201st Engineer Battalion improves Kentucky National Guard Hidden Valley Training Site

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By 1LT Dustin Pack, Platoon Leader, 207th Engineer Company

 
 
 

Engineers from the Kentucky National Guard of 207th Horizontal Company and 149th Vertical Company use a new back hoe loader to dig up an area for the bridge’s headwall during the Soldiers monthly training at Kentucky National Guard Hidden Valley Training site in Powell County Ky., Aug. 22.

POWELL COUNTY KY (Sept. 29, 2010) – Massive improvements to the Kentucky National Guard Hidden Valley Training Site are now complete after two Kentucky engineer units worked in unison to install culverts and drainage systems to control erosion at the Central Kentucky facility.

Members of the 207th Horizontal Engineer Company and 149th Vertical Engineer Company finished the projects Aug. 22, after utilizing four weekend training periods to get the project done.

The Kentucky Guardsmen used shovels, heavy equipment and their hands to reinforce more than 5,000 feet of drainage systems to ensure that the site will withstand the ever-changing meteorological conditions that Central Kentucky is accustomed to.

Heavy equipment from the Kentucky National Guard 207th Horizontal Engineer Company backfills a bridge surrounding area with rock and clay mixture during the unit’s monthly training at Kentucky National Guard Hidden Valley Training Site in Powell County Ky., Aug. 22.

“The culvert played out like a turn based game,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Spencer, Detachment 1, 207th Horizontal Engineer Company.

“We would do a phase of the ground work, then the 149th would lay block then we would be back for more of the horizontal piece,” he said.

The Guardsman began the project May 2010.  Plans are in the works for future improvements to the drainage system and will begin in fall 2010.

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