Volume 4, Issue 1
A third mission in Iraq consisted of a pontoon inspection for follow-on rehabilitation operations. The dive team shown below dove in some of the worst water in the world – worse than 3rd Port at Fort
The visibility was worse than zero and the
Nonetheless, the dive the supported Corps.
tidal change was almost four meters. earning a certificate of appreciation from
The Soldiers of the 74th continue excellence everyday as they go out and exceed the standards in everything that they do. During a bow repair mission in Kuwait, SSG Joseph Wulczynski, SSG Thomas Kneipp, SGT Timothy Tanfield, and SPC Russell Gilliland received the Naval Achievement Medal for their hard work repairing a bow. Their work on the bow saved the Navy thousands of dollars while keeping the vessel out of the maintenance shop for several weeks. On a mission in Iraq, CPT Trent Geisler, SFC Mike von Keyserling, SSG Thomas Kneipp, SGT Timothy Tanfield, and SPC Eric Bailey received an impact Army Achievement Medal for their efforts to help in the successful placement of a Ribbon Assault Bridge. The dive team recently sported six daring individuals to play in a local dodge ball tournament. After losing their first game, the team rallied and won six consecutive games to put them into the championship match. Without rest, and tired from intense competition, the team managed to hold out for second place.
Aside from the accolades earned as a team, a few individual accomplishments have been made. SPC Gilliland was promoted from private first class to specialist and SGT Daniel Gorman earned his Salvage Diver rating. PFC Andre Reece will become a United States citizen in the month of April and continue to do great things as one of the hardest workers on the Dive Team. SPC Paolo Cavenaghi placed first in his age group during one of the Kuwait Naval Base 5K runs earlier in the month of March and he was awarded one half day off of his choosing!
The divers have also managed to squeeze in some time for VIP visits. While the 7th Dive Team was here with us, we took a few moments to snap some pictures with actress Scarlett Johansson. She was fortunate that we let her come down to the sprung shelter to sign our chamber. She wrote, “Can you handle the pressure?”.