News: Army Reserve Vertical Engineers Train, Make Improvements Affecting Future Soldiers
Story by Spc. Jeff Shackelford
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. – Soldiers from the 372nd Engineer Company, located in Pewaukee, Wis., conducted training and improvements to Base Camp Milpitas during Combat Support Training Exercise 91 July 14.
Despite the heat and supply issues, Soldiers from the 372nd stay sharp and motivated while building offices and sleeping quarters, helping the unit gain experience and stay busy until the CSTX 91 training lanes open.
“We are doing some training and we are letting some of the lower leaders lead these projects to get leadership experience,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Lindenberg, a Vertical Engineer Project Manager assigned to the 372nd.
Lindenberg, a native of West Bend, Wis., said the new huts are outfitted with electricity and air conditioning, with the construction providing training opportunities for carpenters and plumbers as well.
With temperatures regularly reaching above 100 F, these improvements not only provide training for the engineers but comfort for the Soldiers.
“The buildings will help get Soldiers out of tents so they can be a little cooler,” said Lindenberg. “We will outfit them with electrical outlets and air. It will be a much nicer place to live for future Soldiers.”
Lindenberg said that one of the most important aspects of building is a good foundation.
“We worked with another unit to have the ground rolled and compacted, so as time goes on the building does not settle and start falling apart,” said Lindberg. “You have to have a strong foundation.”
Even though there have been some challenges, the 372nd builds on.
“There have been some tool issues,” said Lindenberg, “not all of our equipment is here yet.”
CSTX 91 is a sustainment-focused training exercise developed for units in Train/Ready year-3 of the 5-year Army Forces Generation model.
With many of the units participating in CSTX 91 becoming available for deployment next year, the remote training environment Fort Hunter Liggett provides offers rugged terrain, realistic training opportunities and living conditions Soldiers may face while deployed.
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