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  1. Jumpmaster_AJ

    Stragedy by Frank Miale

    Exellent book about "B" Co. 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne). Of interest is the battle for Biazzi Ridge where the Engineers fought as Infantry (again) and Gen Gavin tried to put them in for the C.I.B. but it was denied. It's funny that time and again Engineers perform in their secondary role as Infantrymen and never get recognition. Frank Miale was a member of "B" Co.
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    combat engineers questions

    I had it bass akwards. lol My mistake.
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    combat engineers questions

    Tech 5's are Sergeants. They just (usually) don't hold leadership positions. i.e. Team leader, Squad Leader....etc....
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    Phony paratrooper to be feted by French

    This is big talk on the other Airborne websites I frequent. Sadly, he isn't the only one. There are many out there!
  5. SFC Smith was a Sapper (Combat Engineer). This a great tribute to a GREAT Soldier! Essayons! Fort Benning's newest physical fitness center is a 100,000 square-foot, two story recreational facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The aquatics area includes an indoor, warm water, zero-entry pool, a whirlpool spa and a separate four-lane lap pool. The gymnasium with retractable bleachers can be configured into three practice basketball courts or two competition volleyball courts. The center also includes 12,500 square feet of cardiovascular and weight training space on two levels, 7,500 square-feet of exercise and training rooms, a rock climbing wall and tower inside the front lobby, two racquetball courts, spacious locker rooms and administrative offices. Entrances are located on Eckel Ave. and Dixie St. The facility is conveniently located adjacent to the 1-mile track. http://benningmwr.com/Smith31905.htm http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/smith/
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    2007 Best Sapper (Combat Engineer) Competition

    I went to the Sapper Leader Course back in 1987. It is a tough school with a very high attrition rate. The best Sapper competition is several steps above the actual course. VERY VERY demanding! As a side note, the author of the story is the wife of COL Peter (Duke) DeLuca who is the Brigade Commander for the 20th Engineer Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg N.C.
  7. Sappers battle to be best of best Story and photos by Christian DeLuca, GUIDON staff First place team, Lt. Colby Krug and Staff Sgt. Erasmo Flores, 66th Engineer Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii prepare to detonate explosives. The 3rd annual Best Sapper Competition lived up to its name last week, when mental and physical exhaustion took its toll on seven of the 13 two-man teams, leaving only six to cross the finish line -- and one to be named best Sapper team. Staff Sgt. Erasmo Flores and Lt. Colby Krug, 66th Engineer Company, Schofield Barracks Hawaii, took top honors in the grueling three-day event that tested the combat engineer skills of participants, while subjecting them to substantial physical strain. The "Tropic Lightning" team, who also placed last year, said they came back to the competition for just one reason. "To win it," Flores and Krug said. "We had to come back and win it," Flores added. The team said the competition seemed to be a little tougher than what they remembered from last year. "There seemed to be more hills, more stress and strain," Flores said. "It was intense. It was a great competition." During the awards brunch, Maj. Gen. William McCoy Jr., Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, said all the participants should consider themselves winners. "I'm tremendously proud of the competitors," McCoy said. "To go through what we put you through these past couple of days, you should all be proud of yourselves individually." Sgt. Gordon Paulson, 66th En. Co., was on another team from Hawaii. He said nothing he has done before compares to the Best Sapper Competition. "I've been through a lot of training," he said. "I think this is the toughest thing I've done in my life." Lt. Col. John Edborg, 577th Engineer Bn., commander said the competition allows Sappers to test their skills and will, while increasing their sense of esprit de corps. "They go nonstop. They compete for approximately 58 hours and cover about 50 miles. They go through a number of events that test their combat engineer skills as well as their infantry skills," he said. "By the end of the event, they will have learned a lot about what they can do as an individual; what they can do as a team, and just how good their training has been." The winning team will be presented with a bust of Ret. Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers, former chief of engineers, during Engineer Regimental Week later this month. And the winners are 1st place: Lt. Colby Krug & Staff Sgt. Erasmo Flores, 66th Engineer Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 2nd place: Capt. John Evangelista & Capt. Jason Winkelman, 554th Engineer Bn. 3rd place: Lt. Mark Gillman & Sgt. Gordon Paulson, 66th Engineer Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii The events • Physical fitness assessment • 17 mile land navigation • MOUT breach • Knots proficiency • AN/PSS-12 proficiency • Grenade course • Demo calculation exam • Poncho raft swim • Prussik climb and rappel • 16-mile road march • Foreign mine ID & 9-line IED report • Weapons assembly • Timber cutting station • Weapons range course • Steel cutting • CLS & 9 line report • Counterforce charge • 9-mile run with multiple mystery events http://www.flw-guidon.com/news/sappers0510.html
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    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    The book: The Damned Engineers is about the engagement you mentioned. It's a good read. Author is Janice Giles.
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    Hello! Airborne Engineer here.

    Here is a picture of me getting ready for a Jump into the Country of Jordan (circa) 1988. VERY LONG flight with in-flight rigging. I was sleeping just like the soldiers to my sides and a friend of mine from the other side of the C-141 yelled my name and then snapped this photo.
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    Paratrooper wins 2007 Super Sapper award

    I don't personally know the soldier reciving the award but, I have met LTC Stephenson and CSM Hawkins. I merely posted it to help recognize our current generation Combat Engineer (Sapper)!
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    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    I can tell you that being a modern day Combat Engineer, there are several other MOS's (job specialties) screaming that they should be awarded the CIB because they may have participated in some engagements. If any other MOS should be awarded the CIB it should be Combat Engineers. It is written in their job description that their secondary mission is to perform as Infantry. This is why they are organized similar to Infantry, ie: Squad, Platoon, Company and so forth. The major difference is that we don't have organic fire support, ie: Mortars, Artilley etc. As a Combat Engineer in the 82nd Airborne DIvision, my Squad and I Jumped in to do a mission with our Infantry counterparts did everything they did until an Engineer type mission came about. Breach an obstacle, recon a bridge, employ a hasty minefield etc. We were often used in the weapons Platoon as we carried a 90mm Recoiless Rifle. I can tell you from personal experience that I performed equal amounts of Infantry and Engineer missions. Here is an excerpt taken from the 37th EN BN History: Numerous tales of valor stand out but none more than privates Vinton Dove and Willie Shoemaker, who without concern for their own personal safety, exposed themselves and their bulldozer to enemy fire in order to clear a tank ditch obstacle and cut a lane off of the beach. This lane was the primary exit from the beach on D-Day. Privates Dove and Shoemaker each earned the Distinguished Service Cross for their valor and efforts. The battalion did more than contribute with engineering skills. Three platoons were dedicated as infantry and significantly contributed to the reduction of the pillboxes and machine gun positions on the hill surrounding the beach. 1LT Robert P. Ross, one of the platoon leaders, took charge of an Infantry Company whose commander had been killed. Under his leadership, the infantry company and engineer platoon killed 40 German troops and forced the surrender of two machine gun positions. For his leadership and decisive actions, 1LT Ross was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. These are only two examples of valorous performance of the 37th Engineer Battalion. Many others remained untold as the unit took the most casualties of any unit in the 5th Engineer Special Brigade.
  12. Paratrooper wins 2007 Super Sapper award By Spc. Joshua R. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Mar 6, 2007 - 5:39:08 PM CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Airborne combat engineer, Spc. James Lugari, brought much recognition not only to his company but to his battalion, brigade and division by winning the 2007 Super Sapper award, which was presented Feb. 25 during a ceremony at COB Speicher. Lt. Col. Troy Stephenson, commander, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, presents the 2007 Super Sapper award to Spc. James Lugari, combat engineer, Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Feb. 25, 2007, during an award ceremony at Contingency Operations Base Speicher, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford (released) (My words here. Troy Stephenson is one of the coolest field grade officer you will ever meet. I worked with him during my tour with the 307th Engr Bn. One of the best officers in the world!) Lugari, Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is the second Soldier to receive the 2007 Super Sapper award. The award is presented to any lower-enlisted engineer in the Army annually by the Army's Association of Engineers. "I had no idea I was going to receive the award. I guess I stood out on a couple of occasions when leadership wasn't around and I took charge," said Lugari. "I just did my job the way I thought it should be done. It's every Soldiers job to step up a level." "[Lugari] takes a lot of initiative. If I give him a task, as long as it is humanly possible, he will complete it, and most of the time he will do more than I asked him to," said Sgt. James Mullin, Lugari's team leader. "His initiative takes a lot of pressure off me, making my job easier." Lugari, a native of Monroe Mich., looked into joining the Army three years ago not knowing what he wanted to do in the service, he said. After talking to his recruiter, who was a combat engineer, about the different jobs the Army offered, he found that being a combat engineer was exactly what he was looking to do for the Army. Lugari is the first in his family to ever join an armed service and says he is contemplating reenlistment. To receive the Super Sapper award, a Soldier's command has to submit a packet to the Association of Engineers. The association then looks at the individual's demonstrative potential, his technical and tactical knowledge and expertise in demolition, reconnaissance and patrolling, said Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Hawkins, Lugari's battalion sergeant major and the senior enlisted combat engineer in 3rd Brigade. "[Lugari] has demonstrated the soundest foundation [of any other lower enlisted Soldier in the Army] to be awarded the Super Sapper engineer soldier of the year, said Hawkins. "What makes a good soldier is leadership. If you don't have good leadership you don't have anything. So I thank my leaders for the Soldier I am today," said Lugari. Lugari has been deployed to Iraq for more than six months now and has performed the role not only as a combat engineer but as an infantryman as well. His unit has supported combat operations across their brigade's area-of-responsibility. "It means a lot and tells me what I'm doing is not going unnoticed. [This award] makes me appreciate what I have done," said Lugari. "I am proud of him. The engineer community is small, especially the airborne engineer community, so for him to get recognized as one of the best lower-enlisted engineers says a lot about him," said Hawkins. ADDITIONAL PHOTO: Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Hawkins, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, congratulates Spc. Spc. James Lugari, combat engineer, Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, for winning the 2007 Super Sapper of the year award Feb. 25, 2007, during an award ceremony at Contingency Operations Base Speicher, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford (released) "fortune favors the brave"- Nicolo Machiavelli
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    Hello! Airborne Engineer here.

    I served on active duty with the 19th EN BN (194th AR BDE), 10th EN BN (3rd ID) and the 307th EN BN (ABN) (82nd ABN DIV). Walt's daughter registered an account on our website: www.Airborne-Sapper.com and I thought I would come over and check things out. She has done a great job! Great web site!