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Volume 4, Issue 1


April 2008

Diving will take precedence. Moving to different commands and or staff positions will help your promotion potential and diversify the diving knowledge throughout the dive teams. The commands and I always like volunteers since the gaining command is getting a Soldier who is motivated and wants to be there.

Doctrinal changes and updates are being worked. Updating FM 20-11 is long overdue and is my first priority. Until that is implemented continue to use the current Navy Dive Manual (revision 6). Before I move on to life in the civilian world in May of 2009, my plan is to complete a review and update of FM 3-34.280.

I would like to say thanks to all the divers and their families for the sacrifices they make daily. Continue doing the tremendous work you are doing for the Engineer Regiment, it is noticed at all levels. In closing, always remember diving accidents and mishaps can almost always be attributed to training and maintenance deficiencies. It is up to the Master Divers and Diving Supervisors to enforce safety standards, never take short cuts, and mitigate risk at all times. MSG Spaw out.

Training Developer and Bottom Times Editor

SFC Ray Ramirez

To start off, I would like to congratulate our newest Master Divers, SFC Chebahtah, SFC Lubin, and SFC Vance. You all did an outstanding job.

The past couple of months have been extremely busy. To keep dive training current and to provide the field’s newest Soldiers with the foundation to be successful, course reviews were conducted of all our courses in Florida. The results prompted a Critical Task List scrub, which was conducted during Master Diver Evaluations with all the 21D Senior Leadership. The end result is training at Dive School is top notch and will continue with minimal change.

Upon return from MDV evaluations, myself and MSG Spaw taught a very successful Phase 1 class, graduating 9 Active Army and 4 National Guard Soldiers. With one prior graduate, this brings us to a total of 14 Soldiers attending Second Class School in May. All Soldiers are very strong and will be a huge asset to the dive community.

As for the future, I will be working diligently at getting Dive School’s Course Administration Data inputted into the Army’s Automated Systems Approach to Training database and then sent up to TRADOC for approval. These documents will assist in accurately depicting our resource requirements and will be used in an upcoming Resource Requirement Audit.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their article submissions. Keep in mind that pictures say a thousand words, so please send pictures with your submissions, if you can. I know many of our readers intend on reading the newsletter, but can’t find the time, so the addition of more pictures would be beneficial.

In addition, if there is anyone that did not receive this via email and would like to, send your contact information to:

SFC Ray Ramirez 21D Training Developer / Master Diver Email: raymond.j.ramirez@us.army.mil

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