Archive: 416th TEC

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  • 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.


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