The 20th Engineer Brigade has a longstanding history of contributing to the good of the Army.
According to officials, it was founded in 1950 with the mission “to provide proactive, timely and essential expeditionary engineer support to the XVIII (Airborne) Corps, the Army and, when directed, joint and special operations forces.”
It is one of four brigade combat teams that was recently selected by the U.S. Army Forces Command to participate in a new Soldier Readiness Test, piloted to determine the effectiveness of unit-specific functional fitness training.
The test consists of seven activities that Soldiers perform while wearing their Army Combat Uniform, boots and full-body armor. Events include a tire flip, agility drill, casualty drag, unit-specific muscular endurance event (such as the sandbag step up), a sandbag toss and a 1.5 mile movement including obstacles.
Unlike the Army Physical Fitness Test that provides a 10-minute rest interval between events, the SRT does not allow rest time. It is designed to effectively measure components such as agility and muscular endurance in an effort to increase unit readiness.
FORSCOM is testing various functional brigade types like armor, infantry, stryker and engineer.
The brigade has deployed to different fronts, including Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and stands ready to provide engineer support to any worldwide contingency mission.
For more information about the 20th Eng. Bde., read the Paraglide or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The20thEngineerBrigade/.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was obtained from the 20th Engineer Brigade’s Facebook page, as well as from an article about the SRT print printed in the Aug. 10 edition of the Paraglide).