16th Engineer Brigade
The Commander, 16th Engineer Brigade, Ohio Army National Guard, Columbus, Ohio commands and controls all assigned engineer units in Ohio, and as a Task Force Commander, controls all units for state active duty assignments. During wartime, 16th Engineer Brigade would command five Combat Engineer Battalions in support of Eighth US Army in Korea.
The 16th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Columbus, maintains one engineer group and four battalions which provide a wide variety of construction skills, as well as units trained in bridge erection and fire fighting. The brigade also is designated as the task force headquarters during all statewide emergencies, directing the operations of all engineer and non-engineer units during state active duty
Members of the 16th Engineer Brigade provided construction and design assistance worldwide, both in aid to civilian authorities and in traditional training environments in 2000. The 16th Engineer Brigade embarked on an engineering and command-and-control mission in Eagle Pass, TX, located on the Rio Grande River at the U.S.-Mexican border. As part of Joint Task Force 6, the brigade employed nearly 500 Ohio Guard soldiers from April through July 2000, to improve roadways, emplace culverts and construct a timber trestle bridge and two low water crossing sites or "Texas bridges". The improvements allow the border patrol to travel with ease along the border and respond to illegal crossings quickly. Participating soldiers included soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Engineer Brigade, 512th Engineer Battalion, 1193rd Engineer Company, 612th Engineer Battalion and 112th Engineer Battalion.
In its traditional training environment, elements of the 216th Engineer Battalion returned to Nicaragua in support of Task Force Sebaco. Teaming up with guardmembers from other states, Ohio soldiers worked on schools, churches and many other community-based projects.
Internationally, members of HHC, 16th Engineer Brigade, were deployed to the Republic of Korea, Madagascar, Vietnam and Cambodia, providing design and construction support to the Department of Defense. The 186th Engineer Detachment (Utilities) continued construction efforts in Germany while other elements of the 16th Engineer Brigade, participated in Yama Sakura, a 9th Army exercise in support of the United States Army-Japan. Members also participated in numerous exercises in the Republic of Korea.
Within Ohio, brigade soldiers used construction and other specialized skills to upgrade training sites in Ravenna and Camp Perry, and to support many innovative readiness projects throughout the year. Near the end of September 2000, Task Force 16 was activated to aid civil authorities in connection with the Xenia tornado in Greene County.
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