Story & photo by Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford, 326th
Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Army Reserve engineers from Pennsylvania traveled to
Wisconsin recently to aid in a large-scale construction project.
Spc. Matthew Morris, a surveyor
with the 476th Engineer Detachment, confirms measurements on a
runway extension project.
Members of the 476th Engineer Detachment out of
Schuylkill Haven, Pa., traveled to Fort McCoy in mid-June to lend their
surveying skills to several construction projects taking place on the
military installation. The largest of the projects is a runway
Spc. Matthew Morris, a surveyor with the 476th Engineer
Detachment, and a resident of Saylorsburg, Pa., says the goal of the
project is to enable the airfield to taxi and land aircraft
simultaneously. The job of Morris’s unit was to set the guidelines for
the heavy-equipment operators to follow.
“We stake out the centerline and edge of road so (the construction
crews) know what to shoot for,” said Morris.
Morris went on to explain that when the project is complete there will
be an additional 3,300 feet of runway on which to land and taxi
Spc. Corrin Mack, a team leader on the project and native of Slatington,
Pa., says experience as a surveyor in the Army Reserve can go a long way
toward certification in a civilian career.
“The only difference between military surveyors and our civilian
counterparts is the precision we work with,” said Mack. “The military
has been using (global positioning systems) in its surveying equipment
long before civilians.”
Mack also says that time spent as a surveyor in the Army Reserve counts
toward apprenticeship time required for civilian certification. In all,
the 476th Engineer Detachment spent two weeks at Fort McCoy as part of
their annual training before returning to Pennsylvania.