Sep 2015 - 416th Encom Association



Sep 2015 - 416th Encom Association
“past and present serving together for the future”
Volume 15, Number 2 — Fall, 2015
REETINGS FELLOW ASSOCIATION MEMBERS. It’s been a busy year so far with your board active in
several endeavors. Much of our efforts were directed towards the completion and the unveiling of the Wall of
Honor at the Parkhurst USAR Center.
After over two years of planning, fund raising and pouring over details, the
Memorial was dedicated in May. In a very moving and solemn ceremony,
we were able to honor and pay tribute to our ENCOM soldiers who paid
the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Much thanks goes to the ENCOM Association and the TEC committees who
worked tirelessly to ensure that the memory of these fine soldiers is memorialized for many years to come. If you haven’t been to the Parkhurst Center lately,
it will be well worth your time to visit the memorial in the main lobby of the
Coming up, please mark your calendars for the Association’s Annual Fall Meeting and dinner on November 7th at the Argonne National Laboratory.
This year we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and
the subsequent Operation Desert Storm. When (then), Colonel Robert Flowers,
Commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade deployed to theater, he immediately
recognized the need for an Engineer Command to command and control engineer operations at the theater level; hence the deployment of the 416th Engineer
Many of you past and present members of the 416th participated in the operation and this year’s event is one you will not
want to miss. Several of our veterans will be sharing their experiences as well as a time for you to share your memories.
Please do you part to get the message out as this promises to be a memorable event.
As this will be our bi-annual meeting, we will be installing our new Association Board. Larry Slavicek will pick up the
reins as the new Association President along with both new and veteran board members.
It has been my pleasure to serve these past two years as your Association President and I want to sincerely thank the
board for their support, their many hours and their dedication to further the goals of the organization and make this a first
class group to belong to.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to renew your bi-annual membership or even apply for a life membership. In this way,
you can follow the Association and TEC’s activities, get involved and continue to network with your fellow soldiers and
families. In this, we can continue to serve and support those that have gone before us, served with us, and go after us.
39th Chief of Staff of the Army
From: Cheek, Gary H LTG USARMY HQDA DAS (US)
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:44 PM
Subject: 39TH Chief of Staff of the Army Initial Message to the Army (UNCLASSIFIED)
Below and attached is the Initial message from the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army.
Initial Message to the Army
We have the most skilled, ethical, and combat hardened Army in our Nation's history. No
matter where we are around the world, America's Soldiers are displaying courage,
commitment and character. We are demonstrating unparalleled competence and agility.
And no matter the challenge, no matter how complex the environment,
or how dangerous the situation, our Soldiers fight and win.
I am honored to lead this remarkable team.
I have three priorities:
#1. Readiness: (Current Fight) Our fundamental task is like no other - it is to win in the unforgiving
crucible of ground combat. We must ensure the Army remains ready as the world's premier combat
force. Readiness for ground combat is - and will remain - the U.S. Army's #1 priority. We will
always be ready to fight today, and we will always prepare to fight tomorrow. Our most valued
assets, indeed, the Nation's most valued assets, are our Soldiers and our solemn commitment
must always be to never send them into harm's way untrained, poorly led, undermanned, or with
less than the best equipment we can provide. Readiness is #1, and there is no other #1.
#2. Future Army: (Future Fight) We will do what it takes to build an agile, adaptive Army of the
future. We need to listen and learn - first from the Army itself, from other services, from our interagency partners, but also from the private sector, and even from our critics. Developing a lethal,
professional and technically competent force requires an openness to new ideas and new ways of
doing things in an increasingly complex world. We will change and adapt.
#3. Take Care of the Troops: (Always) Every day we must keep foremost in our minds our
Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families. Our collective strength depends on our people - their mental
and physical resilience is at our core. We must always treat each other with respect and lead with
integrity. Our Soldiers are the crown jewels of the Nation; we must love them, protect them, and
always keep faith with them.
I am honored and proud to serve with you. Thank you for your service and
commitment to a cause larger than yourselves.
General, United States Army
39th Chief of Staff of the Army
Command Sergeant Major Antonio S. Jones
The 12th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Editor’s Note: “Where are they now?” Many of you served with and will recognize the photo and bio
of CSM Antiono Jones as former SFC Jones who served with the 416 th ENCOM Forward Cell, Kuwait 2002 and 2003. His bio follows:
Command Sergeant Major Antonio S. Jones is a native of Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (Va Tech) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and from George
Washington University in 2000 with a Master’s Certificate in Project
Command Sergeant Major Jones enlisted in the Army on 3 March 1989.
He attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri. He graduated as a Construction Surveyor
(82B). His NCOES schools include Primary Leadership Development
Course (PLDC), Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC),
Advanced Noncommissioned Officers' Course (ANCOC), United States
Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) and Battle Staff. He is also
a graduate of numerous military courses, such as Brigade and Battalion
Pre-Command Course, First Sergeant’s Course, Airborne School, NBC
School, Combat Life Savers Course, C7-Instrument Repair, Retention
School, Equal Opportunity Leader Course and Global Position System
(GPS) and Prime Power 101.
Command Sergeant Major Jones’ assignments include Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 30th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Engineer Battalion
(Combat) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Signal Command, Mannheim, Germany; Joint Chief of Staff-Pentagon, Washington D.C; 88 Regional Support Command,
Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Bravo Company 249th Engineer Battalion Prime Power, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 30th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3ID, Fort Benning, Georgia and 2nd
Engineer Brigade, JBER Alaska.. His deployments include: Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm –
Southwest Asia, Operations Uphold Democracy – Haiti, OIF and OEF.
Command Sergeant Major Jones’ was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his ANCOC and BNCOC classes
and Commandant’s Award winner of his BNCOC Class. Command Sergeant Major Jones’ graduated on the
Dean’s List from the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Navy Sergeant Major Academy). Command Sergeant
Major Jones is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army
Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint
Staff Badge, Silver deFleury, and Driver’s Badge.
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416th ENCOM Association Donates
to “Boots and Brushes of San Antonio”
he Board approved a $200 donation to “Boots
and Brushes of San Antonio”, a decorative painting chapter of The Society of Decorative Painters
(S.D.P.). “Boots and Brushes” and its sister chapter
“Alamo Decorative Artists” paint an average of 150 boxes each year which they use to assemble gift items for
wounded warriors at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort
Sam Houston.
They have filled the boxes with gift cards, phone calling cards, discount coupons from local merchants and a
variety of items from local businesses such as USAA and
Marriott Corp. They also included purchased health and
beauty items, snacks and books.
The boxes are distributed at the Thanksgiving meal at
The Warrior and Family Support Center at Ft Sam Houston. Monetary donations left over are then presented to
the Intrepid Director to be distributed as gift cards as
needed for individual wounded warriors.
The chapters have contributed an average of $2,500
annually towards these cards in addition to the box and
gift items purchased. This year’s total budget is $5,000.
Boots and Brushes and Alamo Decorative Artists each
meet once a month for business and paint projects.
Affiliated with the international association S.D.P., they have supported this Wounded Warrior Project for
over a decade as their service project. S.D.P. membership is open to and includes artists of all levels, mediums and genre.
Combat engineers from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard competed
recently to become the best Sapper Team. Held at Fort Chaffee Arkansas, this
three day event tested both the physical and mental limits of these Soldiers....
Watch the full video story on #SapperStakes2015and see the heart, passion and
endurance it took to put this competition together and compete in it.
1) The 322 EN DET (FEST-A) conducted a site recon
for Bashur AB, Iraq (1-5 Sep 15) to determine current
conditions and airfield repairs/expansion requirements
as well as develop plans and Independent Government
Cost Estimate (IGCE), aka USAID Budget, for a 600man base camp.
2) 416 TEC representatives (G35, G9, 372nd EN
BDE) are working with the Canadian Army and Air
Force at Wainwright AB and Goose Bay respectively
for Northern Frontier 16. IPC and Project evaluations
for both sites tentatively scheduled for 21-28 Sep 15.
participate. Four states accepted the offer: Missouri,
North Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The first place team was the 402nd Engineer Company (Sapper), 389 EN BN, 416 TEC, located in Des
Moines, IA. The team members were Staff Sgt. Nick
Kloberdanz, Sgt. Cutler Holland, Spc. Tyler Chatterton, Spc. Luke Dawson, Spc. Timothy E. Draper and
Spc. Jordan Millard.
The second place team was the 309th Engineer Company (Mobility Augmentation), 367 EN BN, 416 TEC,
located in Brainerd, MN. The team members were
Staff Sgt. Michael T. Koering, Spc. Jonathan DuBois,
3) 2nd Annual Sapper Stakes Competition was conSpc. Trevore D. Klein, Spc. Randy O. Lene, Spc. Jefducted at Fort Chaffee, AR (29 Aug 15 – 2 Sep 15).
frey R. O'Connell, Spc. Johnathan D. O'Connell and
This is a combined TEC and Army National Guard
event with 20 Sapper teams participating in the event. Spc. Todd R. Brandell was an alternate.
The third place team was the 680th Engineer CompaThe top three Sapper teams were recognized and reny (Mobility Augmentation), 479 EN BN, 412 TEC
U.S., located in Webster, NY. The team members
Sapper Stakes 2015
were Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Guy, Sgt. Michael D. Barber,
The 489 EN BN (Fort Smith, AR) was the lead battal- Sgt. Michael J. DiPaola, Spc. Joshua R. Miller, Spc.
ion, supported by the 420 EN BDE and the 416 TEC. Daniel R. Trembath, and Spc. Elliott W. Vitelli. The
alternates were Spc. Joseph M. Lynch and Pvt. BranSapper Stakes is a three-day competition challenging don Wilson.
combat engineers through various physical and menVisit the 416th Theater Engineer Command Facebook
tally challenging events focusing on mobility, counterpage for more detailed information and photos of the
mobility and survivability. Last year, the inaugural
2015 Sapper Stakes.
event was exclusively an Army Reserve competition.
Article contributed by: COL(R) LARRY SLAVICEK
This year, National Guard Soldiers were invited to
What the TEC? Redesigning Theater
Engineer Commands in the Army Reserve
May 26, 2015
By Sgt. 1st Class Michel A Sauret (416th TEC)
other Soldiers from various job specialties. Their training and
projects span across the U.S. both on military installations and on
public lands at the request of civil authorities. They also travel
the globe to perform peacetime missions in other nations.
"Our subordinate elements are (available) to be assigned anywhere in the world where they are needed," said Maj. Gen. Lewis
Irwin, commanding general of the 416th TEC. This means multinational training events and the construction of schools, medical
centers, public buildings, roadways, bridges and more. Army
Reserve engineers have performed peacetime projects in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Panama, Canada, Korea and other
Maj. Gen. Lewis Irwin, the incoming commanding general of the 416th Theater
Engineer Command, speaks to an audience of Soldiers, family, friends and
distinguished guests during his assumption of command ceremony at the
Parkhurst U.S. Army Reserve . . .
DARIEN, Ill. -- The Army Reserve has the only two Theater
Engineer Commands (TECs) across the entire Department of
Defense, and they're currently undergoing a major change. When
Army engineers talk about transformation, it's not a mere game
of musical chairs. This change will greatly enhance their headquarters to deploy and perform their wartime functions.
Their ability to shape and control the engineering battlefield will
depend on how well they can execute this concept. But in order
to understand what this redesign means, it's important to first
understand who these TECs are and what they already provide
the Army.
The two Theater Engineer Commands are the 416th TEC, headquartered in Darien, Illinois, and the 412th TEC, in Vicksburg,
Mississippi. Each TEC is commanded by a major general, with
two deputy-commanding generals and a staff of roughly 300 personnel, which includes officers, noncommissioned officers and
Army civilians.
The 416th TEC commands units in 27 different continental states
west of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. The 412th TEC commands engineer and other units in the remaining states. The
TECs have distinct responsibilities during their peacetime and
wartime missions.
During their peacetime missions, also known as Phase Zero, the
TECs are responsible for training more than 300 units from six
brigades, including 20,000 Army Reserve engineers and 6,000
Sometimes, both TECs collaborate on the same projects, sending
units to work together either at the same time or on a rotational
basis. "We cross utilize Soldiers from each other ... to accomplish these missions within our own areas of responsibility," said
Maj. Gen. Tracy Thompson, commanding general of the 412th
These missions serve two purposes. They train units and Soldiers
while supporting communities at home and abroad. Yet, the
TECs engineering impact reaches beyond these scopes.
During wartime, the TEC serves as the master engineering planner to a combatant commander. They report to either a three-star
or four-star general at the Corps or Army levels, respectively.
They are the military equivalent to a general engineering contractor, but with a huge area of responsibility.
A deployed TEC can function either as a Joint Engineer Operations Command or embed into a staff already in place. According
to Army engineer doctrine, the TEC is the only organization designed for operational command of engineer capabilities at
"echelons above corps." That means they provide the "big picture" engineering plans and vision for their assigned theater supporting the combatant commander.
A "theater" is a term used for both combat and noncombat environments, spanning across multiple countries. The Department of
Defense has divided the world into six major theaters. Each TEC
has a primary responsibility to support three of those.
Once deployed, a TEC executes command authority over engineer brigades and their engineering missions in an assigned theater. Other command organizations have the ability to command
engineer units, but the TEC is the only organization specifically
designed for this function. They are the experts in this field. They
also have authority to control engineers units from the Navy,
Marines and Air Force in a joint forces environment depending
on mission, assets and commander's intent. (Continued next page)
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and professional careers. One colonel in particular owns his own
engineering advisor firm. One brigadier general is a professor of
"Per joint doctrine, the TEC is the only organization or command that
civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. A
is designated to command and control of other services' engineers,"
former TEC commanding general is a chief of technical services
said Maj. Justin Kilpatrick, future plans officer for the 416th TEC. In
at the Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This
order to perform the total spectrum of their mission, the TEC must
list could go on.
focus on three major engineering functions at the headquarters level.
In order to fulfill these functions, the TECs plan on adding two specialized staff elements: the General Engineer Operations Cells
(GENOC) and the Geospatial Planning Cell. Other staff sections will
be reorganized as a result. The intent of this transition is to achieve a
"net zero" change. This means perform more of their required specialties without adding a single Soldier to their staff structure.
The TEC's three main areas of expertise are: Assured mobility, general engineering and geospatial engineering. Assured mobility -- The
TECs direct the construction and combat engineer missions at the
strategic level. Military forces cannot accomplish any mission without the freedom of movement and maneuver across a battle space.
Engineers make this movement possible by building airports, seaports, roads, rails, pipelines and bridges. Combat engineers can also
enable mobility and counter mobility by clearing mines, blowing
obstacles out of the way, or impeding enemy movement.
"We all must be good stewards of our nation's resources, and the
TEC redesign effort is all about fulfilling the Army and Joint Force
requirements with the right capabilities, while ensuring we don't
waste any increasingly scarce resources," said Irwin. The GENOC
"We'll actually help define where (forward operating bases) go,
would form a section of 34 Soldiers supervised by a colonel. It prowhere the roads go, where the bridging needs to be. We develop
vides a robust, deployable "plug and play" technical engineer capabilthe theater so that combatant commander can move through the
ity to each TEC. The geospatial cell consists of seven Soldiers, added
battle space to accomplish their goals, objectives and the vision of
to the G2 Intelligence section within each TEC.
the mission; we are the master planners for that commander in his
“With the redesigned TEC, we will be better organized to bring
or her battle space," said Col. Scott Shrader, 416th TEC director
engineering expertise to the fight in the fastest possible time
of Army Reserve Engineer - Integration.
frame," said Col. Loren Zweig, one of the main 416th TEC officGeneral engineering -- This includes everything engineers enviers involved in the redesign process. Until now, each TEC has
sion, design, prepare and build. From a strategic standpoint, the
had two Deployable Command Posts (DCPs), totaling of 120 SolTECs are responsible for all infrastructure plans within a theater,
diers. These positions will be transformed into a single DCP,
from the sea ports to the front lines of combat. "When we see
staffed by roughly 50 Soldiers per TEC.
things, we see them at the 25,000-foot level. We see an open field
and then develop it, essentially," said Lt. Col. Scott Nos, the dep- The DCP can deploy by itself or deploy with the whole deployable headquarters, known as the TEC Main, depending on the
uty mobilization officer for the 416th TEC.
scope of the mission. However, it's important to remember that if
The idea of "front lines" in modern conflicts has changed drastically
a TEC were to deploy, its peacetime responsibilities would still
from the traditional methods of war that existed even decades ago.
continue. "The TEC Main in whole could deploy (but) there is a
This increases the complexity of a TEC's mission in theater.
separate structure assigned to the TEC known as the Mission Sup"Today's combat environments are very asymmetrical. There are no
port Element (MSE). It would be commanded by a one-star genfront lines or rear area. Our Soldiers, all of them are all in the fight,
eral, and would assume command and control of the TECs' suborfrom the designers to the combat engineers," said Shrader.
dinate units in the U.S.," said Shrader.
This pushes the TECs to become involved in a conflict from the
The TEC's MSE would conduct business as usual: Training units
earliest stages of a conflict (known as Phase One, when infraand coordinating peacetime construction missions around the
structure is first built), and their mission can last all the way to the
world. That's why, right now, the 416th TEC is planning a multiend (known as Phase Five, when land is transitioned back to the
phase staff exercise (STAFFEX), spread across 3 years. The
nation's authorities).
STAFFEX will exercise the TEC's ability to fulfill two major,
Geospatial engineering -- Engineers must serve as "experts of
separate missions at once: Peacetime and wartime. Each TEC
terrain." This means they accumulate and combine data on the
element will implement its standard operating procedures (SOPs).
operational environment in a digital form. It's not just a matter of The first phase of STAFFEX will begin this June, with two more
recreating a map of the land. Geospatial engineering creates a
iterations the following years.
digital package of information from multiple sources that com"We have to be able to mobilize and deploy as soon as the need
manders use to strategize engineer-centric missions.
for our unique capabilities arises," said Irwin. "We may mobilize
Both of the TECs' commanding generals agree that Army Reserve and deploy as an entire TEC, as a Deployable Command Post, as
engineer Soldiers are prepared to meet these demands, despite the separate staff sub-elements, such as the General Engineering Opintensive knowledge and technical requirements.
erations Center, or as individual staff augmentees. So it's critical
"As far as honing their professional skills, they're doing that Mon- that we prepare for all of these potential, expeditionary roles."
day through Friday every week, and that is a great value added,"
Regardless of whether the world needs engineers during times of
said Thompson.
peace or conflict, the 412th and 416th TECs are prepared to meet
those strategic needs and place the right engineers in the right
Both TECs have had officers and leaders with multiple engineer
degrees who have done this type of work throughout their civilian place, no matter how far that place might be from home.
PRIL, ,2015
Those of you who have previously attended can attest to the good time and comradery of past dinners the ENCOM ASSOCIATION has had. Those of you who have
yet to attend, remember to SAVE THE DATE! Sign up, be counted, and have a grand
time and grand dinner treat with old and new friends. It is also cause to celebrate and
reminisce what happened 25 years ago during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Do you
remember what you were doing?? Dining will be at the Argonne Guest House located
at 9700 South Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois – convenient to any and all forms of transportation with great local venues of shopping and entertainment in the surrounding area for the day or just our evening dinner. See you at the Dinner!
416th ENCOM Association Treasurer's Report
(Officers, Past President and Directors)
Submitted by COL (R) John Erickson
President ............................................................... COL(R) JOHN GESSNER
President (Elect) ..................................................... COL(R) LARRY SLAVICEK
Vice President (Membership) ................................... LTC(R) THOMAS RYTERSKE
Vice President (Pgms & Activity) .............................. LTC(R) LAWRENCE CZEPIEL
Secretary ............................................................... BG(R) JACK KOTTER
Treasurer ............................................................... COL(R) JOHN ERICKSON
Past President ........................................................ COL(R) DeWAYNE NELSON
Activities: January 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Opening Balance: January 1, 2015 .............. $
(Senior )...........................................................................MG(R) ROBERT HEINE
( Senior) ..........................................................................COL(R) WILLIAM HAWES
(Publicity & Publications) ........................................ CSM(R) WILLIAM LAKE
(Eastern Chapter) ................................................... COL(R) FRAN STROUSE
(Awards & Nominations).......................................... COL(R) JAMES MARTIN
(Constitution & By-Laws) ......................................... SGM(R) DAN LOPOTOWSKI
Website: http://en comasso cia sp
per by-laws 2013: 7 Officers — 1 Past President — 8 Director positions
Public Service Award .................................. $
Memorial Fund Expenses ........................... $
Boots and Brushes Donation ...................... $
Fisher House Donation
Total Expenses: .......................................... $
Volume 15—Number 2—Fall, 2015
416th Engineer Command
10S100 South Frontage Road
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Warrior Awards (2 @ $200 each) .............. $
Membership ................................................ $
Newsletter Advertisement .......................... $
Boots and Brushes Donation ....................... $
Memorial Fund Donations .......................... $
Total Income/Deposits:
Closing Balance August 31, 2015: ............. $
Army Reserve engineer commands honor fallen
Soldiers with memorial wall
May 3, 2015
By Staff Sgt. Carrie Castillo
ARIEN, IL — An Army Reserve engineer command headquartered in Darien, Illinois, hosted a ceremony in honor of
Soldiers who lost their lives in the last two decades of war-fighting
operations during a memorial wall unveiling ceremony.
The ceremony took place at the Parkhurst U.S. Army Reserve Center,
Darien, Illinois, May 2.
"We wanted to make the memorial unique, and in most cases what
you see is colored pictures blazoned on the plaques," said Col.
(retired) John Gessner, 416th Engineer Command Association President, who provides support for the ceremony.
"You will see pictures from basic training all the way to guys decked
out in combat gear in theater,
some with a big smile on their
face. From this day forward, everyone that walks through this front
door here, that is the first thing
they are going to see."
In all, 46 plaques are now on display at the 416th Theater Engineer
Command (TEC) headquarters
building, each depicting a Soldier
who served in Operation Desert
Shield/Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia
-Iraq-Kuwait: 1990-91), Operation
Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2002-2012)
and Operation Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan: 2001 to present).
"This type of memorial isn't just
another memorial or ceremony,"
said Command Sgt. Maj. Robert
Stanek, 416th TEC command sergeant major. "We have four Soldiers here with the 416th that personally knew some of these Soldiers, as well as the family members that
were here. It's extremely important that we have the remembrance of
the Soldiers."
Of the Soldiers honored, four are from Desert Shield/Desert Storm;
12 from Operation Enduring Freedom and 30 from Operation Iraqi
"The birth of this memorial wall occurred sometime after January
2013," said Stanek. "It was when then commanding general Maj.
Gen. David Conboy, 416th TEC in his travels across the United
States, saw numerous units displays dedicated to their Fallen Heroes."
All of the Soldiers honored here served under either the 416th or 412th
TEC, which is a similar organization headquartered in Vicksburg,
Together, the two TECs are responsible for the training and deploying of 26,000 Army Reserve Soldiers, most of which are Army engineers experienced in horizontal and vertical construction, geospatial
operations and combat engineering, to include route clearance operations.
This ceremony is a combined effort between the two theater engineer
commands and the Engineer Command Association, which was
founded to promote, foster and improve the well-being of Army Reserve Soldiers in the engineer community and support social and
patriotic events such as this.
Some family members of the honored Soldiers were in attendance
from several different states, as well as representatives from the Engineer Command Association, U.S. Army Reserve Command leaders
16 416TH ENCOM ASSN., FALL, 2015
and ambassadors, as well as Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau of the
Illinois National Guard, who spoke during the event on behalf of the
state of Illinois.
During Tate-Nadeau's remarks, some had to stifle their sobs and
wipe away the hurt that welled in their eyes. She spoke of the similarities that all of the people in the room shared: sacrifice.
"There are three parts I would like to talk to you about while I am
here for this memorial," said Tate-Nadeau. "One is honor, two is
remembrance and three is about hope. First we are here to honor our
Soldiers, and to honor your loved ones for their sacrifice that they
have made, but it wasn't just them that have sacrificed you have sacrificed too. Also, for remembrance to remember our loved ones because they were wonderful
people and we know that in
each of your hearts you carried
them close to you. The last
thing I would like to say about
today is about hope, if it wasn't for the men and women
and the families that sit here
today that have gave their ultimate sacrifice our nation
would not be free."
During and after the ceremony, family members had the
opportunity to share stories
and memories of their loved
"We didn't realize how much
of an impact the Army had on
him until after he was gone,
and we started going through
his things and found a DVD from his public speaking class after he
came back from his deployment," said John Gornewicz, of Buffalo,
New York and father of the fallen Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz. "He
spoke about his time in the Reserve, and how much it meant to him,
we hold that close to our hearts that he loved what he did, and he
loved his fellow service men and women."
For the Gold Star Families, speaking about their Soldiers allows their
emotions and pride to keep their memories with them. But along
with that pride, pain still resides underneath it all.
"This is like a long story that doesn't have an end. It will be 10 years
next month that he will be gone," said Midge Beachem, of Pittsburgh, and mother of the fallen Spc. Robert "Bob" E. Hall. "The
community outreach and support groups have helped greatly, the
dedication of people and their families is amazing."
This memorial took place one day and one hundred and fifty years
after the first unofficial memorial ceremony was held in Charleston,
South Carolina. Leaders who spoke reminded their audience that
that the same message of honor rings through today.
"It serves us as a constant reminder of all who have passed," said
Maj. Gen. Tracy A. Thompson, 412th TEC commanding general.
"Freedom is not free, it comes at a cost, and one of those costs wears
boots, dog tags and a patch over their hearts that says U.S. Army."
Note: Pictorial views on page 11.
(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)
Army Reserve Engineer Commands Honor
Fallen Soldiers With Memorial Wall
Pictorial Views (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Stanek, command sergeant
major of the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC)
gives his remarks during a Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall
ceremony in Darien, Ill., May 2.
Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Illinois
National Guard, gives her remarks.
Col. (Ret.) John Gessner, (right), president of the Engineer Command Association,
gives his remarks at the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) headquarters.
Maj. Gen. Lewis Irwin, commanding general of the 416th Theater Engineer
Command (TEC), pays respect to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall during a
ceremony hosted at their headquarters in Darien, Ill., May 2, to honor 46
Army Reserve Soldiers who belonged to either the 416th or 412th TEC and
lost their lives while serving overseas. The ceremony was a combined effort
of the two TECs and the Engineer Command Association, which funded the
costs associated with the ceremony and helped organize the event. (U.S.
Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION October 2015 – September 2017
I hereby apply for membership in the 416 ENCOM Association
Two Year Membership ($10.00)
Lifetime Membership ($100.00 one time fee)
Associate Membership ($5.00)
Payment can be made by check or PayPal on the website
NOTE: When doing PayPal, you will need to fill out the online member change form at:
Please make checks payable to 416 ENCOM Association and mail to:
Thomas P. Ryterske
5N135 Hanson Road
Lily Lake, IL 60175-8102
Current Member Change / Update Records Request
Name: Last
Location: Address
Contact Info: Home Phone
Army Info: Rank
Last Unit Served
Retirement Date_
(If not retired please state active ).
Please visit the 416th ENCOM Association Website:
Thomas P. Ryterske
Vice President Membership
5N135 Hanson Road
Lily Lake, IL 60175-8102
All Information provided to the 416 ENCOM Association is for Association use only and will be handled confidentially.
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416TH ENCOM Association Northeast Reunion
Friday & Saturday, June 10-11, 2016
The 416th ENCOM Association is planning a full day of activities for our 2016
Northeast reunion on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2016 at Ft. Belvoir / Quantico, VA
Planned Weekend Activities:
Friday Evening
7:00 PM Reception & Cash Bar (Bar / Lounge,
7:30 PM Evening Parade @ Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets, S.E., Washington DC
Saturday Morning
Option: Ft. Belvoir Golf Outing-Scramble
7:30 AM Ft. Belvoir Golf Course
Option: MountVernon:Gen.Washington’sHome&
9:00 AM Mount Vernon Tour.
Lunch: On your own. (Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant
or Food Court)
Saturday Afternoon
Option: National Museum of the Marine Corps
2:00 PM National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday Evening
Option: Ft. Belvoir Officers Club overlooking the Potomac River.
6:00 PM Reception and Dinner
Speaker: Maj. Gen. Bob Carlson
Suzi Patterson
Fran Strouse , 190 Westview Dr., Elizabethtown, PA
Phone: 717-689-3590 (Home)
Cell: 717-808-4824
Email: [email protected]
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Rick Dean
Email: [email protected]
Doug Patterson
[email protected]
Steve Hatch
Email: Steve <[email protected]>
Supplemental Information
Evening Parade
An 85-minute performance of music and precision marching, the Evening Parade features “The President’s Own”
United States Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and
Bugle Corps, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The Evening Parade is held Friday evenings from 7 May through 27 August 2010. The ceremony starts with an 8:45
p.m. concert by “The President’s Own.”
Seating for the Evening Parade requires a reservation. Guests with reservations are
admitted beginning at 7 p.m. and should arrive no later than 8 p.m. Reservations
may be made in writing, facsimile, or, for groups of six or less, online at Mail reservation requests should be addressed to:
Protocol Officer, Marine Barracks, 8th and I Streets, S.E.,Washington, D.C. 0390-5000
They should be mailed at least 30 days prior to a desired parade date. Requests via facsimile should be faxed to
the Protocol Officer at (202) 433-4076. The request should include the name of the party (either group or individual), the
number of guests in the party, a complete return address, and a point of contact with a telephone number.
Ft. Belvoir Golf Courses
Fort Belvoir Golf Club Military facility is managed by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. It contains 35 tees driving range and 36 regulation holes.
The 18-hole "Gunston" course at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club facility features 6,908 yards of
golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.0 and it has a slope rating
of 132. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, the Gunston golf course opened in 1950.
The 18-hole "Woodlawn" course at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club facility features 6,832 yards of
golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.4 and it has a slope rating
of 127. Designed by Thomas E. Clark, ASGCA, the Woodlawn golf course opened in 1995.
Mount Vernon
Oneofthenation’smostbelovedhistoricsites,MountVernonoffersaglimpseinto18th- century plantation
life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and
Ford Orientation Center
Start your visit at the Ford Orientation Center, where you
can watch the 30 minute action-adventuremovie,“We
The Mansion
After the death of his older half-brother, Lawrence, in
1752, George Washington took up residence at the house
that his father, Augustine Washington, had built in 1735. Over the next five decades, Washington
expanded the house to create an impressive 21-room mansion with vibrant wall colors, intricate
architectural details, and elegant furnishings. The interiors have been meticulously restored to
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Mansion Outbuildings InWashington'stime,manyoftheMansion’sessentialoperations—such as
laundry, spin- ning, and meat curing—were performed in outbuildings located near the
Mansion. Explore more than a dozen of these small structures, including a working
blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations. (Visit time: 30 minutes.)
Gardens and Grounds
George Washington's design for his estate included four
separate gardens covering more than six acres. The
gardens served many purposes, from testing new varieties of plants to producing vegetables and fruit to providing floral displays. In addition to visiting the gardens,
explore the wooded landscape on the quarter-mile-long
forest trail. (Visit time: 30 minutes (gardens)
National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC)
The President of the United States dedicated the National Museum of the Marine Corps
(NMMC) on 10 November 2006. Located in Quantico, VA and with an average annual visitor
attendance of more than 500,000 during each of its first
three years, the NMMC is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Virginia.
Its exhibitions recreate environments and immerse visitors into Marine Corps action.
The National Museum is being constructed in phases, the first of which includes
approximately 120,000 square feet. It opened with permanent galleries dedicated
2010, three additional galleries will open to tell the story of the Marine Corps from
1775 through World War I. In immersive exhibits, visitors take their places alongside Marines
in battle. Aircraft, tanks, and other vehicles are prominently displayed, and period uniforms,
weapons, medals, flags, and other artifacts help visitors trace the history of the Corps. Future
phases will add a giant-screen theater, classrooms, an art gallery, visible storage, and more
exhibition space to the flagship building. A chapel that overlooks the Museum and Semper
Fidelis Memorial Park opened in October 2009
Fort Belvoir Officers Club
Built in 1935 on a majestic cliff over the Potomac River, the Officers' Club represents a proud military heritage at Fort Belvoir. Designed in the first true American architectural style, the Georgian Colonial Revival Style, the
Officers' Club elegantly showcases brick facades, strict symmetry, and pedimented central
pavilions. As a popular wedding venue, the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club is nestled in a quiet
neighborhood and picturesque park-like setting.
Over the past 80 years, the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club has been visited by many Presidents,
Cabinet Officers, Senators, Congressmen, and Foreign Diplomats. Consider joining the ranks
of this proud tradition.
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U.S. Army Spc. Christonio Hatten, a bridge crewmember with the 502nd Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), from Fort Knox,
Ky., prepares to hook a sling to attach a boat bay to a Chinook during a sling load training operation with Army Reserve Sold iers at
Fort Chaffee, Ark., July 31. Soldiers from various Army Reserve and active duty units trained together at River Assault, a br idging
training exercise involving Army Engineers and other support elements to create a modular bridge on the water across the Arka nsas
River at Fort Chaffee, Ark. The entire training exercise lasted from July 28 to Aug. 4, 2015, involving one brigade headquart ers, two
battalions and 17 other units, to include bridging, sapper, mobility, construction and aviation companies. (U.S. Army photo b y Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
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The combined 412th-416th TEC
BWC competition completed
last April at Fort McCoy, WI.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands, ascend a hill during the four-mile ruck march April 28 at Fort McCoy, WI,
while competing to be named the Best Warrior in the 2015 Combined TEC Best
Warrior Competition. The 412th and 416th TECs will advance one noncommissioned officer and one junior enlisted Warrior each to the U.S. Army Reserve
Best Warrior Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Debralee Best)
The 416th TEC Best Warrior Winners were as follows:
NCO - SSG Jacob Simmons from 317th EN CO (Kankakee, IL),
863rd EN BN, 372nd EN BDE
Enlisted - SPC Ian Hagen from 372nd EN CO (Pewaukee, WI),
397th EN BN, 372nd EN BDE
It was a very spirited competition with impressive performances by numerous NCOs and Soldiers during the
event. There were nine members competing in the two categories from the 416th (Brigade and DRU Level
Primary and Alternative NCOs and Enlisted were allowed to compete). The 412th TEC had 26 participants in
the two categories (each of their 15 battalions were allowed to send an NCO and Enlisted Soldier to the event).
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Ian Hagen, a Greendale, Wis., native, representing the 416th Theater Engineer Command, with the 372nd Engineer Company, Waukesha, Wis., is congratulated by Command Sgt. Major Robert
Stanek, after besting other candidates to be the command’s Noncommissioned Best Warrior during the 412th and 416th 2015 Combined TECs’
Best Warrior Competition April 25 to 29 at Fort McCoy, Wis. (U.S. Army
photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darrin McDufford)
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jacob Simmons, a Danville, Ill., native, representing the 416th Theater Engineer Command, with the 317th Engineer
Company, Kankakee, Ill., is congratulated by Command Sgt. Major Robert Stanek, after besting other candidates to be the command’s Noncommissioned Best Warrior during the 412th and 416th 2015 Combined
TECs’ Best Warrior Competition April 25 to 29 at Fort McCoy, Wis. (U.S.
Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darrin McDufford)
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Volume 15— Number 2 — Fall, 2015
416th Engineer Command
10S100 South Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561-1780
Leon Ardelean……………Publisher
[email protected]

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