Volume 4, Issue 1
Hello and Happy Easter from the “Headshed”. The 569th Engineer Dive Team begins the spring season with the change of responsibility between 1SG Patrick Andrews and 1SG Marlo Mendoza. We would like to thank 1SG Andrews for his hard work and dedication to the US Army Dive Company, the dive community, and the 569th. We wish him good luck in all of his future endeavors. The newly appointed First Sergeant is no stranger to this unit, and will no doubt continue to uphold the standard set down by so many before him: “Performance Under Pressure”.
The Russian Submarine Juliet 484 as she sits moored in Providence, Rhode Island
This spring has been full of activity due to the change of responsibility and a large portion of the Dive Company deploying for missions. The tempo has sped up as 2008 will be very busy. To date we have had teams deploy to Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington. These missions represent only a small fraction of destinations the Dive Teams will be traveling to this year. Future missions for the next three months include travel to the Republic of South Korea, People’s Republic of Vietnam, California, Florida, and Rhode Island.
The 569th personnel will be actively involved in deploying to these upcoming missions. SSG Prater will be leading a joint team, including six personnel from the 569th, to salvage the Russian submarine Julliet 484 (K-77) in Providence, Rhode Island. This is an actual Cold War era Russian Submarine, and has previously been utilized by Hollywood for the motion picture “K-19: The Widowmaker”. On 17 April 2007, in a large storm, Julliet 484 sank at its mooring.
The 569th would like to welcome a new medic to the team, SPC Anjanet Navarro. She will be a good addition to the Headshed. We would also like to congratulate all Dive Company members who will be welcoming new members into their families in the next few months. HOOYAH!! DEEP SEA!!!
SSG Curtis C. Custer Operations Sergeant, 569th Engineer Dive Team