Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

DPW Offers New Course

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

DPW Offers New Course

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The U.S. Army Facility Engineer Group (FEG) is offering a three-day course on Director of Public Works (DPW) operations in Huntsville Alabama. The training is a continuation of efforts to improve the DPW skills of FEG soldiers and other senior engineer leadership personnel, and addresses many Mission Essential Tasks required for successful execution of our mobilization mission.

Our goal is to improve deployment capabilities of the FEG by teaching doctrinal principles and sharing the experiences gleaned from after actions reports and from direct discussions from previous deployments of FEG and non-FEG engineer personnel.

According to Lt. Col. Andrew Stewart, the Course administrator, "We are trying to create a DPW basic course, or DPW 101, to familiarize students with what it takes to function as a DPW if deployed. We are giving them "the basics. Our intent is not to make these soldiers DPWs, but to make them aware of where to go to find the answers."

Day one of the course covers general DPW subjects such as contracting, real property master planning and environmental compliance. Students are broken down into smaller teams and given two separate scenario driven practical exercises based on historical, real world operations. They are confronted with real time problems and are required to brief the Task Force Commander on engineer operations as part of graduation from the course.

On day two, FEG teams that have recently returned from deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo provide information briefings on their respective theaters. …

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