Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell
“To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us.
We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re responding to a fire, it doesn’t really matter what (military occupational specialty) they have.”
“Being a 12B entails clearing mines, with any vehicle, and clearing obstacles such as wire. The three things we base (actions) off of is mobility, counter-mobility and survivability.
As long as we do our job to the best of our ability, follow-up forces can safely move on to their objective — that’s what being a 12B means to me.”
“We are engineer divers. We do everything from underwater reconnaissance to construction. We’re kind of a jack-of-all-trades.
Being a 12D and an engineer means to me we are able to support all the other engineer military occupational specialties. We can do everything on water that they can do on land. We make a great team together.”