5th Engineers prep unit for deploying Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
By 2nd Lt. John Vaders
Special to GUIDON

Units from the 5th Engineer Battalion went to the field to provide a platoon-certification exercise for route-clearance platoons of the 509th Clearance Company March 8 to 13.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and helicopters from the Missouri National Guard were incorporated into the certification process.

“We have been working very hard in preparation for the certification exercise,” said Sgt. Jason Jones, combat engineer, 509th Clearance Co., 5th Engr. Bn., 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “This gives us the opportunity to work with other units and build confidence in our abilities prior to going to the National Training Center next month.”

Fort Leonard Wood’s 763rd Ordnance Co. provided EOD Soldiers to support the route-clearance mission.

“This type of exercise is not only meant to certify the 509th, it also allows the supporting units to train in their area of expertise,” said 1st Lt. Edward Sweeney, executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Engr. Bn.

“The battalion’s Forward Support Company is providing two hot meals each day,” said Sgt. April Vasquez, food service specialist. “The FSC also refueled all the vehicles and generators needed throughout the exercise.”

Part of the route clearance-operations included the use of earth-moving equipment.

“This equipment assists with rapid road repair during route-clearance operations and base-camp improvements meant to protect Soldiers from hostile fire,” said Maj. Eric Gilge, executive officer, 5th Engr. Bn., 4th MEB.

Dig operations were part of the certification training.

Upon completing their NTC rotation, the unit is slated to deploy to Afghanistan this summer.

(Editor’s note: Vaders is the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, public affairs representative.)
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