887th Engineer Company (Support)
20th Engineer Battalion
The 887th Engineer Company arrived in Iraq at approximately the same time as the 20th Engineers. The company is normally stationed at Fort Campbell and, though not part of the unit, wears the patch of the 101st Airborne Division. The company is normally organized with light horizontal construction equipment that may be easily air transported to be used in airborne and air assault operations.
Note: Most of the text of this article comes from issues of the 20th Engineer Battalion's newsletter, The Lumberjack Journal. The writer is the Company Commander.
Greetings to all from the mighty 887th Empire! By the time you read this, we will be starting our sixth month of deployment
- almost halfway done! The Soldiers of the Empire hope that the last month has gone as quickly as it has for us here in Iraq -
we have been fortunate in staying very busy during March, which has helped make the time pass faster.
Greetings to all from the mighty 887th Empire! By the time you read this, we will be starting our sixth month of deployment - almost halfway done! The Soldiers of the Empire hope that the last month has gone as quickly as it has for us here in Iraq - we have been fortunate in staying very busy during March, which has helped make the time pass faster.
First Platoon has been busy working on both the Baghdad Security Belt and emplacing barriers throughout Baghdad in support of the "gated community" mission. On the Baghdad Security Belt (or BAGSBE, as we refer to it), they emplaced four point blocking positions and dug a ditch over two kilometers long. This will keep insurgents from getting into Baghdad, and keep them from supplying other insurgents already in Baghdad. Their barrier emplacement missions are also very critical to Coalition success, as they keep insurgents and their supplies fixed in one place during clearing operations.
Second and Third Platoons continued working on Joint Security Stations (JSS) and Combat Outposts (COP) throughout Baghdad. These JSS and COP sites are providing Coalition Forces safe havens from which they will secure the different parts of Baghdad. These missions have lasted anywhere from three to seven days, and Second and Third Platoons have been working extremely hard getting these sites constructed quickly and safely; usually, they only have three to four days between each mission. Between the two platoons, they have built seven JSS/COP sites in the month of March alone.
Finally, Empire Soldiers are seeing a familiar face around the company since March 15th; the newly-promoted CPT Lullen has rejoined us, and is now the Company Maintenance Officer. She'll be working hard with all of the platoons to make sure that their equipment is ready to go on missions. Welcome back, CPT Lullen!
All of the platoons have earned accolades and commendations from our own Battalion and Group Commanders, but also from each Infantry and Cavalry Battalion, Squadron, and Brigade Commander we have supported. I am very proud of each one of my Empire Soldiers, as I'm sure you are.
We hope that as we approach our half-way point in the next month that our time (and yours) passes as fast as it has up to now. Until next time...EMPIRE!
From February, 2007:
Greetings again to all from the mighty Empire! The 887th ESC has been kept increasingly busy since the last newsletter. All of the Soldiers in the Empire (both organic and attached from the 20th EN BN) have been doing an outstanding job, using their initiative and ingenuity to accomplish the mission safely. The fact that we, the 887th, have reenlisted six Soldiers since arriving (and many more on the way) is a testament to Empire Soldiers' commitment.
1st Platoon has been busy with force protection and survivability missions. Since mid-December, 1st Platoon has gone on 5 force protection/survivability/patrol base upgrade missions (what we call our "long" missions), providing much-needed force protection for US and other Coalition Forces Soldiers and improving their living conditions to make their lives here more "livable." Additionally, 1st Platoon completed 3 counter-mobility missions, securing the perimeter of Baghdad.
In late December, 2nd Platoon picked up the on-post Force Protection mission from 3rd Platoon. While they have been busy, it has been a bit of respite from their busy off-the-FOB mission schedule in December. They will be continuing on this vital mission until mid-February, when they will join the rest of the Company in performing more off-the-FOB missions.
Since starting their off-the-FOB missions in late December, 3rd Platoon has had very little downtime. They started with a dual force protection/survivability mission, upgrading two patrol bases at once. Upon their return, they began planning for the construction of a Joint Security Station (JSS); those of you who watch the news (and newspapers) regularly will be familiar with these sites, from which US and Iraqi forces will conduct operations. 3rd Platoon has been busy constructing the force protection for three of these sites, with another in the planning stages. 1st Platoon will soon also be contributing to this task, with 2nd Platoon not far behind.
As usual, the Field Maintenance Team has the unenviable task of keeping our equipment running that frequently breaks due to the rigors of our operations, and has been performing beyond reproach. We have been able to accomplish our missions only because the FMT has kept our equipment running.
The coming months will have us doing much of the same missions, the most prevalent being construction of more JSS's.
As our first 90 days in theater can attest, the Empire will remain busy, committed to the task at hand.
From an article in suburban Chicago's Lake County News-Sun, February 22, 2007
Band of brothers
She has two sons in Iraq; 'It has been very stressful'
February 22, 2007
By RYAN PAGELOW RPagelow@scn1.com
WAUKEGAN -- Two brothers from Waukegan have gone from living five houses away from each other just outside Fort Campbell, Ky., this week to living a stone's throw from each other in Iraq.
Michael Negron, 34, and Andre Negron, 29, both joined the Army shortly after graduating from Waukegan High School. Andre, a staff sergeant with the 101st Airborne, was deployed to Balad, Iraq, on Wednesday and will be stationed about 40 miles from where his brother Michael, a sergeant first class with the 887th Engineers, is stationed in Baghdad.
Click on one of these pictures to see a news release on Sgt. Fred Suddeth, a dozer operator with the 887th Engineer Company, 20th Engineer Battalion
From January, 2007:
Greetings to all at Fort Hood and Fort Campbell from the mighty Empire! We hope that all is well there at home.
A quick recap on the last month and a half: after a long enough stop in Ireland to promote now-SFC Schmitt, the Empire arrived in Kuwait on November 2nd. Upon our arrival, we joined the 20th EN BN (C). We also welcomed the 20th's Security Platoon into our ranks; to fill our personnel shortages, the 20th attached to us a small platoon of Combat Engineers to serve as drivers and security.
Additionally, we gained two new Platoon Leaders for 1st and 2nd Platoon, 2LT Duke and 2LT Tatum. 1LT McCormick and 1LT Lullen are now Executive Officers of HHC and FSC, respectively. After a variety of training and equipment issue in Kuwait, the Company arrived in Baghdad on the 16th of November. We quickly started our Relief in Place of the 62nd Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy), learning exactly what they did the year they were here and extensive training on our newly assigned equipment. (Who would have thought that the 887th would ever have heavy, armored equipment?)
The Empire hit the ground running. Since our Transfer of Authority, we have been going full bore.
As of this writing, 1st and 2nd Platoons have run a combined 5 short day/night counter-mobility missions, 2nd Platoon has begun a two-week- plus survivability mission, and 3rd Platoon has been busy every day with a critical force protection mission.
Maintenance Platoon has been occupied with inspecting all of our "new" equipment, maintaining it, and going out on missions with the line platoons.
We have been very fortunate; we have had no accidents or injuries. You all should be very proud of your Soldiers - they have been very vigilant and safety-conscious.
With all of our missions and day-to-day operations, the time has gone relatively quickly. We hope that it has gone as quickly for you,
and that you have a happy and safe holiday season!