More Than Management
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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Whether you call the collection of military occupational specialty MOS 21T engineer technicians and 21D facilitiescontract and construction management engineer officers a construction management section CMS or a design management section DMS, the word management seems to be the operative word. Usually found in engineer groups and brigades, the CMS and DMS traditionally act as a small engineering firm, providing surveying, design, soils testing, materials testing, and quality assurancequality control QAQC for construction, materials, and drawings to supported units. When Detachment 8 was formed from the 412th Engineer Command ENCOM, United States Army Reserves, to support the 130th Engineer Brigade as its CMS or DMS for Operation Iraqi Freedom, it was known that the mission would be more than just management. The commander of the 130th knew that the brigade would have a wide range of missions. It would be responsible for maintaining and improving contingency operating bases, developing convoy support centers, and overseeing various technical units such as facility engineer teams FETs, engineer utility detachments, and United States Air Force Civil Engineer detachments. These responsibilities would be in addition to the traditional brigade role of providing command and control for combat engineers, construction units, and bridge units and dealing with Iraqi infrastructures. The commander also knew that beyond the traditional role of a CMS or DMS, this kind of organization from the Reserve Component offers experienced individuals with real-world engineering experience.
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