Recreational Area Demolition Training Project Saves Money for the Post Office | through the fort


Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade conducted a detonation project that benefited them, Fort Hood and the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area as they demolished the BLORA water park here on October 19 and November 4.

The BLORA water park opened in 1986 and has not been operational since 2017. The 36th Engineer Brigade cleared the unusable water park, allowing them to spend time training and leaving the space open for future potential additions to the recreation area.

“Having troops do this saves III Corps and the MWR (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate) a lot of money. These funds can be turned by MWR into something else that will benefit not only the soldiers and their families, but also the people of the area. In this case, it’s like giving back too, not just our unit, but everyone who lives here,” said Capt. Jared Whitaker, 937th Clearance Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade.

He added, “On top of that, this is a huge training opportunity for the soldiers in the company. Leaders receive training on project management because, at the end of the day, it’s still a construction project. Our equipment operators have spent a lot of time using the machines and understanding what it takes to achieve this kind of goal where we have to move a significant amount of earth. When we were breaking concrete, we were using tools that hadn’t really been used for a long time because they had a specific application. Our combat engineers have the ability to calculate and build specific loads that are rarely used. So there were a lot of different training courses for each job in the company.

The planning process began in July with the unit determining safe blasting distances, dangerous areas and deciding what type of explosives were best suited for the job.

“We are demonstrating two 120 foot long slides. In order to achieve the desired effect of cutting the slide into 10 foot sections for easy removal, we will use linear flexible charges which are made of detonation cord,” explained 1st Lt. Ben Lessard, 36th Engineer Brigade. “In order to do this safely, we calculated our minimum safe distance and net explosive weight to stay within our approved window.”

There were several difficult elements in the months-long process of cleaning up the water park, from planning to execution, but ultimately it has to be done.

“This project is probably the cornerstone of the company and an important project for the battalion this year, in my opinion. This is the most important task we have undertaken in a long time and probably one of the most unique things these soldiers will do or have done. Day one was overwhelming and I don’t think it’s been a long time since the whole company has executed a mission as important as this. Bringing everyone here with multifaceted, multifaceted areas of expertise (is unique),” Whitaker said. “You have the 12B combat engineers who focus on explosive demolition, and then you have an earth-moving operation that the 12N equipment operators excel at. The study and design section of our upper head office company has helped the project from the beginning. »

The captain said that the soldiers quickly understood the plan and during this great project he was happy to see the overall progression of the soldiers.

“It is great to see the junior leaders and soldiers of the company participating in an operation like this and the company as a whole coming together to accomplish this extraordinary task. It was great to see the company excel,” he said. “They see it as an opportunity to learn and show their courage. I’ve noticed that our NCOs (NCOs) have found this as a great opportunity (to step up). Especially when someone can’t not go out on a certain day or that he has to do something else that has to be administratively handled in the company.(They) demonstrate not only to their platoon leader, but to myself, the first sergeant and the battalion that they are exceptional NCOs.


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