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  1. 1. From the Ground Up 505th Engineer Combat Battalion DECEMBER 2012 “Essayons” ing the Udari project, renovating to FT Carson. They will be heavily trailers, blue bricks, the fuel farm, engaged not only in completing mis- Our Regiment’s motto is French for connex yards, tent pads, etc. This sions but also in inventories, load- “Let us strive”; or more often said: spirit doesn’t only apply to the engi- outs, and with the relief in place with “Let us try”. This goes way back to neers in the 505th, but also to those their replacements. They are great the Continental Army which was who support them; the logisticians, engineers and we have been lucky to supported by French subject matter administrative staff, fuelers, design- have these companies assigned to the experts; and is why we still use ers, surveyors, mechanics, cooks, etc. 505th. French terminology such as “abates”, The whole 505th comes together in “pontoons”, “gabions”, and this spirit to get the missions accom- As for the rest of us, we will con- “fascines”, in our work. Our Regi- plished. We figure out what needs to tinue to push forward with engineer mental Medal, the “De Fleury”, is be done, by when it needs to be done, missions. We will be integrating the named for one of the subject matter how to get it done, and what it will 377th and 232nd Engineer Companies experts François-Louis Teissèdre de take to get it done. This deployment, and be transitioning the Afghanistan Fleury, a French Engineer in the the battalion has conducted hundreds mission. Soon, the organic units of Continental Army. of mission, worked hundreds of thou- the Battalion will be preparing to sands of labor hours, and has saved redeploy. Many of you are subject matter ex- the US Government Millions of dol- perts as well. The spirit of lars in construction costs. Please stays focused on safety, mis- “Essayons” applies to YOU. You sion accomplishment, and continue who left your mark, and are leaving The next three months will be busy. to demonstrate the spirit of your mark here; in building Camp The 497th and 544th Engineer Com- “Essayons”. John Pratt in Afghanistan, complet- panies are preparing to redeploy back Castle 6 François-Louis Teissèdre de Fleury François-Louis Teissèdre de columns at Stony Point in July 1779, Fleury (1749–1799) was a French Fleury won an award for being theContent PG nobleman who joined the Royal first attacker to enter the British bas-BN CDR 1 Army in 1768 and later volunteered tion. Granted leave to return toFSC 2-3 to fight in the Continental Army dur- France later that year, he returned to ing the American Revolutionary fight at Yorktown in October 1781.HHC 4-5 War. In America he demonstrated his Back in the French army, he held882 EN CO 5-7 bravery at Piscataway in May 1777 commands in India and the Indian after which he was appointed an offi- Ocean until 1790 when he returned544 EN CO 8-12 cer of engineers. He fought at the to France. In the early part of the497 EN CO 13- Brandywine in September and was French Revolutionary War he was 16 wounded at Germantown in early badly wounded and later resignedBirthdays/ 17 October. He served capably during from the army. He received a pen-Promotion the Siege of Fort Mifflin where he sion in June 1796 and died in 1799. was wounded again in November. The De Fleury Medal, named for927th S&D 18 George Washington made him an Fleury, is awarded to outstanding assistant to Friedrich Wilhelm von members of the United States CorpsParting Shot 18 Steuben at Valley Forge in the spring of Engineers. of 1778. He served during the Mon- fought in Rhode Island in August. (Ref. Wikipedia) mouth Campaign in June 1778 and While leading one of the attacking
  2. 2. 2Engineers: From the Ground UP! FSC Alpha-Dawgs Fsc Alpha-DawgsCDR: CPT RodneyWoody FROM THE COMMANDER: BEST!! General Austin (From North Carolina) was the host for a1SG: Morris Lee As the FSC ended November I personally want to say cake cutting ceremony where and started the month of De- thanks to our FRG ladies (Mrs. SFC Jarman helped cut the cember, we realized that our James, Mrs. Parker, and Mrs. cake (he got the honors be- “Over the Hump” was on the Woody) for the wonderful sup- cause he is the “oldest” in the horizon and we can now see port they’ve given to make this FSC). the light at the end of the tun- deployment so much easier. nel for our return home. As You ladies are doing so much The Recovery Section had we prepare for the Holidays; for us and I want to make sure several missions this month Christmas and New Years everyone knows it! and our SAMS-E clerks pre- pared for an Integrated Logis- The events, training and tics Analysis Program (ILAP) highlights this month were Readiness Review. many. We started it off by getting 4 of our Mainte- SPC Garner assisted in teach- nance Soldiers back from ing the Level 1 Combatives Afghanistan safe and course, 4 Soldiers completed sound and going to the the 30 hour Hazmat class, 1 M4/M16 Individual Qualifi- Soldier completed Network cation range. We had 80 plus training, and 2 completed Soldiers go to the range, the 40 hour Microsoft Office and 80 Soldiers qualified. class. The FSC not only main- tains transports and feeds FIELD FEEDING SECTION: the troops; they can shoot and Soldier-up with the Our 92G’s (Food Service Spe- best of them. cialist) were also all first time “GO”s in qualifying their as- MAINTENANCE PLATOON: signed weapons. At DFAC VI, the Hick-a-Billy’s Band per- The Maintenance Platoon formed several times (Starring organized a Christmas our own SFC “Dave” Parker). shopping trip to the Ku- SSG Lake and SPC Reid are waiti Navel Base to get their back managing the SPOD brings a closer time of togeth- shopping done in time to a DFAC after a short break. erness for all of us, because mail the present’s home for we are so blessed and thank- Christmas. This past month, SPC Timberlake is doing an ful to have the support from outstanding job working for they also began a Driver’s back home and people around ASG-KU, and even with her Training Program to make the globe. There have been sure every Soldier was familiar busy schedule, she enrolled in so many organizations and and licensed on vehicles and Combative Level I where she great people sending boxes, is being slammed, slapped equipment that’s organic to packages, letter’s and gifts, Engineer operations. and punched each night until that it’s truly overwhelming. mid-night. She is enjoying the On the 13th of December, the class so much after her We as the FSC can’t send National Guard celebrated its graduation on DEC. 14; she enough gratitude and thanks 376th Birthday where many of hopes to enroll in Combative for all the support we’ve gotten the Maintenance Platoon Sol- Level II to further her training while deployed. AMERICA… diers participated in the 5K in hand to hand combat. NORTH CAROLINA…FAMILY Fun Run/Walk. Brigadier & FRIENDS…you are the2
  3. 3. 3Engineers: From the Ground UP! FSC Alpha-Dawgs Fsc Alpha-Dawgs DISTRIBUTION PLATOON: Hero of the Quarter; where he Platoon finished support op- received the Army Achieve- erations at the Udari Range These gals & guys have ment Medal for his profession- Complex in Northern Kuwait driven over 4000 miles this alism and dedication to duty. and are ready for the next big month and have went on over All four of our Afghan Fuelers mission. 25 missions to make sure received a memorable Coin As you can see, the FSC is th fuel, engineer material and big from the 557 Engineer “Red rolling along and ready for any items such as bulldozers/ Horse” Happy New Year. Support Operations that need trucks are where they need to Continue your support as we to be done. From CPT be so that operations for the Woody, 1SG Lee and the en- Battalion run smooth. The continue the fight. We’ll be tire FSC, we want to wish Fuelers in Afghanistan have surpassed distributing home before you know each of you a very Merry 100,000 gallons of fuel for Squadron, USAF for their out- Christmas and a Happy New their operations over there. standing job. Four Soldiers Year SGT James Gibson began the attended the Advanced Safe Warrior Leaders Course Drivers Training at Kuwait ALPHA DAWGS… (WLC) at Camp Buehring and Naval Base. SGT Coleson graduated the Commandant’s completed Heavy Equipment List. SGT Gibson also was Transporter System (HETS) WE DELIVER! th named the 505 EN BN’s Drivers Training. The Distro LTC Gilbert recognizing SGT Gibson for his out stand- ing service. FSC Maintenance keeps the equipment oparational3
  4. 4. 4 November Issue November Issue CDR: CPT Clifton Gauldin What’s All the Hype about Resiliency? 1SG: Randall Rogers The term “resiliency” has by resilience naturally, these volved in your community, become a new buzz word behaviors can be learned as growing in your spirituality, that is becoming ever more well. Characteristics of resil- or participating in activities popular throughout the mili- ience include awareness of that are meaningful to you. tary and civilian populations. the situation while maintain- 3. Develop a strong social Resiliency is defined as an ing control and thinking of network with people you can occurrence of rebounding or new ways to tackle prob- confide in and can help you springing back or the ability lems; an understanding that come up with possible solu- to recover readily from ill- setbacks are a part of life; tions to your problems. ness, depression, adversity, belief that actions one take 4. Embrace change as flexi- or the like. Over the years, will affect the outcome of an bility is an essential part of Army leaders have become event; strong problem- resilience, enabling individu- increasingly concerned with solving skills that lead to a als to adapt and thrive. Soldiers’ ability to cope with successful solution; having 5. Be optimistic by main- problems that are being asso- strong social connections taining a hopeful outlook and ciated with the long wars in with people who can offer understanding setbacks are Iraq and Afghanistan. As a support; identifying as a sur- temporary. result, the Army launched vivor, not a victim while 6. Nurture yourself by mak- the Comprehensive Soldier staying focused on a positive ing time for activities that Fitness (CSF) Program you enjoy, which can in October 2009. The boost your overall health vision of the program is to and resilience. create an Army of bal- 7. Develop your problem- anced, healthy, self- solving skills by practic- confident Soldiers, fami- ing, so you will be better lies and Army civilians prepared to cope when whose resilience and total serious challenges arise. fitness enables them to 8. Establish goals in a thrive in an era of high realistic manner and break operational tempo and them down into manage- persistent conflict. The able steps. five dimensions of the 9. Take steps to solve program are physical, problems and don’t wait emotional, social, family and outcome; and knowing when for them to go away. Take spiritual, focusing on identi- to ask for help. Help can steps toward making your fication of the 5 dimensions come in a variety of forms, situation better and less and strengthening a Soldier’s to include books, online mes- stressful and focus on the general resilience by work- sage boards, support groups progress that you have made ing on them. As part of the and consulting with qualified thus far. program, the Master Resil- mental health professionals. 10. Keep working on your ience Training (MRT) Pro- Possessing these characteris- skills as resilience may take gram was developed, in tics can aid your ability to time to build. Most impor- 2009 as well, to develop re- deal with life’s setbacks. tant, remember to build upon siliency experts in the mili- your existing strengths. tary with the goal of having 10 Ways to Become More MRT experts in every com- Resilient: Achieving maximum output If you voluntarily quit pany to help monitor and 1. Build positive beliefs in from us, as Soldiers, requires in the face of adversity, develop the 5 dimensions of your abilities by becoming that we receive adequate youll wonder about it CSF. more confident about your sleep, maintain physical fit- for the rest of your life.” Many people confuse resil- own ability to deal with ness and engage in activities iency as a trait that individu- problems. away from work that pro- -- Former President Bill als are born with. While 2. Find a sense of purpose in mote the building of resil- Clinton some people seem to come your life by becoming in- ience in all five dimensions4
  5. 5. November Issue5 of CSF. Mission requirements important part of our well be- your battle buddies and become “People who soar are those know no timelines or cycles ing and we must constantly involved in their lives. Re- who refuse to sit back, sigh and will be ever-present. This seek to refine and apply the member, one of the key charac- and wish things would can lead to Soldiers developing resiliency skills we learn. teristics of resiliency is estab- change. They neither com- a “burn-out” pace of activity to lishing social connections with plain of their lot nor pas- stay on top of mission require- Resiliency plays an important others in order to share life’s sively dream of some distant ments. Leaders must ensure role during the holiday season, experiences with. We are over ship coming in. Rather, they that time is dedicated for ade- as well. I pray that everyone halfway through the deploy- visualize in their minds that quate rest and resilience- had a blessed Christmas and ment and it won’t be long until they are not quitters; they building activities. We are a you will have a blessed coming we get home to our patiently will not allow lifes circum- resilient Army, and we are New Year. Holidays are a dif- awaiting loved ones. stances to push them down committed to building our indi- ficult time for some Soldiers and hold them under.” vidual and collective strength and we need to ensure that we ---Titan 6 Out! to build resiliency across the are taking care of each other --- Charles Swindoll force. Resiliency should be an during these times. Check on "SSG Kopczinsky extends his current enlistment this month for 6 more years. Once completed his enlistment is completed, he will have 18 years of service. Congrats SSG Kopczinsky!" Recent WLC Graduates at Camp Buehring "MSG Smith extends his current enlistment this month for 4 years. Once his enlistment is com-5 pleted, he will retire with 34 years of service. Congrats MSG Smith!"
  6. 6. 6From The Ground Up! November Issue 882nd EN CO. Spc. James Benefield Public Affairs Officer Thanksgiving has look absolutely fantastic; a Some highlights included SPC 882nd En Co. come and gone and the bonds true testament to the skill and So continually pushing back between the Pirates have only experience of the carpenters, the line with her precision rush grown stronger as another electricians, and plumbers of techniques, SPC Naylor with month has passed and we all the Mocksville-based unit. over 50 yards and 3 receptions. remain focused on the mission SPC Edwards stone-walled the at hand. Already, December Meanwhile, 2nd Pla- 705th players with a game- has started off as a very busy toon has been spear-heading changing interception in the month for the 882nd Engineers the total demo and renovation red zone and 1LT Estheimer in Kuwait. With a number of of a number of trailers that came through under pressure projects underway and even were, before, out of commis- to score the winning touch- more coming up in the near sion. The most important of down for the Pirates. Tonight, future, the Pirates are these is a 2,240 square foot they will be up against “The moving ahead with building at LSA that will soon Lightning”; keep your ears even more vigor and house an entire aviation battal- open for further news as the tenacity as the holiday ion providing a much-needed playoffs progress. season quickly ap- facility for both U.S. and Ku- proaches. waiti military aircraft. As the Christmas holiday approaches, spirits The first half In other recent news, remain high, though the fami- of the Blue Brick the Pirates intramural flag lies and friends we have left Building Project led by LT football team has continued to behind for a short while are Pelusi and SFC Moreno is trample the competition and never far from our thoughts. already near completion as 3rd fought their way to the Camp We sincerely appreciate the Platoon continues to work tire- Arifjan playoffs. Just last thoughts, prayers, and kind lessly on completing the total night, Coach Stephen Casey gestures of friends, families, renovation in preparation for and Quarterback SFC parents, siblings and children training exercises to take place Lewczyk lead the team to vic- as you patiently wait for our next year. tory in the second match upcoming return to the States. against the 705th. While some We wish every one of you the With the help of 1LT Melott, minor injuries were sustained, best in the upcoming holiday SFC Barker and the 1st Platoon the team shook it off and season and we look forward to engineers, the Blue Brick crushed their competition with hearing from you soon. Buildings have been progress- numerous plays that left their ing with break-neck speed and rivals stunned and confused. Left, Top: Pirates hard at work on the 35th CAB project Right: CPT Day is visited by a special VIP!6
  7. 7. 7 December Issue 875th Engineers 1st Platoon Working Straight Through The Holidays 1st Platoon has been busy working 10 hour days digging drainage ditches and preparing earth pads on four differ- ent sites. As a platoon, they have laid rock and base on over 21 acres in the last month. Their completion of the 110 -acre project site will allow for contractors to open the CRSP yard, Retrosort yard, wash racks, and the Sterile yard. As 1st Platoon continues to work tirelessly on all of their assigned projects, they would like to wish everyone back home a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As always, we look forward to the Spring and returning home to our families and friends. SFC Wilmoth and SGT Tate laying culverts for a driveway. SPC Hudnall getting ready to go to work in her Benz. 2nd Platoon Completing The Storm Water Retention Pond 2nd Platoon continued to work 10 hour days throughout the month of December in efforts to complete the Camp John Pratt Storm Water Retention pond. All together, they exca- vated an average of 1,500 cubic yards of earth per day with only three scrapers! The retention pond, which is already 47% complete, is currently being utilized to collect all the runoff water and prevent flooding of CJP and Camp Marmal. As 2nd continues to drive on with the mission, making their unmistakable mark in Afghanistan, they are wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (Left to Right) SPC Dover, SGT Fre- chette, and SGT Hardenberger pulling dozers from the mud hole in the Reten- tion Pond7
  8. 8. 8 Page 8 Maintenance Making The Missions Possible Maintenance has been working 11 hour days, servicing and repairing 94 pieces of wheeled and construction equipment. This month maintenance platoon relocated the entire maintenance operation into a new facility, sheltering them from the harsh winter weather as they do repairs. The overall mission is to keep the operational readiness status of equipment full mission capable, thus allowing all the horizontal platoons the equipment to work on their projects sites. Maintenance would like to recognize the following Soldiers on their achievements: SGT Mazyck and PFC Brooks who both received Certificates of Achievement and SPC Slater who was awarded Hero of the Battlefield from the RC-North TAC. Maintenance is always thinking of their loved ones back home as they send a special thanks for all their sup- The Maintenance Platoon taking their Holiday Portrait! port during the holiday season. 3rd Platoon, Onto The Next Mission 3rd Platoon has been working sun up to sundown trying to beat the clock with the upcoming rainy season. They completed the 15.6 acre entry control point and then moved seamlessly onto their next project, a 23.5 acre mission sustainment area that has to be completed before the New Year. This LOGCAP project site will create a contractor living area and multiple Soldier sustainment areas for Camp John Pratt. They have also started stockpiling the rock and base materials required for their current and future projects trying to beat the contract expiration dates at the end of the year, a total of 18,200 cubic meters of material. As the year comes to an end, 3rd Platoon is keeping warm and looking forward to the upcoming holiday season knowing they will be home as soon as possible. Commander’s Comments I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Many thanks to every- one that sent packages to us. Your support makes the separa- tion from our friends and families that much easier. The Work- horses had a productive December and are poised to bring in the new year with a bang as we begin to wind down our operations in Afghanistan. This month, third platoon com- pleted a new Entry Control Point for Camp John Pratt. They spent long hours moving dirt, emplacing barriers, pouring con- crete and building fences in order to complete their project. As a result of their efforts, the amount of traffic that can enter the base has doubled. First Platoon completed a 110 acre equip- ment retrograde facility that included everything from motor pools to earth pads and culverts and ditches. This month, they will move on to building a large tent living area that will even- tually house 1,600 Soldiers. Second Platoon completed grading a ten acre parking facility and continued to excavate a massive storm water retention pond. As the rain begins to fall, their SPC Lyons fueling a Grader project has become the most important one on Camp John Pratt. Again, Id like to thank everyone for their thoughts and A special thanks from prayers and on behalf of the Soldiers and NCOs of the 875th, the 875th to SPC Den- wish everyone a Happy New Year! nison for her contribu- CPT Dudley "Workhorse!" tion of the 875th pho- tos.8
  9. 9. 9 From The Ground Up! 1st Platoon tween the U.S. and Kuwait. their hard work. 1LT Bridget Bentley After we finish the building, the We all wish we It was another busy month for platoon will go right into pack- were at home to us here in Kuwait. Everyone ing our containers for ship- celebrate the has been working extremely ment, an important step that holidays with hard on the Blue Brick Building gets us a little bit closer to you, but will of course make at the Kuwaiti Naval Base, and redeployment. the most of spending this time 1LT Bridget Bentley they are very excited to finally SSG Falcon and SPC Otieno with our Army family. We Spartan 1-6 finish them and hand them made the decision to extend hope that all of you at home over to the Kuwaiti military. their commitment to serve the have a wonderful holiday sea- This was a long, tedious pro- United States as they re- son as we continue to look ject but the platoon worked enlisted. PFC Barr and PFC forward to seeing all of you hard each day to get it done. Hughes were promoted this again. Its completion is very impor- month, an important step in Spartan 1-6 tant to the relationship be- their careers and reflective of “SPC Murcia wiring an electrical outlet on a renovation “ 2nd Platoon port behind us! month. SPC(P) Polena passed (Above)“A courtyard 1LT Tony Palocaren This past month, we have been the NCO board, and is also view of the ‘blue brick The 2nd Platoon family would busy and accomplished a lot. ready to take the leap and be- building’ 1st Platoon has like to wish all of you the hap- Amid our busy day-to-day come an NCO. We welcome been working on for piest of holidays. Words can- schedule, we have had a few SGT Switzer, an electrician the past five weeks” not express our thankfulness platoon members who have from Indiana, to our family. for the love, support, and gifts decided to extend their service We have been extremely pro- that we received from all of to the country by re-enlisting. ductive this month renovating a you. Nothing brings up morale We would like to recognize “blue brick building” at the like letters and packages, and it and congratulate SSG Jach, SGT Kuwaiti Naval Base, putting in means a lot to us to be able to Stewart, SGT Dearman, SGT over 10,000 man-hours and will see how much thought you’ve Boyer, SPC Beaty, SPC Diaz, complete construction by the put into the contents of your SPC Alampiev, SPC Jones, SPC end of December, just in time boxes. It is that support and Hazzard, and SPC Duff. In addi- to celebrate the New Year letters that fuel us every day tion to the re-enlistments, join holiday and begin packing for 2LT Tony Palocaren and keep us motivated. The us in congratulating SPC redeployment! Spartan 2-6 challenges that lay ahead of us Sweeney and PFC Royal for Spartan 2-6 are never as great as the sup- getting promoted this past9
  10. 10. 10From The Ground Up! November Issue 544th EN CO Happy Holidays from 2nd Platoon “CW2 Bourque hands SGT Boyer a certificate in exchange “CW2 Fleck re-enlists SPC Duff and SPC Hazzard” for a few more years of service” (Left)“1LT Meintel re-enlists a group of 3rd Platoon Soldiers on the beach at the naval base” Please join me in time to enjoy good congratulating SGT food and catch up Abbot, SGT Govin, with loved ones. Af- 1LT SGT Jenkins, SGT ter the holidays, the Stephanie Roof, SGT Urguhart, CPL Brefeld, ments to the building, to include platoon will be preparing to rede- Garcia CPL Simmons, SPC Gidley, SPC painting all the rooms, installing new ploy back to Fort Carson. Spartan 3- Horne, SPC Lawhon, SPC Mussel- light fixtures, fixing the existing I would like to take a moment to man, SPC Palmer, SPC Sanchez, and plumbing, and re-installing drop ceil- introduce myself, 1LT Stephanie SPC Wade. All of these Soldiers ing. This project has allowed all the Garcia. I am looking forward to have made the decision to extend Soldiers an opportunity to utilize working with 3rd Platoon, the best their service in the Army by choos- their specialties due to the large platoon in the company. I have ing to re-enlist this past month. number of plumbing, electrical, and been immediately impressed by the Your Soldiers have been working carpentry needs. amount of work that 3rd Platoon’s hard. They are currently located at On behalf of the Platoon, I would Soldiers have completed at the Ku- the Kuwaiti Naval Base finishing like to wish all a Merry Christmas waiti Naval Base, and it’s a privilege refurbishments on a 10,000 square- and a Happy New Year. The Pla- to have the opportunity to lead foot barracks building. The platoon toon is looking forward to a well them. has made noteworthy improve- deserved break for the holidays: Spartan 3-610
  11. 11. 11544th EN CO From The Ground Up! CPT Tyler J. ScheidtCommander’s Corner Spartan 6Happy New Year! extensive barracks renovations and countability prior to packing for rede- have now returned to the main camp ployment. This can be a very lengthy I hope everyone enjoyed some time as we prepare to receive our replace- process but I think everyone is moti-with friends and family even if it ments. This was a challenging pro- vated to complete it and get thatmeant you had to eat all of their ject for everyone as we pushed much closer to getting home.amazing cookies, brownies and other through material delays and theholiday treats. To everyone who sent buildings’ poor conditions but the Thanks again for all of your supporta note, care package, or gift to the end product looks great and is some- and best of luck with your NewSoldiers of the 544 EN CO, I would thing we are proud to put our names th Year’s Resolutions!like to say “Thank You” for your on.support. Your thoughtfulness ismuch appreciated and keeps us going. Our next major hurdle is to in- ventory all tools and equipmentAll three platoons have finished their to ensure we have 100% ac- “SPC Estevez painting ceilings during the platoon’s renovation”“Operations Soldiers still smiling after running a half-marathon” Operations, Maintenance, and away at the critical equipment records ward in Kuwait, and SPC Pitts received an Supply keeping involved in the upcoming move- AAM for his support to the 505th Engineer ment back stateside. The effort they put in Battalion S1 staff. CPT Pete Friedewald on a daily basis makes the company suc- Thank you for your continued sup- Happy New Year to the family and cessful in all we do. port and encouragement. We are eagerly friends of the 544th operations, mainte- There have been a number of per- counting the days until we see you all nance, and supply Soldiers. We greatly sonal achievements over the past month. again! appreciate your support throughout the SGT Lamay received a much-deserved Spartan 5 holiday season as we enjoyed all of the promotion and was welcomed into the cookies, candy, and decorations. We will NCO Corps. SGT Zimmerman graduated be working hard over the coming weeks to from the Warrior do lots of PT and try to lose all the weight Leader Course and distinguished her- Promotion ceremony for CPT Friedewald and SGT Lamay” we gained eating those treats! Your Soldiers have done an amazing self by making the C o m ma n d a n t ’ s job supporting the company throughout the past month. The operations crew kept List. SFC Orloski all the weapons, communications, and was awarded an mission command functions running Army Achieve- smoothly. The field maintenance team has ment Medal (AAM) for win- done great work performing final services on our equipment to prepare for redeploy- ning the ment. The supply section has been slaving Marin e C orps Marathon For-11
  12. 12. 12Engineers: From the Ground UP! 497th EN CO deployment when we must do more Mr. and Mrs. Petro, Jenn, and to the with less, as more of our equipment is rest of my entire family - Merry Christ- put away in order to make a smooth mas! transition back to Fort Carson. From CPT Makar: To my wife Lauren From SPC Stevens: To my wife Chris- and daughter Danielle - Merry Christ- tina and my son Joshua, I miss you, I mas, Happy New Year, and Happy love you, Merry Christmas, and I will Wow – what a month! Between going Birthday to you both! To my friends see you soon! to the firing range, the sporting events and family: Happy Holidays! From SGT Becker: To my wife Tiffany From SFC Collins: To my wife Anika, and my wonder- ful children Corey, Haylee, Carley, and Hannah - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - See you soon! From PV2 Hampton: To my friends and family - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! From LT Shepard: To my fiancée Brittany, my family, and all the families of the soldiers who I am deployed with; thank you for your support, Happy Holidays, and God bless! of the Commanders Cup, the return From SPC Wilcox: To Hannah, and and my children - Merry Christmas! from the UDARI Range mission as well Malakai - Merry Christmas and Daddy From SPC Cho: To my parents, my as our regular training; this month Loves you! brothers, and all of my friends back seems to be flying by! From SPC Bays: To my wife Wendy, my home - Merry Christmas and I miss you daughters Brittany and Abigail, my son all, and I’ll be home soon! As we begin preparation for redeploy- Kaleb, my parents and siblings, and the From SSG Costanzo: To Beth, Colleen, ment, we would like to take a tactical rest of my family - Merry Christmas and Dominic (and tiny Tim, too) – Merry pause and send some holiday wishes to Happy New Year from Kuwait! Christmas and Happy New Year! our loved ones. The pace is rapidly From SGT Petro: increasing as we start the portion of our To my parents, SGT Fielding taking a picture with the Platoon 2nd Platoon Christmas Tree Hello Family and Friends of 2nd Our platoon is PLT/497th EN CO! keeping busy at work even as we The holidays are upon us, and even in count down the Kuwait, we have found a way to partake days until we re- in some winter holiday cheer. SGT turn. We are cur- Bogacki recently setup a platoon Christ- rently working a mas tree for the office – though it is BOM haul delivery“Renegades” small in size, it has not disappointed in mission, running2nd PLT increasing morale and helping us re- getch and gravel member that in just a few months, we material into the497th EN CO will be coming home to our family and camp for use onBy 1LT Suh friends. projects, as well asMii YI Thanks to 1SG Limas, the platoon also working on two received multiple care packages from tent pad projects. We are also spending outstanding job qualifying on their as- Healdsburg SOS (http:// time at the motor pool taking care of signed weapons. And, as expected, 2nd www.healdsburgsos.org) containing our equipment and our facilities in Platoon continues to dominate all things home-baked goods, granola, blankets, preparation for follow-on missions. We beanies, and other candy and personal have already made contact with our flag football. Our platoon flag football hygiene items. Thank you to Healdsburg follow-on unit and cannot wait to teach team took another first place finish in SOS as well as all the spouses, parents, them all we know and set them up for the camp-wide flag football tournament, friends, and volunteers that continue to success. beating out ten other teams to take think about us and send their love In other news, our platoon also ran a home the gold medal. Congratulations throughout this deployment. We could company M4/M16 range this past month to the team and their coach, SPC Hunt, not do what we do without your sup- and the Soldiers of 497 th EN CO did an on a job well done! port!12
  13. 13. 13Engineers: From the Ground UP! 497th EN CO SPC Arvich hard at work at the range on ammo duty Pushing Dirt at Udairi Range Opening care packages Working at Udairi Range3rd Platoon Harmony McCoy rdHello families of 3 Platoon, I have been working hard on the Fort Carson in a few short 2LT, ENam the new Platoon Leader, last several months! Two park- months! This month we would 3rd Platoon Leader2LT Harmony McCoy, taking ing lots, four helipads, and a like to express our congratula-over for 1LT Mossman this half mile of road network were tions to SPC Hallas, SSGmonth. I have been here getting successfully built thanks to the Knoeck, and SPC Ells on theirto know the Soldiers of 3rd pla- Soldiers’ hard work and dedica- reenlistments. We would alsotoon for a couple of weeks and tion. A lot was learned about like congratulate SPC Clark onhave been really impressed with construction and everyone was his promotion.how skilled they are at their able to increase their skills in Lastly, third platoonjobs. They have already taught horizontal engineering through- would like to wish “Happyme a lot. I am really looking out the duration of the project. Holidays” to all of our familyforward to spending the next With the closeout of and friends back home andyear or so working with them this project, we will be looking thank you for your supportand getting to know each of forward to, and preparing our throughout the deployment.them and their families. equipment for, future projects. We look forward to seeing eve- Third platoon has We are also beginning the pack- ryone soon!completed the project that they ing process for the trip back to13
  14. 14. 14Engineers: From the Ground UP! 497th EN CO ENGINEERS! From The Ground Up Maintenance, 497th EN CO sure all the equipment was main- cleaning and inventorying all our “Black Sheep” tained and repaired to keep the tool boxes and testing kits prior Dear Maintenance Family and project moving. It’s a testament to packing them into the con- Friends, the month of December to their skills as mechanics how tainers. It’s going to require is quickly coming to an end. The they were able to keep things some long days, but we are all most eventful news is the suc- running so well. Now that the willing to do what it takes to get cessful completion the com- project is complete, we are be- home safely with all our equip- pany’s large scale construction ginning the painstakingly tedious ment. Christmas is quickly ap- project. We have been working job of inspecting and servicing all proaching, and as a result the on it for over two months, and the equipment before we hand it care packages have started to it’s finally complete. The me- over. On top of all the inspec- pour in. Spending Christmas in chanics did a superb job making tions, we are beginning to start the desert of Kuwait is not ideal, 1st Platoon 1st Platoon, 497th EN CO Let me first tell you a little about that position for 12 months I was Greetings from the desk of the myself and what I have done. My moved to my current position. I Platoon Leader! First off let me name is Thomas Jay Fite, I hail am excited and ready to take on introduce myself; my name is LT from a small farm town in South- the new role and learn new Fite and I am taking over 1 st Pla- east Iowa. I graduated college at things from the NCOs that sur- toon from LT Krause. He has the University of Iowa, BEST round me. been an excellent leader for the SCHOOL IN THE BIG TEN, The first part of the month the platoon and one who has cre- where I got a BA in Political platoon focused on change of ated big shoes to fill. However, Science. I went on to EBOLC at command inventories, an outgo- LT Krause has set me up for Fort Leonard Wood and wound ing fuel berm project, as well as success by leading me through up in Fort Carson Colorado. My completing a drainage ditch for the daily tasks and showing past, first assignment was to take over the MWR Oasis building current and future projects. I am FSC Maintenance Platoon and up for the challenge! the role of MCO. After holding14
  15. 15. 15Engineers: From the Ground UP! 497th EN CO Soldiers of the 497th at the Range, on projects and in Kuwait City Additionally, the NCOs of the platoon organized a MWR trip around the middle of December. They got the opportunity to travel into the heart of Kuwait and see one of the Grand Mosques and shop at local vendors. This trip was very beneficial to all the NCOs as it let them relax and bond stronger to fellow battle buddies! Time is beginning to dwindle down and we are approaching the final few months, not like anyone here is counting or anything! The Sol- diers here are highly motivated and always looking for that next challenge or project. We will be finishing our main project here very soon and then who knows what. From the desk of the new Platoon Leader, Best wishes and Happy holidays to all the families!15
  16. 16. Engineers: From the Ground UP!16 (Right) The 497th at the range (Bottom left and right) Soldiers in formation at Camp Arifjan Commander’s Corner: Many of our projects have been packages that are coming our way. Season’s Greetings to the Devasta- finishing up, which is a good feeling. Although it can’t come close to tor friends and family from Kuwait. We have been working on our vehi- being home with our friends and It has been getting cooler over here cles that just came back from work- family, it is nice that people are lately. It is not uncommon to see ing on our big project we finished thinking of us and are providing us most people in winter PT uniforms up. Spending some time maintaining with some holiday cheer. conducting PT in the mornings. We these vehicles will help us keep I hope all of you have a great holiday are all excited about the holidays them running, and will help us pro- season, and look forward to seeing here…..and not just because it vide the unit replacing us with equip- you all in person soon. means a few days off. It also means ment that will work for us. Devastator 6 OUT! that we will be coming home soon. We appreciate all of the holiday care Wishing you a Happy Holiday by the TOC Christmas Tree16
  17. 17. 17 HALSTEAD, JODY A BEAVER, ROBBIE O GHOTRA, AMANDEEP HUTCHINS, JAY A BENNETT, NATHAN R HAMMONDS, MATTHEW LEE, SHANNON C BROWN, GREGORY J HOWARD, JOVAN MOTE, DONNIE R COCKERHAM, HEREMIAH L JOBSON, JOHNATHON NIEMYER, RUSSELL S MIMA, NAKIA SIGMON, KEVIN D ORME, MORGAN SWAIN, BRITTANY H POPE, ANDREW TOBIN, BARBARA A SNYDER, NATHANIEL DUNCAN, JESSICA C WRIGHT, JAY HARRIS, BRITTNIE BOWIE) ABBOTT, COREY HOYLE, JARED T ACHEAMPONG ,PAUL LEE, MORRIS B BEATY, JR DAVID SWEENEY, MICHAEL D COUILLARD, MICHAEL ZAVALA, JESUS A COURNOYER, TROY BEAL, JOHN CASEY COURVILLE, CHAD COLPITTS, MICHAEL R COLLADO, STEPHEN L CRUZBONILLA, CARLOS DULA, CHRIS A GALLEGOS, EDUARDO DANNY, CARLA ELDRIDGE, DEMES Z GRIFFIN, JOHN R FALCONMOLINA, JOSE GALLOWAY, JARED J GRIFFIN, SAMUEL A FORD, JR RONALD JOHNSON, WILLIE T MCMILLIAN, JARMAUD T INMAN, CHARLES KEENE, JUSTIN D ROYALL, LARRY D OLIVEIRA, JR JERRY MAYS, MICHEAL L TOMLINSON, NICHOLAS T PALMER, MARY MORRISON, TODD R YATES, THOMAS E ROWE, JR ROBERT ROBISON, WESLEY W SCHOENFELDER, KENNETH SCHEIDT, TYLER WILMOTH, CORY H CANNON, ALFRED SINGER, CRAIG WILSON, ERIC L CHARBONEAU, CHRISTO- STEWART, JR STANLEY WINCHESTER, CRISTINE L PHER SWEENEY, KEVIN BARKER, CHAD L DYE, JIMMY TAYLOR, III CLYDE Also, several soldiers were promoted this month and congratulations go out to the following individuals on their accomplishments; 497th 544th SPC Reid, N SPC Sweeney, K 882nd SPC Watson, M PFC Royal, S SGT Mitchell, N PV2 Wilson, D PFC Barr, C SGT Samiento, A SGT Lamay, G SGT So, G HHC CPT Friedewald, P SGT Deese, M 875th FSC MOVING SGT Turner, M SPC Do, D SGT Mitchell, V SPC Alexander, M ON UP! CPT Gauldin shakes SGT Dees hand at his promotion17
  18. 18. 18Engineers: From the Ground UP! 927th Article by This has been the first a great year, we aren’t too sad to included large parking lots, heli- SGT deployment for the 927th Survey see it go. 2013 is upon us and it pads, and a turnabout. Antonmarchi and Design Team in its short, three feels like we have cleared another In Afghanistan, SGT year history, but 2012 has been an hur- Andy Kennedy’s team has worked unforgettable year for the team. dle on and completed nearly 60 differ- There have been some great learn- o n ent projects to include large pads, ing experiences and challenging the Engineer Compounds, and an En- projects along with some great try Control Point (ECP). Work has memories that have made us a slowed down from the 16 hour better unit. SPC Ryan Meins com- days from when they initially ar- mented “From when we first ar- rived in country and is anticipating rived to Kuwait to where I am a steady workflow until departure. now, my knowledge and skill in Christmas is right around working with AutoCAD and Trim- the corner and it’s extremely diffi- ble Business Center have in- cult this time of year to be away creased exponentially.” downhill road to getting back from family, but all of us here Having NCO’s that have home. The team is still working numerous deployments as a 12T projects throughout Kuwait and from the 927th want to wish every- and also a senior NCO that works Afghanistan with new projects one a Merry Christmas and a on the civilian side as a surveyor coming up nearly every week. Happy New Year! We will all see are SSG Stephen Smith’s team re- you soon! valuable assets which have cently completed a high-priority made our deployment a success project near Camp Buehring that thus far. Although 2012 has been was nearly 40 acres in size that SFC Harris, SGT Kennedy, SGT Bell- man, & PFC Tyler Kasuske pose for a picture near a job site in Afghanistan It snowed! CPT Sigmon (S4) and Santa18

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