JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii, -- (April, 1, 2021) Members of the 62nd Forward Engineer Support Team – Advance (FEST-A) returned from a mission within the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operation today where they conducted technical engineering site assessments to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific posturing initiatives.
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Galick, Pacific Ocean Division’s senior enlisted advisor greeted the team at the Air Force passenger terminal on the Hickam side, personally thanking experts for their commitment to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) mission, which includes international work. “The strength of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is it’s people and the immense reach-back capability leveraged across the entire enterprise. FEST-A is a great example of this – our world-renowned experts coming together in support of U.S. military partner strategic missions in the Pacific. This team of professionals is a shining example of USACE’s overall commitment to serving in any environment and in the face of engineer challenges great and small. A job well done by these outstanding team members,” Galick said.
The team is in Hawaii for a layover and is expected to return to their permanent duty locations now that the mission has concluded. FEST-A members pictured are Joseph Gonglik, Philadelphia District structural engineer, Stephen Pranger, Army Engineer Research and Development Center chemical engineer, and Leslie Huynh, Sacramento District civil engineer. “We had a great mission. The team was resilient and overcame several challenges and continued to develop and build skills through our new experiences,” Huynh said.
The 62nd FEST is commanded out of the USACE Alaska District, led by Maj. Joseph Betz and Master Sgt. Brian Rethage.