One way teer work was to work withtravel for the trip took 12 the St. Robert Fire Depart- CPT WADE WELSHhours. Although it was a ment to make decorations Company Commanderlong and tiring trip, the for the St. Robert Hauntedcompany was able to show Hay Ride for Halloween. Thetheir usefulness by moving decorations will be aroundthe high dollar equipment for years to come. (Photos)across the country with out The 103rd also had aany damage. Change of Responsibility and welcomes 1SG Metzgar. 1SG RON METZGAR Company 1SG
P AGE 7 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 177th Engineer Company: ―Rock Steady‖ 1SG Gaa From September 15 through October 8, 2009, more than 100 Soldiers from the 77th Engineer Company labored hard to construct a 1800 linear meter Trench Warfare Training Complex in Fort Riley, Kansas in order to increase the training capabilities of the 1st Infantry Division. Working in concert with the 2nd platoon, 103rd Engineer Company, the Outlaws vertically constructed a trench complex that will be used for decades to come by the Soldiers of the Big Red One. They used eight-foot railroad ties, 4x4s, 2x4s and plywood to build 13 bunkers designed to withstand M67 fragmentation grenade blasts as well as an intricate trench system that connected the bunkers. All told, the Trench Warfare Training Complex that the company participated in saved the First Infantry Division and the United States Army more than $500,000 in labor and material costs. In addition to the construction project at Fort Riley, each Outlaw Soldier was afforded the opportunity to train on both individual and collective tasks. They qualified on the M2 and M249 and conducted an Ad- vanced Rifle Marksmanship Range with their assigned M16s as well as operating in convoy blank fire lanes and two IED Defeat Lanes. Through the hard work and determination of the Soldiers and leaders in the company, the first off-post mission conducted by the 77th Engineer Company since uncasing their guidon in the Continental United States was a resounding success and set the standard for excellence across the battalion and further enhanced the image of the 4th MEB. An aerial view of the completed Trench Warfare Training Area at Fort Riley
P AGE 8 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1232nd Eng Co “Warriors” 232nd Eng Company Commander 232nd Eng Company First Sergeant CPT Cassandra McGinnis 1SG Cornell Ellis 3rd Platoon, 232nd EN CO began a large scale construction mission for the 1st EN BDE the first week of November. The mission consists of clearing over 14 acres of woodland and the construction of a Tactical training base that will be used for 3 battalions within the Brigade. The mission is in the initial clearing stages and the Company‟s role in it should be complete in mid December. On 12 November, the 232nd hosted a change of command at Cunningham Gym. CPT Adam Aurelia handed over the company to CPT Cassandra McGinnis. CPT McGinnis‟ previous two assignments were the S4 OIC for the 577th Eng Bn at Fort Leonard Wood as, and the S-3 Engineer Cell OIC in the 4TH Maneuver En- hancement Brigade. On 13 November, 2LTs Boston, Saik and Sullivan were promoted to 1LT. The promotions were part of a battalion wide ceremony in which 11 Lieutenants were promoted. The ceremony was held at the Pershing Club.
P AGE 9 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1Forward Support Company “Renegades” The FSC Soldiers proudly their return supported the engineers we from de- serve with. CPT Welsh, 103rd ployment. Company Commander, per- The Distri- sonally thanked them for bution Pla- toon was their professionalism and highly en- enthusiasm. He stated that gaged in the support Soldiers positive fuel and attitudes and willingness to ammunition assist made a difference inDuring the last quarter, distribution missions for the training environment.the Forward Support most of their time at FortCompany was instrumen- Riley. The Maintenancetal in all aspects of the Platoon kept employed byrange density at Fort Ri- augmenting the other ―You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Closeley. We are called the for- companies‟ maintenance the door on the past. Youward support for a rea- assets and ordering and dont try to forget the mis-son. We are often the first tracking parts. The Head- takes, but you dont dwell onSoldiers on the ground quarters Platoon worked it. You dont let it have any ofand the last Soldiers to as the Mayor Cell by your energy, or any of yourleave. The Fort Riley managing the training fa- time, or any of your space.“Range Density and Con- cility. All the hard work Johnny Cashstruction Project proved and dedication paid off forto be no different. SGT four FSC Sol-Crouch, a fueler, went diers; SGTforward to assist the S4 Crouch, SPC Ken-with account establish- nedy, SPCment. Shortly after, he Templeton, andwas followed by the cooks PFC Blevins, eachand the mechanics. SGT of which receivedSmith and his Soldiers an Army Achieve-(cooks), SPC Kelty, SPC ment Medal.Kennedy, and PFT Hibler, The Companyworked tirelessly in order had to ensureto turn a defective build- that when theing into a usable dining line units arrivedfacility. to Fort Riley theyWhile at Fort Riley every- could be fueled,one kept busy. The cooks feed, andran their own dining facil- housed.ity for the first time since Company Commander CPT Ireka Sherfield Company First Sergeant 1SG Michael Edwards
P AGE 10 V OLUME 1 , I SSUE 1HHC “Headhunters” Company Commander CPT ASHLEY DRAKE On Saturday October 25 more committee treated the volun- than 50 volunteer Soldiers and teers with a delicious barbe- family members from HHC, que. It was a great event that FSC, and 232nd engineer Com- was enjoyed by all. 1LT Cos- pany from the 94th EN BN came mas was the Officer in charge out to make big improvements of the event and SFC Street in the quality of life at Fort Leo- directed all actions on ground nard Wood through their work as the Noncommissioned offi- at the MWR Horse Stables. cer in charge. Their hard Over the course of the day, the work and effort made this big Company First Sergeant volunteers constructed a storage event possible. Soldiers from 1SG MICHAEL HALL area inside the barn, made re- the 83rd EN DET put in extra pairs to an existing horse corral, time to make sure the job got cleared brush and debris from done. We would like to thank the area, and built a 300’ x 75’ all of the Soldiers and spouses barrel-race corral. In addition to that came to our Make a Dif- working hard, all participants ference Day event were given the opportunity to ride horses and the horse stable “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” Robert Frost
Page 11 Volume 1, Issue 1 ―Welcome to the 94th EN BN!! First, Sheree and I would like 94th Engineer to thank you for your service to our great nation. We appreci- Battalion ate your selfless commitment to make this BN the best in the Senior Advisors world. Your positive attitude and commitment to serve one another and our country will continue to insure the battalions continued success and will, most certainly, make our world a better place. We hope you will stay informed and become involved; whereby, making this assignment the best assignment that you have ever had. May the friendships that you make in the 94th be your friends for life! We would like also to extend our desire to support the soldiers and their families in any way that we are able. We are here to serve you so please let us know how we may help you." Mrs. Tish Anderson Wolverines!! And Sheree Keel and Tish Anderson Mrs. Shere’e Keel I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:3 Military and Family Life Con- Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) sultant (MFLC)Consultation and trainings are free BOSS Meeting are held the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1530 at the and anonymous. United Service Organization (USO) here at FLW bldg 805. POC 573-212-0739 or POCs: SPC Larson 6x4398 or SPC Neubeck 6x4397 2LT to 1LT Promotion Ceremony 573-855-3269 The 94th EN BN Promotion Ceremony for 2LT Tiffany Boston 2LT Thomas Presley 2LT Jesse Cain 2LT Jose Rodriguez 2LT Robert Caraccio 2LT Pamela Rusinko 2LT Nicholas Cosmas 2LT Andrew Saik 2LT Cale Farquhar 2LT Jeff Sullivan 2LT Brian Molloy 2LT Daniel Sunden to the rank of FIRST LIEUTENANT on Friday, November 13th at the Pershing Community Center , Main Ballroom