Kansas Army National Guard engineers support 116th CBCT

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Kansas Army National Guard Capt. Kevin Hubbard, commander, 242nd Engineer Company, discusses his unit's National Training Center mission with Brig. Gen. Anthony V. Mohatt June 1, 2019, at Fort Irwin, Calif. Mohatt, commander, Kansas Army National Guard, was at the National Training Center to visit Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion's 242nd Engineer Company and 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company. The two companies are supporting the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team's National Training Center rotation. Units from 13 Army National Guard states and territories are supporting the 116th CBCT's rotation May 24 through June 20. The rotation builds unit and Soldier proficiency to provide combatant commanders with a trained and ready force capable of fighting and winning our nation's wars. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

Two companies from the Kansas Army National Guard’s 891st Engineer Battalion are completing a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, to prepare to conduct future real-world missions during unit deployments.

The 242nd Engineer Company, based in Coffeyville, and the 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Pittsburgh, are providing engineer support to the Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team May 24-June 20.

“Supporting another National Guard unit is what the Guard is all about,” said Brig. Gen. Anthony V. Mohatt, commander, Kansas Army National Guard. “Being able to support another Guard unit is something we’re proud to do as the Kansas Army National Guard and I’m glad we had the opportunity to do so this year.”

The 116th CBCT is one of the National Guard’s five armored brigade combat teams. It is comprised of more than 3,000 Soldiers, including roughly 1,800 Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers and 1,200 Soldiers serving in battalions from the Montana, Nevada and Oregon Army National Guard. During the rotation, the brigade is supplemented by units from nine additional Army National Guard states and three U.S. Army Reserve units for a total force of more than 4,000 Soldiers.

Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion’s 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company prepare to move into position June 1, 2019, at the National Training Center in in Fort Irwin, Calif. The 772nd MAC is one of two Kansas Army National Guard companies supporting the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team’s National Training Center rotation. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

The 772nd MAC enhances the brigade’s 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion’s mobility assets with its assault, breaching and counter-mobility equipment, including Assault Breacher Vehicles, the Volcano Mine System and M58 Mine Clearing Line Charges. Combat engineers also provide increased obstacle placement capabilities.

The 242nd Engineer Company provides the brigade with heavy construction equipment to dig anti-vehicle ditches, vehicle-fighting positions and other survivability positions. Two of the company’s platoons are currently attached to the 116th BEB’s organic engineer companies.

The rotation provides both companies with the opportunity to execute its wartime missions in a tactical environment in the most realistic training environment the Army can provide.

“The training improves our lethality,” said Capt. Kevin Hubbard, 242nd Engineer Company commander. “We’re ready to deploy anywhere in the world.”

Brig. Gen. Anthony V. Mohatt, commander, Kansas Army National Guard, meets with Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion’s 242nd Engineer Company and 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company June 1, 2019, at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

Throughout the rotation, the 116th CBCT, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, will engage the U.S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in force-on-force simulated combat operations against a near-pear adversary.

“Coming to an NTC rotation allows for individual Soldier development, leader development and increased unit readiness to be ready for our federal mission when called upon.”

For Spec. Frankie Moore, a 772nd MAC 12B combat engineer, NTC also offers him the chance to spend additional time with his battle buddies.

“I love hanging out with the guys,” Moore said. “The camaraderie, trust and friendship I have with Soldiers is something I don’t have in the civilian world. I miss it from deployments.”
 

A D7 Dozer sit on a trailer park in the 242nd Engineer Company in the company’s tactical assembly area June 1, 2019 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

 
Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion’s 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company prepare to move into position June 1, 2019, at the National Training Center in in Fort Irwin, Calif. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

 
The Kansas state flag flies above the 242nd Engineer Company’s tactical operations center June 1, 2019 at the National Training Center in in Fort Irwin, Calif. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

 
A D7 Dozer sit on a trailer park in the 242nd Engineer Company in the company’s tactical assembly area June 1, 2019 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)

 
Idaho Army National Guard Lt. Col. Lee Rubel, commander, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion, discusses his task force’s National Training Center mission with Brig. Gen. Anthony V. Mohatt June 1, 2019, at Fort Irwin, Calif. Mohatt, commander, Kansas Army National Guard, was at the National Training Center to visit Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion’s 242nd Engineer Company and 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company. (Army photograph by Sgt. Mason Cutrer)