133rd Engineer Battalion (Heavy)
The Headquarters Support Company, 133d Engineer Battalion is located in both Portland and Gardiner Maine. The Headquarters Support Company mission is to support the Battalion Headquarters and to provide specialty support to the Battalion's subordinate units.
This unit contains the Battalion Staff consisting of the Personnel, Intelligence, Operations and Logistics sections, the Company Headquarters, a Direct Support Maintenance Platoon plus an Equipment Platoon consisting of an Asphalt, a Dump Truck and an Equipment section. This 223 person unit is very versatile and like the rest of the Battalion shares the good fortune to carry the lineage of the "Twentieth Maine" and the great American Civil War hero COL Joshua Chamberlain.
The 133rd Engineer Battalion became the first field unit in the Army to receive the new Engineer Mission Module equipment. Carried on a Palletized Load System, the heavy-construction equipment can be quickly hoisted onto flatbed trucks and trailers and hauled through rugged terrain.
The 133rd has been modernized with nearly $7 million worth of road-building and battlefield-engineer equipment since 1998, when it received nine new 20-ton dump trucks. Hydraulic excavators, all-terrain forklifts and cranes, vibrating rollers and triangular-tracked D-7 bulldozers with blades that are automatically adjusted with lasers have also been added to the 133rd's inventory as part of the Army modernization program
In 1997, 39 members of the 133rd were deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Guard.
In 1999, soldiers of C Company, 133rd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) assisted the US Border Patrol along the U.S.-Mexican border in California. Under DoD's Innovative Readiness Training program, active and reserve component units from across the United States receive mission-related training while helping civilian communities and agencies at the same time. The Mainers' border missions, for instance, include barrier emplacements, road improvements, well drilling and earth moving.
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