77th Engr. Co. continues hard work during deployment Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008
By Capt. Michelle Gramling
Special to GUIDON

MOSUL, Iraq — The image of the Engineer Corps has been represented through the hard work and dedication of the Soldiers within the 77th Engineer Company.  The 77th Engr. Co. has worked tirelessly to improve the living conditions for coalition forces and Iraqi Army soldiers throughout Mosul and its surrounding areas.  From filling HESCOs, to constructing SEA-Huts, to the myriad of Assured Mobility Operations executed by this company, the Soldiers stay prepared for anything in a moment’s notice.

During the past 12 months, the 77th Engr. Co.’s presence and construction efforts have been essential in reducing the enemy’s opportunities for IED placement by more than 40 percent, and have directly contributed to the reduction of small arms fire attacks and other direct enemy action by more than 30 percent throughout the company’s area of operation. In support of the 1st Armored Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the 77th Engr. Co. has executed more than 116 general engineering missions throughout northern Iraq.

Within the first 8 months of the deployment, the Outlaws constructed more than 15 combat outposts and built more than 90 vertical structures enabling coalition forces and associated Military Transition Teams to co-locate with their Iraqi Army counterparts.

 In January, the 77th Engr. Co. shifted focus towards general engineering, and began the construction of numerous combat outposts and traffic control points.

The engineer efforts were critical in reestablishing security throughout the city in support of the shift in focus on rebuilding the economic situation within the city.  

The 77th Engr. Co.’s current task organization has made the Outlaws extremely versatile and able to execute a number of engineering tasks, while enabling the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment the flexibility to expand into areas that were previously firmly under enemy control while allowing more freedom of movement for the citizens of Mosul.

(Editor’s note: Gramling is the commander of the 77th Engr. Co.)
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