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368th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy)

The 368th Engineer Battalion (Combat), based in Londonderry, is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. The battalion of nearly 700 troops conducts engineering missions around the globe. In recent years they have been deployed to Kosovo. Other missions have included building a hospital in Guatemala, doing hurricane relief work in St. Thomas, building a school in Kenya and assisting in New Brunswick, Canada, following a devastating ice storm. The battalion went to South Korea to improve U.S. military bases. During the summer of 2002 they were in Minnesota to take part in a program called "Waking Shield." The battalion will build six houses and a road for the Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Basically, the 368th is one large military construction company. It does construction and engineering work all over the world, wherever they are needed. They do work commissioned by the military, but they do just as many civil jobs. They have built military ranges, and have built ball fields.

In the summer of 1994 Soldiers from the Boston-based 1170th Transportation Terminal Unit donned raincoats and hard hats for some rainy training with the 368th Engineer Bn. at the Fort Devens, Mass., railhead. The engineers, a construction unit with companies stationed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, arrived with some of the unit's most challenging equipment to rail load. The objective was to provide hands-on training to members of both units on loading some of the trickiest pieces in the Army inventory. The exercise was another in a continuing series between the two units. Over the previous 18 months, this joint training had provided the 1170th with opportunities to practice staging, scanning and loading procedures, while enabling the 368th to refine its vehicle load and movement plans and deployment procedures. The 1994t exercise involved loading dozers, scrapers, graders and other oversized equipment on both steel and wood flatcars. Since there was no switching of rail cars during the training, and no portable ramps available, the load plan required that the vehicles either be backed on or off the rail cars. That was a scary prospect for the engineer vehicle operators, only a few of whom had done rail-loading before. It didn't help having to do it in a driving rain. After the units safely loaded the cars, personnel from both units worked side by side blocking, bracing and tying down the equipment.

In late FY1995, to revitalize a working relationship with the Kenyan military and enhance Kenya's place as a potential coalition partner, the CENTCOM CINC directed his staff to prepare for the conduct of an exercise in Kenya. He reinforced this effort with an Exercise Related Construction (ERC) project of an infantry squad live fire assault course to be built at the Kenya Army School of Infantry at Isiolo, Kenya. Construction was proposed for May-August 1996 to coincide with the reserve component's preferred time frame for Annual Training. As the US Army Central Command's engineer command, the 416th Engineer Command received the mission for the ERC project and assigned the task to the 368th Engineer Battalion (Construction), one of its wartrace units.



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