NEWS | May 14, 2018

Engineer Week: Kindred professionals share engineer capabilities and tactics

By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos Task Force Spartan

Participants of Engineer Week gather in front of an Assault Breaching Vehicle (ABV). Its purpose is to clear pathways through minefields. The other vehicle (right, rear) is called the Buffalo, and is used in route clearance missions.  The arm on the Buffalo is used to investigate any suspected or located improvised explosive devices (IED's).  The arm also allows Soldiers to safely destroy any located IED's. The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), hosted Engineer Week, from April 9-13.
Participants of Engineer Week gather in front of an Assault Breaching Vehicle (ABV). Its purpose is to clear pathways through minefields. The other vehicle (right, rear) is called the Buffalo, and is used in route clearance missions. The arm on the Buffalo is used to investigate any suspected or located improvised explosive devices (IED's). The arm also allows Soldiers to safely destroy any located IED's. The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), hosted Engineer Week, from April 9-13.
Participants of Engineer Week gather in front of an Assault Breaching Vehicle (ABV). Its purpose is to clear pathways through minefields. The other vehicle (right, rear) is called the Buffalo, and is used in route clearance missions.  The arm on the Buffalo is used to investigate any suspected or located improvised explosive devices (IED's).  The arm also allows Soldiers to safely destroy any located IED's. The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), hosted Engineer Week, from April 9-13.
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Participants of Engineer Week gather in front of an Assault Breaching Vehicle (ABV). Its purpose is to clear pathways through minefields. The other vehicle (right, rear) is called the Buffalo, and is used in route clearance missions. The arm on the Buffalo is used to investigate any suspected or located improvised explosive devices (IED's). The arm also allows Soldiers to safely destroy any located IED's. The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), hosted Engineer Week, from April 9-13.
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
VIRIN: 180410-A-TV111-004
More than 60 engineers in a mixed group consisting of Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) soldiers, British liaison soldiers, and engineers with the U.S. Army’s 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, gathered for a series of interactive training opportunities during Engineer Week April 9-13. The events were intended to enhance both technical and tactical readiness through classroom information exchange, equipment and operations demonstrations and sharing tactical information and threat response capabilities.  
 

"Through us sharing these endeavors and workshops, we’re able to reinforce our continued partnership and relationships."Lt. Col. David Noble, 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander


“Through us sharing these endeavors and workshops, we’re able to reinforce our continued partnership and relationships,” said Lt. Col. David Noble, commander, 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion. “Together, we’ll be able to recognize where we’re able to strive and succeed in the defense of Kuwait.”

The interactive exchange included counter-improvised explosive device training, a visit to the KLF Engineer compound for tours and presentations. The event culminated with a gift exchange between the KLF and the U.S. Army’s 40th BEB.

Soldiers of the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) demonstrate dismounted explosive hazard clearance operations with the Talon Robot, and VMR/2 Mine Hound to a group of more than 60 Kuwait Land Forces soldiers, U.S. Army engineers, and British liaison soldiers, during Engineer Week, April 9-13.
Soldiers of the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) demonstrate dismounted explosive hazard clearance operations with the Talon Robot, and VMR/2 Mine Hound to a group of more than 60 Kuwait Land Forces soldiers, U.S. Army engineers, and British liaison soldiers, during Engineer Week, April 9-13.
Soldiers of the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) demonstrate dismounted explosive hazard clearance operations with the Talon Robot, and VMR/2 Mine Hound to a group of more than 60 Kuwait Land Forces soldiers, U.S. Army engineers, and British liaison soldiers, during Engineer Week, April 9-13.
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Soldiers of the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) demonstrate dismounted explosive hazard clearance operations with the Talon Robot, and VMR/2 Mine Hound to a group of more than 60 Kuwait Land Forces soldiers, U.S. Army engineers, and British liaison soldiers, during Engineer Week, April 9-13.
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
VIRIN: 180410-A-TV111-002
“I think it is very important to recognize that engineers working with engineers is just the beginning of a large, combined arms mindset, as we combine total army from the U.S. and Kuwaiti forces,” said Noble. “As we go into a combined arms approach — whether it’s through direct fires, indirect fires, integration of obstacles and engineer enabling capabilities—it’s a total combined arms effect. This is just the beginning of renewing our partnership and those relationships, and our combined approach for offensive and defensive operations, should the duty be called upon.”

Participants were fully engaged with all presentations, demonstrations and interactions throughout the week, both in and out of the classroom environment.

Lt. Col. Rolando Rodriguez, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, was among the engineer participants, but he also delivered a classroom presentation that inspired further in-depth dialogue among this group of professionals, to include the operational differences and similarities they have as partner nation military engineers.

“The purpose of this training was more of an information exchange with the KLF, so we can see how one another operate,” said Rodriguez. “The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) is hosting Engineer Week, and they invited me to present. I saw it as an opportunity to engage the KLF engineers and to interact with the 40th BEB.”

Soldiers with the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division visit the Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) Institute Headquarters, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit Museum during Kuwait Engineer Week. The week-long information exchange between the KLF and U.S. Army engineers enabled them to interact and share knowledge in their technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
Soldiers with the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division visit the Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) Institute Headquarters, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit Museum during Kuwait Engineer Week. The week-long information exchange between the KLF and U.S. Army engineers enabled them to interact and share knowledge in their technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
Soldiers with the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division visit the Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) Institute Headquarters, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit Museum during Kuwait Engineer Week. The week-long information exchange between the KLF and U.S. Army engineers enabled them to interact and share knowledge in their technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
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Soldiers with the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division visit the Kuwait Land Forces (KLF) Institute Headquarters, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit Museum during Kuwait Engineer Week. The week-long information exchange between the KLF and U.S. Army engineers enabled them to interact and share knowledge in their technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
Photo By: Master Sgt. Daniel Palermo
VIRIN: 180412-Z-VS904-026
According to Noble, Engineer Week is part of a series of opportunities aimed at enhancing readiness, interoperability, and partnership throughout the greater Levant.

“When the 40th Engineers came into Kuwait last November, one of our primary objectives was to continue the relationships and partnerships with our host nation counterparts, the Kuwait Army Engineers,” said Noble. “To accomplish that, we’ve had several key leader engagements, senior leader engagements, and we’ve also integrated in-theater security cooperation exercises — not just with Kuwait, but with other nations within the region as well. So, we’ve been able to send engineers to Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and UAE, providing engineer insight and cross-training with our counterparts in those nations.”

Readiness and interoperability are key among the engineers, according to Noble.

“Events like Engineer Week help us to maintain our fundamental skills of readiness,” said Noble. “It helps us understand what our Kuwaiti counterparts are able to do, as well as ourselves. Well beyond the sharing of knowledge of mobility and counter-mobility or survivability — it speaks to what the Kuwaiti engineering responsibilities are, and helps them to appreciate what our responsibilities are; because it relates to our partnership and our relationships here in theater. Together, we will defend the great nation of Kuwait. It is not one side or the other alone, it’s us together. So the better we can work together and understand each other, the better we will be able to defend this nation as a partnership, as a combined force, and as a coalition.”

The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and the Kuwait Land Force (KLF) engineers attend a graduation ceremony at the KLF Institute Headquarters. The ceremony honored soldiers who participated in the week-long training to exchange technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and the Kuwait Land Force (KLF) engineers attend a graduation ceremony at the KLF Institute Headquarters. The ceremony honored soldiers who participated in the week-long training to exchange technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and the Kuwait Land Force (KLF) engineers attend a graduation ceremony at the KLF Institute Headquarters. The ceremony honored soldiers who participated in the week-long training to exchange technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
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The 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and the Kuwait Land Force (KLF) engineers attend a graduation ceremony at the KLF Institute Headquarters. The ceremony honored soldiers who participated in the week-long training to exchange technical and tactical professional engineer methodologies, April 12, 2018.
Photo By: Master Sgt. Daniel Palermo
VIRIN: 180412-Z-VS904-049
Maj. Abdul Aziz Alawdhi, Kuwait Land Force Engineers, explosive ordnance disposal, operations officer, found value in the information exchange and opportunities to learn from one another.

“Everybody who has joined us in our interaction today has learned something new,” said Alawdhi. “I think this is a great cementing block in our partnership between the Kuwaiti Army and American Army in general, and particularly among engineers. The engineers are a very special unit in every army. Sitting down engineer-to-engineer is always special event. You sit down and discuss things that nobody would understand but a fellow engineer. It was a very interesting and fun experience and I thank you so very much for having us.”