ENGINEER COMPANY WORKING SEPARATE FROM ENGINEER BATTALION
Certain circumstances can cause the detachment of one or more companies for an extended period of time (when the company is with a deploying TF, with a TF attached to another brigade, or used to augment another engineer battalion [light or heavy]). This type of task organization is often found during contingency operations.
The engineer company must have the capability to stand alone under these circumstances. During contingency operations, the engineer company could be called on to support any number of operations. These include constructing refugee camps and EPW compounds, performing humanitarian missions, destroying captured enemy equipment, clearing areas of UXO, developing combat roads and trails, and constructing base camps to support follow-on contingency forces.
- Infantry or armored platoons for security.
- Vertical or horizontal construction elements.
- Water-purification units.
- Military police (MP) sections.
- EOD units.
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