Volume 4, Issue 1
Upon completion of the inspection the team found that there were numerous critical and non critical repairs needed on the breakwater. A full report was submitted to USACE and a follow on mission to conduct the repairs is currently being scheduled within the next year. The follow on mission will replace or repair the wire rope connecting several of the modules, repair and reattach several chain anchor legs, replacement of the wood bumper system surrounding the breakwater, and also repair the concrete surface of the breakwater.
While the five man team was finishing the inspection in AK, SSG Rhode took a three man team to OR to conduct ROV inspections, reconnaissance, and site survey for USACE in preparation for the March deployment. Two weeks after touching back on the ground the team remobilized to Portland, OR to begin a month long mission in support of USACE Northwestern Division led by SSG Weston Cox. This mission has become a reoccurring operation thanks to the success of the 74th and 511th over the last several years and has taken place in March of each year, coinciding with the maintenance period scheduled for the dams located along the Columbia and Snake River. COL Miles, the USACE Northwest Division Commander, and former 29th Engineer Battalion Commander knows the capabilities of U.S. Army Divers and did not hesitate to fill our schedule with missions throughout the region. The team started on a project site in Lewiston, ID and worked its way west through WA and OR stopping at Ice
Harbor Dam, Lower Granite Dam, John Day Dam, The Dalles Dam, to support the USCG with a pile cutting and removal operation performed on these dams included fish tracking antennae installation
Bonneville Dam, and even stopped at USCG Station Portland. Jobs and removal, trash boom inspection
and repair, sediment and specimen sampling in search of residual levels of polychlorinated biphenyls from previous contamination, navigational lock bulkhead and stop log inspections and sill sweeping, dam undercutting and erosion surveys, irrigation and levee system cleaning and inspection, pipe cutting and removal, and extensive ROV survey and video rendering. The team has become experts in dive side setup, breakdown, mobilization, and has logged an extensive amount of bottom time over the course of this mission.
Outside of these missions the 86th has added PFC James Vahl to the ranks of
Airborne Divers after School in February. climbed his way up to remains short none the DEEP SEA!!!
completing Jump SPC Nicholas has SGT Nicholas (but less). HOOYAH!!
1LT Russell Destremps Platoon Leader, 86th Engineer Dive Team
SPC Benjamin Lane and PFC William Gehry take a 75’ ride via crane to inspect the navigational lock at John Day Dam