Accession Number:

ADA592460

Title:

The Combat Corps Wheeled Battalion in the Divisional Warfight: Combat Engineering in an Urban Environment

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Imagine a unit being transformed from Code 4 C4 not combat ready to Code 1 C1 fully combat ready in only 152 days and then successfully executing more than 1,400 combat engineer missions in an urban environment in the span of a one-year deployment. A unit engaged by insurgent forces more than 50 times, yet never wavering in the face of the inherent dangers of combat. A unit whose Soldiers were awarded 42 Bronze Stars, 22 Purple Hearts, and 12 Army Commendation Medals for Valor and nominated for the Meritorious Unit Citation. Sounds like Audie Murphy s unit in World War II, doesn t it Well, it isn t. This is the story of the 458th Engineer Battalion Corps Wheeled, United States Army Reserve, and how its Citizen-Soldiers provided full spectrum engineer support to the 1st Cavalry Division in the urban environment of Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The purpose of this article is to share information with the Engineer Regiment to help guide other engineer units in their preparations for conducting operations in an urban environment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE