• BAGHDAD - Pvt. Daniel Almquist, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, an electrician from Chicago, installs a main distribution panel for electricity at the newly-built battalion aid station on Joint Security Station Ur March 28.

    BAGHDAD - Pvt. Daniel Almquist, 46th Engineer...

    BAGHDAD - Pvt. Daniel Almquist, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, an electrician from Chicago, installs a main distribution panel for electricity at the newly-built battalion aid station on Joint Security Station Ur March...

  • BAGHDAD - Using a level, Spc. Johannes Cawood, from Flint, Mich., Sgt. Cole Brewer, from Riverside, Calif., and Sgt. Ronald Headley, from Birmingham, Ala., 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, make sure the main supply water lines for the newly-built battalion aid station are straight on Joint Security Station Ur March 28.

    BAGHDAD - Using a level, Spc. Johannes Cawood...

    BAGHDAD - Using a level, Spc. Johannes Cawood, from Flint, Mich., Sgt. Cole Brewer, from Riverside, Calif., and Sgt. Ronald Headley, from Birmingham, Ala., 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, make sure the main supply water...

  • BAGHDAD - Pfc. Jacob Wade, plumber, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Flint, Mich., inspects the water tanks that will supply water to hand-washing stations in the newly-built battalion aid station on Joint Security Station Ur March 28.

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Jacob Wade, plumber, 46th...

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Jacob Wade, plumber, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Flint, Mich., inspects the water tanks that will supply water to hand-washing stations in the newly-built battalion aid station on Joint Security...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Travis Peters, electrician, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Carrollton, Ill., and Pvt. Daniel Almquist, also an electrician with the 46th ECB (H), a native of Chicago, install conductors and electrical outlets for the new battalion aid station March 28 on Joint Security Station Ur.

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Travis Peters, electrician, 46th...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Travis Peters, electrician, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Carrollton, Ill., and Pvt. Daniel Almquist, also an electrician with the 46th ECB (H), a native of Chicago, install conductors and...

  • BAGHDAD - Pvt. Benjamin Livsey, carpenter, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Stillwater, Okla., nails tin to the roof of the new battalion aid station March 28 on Joint Security Station Ur.

    BAGHDAD - Pvt. Benjamin Livsey, carpenter, 46th...

    BAGHDAD - Pvt. Benjamin Livsey, carpenter, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, from Stillwater, Okla., nails tin to the roof of the new battalion aid station March 28 on Joint Security Station Ur.

BAGHDAD - The "Gators" of Company A, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), based in Fort Polk, La., completed construction on a battalion aid station at Joint Security Station Ur March 28.

"We have been waiting a long time for this," stated 1st Sgt. Roger Joyce, a native of Orlando, Fla., the current mayor of JSS Ur.

The scope of work called for the construction of a 2,100 square foot wood frame structure for medical operations and the initial estimates for the project predicted that it would take over a month to complete the structure from ground up. But, the experienced team of highly proficient engineers was able to complete the project in an impressive 24 construction days.

The battalion aid station (BAS) had been slated for construction back in November 2008, but was reprioritized in order to expand billeting space at other locations.

"I have learned a lot about my peers and electricity," stated Pvt. Daniel Almquist, electrician, from Chicago, who recently joined the unit and assisted in the construction.

During the BAS mission at Ur, junior enlisted Soldiers like Almquist were able to train with seasoned Soldiers and gain valuable engineer experience. Spc. Travis Peters, a native of Carrollton, Ill., and the lead electrician on the project spent many hours mentoring Soldiers in his team.

The new Battalion Aid Station is now a reality for the occupants of JSS Ur and consists of four trauma/exam rooms, two offices, a pharmacy, and can accommodate up to 50 Soldiers at a time. The facility is a vast improvement from the old aid station which was just a converted containerized-housing unit. The new aid station will give Soldiers basing at JSS Ur a quality treatment facility for receiving medical care.

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