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Mobilization

Tennessee-based engineer battalion 
at McCoy to prepare for deployment

By Maj. Jesse Stalder, The Real McCoy Contributor

In late March, the Sky Soldiers of the 844th Engineer Battalion, an Army Reserve unit with headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., arrived at Fort McCoy to commence their pre- and post-mobilization training.

Photo: Soldiers from the 844th Engineer Battalion fire on a Fort McCoy range during training to prepare for upcoming mobilization training. (Photo by Lt. Col. Adam Roth)
Soldiers from the 844th Engineer Battalion fire on a Fort McCoy range during training to prepare for upcoming mobilization training. (Photo by Lt. Col. Adam Roth)

The 844th Engineer Battalion departed from its home station to a resounding send-off from the Soldierís families as well as the greater Knoxville, and Eastern Tennessee community at large.

"As skill-rich, community-based Army Reserve Soldiers, our departure ceremony set the conditions for long-term awareness of the service that our Soldiers, THEIR Soldiers, will be making on their behalf in defense of our nation," Lt. Col. Adam S. Roth, the battalion commander commented as the unit prepared for its next phase of deployment, pre- and post-mobilization training. "We chose Fort McCoy as our primary location based on the superior training provided, coupled with outstanding facilities that support Soldier services," Roth said.

The 844th Engineer Battalion will comprise the headquarters of a battalion task force that will provide all disciplines of engineer support, including vertical construction (plumbing, carpentry/masonry), horizontal construction (earthmoving, grading, and compaction), as well as survey and design services provided by a unique unit, the 321st Engineer Detachment (Survey and Design).

The 321stís commander, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Pat Harvel, recently was selected as the Army Reserveís Selectee for the 2008 Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer for the Engineer Regiment. The Task Force will provide those services in support of the maneuver commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Once fully constituted, the task force will be comprised of units from Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas, and all will conduct their training at Fort McCoy.

(Stadler is a member of the Public Affairs Office, 412th Engineer Command.)

 

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