• Spc. Michael Jones, engineer with the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, emphasizes safety as an integral part of his job and places a hard hat on a student's head before entering the grader during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School, Feb. 25, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Spc. Brian Brown, 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

    84th Engineers host field trip for local school

    Spc. Michael Jones, engineer with the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, emphasizes safety as an integral part of his job and places a hard hat on a student's head before entering the grader during a field trip...

  • Sgt. Matthew Turgeon, engineer with the 34th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, shows a rifle equipped with a grenade launcher to a group of students during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School, Feb. 25, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Spc. Brian Brown, 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

    84th Engineers host field trip for local school

    Sgt. Matthew Turgeon, engineer with the 34th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, shows a rifle equipped with a grenade launcher to a group of students during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the...

  • Sgt. Elidio Aguilar, engineer with the 95th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, demonstrates how to move the MARCbot using its controls before letting the students try it on their own during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School, Feb. 25, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dionisio Darang, Higher Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

    84th Engineers host field trip for local school

    Sgt. Elidio Aguilar, engineer with the 95th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, demonstrates how to move the MARCbot using its controls before letting the students try it on their own during a field trip hosted by the...

  • Pfc. John Magana, engineer with the 34th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, demonstrates and helps a student use the mine detector during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School, Feb. 25, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Spc. Brian Brown, 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

    84th Engineers host field trip for local school

    Pfc. John Magana, engineer with the 34th Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, demonstrates and helps a student use the mine detector during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students...

  • Pfc. Jeffrey Seitzler, engineer with the 142nd Survey and Design Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, asks for volunteers on who would like to use the Philly rod and autolevel during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer Battalion for the second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School, Feb. 25, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dionisio Darang, Higher Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

    84th Engineers host field trip for local school

    Pfc. Jeffrey Seitzler, engineer with the 142nd Survey and Design Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, asks for volunteers on who would like to use the Philly rod and autolevel during a field trip hosted by the 84th Engineer...

Story by 1st Lt. Josephine Kim, 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs Officer, 8th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - Wandering eyes, pointing fingers, and the question, "What is that?" filled the air when second-grade students from Mililani Uka Elementary School stepped off a bus here, Feb. 25, to learn about Army engineers.

The field trip was one of many events 84th Engineer "Never Daunted" Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, facilitates as part of their partnership with the school.

"This was a great action-packed field trip," said Marlene Ohira, their teacher.

The students quickly saw there is more to Army engineers than what is in the movies.

Students witnessed construction and combat engineer equipment in action, to include the grader, the scraper, the buffalo, and the MARCBots, small robots used for inspecting suspicious objects.

The demonstration showed how big the tires are on a scraper and allowed the students to honk the Humvee and buffalo vehicle's horns. They learned how mine detectors, MARCBots and buffaloes all play crucial roles in route clearance missions, and the step-by-step process of using survey equipment along with graders and scrapers to create a construction site.

Parent Community Network Center Facilitator Norma Tansey said the students were engaged, enthralled, and excited and several asked the engineers if they could come back for more visits.

"Our military Soldiers have provided a much better understanding of what their jobs are about and that it's more than just weapons," she continued. "There are many technical skills required [in the Army], and [the kids] saw they could someday have a future in the military."

The students wrote thank you letters to the "Never Daunted" soldiers sharing the wonderful time they had.

The Soldiers said the letters were gratifying and showed them they were positive role models impacting the students' lives.

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