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372nd Engineer Group

The 372d Engineer Group, headquartered on the grounds of old Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa, is the command and control element for most 89th RSC units located in Iowa

Citizen-soldiers with four Army Reserve engineer battalions worked on a variety of infrastructure construction projects, including one designed to enhance the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant's power projection capability, during Golden Kastle 99. Golden Kastle 99, the second in a series of five annual training exercises geared toward giving reservists hands-on construction experience in a simulated corps support area, began in June and ended in August under the command and control of the 372nd Engineer Group of Des Moines, Iowa. The reservists worked on more than 100 roads. The schedule called for the 980th Engineer Combat Battalion of Austin, Texas, to begin work June 17 on the access roads and turnout points in the 46LC magazine group. The Texans were followed by: The 961st Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) of Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin soldiers began work July 8 on the access roads and turnout points. The 244th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) of Denver, Colo. arrived July 29, and continued work in and on the access roads and turnout points.

More than 750 U.S. Army Reserve engineer soldiers spent their two-week annual training at Fort McCoy May 6-19, 2000 completing troop projects, such as a two-mile road, to improve training opportunities and support at Fort McCoy, as well as improving their skills. The two-mile road on South Post will provide easier access to the Badger Drop Zone, courtesy the 372nd Engineer Group, which is headquartered at Des Moines, Iowa. Members of the 961st Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) and the 389th Engineer Battalion worked on the road. The road was expanded from what was mostly a combat or tank-trail type road to a 24-foot wide gravel road. In addition to the 961st, 389th and 372nd, other units involved in the work were the 402nd Engineer Company (Dump Truck) of Edinburgh, Ind., the 478th Engineer Company (Dump Truck) of Terra Haute, Ind., and the 302nd Engineer Detachment (Topographical) of Pittsburgh, Pa.

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