• Pfc. Cody Callahan lowers Spc. Sam Schreier, both Army divers with the 7th Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, into the water, Oct. 1, 2013, from a logistics support vessel docked at a pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    Pfc. Cody Callahan lowers Spc. Sam Schreier, both Army divers with the 7th Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, into the water, Oct. 1, 2013, from a logistics support vessel docked at a pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during Deep...

  • A second Army diver with the 7th Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, climbs over the side of a  logistics support vessel, Oct. 1, 2013, during their annual training exercise, Deep Blue, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    A second Army diver with the 7th Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, climbs over the side of a logistics support vessel, Oct. 1, 2013, during their annual training exercise, Deep Blue, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

  • Army diver, Sgt. Dakota Rager, with the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, puts soap suds on his diver equipment to make sure there are no leaks before diving into the ocean, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    Army diver, Sgt. Dakota Rager, with the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, puts soap suds on his diver equipment to make sure there are no leaks before diving into the ocean, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise...

  • Sgt. Dakota Rager (sitting left) and Spc. Sam Schreier (sitting right), both Army divers with the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, suit up, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    Sgt. Dakota Rager (sitting left) and Spc. Sam Schreier (sitting right), both Army divers with the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, suit up, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and...

  • Soldiers of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, take a peek into the decompression tank, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    Soldiers of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, take a peek into the decompression tank, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base...

  • Soldiers of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, listen to a mission brief, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    Deep Blue exercise trains master divers

    Soldiers of the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, listen to a mission brief, Oct. 1, 2013, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce safety and tactical proficiency during dive operations at Joint Base Pearl...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - 7th Engineer Dive Detachment leaders trained new master divers aboard a logistic support vessel Oct. 1, during Deep Blue, an annual exercise designed to reinforce dive operation safety and tactical proficiency.

"We make sure all of our master divers and dive supervisors are sharp with their skills and protocols, so when they go out with a dive team, they're successful," said 1st Sgt. David Chebahtah, the detachment senior master diver. "It's important that we keep all of our divers' proficiency at the highest levels. Lives depend on it."

The detachment's salvage, demolition, and recovery missions often require shallow-depth diving that demands as much attention to safety and equipment as when they dive in deep seas, said Spc. Samuel Schreier, a second class diver and role player for training scenarios.

Deep Blue prepared them for both dive environments.

Schreier described it as, "an intense week of diver casualty scenarios dealing with what could go wrong in and out of the water, and figuring out a way to fix those situations. If they stay calm and think things through, then they should be able to work it."

In one scenario a dive supervisor was tasked with quickly getting two deep sea divers into a small decompression chamber already holding another diver. Success is necessary for the divers to avoid the enormous impact that ascending from deep waters can have on the body.

Although the training was designed for diver supervisors, it was also a critical learning experience and a refresher for all involved.

"Although the youngest Soldier here may not be in charge of a dive, he is able to see these scenarios and how the supervisors react to the different situations," said Chebahtah. "In the event of an actual casualty, he will be better trained and more able to react. This is not Army mandated training. [Our detachment] makes it mandatory of all of our divers. We all rely on each other. I trust every Soldier on my team."

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