Fort McCoy News Aug. 14, 2015

Operation Essayons 2015: Engineers improve post

Army engineer units upgraded facilities and infrastructure at Fort McCoy during Operation Essayons 2015.

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Soldiers from the 316th Engineer Company of Chattanooga, Tenn., work on a paving project Aug. 3 at the Bravo 24 training area on Fort McCoy's South Post. Photos by Scott T. Sturkol

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Soldiers from the 733rd Engineer Company of Greenville, Tenn., construct a lean-to building Aug. 3 near Range Maintenance.

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Engineers from the 733rd construct a storage building Aug. 3 near building 2889.

"Essayons" is derived from the French language, meaning "let us try." It also is the battle cry of Army engineer units. Operation Essayons brings numerous engineer units to the installation to train and, at the same time, help complete construction projects.

Participating units were trained to standard in technical skill sets and improved individual Soldier deployment readiness. Fort McCoy installation and infrastructure improvements were completed on time, and to standard, with no loss or damage to personnel or equipment.

According to Larry Morrow, troop projects coordinator at the Directorate of Public Works, engineers worked on numerous troop projects, including building lean-to structures for Range Maintenance, pouring 1.5 miles of new asphalt along a road near the Bravo 24 training area, constructing a new 30-by-40-foot storage building near building 2889, and more.

"During Essayons, it's our busiest time for completion of troop projects at Fort McCoy," Morrow said.

Operation Essayons 2015 took place July 25 to Aug. 8.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)