A Co. 62nd. In Kuwait
contributions literally make a lasting impression. They are the
earthmovers, plumbers, carpenters and electricians who make life on Doha
and out in the kabal much easier for everyone. They are Company A, 62nd
Engineer Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command.
Their mission is to sustain the Army’s presence, enhance
survivability, provide mobility, and counter enemy advancement,
according to 1st Lt. Ryan White, 1st Platoon, Co. A, 62nd Eng. Bn., 13th
“We are currently renovating parts of the Combined Operations
Intelligence Center, providing a more permanent structure and
strengthening security,” said White. “We came up with a design and began
demolition. We tore down the partitions, removed all the debris, laid
the floor, framed the walls, put up sheet rock and ran wire. A
contractor installed the telecommunications. Then we put up the drop
In addition to renovations at the COIC, quality of life improvements are
underway for other buildings on Camp Doha, according to Lt. Col. Stuart
Harrison, Director of Installation Support, ARCENT-KU. New billeting is
planned for several buildings where empty space will be converted into
open bay sleeping areas.
“Our project is a warehouse conversion
that will provide a headquarters facility for the Combined Joint Task
Force,” said Marine Capt. Joseph Plenzler, CJTF spokesman. “It will
include operational, administrative, billeting and storage spaces. The
operational spaces are designed to accommodate coalition forces.”
“CJTF is funding the project and the Corps of Engineers is
responsible for the design, supervision and administration of the
project,” added Plenzler. “Al Ghanim Combined Group Co., a local Kuwaiti
contractor, was chosen to do the construction.”
“With the help of
the Corps of Engineers, the work was launched as a fast-track project to
meet the Task Force’s operational requirements for a fully operational
facility, providing work and billeting space in 60 days,” Plenzler
continued. “Al Ghanim crews are working around the clock to meet the
Also, more than 500 new living containers are under construction and
thirty-two bathrooms to accommodate the occupants will be moved inside
other warehouse buildings according to Harrison. Each bathroom will have
three showers, sinks and latrines.
Additionally, four new latrine
trailers will replace four of the oldest trailers, according to
Harrison. The trailers removed will be refurbished and the cycle will
continue until all latrines are up to standard.
The 62nd is not
participating in most of the renovations at Camp Doha, but they are busy
with missions in the kabals. They have enhanced the units’ mobility, set
up structures to discourage and resist uninvited guests and landscaped
the Udairi Desert in the process.
“We’ve connected different
points in the kabal with roads for easier and safer travel,” said Sgt.
Eddie Caraballo, 3rd Plt., Co. A. “We prepared a subsurface for tents
that included a two-inch excavation. We dropped four inches of gravel on
top of that and flattened it out for a smooth surface that would drain.
Muddy tents can make life miserable out here.”
Recently, the 62nd
broke ground on a MEDEVAC helicopter pad, according to Caraballo. The
pad’s edges slope into the surrounding perimeter and make for a better
approach. The surface is finished with a material that hardens like
clay, significantly reducing the “brown out” conditions caused by
helicopters landing on sand.
While mobility is important,
security is also a priority.
“We’ve raised berms and made the s-curve barricades at the gates in
the kabal,” said Caraballo. “The s-curve reduces speed, making it easier
to stop vehicles and harder for them to escape. The gate guards are
safer as a result.”
Beyond their support in the kabal and on
Doha, the engineers can directly support infantry and artillery units,
“We can build defensive tank ditches, increasing survivability,”
said Caraballo. “We use the excess dirt to surround the tank with a berm
to conceal position. We also dig foxholes, bunkers and other fighting
positions. We have road graders, bulldozers, scoop loaders and rollers
out here that can move and push dirt a lot faster than an e-tool.”
Besides benefiting those on the ground, the berms and roads give visual
advantages to pilots, according to Caraballo.
While the work
might seem strenuous to some, Spc. Joshua Holsclaw, 1st Plt., Co. A,
enjoys the fruits of his labor.
“I’ve always loved working with
my hands and building things I’m proud of,” said Holsclaw. “We built the
framework for the tents that house internet connections and DSN phone
lines. Being part of something that raises moral is rewarding.”
Photos provided by
Secratary, Land Clearing Assn.