The 20th Engineer Brigade and 511th Engineer Dive Detachment leaders of Fort Bragg, along with the U.S. Navy and Engineer Research and Development Center participated in the Preamble Initial Look Leading to Accelerated Results and Port Improvement via Exigent Repair Joint Capability Technology Demonstration at Fort Story, Virginia.

The 20th Engineer Brigade and 511th Engineer Dive Detachment leaders of Fort Bragg, along with the U.S. Navy and Engineer Research and Development Center participated in the Preamble Initial Look Leading to Accelerated Results and Port Improvement via Exigent Repair Joint Capability Technology Demonstration at Fort Story, Virginia.

The PIER and PILLAR project at Fort Story, Virginia, began on May 7 and was carried out until May 18, with Friday May 18 being Visitors Day for the demonstration of the exigent repair for local personnel and leaders from the participating units.

This was a massive training event encompassing teams from Army, ERDC and Navy.

The PILLAR component of the exercise used a small reconnaissance team to operate a Multifunctional Assessment Reconnaissance Vessel, to determine condition and usability of port structures.

The PIER component includes a detailed material list and repairs to be completed. This training ran five consecutive days with assessments beginning on day six, in which teams from the 20th Eng. Bde. participated.

“It would be considered a rare but outstanding opportunity that our Soldiers are able to participate in joint projects, being able to demonstrate their capabilities working alongside other branches, such as the Navy in this demonstration,” said Capt. Chase Olsen, company commander of the 511th Eng. Dive Det.

The 20th Eng. Bde. has two teams and tasks include a diver component and a topside construction component. Each group will operate independently and will not assist each other in the training tasks.

The tasks will be completed both during the day and night, as well as some weekends. The main tasks will focus on receiving dry and wet training repairs, where the teams will need to both perform and observe the repairs.

The wet exercises combined effort of both teams. In total, there were 14 assessed repairs, including 4-night repairs. Each team had to employ tactics, techniques, and procedures collectively as a unit as well as independently.