Volume 4, Issue 1
Delta Company U.S. Army Engineer Dive School
Delta Company kicked off the New Year by simultaneously instructing the two largest classes that we’ve had at the Dive School in recent memory. The classes on board consisted of Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and Civilians totaling nearly 60 dive candidates. Even with the increased load, the most professional instructors in the Army continue to do a great job and perform outstanding work in this truly joint environment.
As we brought in the New Year, we had to say good-bye to two of our Master Divers as MSG James Musser and SFC Terry Bryant retired after 21 years and 24 years of service respectfully. MSG Musser and family plan to enjoy his retirement in Panama City, where as SFC Bryant plans on moving back to Cajun Country and the bayous of Louisiana to, finally, spend well deserved time with his family and some crawfish. Both of these fine divers will be missed by not only Delta Company, but by the Dive Field in general. As we see two great divers retire, we also see two Soldiers begin their dive careers in the National Guard. CPT James Proctor and SPC Joseph Weiland have become the first two National Guardsmen to go through dive training in well over 20 years. These two pioneers, joined a class of 31 to make up the largest dive class run by the Army in recent years.
February began with the reinstatement of the Training Officer’s Challenge, where the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center Training Officer challenged the all dive students to a two hour long PT session that saw the Army class take first and fourth place in a field of approximately 30 teams. This shows just how great a job our instructors are performing as they strive to train the best military divers in the world. On a similar note, the Coast Guard, in an attempt to grow their dive program selected to Consolidate with the Army’s training due to the similar skill sets required by each service, as well as the extreme professionalism of the Army’s instructors. The Coast Guard will now be sending approximately 24 divers a year to the Army’s program, which was accredited by ACE in late February giving the Soldiers approximately 60 credit hours for attending AIT, BNCOC and ANCOC. It wasn’t all roses for Delta Company as we had to say good-bye to our long time Supply Sergeant, Selene Sims. Selene came to Delta Company in 2004, but after four years with the company she decided to get out of the military. She couldn’t stay away long as she pursued a Supply position as a Civilian working for Delta Company beginning in April 2008.
The month of March was extremely busy as we saw the first ever graduation of a Coast Guard 2C course, an official curriculum review board conducted by TRADOC, a baby shower for Chris and Jessica West, arrival of new instructors, and the departing of the Baumgartner family. With all this going on, the company also prepared for this year’s Master Diver Evaluations and still had time to have a little fun with the Company Commander’s Challenge. The graduation of the Coast Guard 2C course drew visibility of the Coast Guard leadership as it was a memorable event for the Coast Guard dive program, graduating five 2C divers. The official curriculum review board kicked off in mid-March and drew attention from the Coast Guard, the Sea Bees and TRADOC. The purposed behind the CRB was to acquire more manning for the Dive School, as the throughput of divers increases here at Panama City. The meeting appeared to be a success as the members of TRADOC are pushing to ensure manning at Panama City is