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BOTTOM TIMES

Volume 4, Issue 1

12

April 2008

SGT Polivka and PFC Ford spend some quality time with demo

In preparation for the Fort Lauderdale tire salvage mission, members of the team flew to Broward County to meet with the environmental officials who were spearheading the cleanup effort. The Dive Company has established a positive reputation with this project, and our participation is ensured for the next several years. In February, we continued to hone our Engineer skills by conducting a land navigation course at Fort Pickett. This was followed by Situational Training Exercises at Cheatham Annex, where Soldiers brought together all their skills in first aid, land nav, and radio procedures.

As April approaches, our team has begun the transition from training and maintenance to prepping our gear for loadout. SSG Harrison and SSG Wieder have been placed in charge of our missions to Fort Lauderdale and Key West, and our team has done a tremendous job of supporting one another to ensure we are prepared for the challenges ahead. Since this TDY will be one of the longer missions this Company has seen in a while, it’s important that Soldiers plan ahead with their families to ensure all loose ends (read, taxes) are taken care of.

The 511th is proud to take on our newest member of the team, SGT Benjamin Duck and his wife Misty with their three children, Austin, Jordan, and Scott. We also extend our congratulations to SSG Travis Kaufman and his wife Jamie for the birth of Gabrielle Kaufman, as well as to SGT Michael Tucker and his wife Brenda for the birth of Cody Tucker. We bid farewell to SSG Sean Rowley, who will be serving as an instructor for Phase 2 of the Dive School in Panama City Beach, FL.

This year will certainly be one of the most memorable for the Dive Company, and the 511th is looking forward to the quality training and Soldier development that these missions will provide. There is no question in my mind that our team will perform with distinction and carry on the tradition and high standards that are associated with Army diving. HOOYAH!! DEEP SEA!!!

1LT Scott Sann Platoon Leader, 511th Engineer Dive Team

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