115th Engineer Group (CBT)
The 115th Engineer Group (CBT) is headquartered in Draper, Utah and has a total of 1,200 soldiers active in units located in thirteen communities throughout the state of Utah. The 115th Group's wartime mission is to command and control engineer units, and to provide engineering design, and construction management support for US and allied forces in a theater of combat operations such as Desert Storm or in military operations other than war, such as Bosnia or Kosovo.
To keep command and control skills sharp, the Group staff conducted several command post exercises in 1999. As a test of these skills the staff trained twice this year against computer-simulated wartime scenarios. Both of these exercises were great successes for the staff.
Beginning in September 1998, the 115th Group became a "Construction Group." This change added a complete design section with designers in civil, structural, and electrical engineering. This new section is now operational and has already supported the Guard and our communities with design products and surveyor support. During 1999, the focus has been training for the wartime missions with support to local communities and distant lands in need. In 1999 alone, units have worked on many community support projects. These projects included construction of city and state park facilities, renovation of a youth community center; assistance with construction of a children's shelter; a boy's ranch; and Boy Scout camps. The Group also leveled ground for sports fields including a large ball field complex for Wayne High School in rural Bicknell, Utah. It helped with the development of wetlands. We made road improvements in the Dixie National Forest near Escalante. In addition to these projects at home, the Group provided humanitarian assistance in hurricane-ravaged Honduras, and in the tiny Indian village of Metlakatla near Ketchikan, Alaska.
Projects such as these that support local communities also provide soldiers with valuable training on their wartime jobs. The humanitarian missions are a great training advantage to units. They allow us to deploy, as in war, to distant lands and do construction missions very similar to the wartime missions. It is the link between community and duty that makes soldiering in the Engineer Command so rewarding.
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