November 3, 2003, 18:00 EDT

1030th Engineers successful in wartime mission

By Capt. Timothy Pillion
1030th Eng. Bn. UPAR

(R to L) Master Sgt. William Hartgrove, Capt. Timothy Pillion, Spc. Jason Sparks, and Sgt. Phillip Pridemore reviewing plans for a new road project.. (Photo courtesy 1030th En. BN UPAR) Click HERE to see more photos.

The 1030th Engineer Battalion of Gate City, Va. has been performing its wartime mission of providing command and control of separate engineer units since it’s arrival in the middle east in late April of 2003. During that time, the 1030th has been assigned as many as ten different units including two construction support equipment (CSE) companies, a construction support company (CSC) company, two utility detachments, a dump truck company, a real estate detachment and three detachments of fire fighters.

The mix of units has been a true multi-component initiative made up of National Guard, Active Duty, and Army Reserve units. Under the command of the 1030th, these units have been responsible for maintaining and improving existing roadways, building and paving new roads, constructing temporary and permanent troop structures and providing fire protection at various camps and ports.

These units were also the first to perform military paving operations in Iraq, paving the Safwan bypass in southern Iraq and making it a much safer and more durable main supply route for the thousands of vehicles pushing supplies deep into Iraq. They have also built and/or paved various roads at the permanent base camps in Kuwait. The utility detachments have constructed numerous facilities that have been instrumental in facilitating the re-deployment of units like the 3rd Infantry Division and it’s support elements.

The 1030th has been very successful in it’s missions and, most importantly, the care of it’s troops. Despite the desert heat. The 1030th has encountered only two minor heat injuries and no serious accidents or combat related injuries. This is made even more remarkable by the fact that daily highs in their area reach 120 degrees and many of the 600 plus soldiers assigned to the 1030th flew directly from the frigid temperatures of Fort Dix and Fort Drum.

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