Can the Modular Engineer Battalion Headquarters Be Multifunctional?
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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The 5th Engineer Battalion received its deployment order for Operation Iraqi Freedom late in 2007 and deployed the following year. The battalion had recently transformed to the new modular structure, and its three mechanized companies became one sapper company and two mobility augmentation companies MACs. Its projected mission in Iraq was route clearance, rapid crater repair, route sanitation, and culvert denial, so the battalion trained hard for those tasks. That training included a mission readiness exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. However, soon after deploying to Iraq, the battalion was involved in multiple construction projects across the areas of operation of two brigade combat teams BCTs. Regardless of the type of engineer battalion or the missions its leaders expected to have, those BCTs needed immediate construction and technical support.
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