Jesse Stalder, The Real McCoy Contributor
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.)