Carpenter works on Horizontal Project
1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Ronnie Gillespie, a carpenter assigned to the Vertical Construction Engineer Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, smiles as he secures rafters on the new chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear gas chamber during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The gas chamber was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
220th Engineers Construction Company Leadership shares work
2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 1st Lt. Jonathan Huxel, 2nd Platoon leader, Capt. Michael Baker, commander, and 1st Sgt. Steven Anderson, all assigned to the 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, stand in front of a future parking area being constructed during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The parking lot was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
120M Grader used by Horizontal Engineer
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Zachary Peery, a horizontal engineer assigned to 1st Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, uses the 120M Grader to smooth out the surface of a trailer transfer point during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The transfer point was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shooting Grade for Horizontal Engineer Project
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (Left to right) Pfc. Kaleb Garcia, Spc. Andrew Barwick and Spc. Deshawnae Berg, assigned to the 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, calculate the grade on a new parking lot project during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The parking lot was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic)
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Missouri Carpenters Builds Shelter for Iowa Law Enforcement Academy
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Michael Toro, a carpenter assigned to 1st Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, holds lumber in position while Spc. Kage Fernald secures it to a structure during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. Using a lift and tied off with safety harnesses, the Soldiers worked in the heat to complete a shelter for the Iowa Counter Drug Task Force and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on post. The shelter was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Iowa Training Site Visit's 220th Engineer Construction Company
6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kent Davis, a construction engineer technician with the Iowa Army National Guard, visits with Capt. Michael Baker, commander of the 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, about progress of horizontal construction sites during the 220th ECC’s annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The 220th ECC worked in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company to complete four construction projects during a two-week training period at Camp Dodge. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Horizontal Engineer overlooks Project Schedule
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Briana Garza, squad leader of 1st Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, looks over a project schedule of a trailer transfer point during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The transfer point was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Vertical Engineer Secures Rafters
8 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Joe Henggeler, assigned to 1st platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, secures rafters on the new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear gas chamber building during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The gas chamber building was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
New Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear CBRN (Gas Chamber) Building
9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Joe Henggeler, assigned to 1st platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, uses a drill to secure rafters on the new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear gas chamber building during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The gas chamber building was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Safety First on the Type 1 Roller-Compactor
10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. David Ringwald, assigned to 1st Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, smiles as he secures his safety belt and water source on a Type 1 Roller-Compactor during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. Ringwald was helping to complete a trailer transfer point, which was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed at Camp Dodge in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard Engineer shares Horizontal Project
11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Briana Garza, squad leader of 1st Platoon, 220th Engineer Construction Company, Missouri Army National Guard, gives a tour of a construction site during annual training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, on June 12, 2022. The site will become a trailer transfer point for troops at Camp Dodge, and was one of four construction projects the 220th ECC completed in collaboration with the Iowa National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office and 831st Engineer Company. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic) (Photo Credit: Capt. Ramah Husidic) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOHNSTON, Iowa - Close neighbors from the Missouri Army National Guard stayed at Camp Dodge in June 2022 for a two-week annual training period. Soldiers with the 220th Engineer Construction Company from Festus, Missouri, worked through Troop Labor Projects to help make improvement’s to Iowa’s busiest training post.

They collaborated with the Iowa Army National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Office, as well as Iowa’s 831st Engineer Company, to complete the projects. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kent Davis, Iowa’s chief of Training Site, explained how Troop Labor Projects that use internal and neighboring assets is financially efficient and provides valuable training to troops.

“This saves money and enables the unit doing the work to have validated training on projects,” said Davis. “Pooling from multi-state state resources is a vision of [the Construction and Facilities Management Office] to foster a collaborative effort in strengthening our nation’s National Guard and Reserve readiness from both a training and site management aspect.”

The 220th ECC tackled two horizontal and two vertical construction projects during their training, one of which allowed them to construct a parking lot on post. 1st Lt. Jonathan Huxel, 2nd Platoon leader with the 220th ECC, said the end project will be a 250-foot by 275-foot parking lot with a wide mouth opening to the road. Soldiers used various heavy equipment and job skills to accomplish the task.

Other projects included a trailer transfer point, where Soldiers can rally at before going on missions; a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear building that will be used for the gas chamber; and a shelter for the Iowa Counterdrug Task Force and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Capt. Michael Baker, commander of the 220th ECC, said it was the first time the unit has been able to do this type of training out of state. Until recently, the unit only had horizontal construction slots, so the projects have also given Soldiers who are newly qualified in vertical construction job specialties to get some real-world experience. Some of those new jobs include plumbers, carpenters and electricians.

So far, he has received positive feedback from Soldiers as they complete the projects.

“It allows our Soldiers to see completed projects from start to finish in an environment that lets them concentrate on their military occupational specialty,” said Baker. “What I have heard from Soldiers on this parking lot project is they love that they are able to get on equipment they have not before.”

Using this equipment helps the Soldiers become more familiar with various types of construction operations. It also checks the box for unit training requirements. According to 1st Sgt. Steven Anderson, 80 hours of operation are needed to be licensed on most earth-moving equipment, and hours logged from completing these projects help them meet that requirement.

As the unit began planning for the training in 2021, Baker said they had the opportunity to meet the people they would be working with at Camp Dodge ahead of time and check out equipment they didn’t already have in the unit. The collaboration allowed them to “hit the ground running” and made for a positive real-world experience.

As the 220th ECC’s two weeks neared an end, they gave a good hand-off to Iowa’s 831st EC to finish the last project.

“I could not be more proud of the entire team, we have a nice balance of experienced and green,” said Baker. “Projects like these really help both states.”