Kentucky Engineers making impact during deployment

Chaplain (CPT) Gregory Granderson interacts with Soldiers on a job site in Jordan. (Courtesy photo)

By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Task Force Frontier has been on ground working for nearly five months and the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion are staying motivated, productive, and excelling during their deployment to the Middle Eastern region.

The Soldiers conducted their transfer of authority with the 961st Engineer Battalion from Seagoville, TX earlier this year.

There have been well over 300 projects that have been completed by the Soldiers of Task Force Frontier since then while they have been deployed to the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR). The Soldiers of TF Frontier are motivated and well trained to conduct the engineering effort needed to increase our force protection posture and improve our current living conditions.

One of HHC’s operational and training highlights were the NCOs of the Survey & Design section and how they have led the way in the completion of dozens of survey projects all across the region. The Frontier Medics also have been executing weekly training events to hone their skills.

124th Engineer Co. working on a parking lot for the battalion tactical operation center.

“The work is steady as HHC focuses on providing the best support it can to the companies assigned to the Task Force and the sister units we serve beside,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, commander.

“We are thankful to work with so many great Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, as well as providing support to service members from Poland, Denmark, Spain, Estonia and Norway,” continued Lawson. “The continuous love and support from family, friends, schools, churches and community groups back home reminds us that the grind of operations is worth it. We are all in this together and appreciate your sacrifices.”

The month of November proved to be a test of competence and resiliency for the unit though in which they have passed with flying colors.

Over the last month, multiple construction, maintenance, and administrative tasks were completed to the highest standard and in the safest manner. The units overall physical fitness has reached a level that surpasses most units in the Army

Soldiers of the 206th pose with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, on Thanksgiving Day. (Courtesy photo)
 

They have spread out across the AOR and have begun work on over 40 new projects.

“These projects we are working on have made or will make a tremendous impact on Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines’ lives,” said Lawson. “Whether it be creating a new facility to take a decent shower or conducting earth moving operations to ensure our sleep areas will not be flooded, the Soldiers are taking extreme pride in their work as well as their physical, mental and spiritual fitness.”

For Thanksgiving, the unit got a special treat when Vice President Mike Pence visited and served turkey to the Soldiers and took the time to greet each of them as pose for photos with him.

“I am thankful for each of our Soldiers and what they do for this unit and our country,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Sims, the 206th Command Sergeant Major. “I am also very thankful for the families support of our Soldiers; it means a lot to all of us.”

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