3, 2003, 18:00 EDT
Engineers successful in wartime mission
Capt. Timothy Pillion
1030th Eng. Bn. UPAR
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)
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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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