Archive: 416th TEC

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  • Chicago service members help Survivor Outreach Program with Snowball Express send off

    Feb 5, 2016

    On an unusually warm day for a holiday celebration, no one wore snow boots and short-sleeved shirts replaced the down-filled coats; jingling bells could be heard throughout terminal three of O'Hare International Airport.

  • Army Reserve band brings music to veterans, community

    Feb 5, 2016

    The 85th Army Band commemorates Veterans Day by bringing their community, veterans and previous band members together for night of music and patriotic spirit.

  • Army Reserve Soldier, state police trooper vows to suppress gang violence, receives award

    Feb 5, 2016

    Lt. Col. Timothy Tyler, 416th Theater Engineer Command, Chief Finance Officer, received an award for Extraordinary Leaders Impacting Today's Environment from the grass roots organization group, Center for Racial Harmony.

  • 416th TEC family programs survivor outreach services help with closure for families of the fallen

    Feb 5, 2016

    Closure is the hardest emotion to endure when a loved one has passed, especially when the loved one is a Soldier. The Soldiers of the 416th Theater Engineer Command along with the Survivor Outreach Services (S.O.S.) and St. John's Lutheran Church helped those families left behind gain some closure with a candle lighting ceremony on Oct. 4.

  • Running and gunning championship brings nations to Canada

    Sep 18, 2015

    As he grabbed the ammo can, he hoisted it with ease. "Oh, it's not that heavy," said Staff Sgt. Jason Godel with relief. His rifle slung across his back and his pistol holstered above his hip as he moved.

  • Engineer command holds readiness huddle to shape success across the force

    Sep 18, 2015

    The biggest emphasis in the Army Reserve today is readiness. Readiness is the Army's buzzword used to cover a multitude of measurements. At the core, it's a snapshot of a unit's ability to deploy.

  • Sprint for the win: Engineer team from Des Moines wins Sapper Stakes Competition

    Sep 2, 2015

    Orange cones and white tape marked the finish line for the culminating race of Sapper Stakes 2015, a gauntlet of events referred to only as the X-Mile. A total of six Army Reserve teams and two National Guard teams, each with six Soldiers, had made it this far into the competition after three gruesome days of physical and mental torture in the Arkansas heat.

  • Pain can't stop a Sapper: Teams from around the nation test mettle in Sapper Stakes 2015

    Sep 2, 2015

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. - A fresh-legged cadre member stepped out into the dark, setting the pace for 134 Soldiers whose legs were torn from two days of competition. They did their best to keep up, a few already falling into a van riding behind the formation.

  • Senior leader course helps military engineers construct path to success

    Aug 28, 2015

    It's day two of the two-week Horizontal Construction Engineers Senior Leader Course on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Soldiers from across the country are gathered at a multi-purpose bridge site taking measurements and working on calculating the rapid classification of fixed bridges.

  • Army Reserve firefighters blaze through CSTX

    Aug 28, 2015

    Approximately 40 Army Reserve firefighters from numerous engineer detachments have converged here to participate in hands-on training exercises as part of the 86th Training Division's Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) held here Aug. 16.

  • Army Reserve brigade exchange ideas with Canadian counterparts

    Aug 27, 2015

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Sgt. 1st Class John Reyes' passion for teaching was evident during the two weeks he spent at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in New Brunswick, Canada. Although he was there to observe and advise, Reyes could not resist giving on-the-spot instruction to students training to be military engineers. For example, while the students were setting up Mobile Floating Bridges and rafts, similar to the U.S. Army's Improved Ribbon Bridge, he offered some quick safety tips, which they adopted.

  • Reserve combat engineers dig deep for success on international stage

    Aug 27, 2015

    When Team Breacher deployed to Hohenfels, Germany, to play the role of enemy forces, they didn't fight against international foes, but their own national allies.

  • Reserve engineers draw up relationship with Department of Public Works

    Aug 21, 2015

    Approximately a dozen U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers who specialize in survey and design assisted the Department of Public Works (DPW) with multiple projects at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, during a training exercise from July 19 to Aug. 7.

  • Army Reserve, active Army engineers bridge the gap on training

    Aug 7, 2015

    U.S. Army Reserve and active Army engineer units cooperated in constructing a movable bridge across the Arkansas River to create a path for units to cross during Operation River Assault, a training exercise that culminated, Aug. 4.

  • River masters piece it together like a puzzle

    Aug 6, 2015

    Bridges serve a straight path for troops and vehicles to go from point A to B. But how do they cross a river, from shore to shore, without a bridge to traverse?

  • Combat 'multi-tool' unit trains to send engineers to Sapper School

    Jul 22, 2015

    The 374th Engineer Company (Sapper) spent two weeks in the field training - 12 to 18 hours each day - to prepare their leaders for the elite Sapper Leader Course.

  • Map expert seeks to help engineer command reach its destination

    Jul 6, 2015

    He's a self-proclaimed "map geek," and he's the first Soldier to join the newest geospatial cell at an engineer command in Illinois. And right now, he wants to find more Soldiers like him to join the team.

  • The 'damnit' that saved the day

    Jul 6, 2015

    The Army Reserve Soldiers stood at the gate, waiting to carry the American flag and U.S. Army colors forward. This would be their first time presenting the colors on such a historic field. They waited for their cue. Their nerves spiked as the seconds ticked before they'd present before thousands of fans. Then. It happened.

  • Army Reserve must think resourcefully in fiscally stringent times

    Jun 18, 2015

    After World War II, Winston Churchill is credited with saying, "Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think."

  • From doctrine to joint command

    Jun 17, 2015

    What happens when half of a unit deploys from a command headquarters responsible for more than 12,000 Soldiers?

  • 80th Training Command's carpentry, masonry course builds solid foundation for soldiers

    Jun 3, 2015

    It's a rainy May day in New Jersey and Master Sgt. Darrell McAllister, course manager of the 80th Training Command's carpentry and masonry course at Fort Dix, is quizzing his class of more than a dozen soldiers on the specifics of pouring concrete as he leads them in impromptu push-ups. As his students will soon discover, succeeding in the field of carpentry and masonry will require both mental acuity and physical toughness, something for which McAllister is now cleverly preparing them. By the end of the two-week course, soldiers will have learned the basics of construction, from how to properly utilize shop tools and the raw tools around them to accomplish the mission to mixing mortar into concrete and laying a concrete slab.

  • Chicago ruck march held in honor of struggling veterans

    May 26, 2015

    Approximately 450 people gathered for a 22-mile ruck march on May 22, just days before Memorial Day to bring awareness to veteran suicides and the struggle of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • What the TEC? Redesigning Theater Engineer Commands in the Army Reserve

    May 26, 2015

    The Army Reserve has the only two Theater Engineer Commands (TECs) across the entire Department of Defense, and they're currently undergoing a major change.

  • What the TEC? Redesigning Theater Engineer Commands in the Army Reserve

    May 22, 2015

    The Army Reserve has the only two Theater Engineer Commands (TECs) across the entire Department of Defense, and they're currently undergoing a major change.

  • Army Reserve engineer commands honor fallen Soldiers with memorial wall

    May 3, 2015

    An Army Reserve engineer command headquartered in Darien, Illinois, hosted a ceremony in honor of Soldiers who lost their lives in the last two decades of war-fighting operations during a memorial wall unveiling ceremony.

  • Best Warrior winners advance to compete at Army Reserve competition

    Apr 30, 2015

    After four days of physically and mentally grueling events, winners from the 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands (TEC) were selected to advance and compete at the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, which will kick off at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, May 3.

  • Engineer Company paves, succeeds through solid leadership, training

    Mar 25, 2015

    There is a special emphasis in the Army Reserve right now to identify units that promote positive practices and encourage Soldiers to stay. This effort is known as Operation Full Court Press, with a focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting quality Soldiers.

  • Chevrons for coach: How a first sergeant uses his military experience as a wrestling coach

    Mar 11, 2015

    When he first applied for the wrestling coaching job at his former high school, 1st Sgt. Joshua Engel thought he had a mat win in his hands.

  • 416th TEC officially welcomes commanding general, promotes deputy commander

    Mar 10, 2015

    The 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) officially saluted its two newest highest-ranking leaders in March with an assumption of command of their new commanding general and the promotion of their former chief of staff.

  • Drinking coffee with former enemies, building partnerships with current allies

    Mar 6, 2015

    Capt. Nicholas Niedenthal was one of the officers selected for the Military Reserve Exchange Program last year and spent two weeks in Germany learning about the country's military and building their international partnership with the U.S. Niedenthal is an Army Reserve officer and former commander of the 374th Engineer Company (Sapper), headquartered in Concord, California.

  • Stepping into women's combat boots

    Mar 5, 2015

    A story highlighting the commitment and personal challenges women face today to serve in uniform as U.S. Soldiers.

  • Blowing down barriers: Female first sergeant takes charge of sapper company

    Feb 8, 2015

    First Sgt. Raquel Steckman is the first woman in the Army appointed to a combat engineer company as a first sergeant.

  • The Army's 911: Opening the hose on Army fire truck maintenance

    Jan 28, 2015

    The Army Reserve is now working to service, repair and re-certify its firefighting trucks to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

  • I hear you calling: U.S. Soldiers mentor Chicago youths on march toward manhood

    Jan 26, 2015

    Approximately 20 U.S. Army Soldiers served as mentors to 100 youths from the Chicago area during the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend hosted on the Chicago State University campus Jan. 23-25.

  • Total Army Concept challenges, trains engineer Soldiers

    Jan 20, 2015

    The 389th Engineer Battalion, a subordinate unit to the 416th Theater Engineer Command, received the lead on a forward landing strip involving the design and construction companies with the landing strip will be completed this February, and will spread across 25 million square feet or almost 574 acres of Fort Irwin's desert land providing for increased training opportunities at the installation.

  • Why I Serve: A choice you don't have to make

    Jan 19, 2015

    A few years back, I read a story about a woman who spat in the face of a soldier at the airport. I don't know the reason why. Maybe she hated war and saw all soldiers as a symbol of that violence.

  • Trauma junkies: Army medics going beyond the battlefield

    Jan 19, 2015

    The Sapper Advanced Tactical Medical Course is 18 days long and goes far beyond the standard Army medics training. It combines five different medical certifications into one curriculum. It's the only advanced medical course of its kind (outside of the Special Operations Command) across the entire Department of Defense.

  • Social network safety: How to protect your identity online

    Dec 15, 2014

    As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, are strongly recommending that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.

  • Chicagoland military members salute the Snowball Express

    Dec 12, 2014

    They marched in unison through the airport corridor, keeping in step, not to a military cadence, but to the joyful music of Christmas carolers. Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force members from the greater Chicago area had come to salute the Snowball Express.

  • Army Reserve engineer command chief encourages JROTC cadets to shoot for the top

    Dec 9, 2014

    This was the fourth time this year a senior leader from the 416th TEC visited a Chicago high school to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Previous visits included two general officers and a full-bird colonel. Each of them talked about how the Army Reserve shaped their career and provided them with unique opportunities.

  • 416th TEC presents ceremony honoring lost service members

    Dec 9, 2014

    An audience gathers slowly taking their seats in front of 18 candles representing the lives of Soldiers who died while in service of their country. Families took turns lighting a candle for their service member who died in labor for their country at a remembrance ceremony December 6.

  • Army Reserve participates in community event promoting safety

    Dec 9, 2014

    Local county police, fire and other rescue and community organizations whose responsibility it is to provide a safe and secure environment took part in an awareness day that attracted over 5,000 visitors.

  • Families bond during Soldiers deployment through the Yellow Ribbon Program

    Dec 9, 2014

    It's been four months into a year-long deployment since the 304th Engineer Company's Soldiers departed to Afghanistan and Kuwait. The separation often presents issues back home, requiring Families to learn resiliency.

  • Army Reserve lays down the hammer, striking through mine fields with a force

    Oct 31, 2014

    It looks like a giant rototiller, except the Army doesn't intend on planting gardens with it. Instead, the M1271 Mine Clearing Vehicle is designed to plow through a minefield faster than ever before, and the Army Reserve is the first component to hop in the driver's seat and take a few home.

  • The method behind the machine: Surgeon, shooter, Soldier

    Oct 14, 2014

    Between surgeries, his Army obligations, and shooting rifle competitions, it's hard to tell where one role begins and another ends.

  • Soldiers take first shot at Army Reserve Small Arms Championship

    Sep 25, 2014

    "One more push up might not save your life, but one shot might defeat the enemy." The Army Reserve hosted its first small arms competition to let Soldiers take their best shot at a championship title.

  • Refining shooters' instincts in the Army Reserve

    Sep 23, 2014

    There's nothing natural about shooting a rifle. Marksmanship goes against every instinct a Soldier has. That's why the Army Reserve has a mobile marksmanship training team that travels the country to help units improve their shooting skills and range scores.

  • Chemical Soldiers slay Green Dragon during decontamination exercise

    Sep 4, 2014

    Soldiers from the 323rd Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiation (CBRN) Company performed a decontamination training exercise known as Green Dragon on Aug. 23 in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Mid-American Museum of Aviation and Transportation.

  • Army Reserve delivers solutions to the STEM problem

    Aug 28, 2014

    Imagine having to order a pizza five or six times before finally finding a restaurant that can promise delivery.

  • Vibrant Response trains chemical Soldiers to respond to potential disaster

    Aug 20, 2014

    Vibrant Response is an annual exercise hosted around the Indianapolis area designed to simulate a nuclear catastrophe. Approximately 5,500 individuals participated in the exercise in all, representing the Army Reserve, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, National Technical, Nuclear Forensics, FBI and other military and civilian members from the Department of Defense. Civilian role-players acted out the role of victims and casualties.

  • Joliet Training Area receives first major facelift using Soldier muscle

    Aug 15, 2014

    This was the first time in 14 years the Joliet Training Area (JTA) received a major facelift.

  • Dog days of summer for Army, Navy engineers: Soldiers and Sailors partner with Search Dog Foundation

    Aug 11, 2014

    U.S. Army Reserve engineer Soldiers had a unique opportunity this summer to get quality training while providing a service truly in line with the Army Corps of Engineer's mission of civil support.

  • Engineers build roads, buildings, skills

    Jul 11, 2014

    Operation Essayons 2014 came together June 14 - 28 through months of planning that involved installation, engineer units, and the Army Installation Management Command support. The mission has a couple of goals with the first enabling engineers getting real-time, challenging and quality training and an end goal is for improved Soldier deployment readiness at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

  • Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Jul 11, 2014

    Children crawled through a humvee, trying on combat helmets and beeped the horn while pretending to drive. Parents took photos and asked questions about the truck. Soldiers from the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) provided the Humvee for children and family members to play during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11.

  • 2014 US Army Reserve Best Warrior takes only the best

    Jul 11, 2014

    Only the best can hack it. Only 42 of the best made it to here for the 2014 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

  • Chief change: 416th TEC receives new command chief warrant officer

    Jul 11, 2014

    There was a change of the guard at the command chief position for the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) this weekend. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Therese Beatty took over the command chief warrant officer title for the TEC as she officially replaced Chief Warrant Officer 5 Juan Luna during the change of responsibility ceremony June 8.

  • Soldier calms inner storm as he braves through Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition

    Jul 11, 2014

    Months ago, Sgt. Juan Jackson sat on a bus full of Soldiers staring out the window. That moment. He remembers it still.

  • The threat beneath the ground: Geologist competes in Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition

    Jul 11, 2014

    Unlike the buried bombs he faced in Iraq, the danger beneath the earth's shifting layers is quiet. Not explosive or sudden, but gradual. Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Kearns knows this. From 2003-2004, he was a combat engineer in Iraq responsible for "route clearance," a term that wasn't officially coined until later on. Now, he's a trainer for the 75th Training Division, but his life in Houston revolves around the science of substrata movements.

  • Soldier learns being biggest, strongest has its limits in Best Warrior Competition

    Jul 11, 2014

    When he steps up to the mat in a hand-to-hand combat tournament, Spc. Rahmad Gholston goes by his warrior name: Ghost.

  • Reserve engineer command Soldiers test their mettle in Best Warrior Competition

    May 20, 2014

    The 2014 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands' Combined Best Warrior Competition kicked off in near-freezing weather conditions adding an extra challenge for the Army Reserve Soldiers participating in the event from April 27 to May 1. The 27 Soldiers and noncommissioned officers put their competitive spirit to the test for just four spots - one junior enlisted and one NCO from each TEC - to represent the engineers at the U.S. Army Reserve Command's Best Warrior Competition scheduled for June.

  • Training drives the future of Sapper Stakes

    May 20, 2014

    "Training is always great. The spirit of competition with lives high in engineers and sappers, so when you raise the level of training and make it competitive it raises the landscape of training opportunities," said Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School.

  • Military children learn from nutrition education class

    Apr 21, 2014

    April is the Month of the Military Child, and this month celebrates the 27th year since the military child has been seen as a key component to sustaining the force. Assuring the strength of the family is a part of emphasizing the health, security and safety of our country's military members.

  • Two-star general visits Chicago-based JROTC academy

    Mar 17, 2014

    An Army Reserve two-star general officer visited a Chicago-based JROTC academy to promote good citizenship and education to a group of cadets, March 3.

  • Berkeley-breaking the military stigma

    Jan 15, 2014

    Late in 2012 the academic community saw the return of ROTC to several college campuses where it was perceived to have been unwelcome. But for all of its Vietnam era stigma, the University of California, Berkeley has been welcoming the military for several years now. Although newly assigned ROTC instructors and cadre arrive to Berkeley with apprehension because they expect a negative climate, Dr. Kathryn Scott, director of physical education at the university, said they are pleasantly surprised when actually immersed in the campus community. Recently she was in San Antonio to attend the 2014 Army All-American Bowl and gather with other community leaders and educators to discuss advocacy ideas for Army ROTC.

  • PTSD -- Is mental armor possible?

    Dec 20, 2013

    The goal of optimizing human performance and discouraging PTSD is the number one focus of the Army Study Program Management Office in the 2014 Army Study Program.

  • Winter's Unseen Trap

    Dec 11, 2013

    As an officer and aviator in the U.S. Army, I -- like most of you -- have been exposed to a significant amount of safety training. We've all learned that the unseen hazard is oftentimes the most dangerous. For example, Field Manual 3-04.301(1-301), Aeromedical Training for Flight Personnel, highlights Type I (unrecognized) spatial disorientation as the most dangerous because the hapless aviator has no idea they are disoriented, and thus, takes no action to correct the danger facing them. Carbon monoxide is similarly insidious. Whether it is exhaust leaking into your vehicle, or perhaps a propane heater warming a tent, carbon monoxide takes its prey with no warning. However, this article is not about spatial disorientation or carbon monoxide. There is another hazard that's similarly treacherous and just as veiled. Unfortunately, I found myself in its trap on my way home from drill one weekend.

  • Chief of Army Reserve opens floor, answers Soldiers' questions

    Nov 5, 2013

    Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley visited the Parkhurst U.S. Army Reserve Center in Darien, Ill., Nov. 1, 2013, to receive an operational brief from the 416th Theater Engineer Command, and to hold a town hall meeting.

  • Pa. Guard soldiers aid South Dakota community

    Nov 3, 2013

    Since its founding in 1636, the National Guard has responded when called upon by local communities to assist emergencies or to provide various and valuable services for the people.

  • Change - count on it

    Nov 1, 2013

    Going into the holiday season, our Army has much to be thankful for, especially our Soldiers. We knew fiscal 2013 would most likely be a good year for safety, but the final outcome -- 136 accidental fatalities, a 15 percent decline from the previous year and the lowest number on record -- was an historic landmark. Such a remarkable achievement during a year of relentlessly high operations tempo, to include the twelfth year of combat, happened only because of the hard work and commitment of our entire Army Team. I thank each of you for your proactive part in making it possible.