229th Engineer Battalion
As the United States Army and Army National Guard conducted and and planned for its transformation to modular units, the 299th Engineer Battalion was approved for eventual inactivation, as different elements from the Unit were scheduled to partially compose newly formed Special Troops Battalions.
In July of 2005, 30 members of the Virginia Army National Guards 229th Engineer Battalion arrived back home after a 10 month deployment to Kabul Afghanistan.
Personnel from the 229th Engineer Battalion deployed in September 2001 to Bosnia in support of the NATO Stabilization Force.
Other personnel from the 229th Engineer Battalion were also mobilized to provide security at the Ronald Reagan National Airport outside Washington, DC, following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
In March 2001 military Police and engineers took over Camp Dobol, Fort Dix, as nearly 400 soldiers honed their skills for deployment with the 29th Division to the Balkans. The 28th Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard deployed for Stabilization Force XII. Comprised mainly of 29th Infantry Division (Light) soldiers, the mobilization is the largest Reserve component call up since Desert Storm. It includes soldiers from more than 20 states, half a dozen Regional Support Command and active duty units, plus tons of equipment and hundreds of vehicles.
Recent Stability and Support Operations (SASO) training provided by the 78th Division's 5th Brigade, which included the 143rd Forward Support Battalion of the Connecticut Army National Guard, focused on training tasks that a logistics organization would face in Bosnia. For this four-day training period, the lanes were changed to reflect mission tasks for the 229th Engineer Battalion, Fredericksburg, Va., and the United States Army Reserve's 372nd Military Police Company, Cumberland, Md., which belongs to the 336th MP Battalion, headquartered in Pittsburg, Pa.
Under the 78th Division, observers and controllers using lanes training crawl-walk-run methodology, soldiers are required to perform various tasks associated with the collective training of an entire operation in four to six lanes that are associated with their jobs. Each of the lanes contain tasks that are theater specific for all soldiers going to the region such as how to conduct a convoy or manage an unexploded ordnance situation, to name a few of the training events. The lanes are designed to reflect actual conditions in Bosnia as much as possible.
All training begins when soldiers take control of the base camp. The moment soldiers arrive, the training begins with the stress associated with deploying to a foreign nation. Soldiers receive their training mission at the base camp before convoying to respective lanes training areas. In the case of the engineers tasks, they had to be successful at convoying and observing the clearing of a minefield by international authorities. For the MPs, force protection for a base camp, and providing secure convoy movements were critical for the MP training.
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