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ENGINEERS UP 7TH ESB Newsletter Volume 2 JULY 2009 Table of Content Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Phillip N Frietze CO’s Message 1 Hello! Kathy and our four children (Kati, Tori, Ethan and Jake) are proud to SgtMaj Corner 2 be part of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion Team! Over the past 58 years, 7th ESB has contributed to the success of the Marine Corps 234 years of fighting and winning our Nation’s battles. It is an honor to be part of such an Chaplain’s Corner 3 organization. Over the next 24-months, 7th ESB will train, prepare and deploy to execute operations in Afghanistan as well as support numerous global, base and community relations events as directed by our higher headquarters. Your Company’s Corner 4-9 Marine or Sailor is a vital key to the success of our unit’s mission. Their H&S foundational strength resides in staunch training, equipment and family readiness. In closing, I can not express gratitude of our country and the B Company heartfelt pride that you must feel to know that your Marine or Sailor serves our C Company great Nation during these tested times. Bulk Fuel E.O.D Sincerely and Respectfully, Support LtCol P. N. Frietze B.A.S. Family Readiness 10 Officer F.R.O. Leaning Forward 11 Upcoming Events Page 2 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 SERGEANT MAJOR CORNER SgtMaj Timothy Shatto To the families and friends of 7th ESB, The past few months have been exciting and event filled!!! Our Marines and Sailors are distinguishing themselves throughout Camp Pendleton. Most recently we had Gunnery Sergeant Matthew Small from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company get selected to be the subject of a CNN special on Heroes. Lou Dobbs of CNN will interview GySgt Small and tell his story of combat operations. We also had Sgt David Herman get selected as the 1st Marine Logistics Group Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter. The Marines and Sailors of 7th ESB continue to do good deeds and press forward with enthusiasm. As most of you are aware the battalion continues to prepare for the upcoming deployment. Although our schedule is busy, we are forever reminded that we need to make time for the families. We are committed to ensuring that our Marines and Sailors are prepared, not only in a combat environment, but also on the home front. I thank those that serve our country and give us freedom, and I praise those that support them in their efforts! SgtMaj T. L. Shatto 7th ESB (760) 725-6071 DSN 365-6071 Not clear about an issue? Want answers? This is your opportunity to ask those “hard questions.” The “Ask the SgtMaj” corner is an endeavor to keep you informed, empowered and enlightened. Please send your questions to the F.R.O. before 5th of each month. E-mail email@example.com. Page 3 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Chaplain’s Corner Lieutenant Ammie Miller ANSWERS TO ONE OF LIFE’S DIFFICULT QUESTION How can I win when I am defeated in my mind? We all make mistakes and sometimes our mistakes are pretty bad and we dwell on them day and night. But our failures can become a stepping-stone to success if we begin to transform our minds and forget about our failures. Many of us have experienced some form of brokenness—broken spirit, broken relationship and broken marriages. Often time individuals ask the question, how can I win when I am defeated in my mind? The mind is a powerful tool. If we are expecting to win or even rebound from our circumstance or failures then we must process “positive” thoughts rather than “negative” ones. The aphorism, “[a]s a man think in his heart so is he,” (Proverbs 23:7) not only describes a person inner character, but it also describes the condition of ones mind. Henry Ford said, “[w]hether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” In others word, our thought process can defeat us or we can transform our thoughts and see ourselves as winner rather than failures in life most difficult challenges. The power of thought can either bless or curse. When we think positive then we are highlighting positive self-images and when we think negative we are promoting poor self-images in our mind. Positive self-images begin with the words we say to ourselves. In the book of Ephesians 6, Paul wrote a letter to a small but growing band of believers at Ephesus. The Ephesus’ believers were under an emotional and spiritual attack by the first century Jewish believers but they had declared defeat in their mind because of a self-image problem. They didn’t believe that they were under the covering of God’s covenant that was promised to them. Paul’s letter was therefore to lift and encourage the struggling community to rise above their anxieties, doubts and failures that had settled in their minds. He assured them they were fully accepted by God apart from the covenant promise God was upholding eternally to the Jewish people. Beyond encouragement, the letter also offered a call to that small group to walk in a way that showed they were a part of the Kingdom and they needed to prepare themselves for the spiritual battle of the mind. The Ephesus’ believers displayed many characteristics of a self-image problem because they did not understand what they were up against. Self-image problems have been correlated with low life satisfaction, loneliness, anxiety, resentment, irritability and depression. In the text Paul issues a fourfold refrain: (1) Be strong (2) Prepare yourself (3) Stand firm and (4) Pray always. If we stop and ask, why do people allow defeat to set-up in their mind due to self-image? It may be because they are expecting defeat rather than victory over life circumstance. We must remember the protection and power God offers us against the enemy of mind. I challenge every Marine, Sailor and family member to fight the battles of their mind with a new equipment. The equipment consist of: (1) The belt of truth buckled around your waist, (2) Breastplate of righteousness in place to cover your mind, (3) Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace, (4) Shield of faith which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, (5) Helmet of salvation that would help transformed the mind and (6) Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. When we arm ourselves with God’s equipment, we can stand firm and declare ourselves winners because we have overcome the battles of our minds. Quoting the words of an old African Hymn, “We shall overcome, We shall overcome some day, Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome someday. A Special Prayer: God help our Marines and Sailor see beyond their failures and transform their mind so that they can see a new path call success. Page 4 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 H&S Company COMPANY COMMANDER Lt. Nick Worley COMPANY 1STSGT 1stSgt. Keith Butterfield COMPANY GYSGT GySgt. James Murphy Headquarters and Service Company has been busy as always! The Sections have been running superbly in order to support the battalion on inbounds/out bounds, training, and supporting base and MLG activities. Great job Marines and thanks goes out to all the families who without your support we would not be as successful as we are. Communication Marines getting ready to race. (Don’t forget your PPE) Good luck goes out to Lt. Garcez as we just completed a Change of Command between her and the on- coming Company Commander Lt Worley. Also, 1stSgt Butterfield will be leaving us to take the reigns as Bravo Company 1stSgt. Welcome to 1stSgt Pruitt, who will be assuming the duties as Headquarters and Service Company 1stSgt. Headquarters and Service Company Page 5 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Company B June was another exciting month for the Marines of Bravo Company as several field ops were conducted. Second Platoon trained in the Juliet Training area where they conducted patrols and a land navigation package to better prepare for the Enhanced Combat Skills Course which was the culminating event for the Company this month. The Marines got a chance to hone skills that will ensure that the upcoming deployment with CLB-1 to Afghanistan will be a success, such as Base Camp Operations, Patrol Operations, Operation Orders, Entry Control Points, Vehicle Control Points and Convoy Classes along with several other things that the Marines can use in their tool box. The Marines gained a lot of good information as well as the staff as they were involved in the day to day operations of the Command Operations Center. More to come from the Marines of Bravo as they prepare to go to Camp Roberts next month where they will focus on vertical construction. COMPANY COMMANDER Captain David Saunders COMPANY 1STSGT 1stSgt Keith Butterfield COMPANY GYSGT GySgt Corey Crawford 1stPLATOON COMMANDER Lt. Brian Reed 1stPLATOON SERGEANT SSgt Mary Stratton 2nd PLATOON COMMANDER Lt. Kathryn Neff 2nd PLATOON SERGEANT SSgt Jerry Wilkins Page 6 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Company C Dear Family and Friends, Charlie Company has had a busy spring as we continue to move closer to deployment. First and foremost Charlie Company said farewell to Major Jennifer Nash, as she relinquished command and turned over the reigns to Captain Brooke Speers of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Major Nash executed a PCS move to Raleigh, North Carolina to take command of Recruiting Station Raleigh. Good luck Major! The company also lost a few key players as Lieutenant Baliko, Staff Sergeant Peterson, and Staff Sergeant Baker moved on to their new assignments. Also Gunnery Sergeant Willer graduated from the Advanced Course at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. Good job Guns! First Platoon was busy as usual as they accomplished a myriad of tasks this quarter. In all, they conducted over forty hours of bridge training, participated in classes on close air support and call for fire, executed sixteen hours on the convoy simulator, finished one hundred and twenty hours of patrolling, 8 hours of the Humvee simulator, and finished it all off with a week in the field with the Enhanced Combat Skills Course. Staff Sergeant Landon of First Platoon also was blessed with a new addition to his family. His wife Gina gave birth to a baby girl named Kailee Marie on June 6th. Congratulations Staff Sergeant Landon. Not to be outdone, Second Platoon stayed equally busy with numerous training events conducted. The Platoon conducted rappelling, martial arts, convoy simulator, gas chamber, and a personnel inspection. An eight mile hike was executed, as well as Improvised Explosive Device training. The end of the month brought lots of change as the company was re-organized for the upcoming deployment. With that, we welcome Operations Platoon, the newest member to the Charlie Company family. Led by Chief Warrant Officer Pedraza, Gunnery Sergeant Williford, and Gunnery Sergeant Manzifortich we look forward to the vast knowledge and experience that they bring to the table. Semper Fi! COMPANY COMMANDER Hell-bent Charlie Captain Brooke Speers COMPANY XO Lt. Michael Baliko COMPANY 1STSGT 1stSgt Vincent Abeyta COMPANY GYSGT GySgt Robert Mathis Page 7 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Engineer Support Company (ESCo) Greetings Family & Friends, June 2009 Engineer Equipment Platoon did Motor Transport Platoon’s It’s hard to believe that it has LCpl Bentle, S. A. some outstanding training at Camp contributions included a 330 mile been two months since our last LCpl Blanchette, A. J. Roberts. Sgt's Cain II and Hagen convoy to Camp Roberts, which is a newsletter. The Company has LCpl Carr, R. L. (meritoriously) built a 450' x 450' dirt pad that will significant event in itself that has not been steadily preparing for the LCpl Castro, E. serve as the base for Tactical occurred in a number of years. upcoming deployment. We LCpl Curiel Jr., A. Training Base 2. They used an During the exercise the platoon recently returned from a month LCpl Delacruz, R. estimated 20,000 cubic yards of dirt provided daily support of transporting long training evolution at Camp LCpl Desch, J. V. and over 80,000 gallons of water to water, fuel, and personnel on the Roberts, CA which is Reserve LCpl Kucinski, A. A. compact the pad for follow on camp. They also participated in National Guard Base located LCpl Martin, J. L. construction of the FOB. Sgt's convoy preparations and conduct, about 6 hours north of Camp LCpl Ramirez Jr., J. A. Whitt, Evans and Cpl Sherratt were conducting several convoys and Pendleton. Marines of all LCpl Reatz, S. F. the team leaders for the Firebreak simulated missions. During the specialties were able to practice LCpl Singer, D. J. Projects that were conducted during exercise, the Wrecker operators were their skill set during the LCpl Summers, T. N. (meritoriously) the Field Op. The teams utilized (2) able to conduct two vehicle recovery exercise and get hands on Cpl Armenta, U. B. 130G road graders and (2) D7G missions, assisting the camp Fire training that normally does not Cpl Caskey, D. A. dozers to cut approximately one Department with a recovering one of occur while in garrison mode. Cpl Errickson, M. E. (meritoriously) hundred miles of firebreaks through their vehicles that had slipped into a They all worked very diligently Cpl Gruzen, M. P. out Camp Roberts. Cpl Blecha was ravine. and we are proud of their Cpl Hawke, D. T. the team leader for the installation accomplishments during the Cpl Hildebrand, J. R. of a 300' septic line at the Camp exercise. As we continue to Cpl Hotchkiss, K. A. Roberts trailer park. There were prepare for the upcoming Cpl Molina, A. M. numerous other projects that were mission, Marines are being Cpl Peterson, G. H. completed during our time at Camp assigned to different companies Cpl Pizarro, J. Roberts. All the Marines of in order to provide them with Engineer Equipment platoon should the capabilities of operations For the month May, the Utilities be very proud of their that our Marines can support. Platoon was actively engaged in the accomplishments while they were Support Company Field Exercise out at Camp Roberts. Our current Marine of the aboard Camp Roberts, Ca; during Quarter is LCpl Beaver from this time the platoon successfully KEY PERSONNEL Motor Transportation Platoon executed a water production mission and our current NCO of the in support of Bulk Fuel Company COMPANY COMMANDER Quarter is Cpl Harmon, also and base camp hygiene services CWO4 SHANE KING from Motor Transportation producing over 1000,000 gallons of COMPANY EXECUTIVE Platoon. Congratulations go to potable water in a ten day period. OFFICER both these Marines for their During the 30 day evolution at Camp CWO3 JAMES NEWTON hard work and achievement. Roberts the Electrical Section were COMPANY 1STSGT hard at work renovating existing 1STSGT GINGER MONGE The following personnel have barracks and heavy machine gun COMPANY GYSGT recently been promoted to their class room. These projects were a GYSGT HERMAN WASHINGTON current rank and challenge to the Electrical Section COMPANY OPS CHIEF Congratulations goes to them as considering the buildings were built MSGT RONALD ROMERO well! in the 1940’s and had received little HE PLATOON COMMANDER to no electrical upgrades throughout CWO2 JOHN PEDRAZA May 2009 their existence. Utilities Platoon HE SNCOIC LCpl Acevedo, D. M. would like to welcome a new GYSGT CLIFFORD WILLIFORD LCpl Christoffersen, S. A. member to the Utilities Platoon MT PLATOON COMMANDER LCpl Cline, L. T. family; Lance Corporol Johnny J. 1STLT MARCUS MAHANTY LCpl Columbiet, E. Pinerogaston and Traliva Lucille MT SNCOIC LCpl Heinich, J. Pinero are happy parents of newborn MSGT GILBERTO RIVERA LCpl Johnston, D. M. baby girl named Jasmin Lucille UT PLATOON COMMANDER LCpl Oliver, S. S. Pinero. Baby Jasmin was born on 12 CWO2 MARCOS JAIME LCpl Ramos, J. May, 2009 at the Naval Hospital at UT SNCOIC LCpl Stewart, M. P. 0355 weighing in at 6lbs and 6oz. MGYSGT HORACE COPELAND LCpl Valdez, M. P. LCpl Waters, C. E. LCpl Wubben, G. D. LCpl Wubben, M. T. Cpl Gonzalez Jr., C. Cpl Grande, T. M. Cpl Haynes, T. L. Cpl Ramirez, C. Sgt Greenwood, N. S. Sgt Ramos, J. J. MSgt Lane, R. A. Page 8 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Bulk Fuel Company Friends and family of 1st Bulk Fuel Company, 7th ESB, we are getting increasingly busy with our training schedule to prepare our Marines for our upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. We would like to take some time to give you an update and recognize some of our very deserving Marines. In May, Bulk Fuel Company had a Change of Command Ceremony in which CWO2 Luc P. Brennan relinquished Command to CWO2 Richard L. Cordes. The company has worked extremely hard last few months in preparation for our upcoming deployment. The Company took part in a field exercise (FEX) at Camp Pendleton in April, and training at Camp Roberts, California in May. During the April FEX we completed HEAT training (hmmwv rollover training) and a number of different pre-deployment exercises. The May training conducted at Camp Roberts was a joint field operation with Support Company. Our security platoon practiced mounted and dismounted patrolling along with immediate action drills. The Bulk Fuel platoon constructed a tactical fuel system which dispensed approximately 12,000 gallons of JP-8 in support of Support Company’s operations. The Bulk Fuel Platoon also spanned approximately 2.6 miles of the hose real system and transferred over 750,000 gallons of simulated product. Bulk Fuel Company also participated in a series of ranges, including fire and movement and combat marksmanship training. All of the training conducted enhanced the Security Platoon’s communication/coordination skill level and increased the knowledge and experience or our Bulk Fuel Platoon. Entering June we are preparing for the month long field exercise and will be returning to Camp Roberts in July. April Promotions May Promotions June Promotions Cpl Ajsenberg, Mitchell E. Sgt Martinez, Micah C. Cpl Galloway, Jessy M. Cpl Minckler, Marcel J. LCpl Magallanes, Paul A. Cpl Harvey, Scott M. Cpl Villarreal, Juan R. LCpl Tomon, Justin M. LCpl Hall, Angela N. Bulk Fuel Marine and NCO LCpl Bowden, Elizabeth M. of the Quarter winners LCpl Patron, Emmanuel G. LCpl Laponius, David G. LCpl Leija, Benito S. LCpl Walker, Kurtis W. Cpl Minckler, Marcel J. LCpl Twarog, Mark W. Pfc Sepeda, Paula G. Pfc Fields, James R. Cpl Villar Juan M. Pfc Vega, Alec V Pfc Hood, Samuel L. Pfc Logan, Richard A. Cpl then LCpl Minckler also Pfc Bragg, Ross G. won the Battalion Marine of Pfc Harmon, Jessica E. the Quarter Board. Pfc Bolaoen, Denver C. Pfc StGeorge, Stephen M. Page 9 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Explosive Ordinance Disposal (E.O.D) Greetings from the Marines of first Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company. The Marines continue to perform superbly across all fronts in preparation for our future deployments. We have provided Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training to the Battalion at Camp Roberts in order to better prepare them for their forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan. During our time at Camp Roberts the technicians were able to brush up on Range Clearance Operations, demolition procedures, and conducting BZO’s of the Enhanced Marksmanship Rifles (EMR). The Marines have conducted various Range Clearance Sweeps aboard Camp Pendleton, Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, which resulted in the location and safe destruction of a wide variety of Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO). Additionally, the Marines continue to perform numerous Very Important Person (VIP) missions for the President and Vice President of the United States, as well as foreign dignitaries and heads of state. We currently have SSgt Attson supporting a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) mission in Vietnam where he works closely with a team of personnel searching for remains of our fallen brothers so that we may properly bring them home. Congratulations go out to the following EOD technicians on their promotions: GySgt McInerney (May 1) SSgt Stevens (May 1) We would also like to recognize and welcome the following EOD technicians and their families to First EOD Company: WO Cheatum GySgt Adle GySgt Scott SSgt Hraha SSgt Marsh SSgt Roberts Sgt Griffen Finally, you should take some time and travel by our new building location on the corner of Golf Course Road and A Street. Construction is coming along at a rapid rate and we are expecting to move into our new home around the beginning of next year. Semper Fidelis Page 10 BN Newsletter Volume 2, July 2009 Family Readiness Officer “LINKS to the Corps” Living the Marine Corps lifestyle has its unique challenges and opportunities. Navigating through this maze will often have you wondering how to survive the stresses that we face every day. Probably the greatest source of information to get you through the maze is Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB). The MCFTB staff has recently moved to their new Family Readiness Center at building 1795. (formerly the San Luis Rey Officers’ Club). With their new facility, the MCFTB staff is better equipped to provide support to our families. One program in particular is Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, Skills (L.I.N.K.S.). L.I.N.K.S. is a program that enhances the readiness of Marines and their families by offering an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle. This orientation includes mentorship by experienced Marine Corps spouses, Marine Corps Family Team Building personnel and involves information sharing, small group discussions and interactive activities. Some of the topics covered in this program are: “The Corps”, this section covers history, traditions, and structure of the Corps. “The Maze”, covers benefits and services. “Pay Day”, covers Leave and Earning Statements (LES) and a discussion on pay and allowances. “Crossroads”, discusses moving in the military. “Staying Marine”, talks about the benefits and opportunities about re-enlistments. These are just some of the topics covered in this program that is informative and entertaining as well. At the end of the program, there is a cake cutting and closing ceremony to cap off this experience for all participants. By the end of this program, you will gain a better understanding of the Marine Corps mission and how it affects Marines and their families. It will give you the opportunity to make new friends and to thrive as an empowered member of the Marine Corps family. If you wish to attend, please call Marine Corps Family Team Building at 760-725-9052. Childcare may be available for those who request it. I invite you to attend our monthly family readiness meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 1730 to hear the latest information on family readiness programs and to get the latest news from the Battalion. I am available for anyone who would like to become a volunteer in our Family Readiness Program or to answer any questions you may have. I may be contacted at (760) 725- 6101 (office); (760) 429-4790 (mobile) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also visit our website at www.i-mef.usmc.mil/mlg/7esb. Alan Reid Page 11 BN Newsletter Volume 1, July 2009 “LEANING FORWARD” BN Upcoming Events o 21-23 July: LINKS for Spouses at Bldg 1795 from 1730-2030. o 28 July: Family Readiness Volunteer Training at Bldg 1795 from 0900-1500. o 3 -24 August: Family Readiness Assessment for Marines and spouses. o 8 August: Family Readiness Volunteer Training at Bldg 1795 from 0900-1500. o 10 August: Battalion Pre-deployment Brief at South Mesa Club. Brief begin at 1900. Child care is available at Brown Child Development Center for those who register. Drop off begins at 1815. o 11 August: Monthly Family Readiness Meeting in Battalion Conference Room at 1730. o 12-13 August: LINKS for Spouses at Bldg 1795 from 0800-1230. o 13 August: Pre-Marriage Workshop in Battalion Conference Room from 0800-1000. o 14 -16 August: SMP trip to San Francisco. o 15 August: LINKS for Kids at Bldg 1795 from 0900-1300. o 18 August: LINKS for Teens at Bldg 1795 from 1300-1700. o 25 August: Family Care Plan class at Bldg 1795 from 0830-1000. o 2-3 September: LINKS for Spouses at Bldg 1795 from 0800-1230. o 8 September: Monthly Family Readiness Meeting in Battalion Conference Room at 1730. o 14 September: LINKS for Parents at Bldg 1795 from 0800-1630. o 19 September: Heartbreak Ridge 13.1 Marathon.
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