458th Engineer Battalion (Combat)
Unit mission is to mobilize and deploy to any theater of operations in order to assist in projecting the Corps combat power forward by executing mobility`` countermobility`` survivability`` and general engineering missions in the Corps rear area of operations. On order`` reinforce divisional engineer units in the Corps close area of operations with survivability and countermobility engineer operations. Designated wartime headquarters may further define the overall mission.
There are also cases where both the company and battalion are functionally aligned, but then will come under the command of a brigade with a different functional branch. An example would be that of the 316th Engineer Detachment (Prime Power), which is under the 458th Engineer Battalion, all falling under the leadership of the 464th Chemical Brigade.
In November 1998, the 458th Engineer Battalion became the first unit in the Army equipped with the 25-Ton All Terrain Crane (ATEC). Earlier, the unit played an important role in developing Army training on the crane.
The crane will be issued on a one-for-one basis as a replacement for the existing 20-ton truck and wheel mounted cranes and the 25-ton truck mounted cranes. Operator and maintenance training will be conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Center at Fort Leonard Wood for advanced individual training students. Training will be reinforced through on-the-job training at the unit level.
The 25-ton ATEC is commercial designed diesel engine driven vehicle with a rated minimum lift capacity of 25 tons. It has a hydraulically operated crane equipped with a telescoping boom and independently controlled outriggers. In addition to lifting, the crane is capable of performing clamshell and piledriving operations. The term "all terrain" is an industry expression which describes the latest in crane technology offering both the on-road performance of a truck mounted crane and the off-road capabilities of a rough terrain crane. Primarily this is accomplished by incorporating rough terrain tires on a carrier chassis with a lock-out feature on the suspension system. The 25-ton ATEC will be used to perform a variety of tasks that support mobility, countermobility, survivability and sustainment engineering battlefield functions. Typical tasks include construction material handling, pile driving and support of dry/wet gap crossings, etc. The crane will be employed in corps and echelons above corps engineer units, and in selected quartermaster, maintenance and transportation units.
The sounds of heavy equipment such as graders and front end loaders can do the large bulk of the work, but the fine tuning for the environment takes the hands of highly skilled engineers. Army engineers began training July 2000 at Fort Dix and focused their attentions on erosion at various post waterfront locations and the stabilization of an unimproved road in the range area. The engineers, from the 99th Regional Support Command's 458th Engineer Battalion, Johntown, Pa., and the 81st Regional Support Command's 718th Engineer Company, Fort Benning, Ga., fought the battle of erosion for Annual Training at Fort Dix with successful results. More than 335 soldiers were involved with three projects at the post under the program known as Dix Trails 2000. As part of the post's Troop Construction program, engineer units train by providing their technical skills to improve the infrastructure of an installation. Also, the units use post training areas to perform their more tactical phases of Army mandated training. For soldiers of the 458th, they tackled erosion problems at the post's Dogwood Lake and Hipp's Folley. The task at Dogwood Lake was to stabilize a shoreline so that the erosion in the area did not undermine a post's main thoroughfare-Maryland Avenue.
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