By 1ST LT. KASIE KING
19th Engineer Battalion
The 19th Engineer Battalion continues to show its construction expertise as it conducts projects on Fort Knox in support of the Department of Public Works.
Currently, the battalion has two ongoing projects which will help improve the infrastructure on post as well as the amenities for the Soldiers and Families to enjoy.
The first, to be completed at the beginning of this month, is the Training Area 6 Fitness Trail Expansion, executed by 2nd Platoon, 15th Engineer Company (Horizontal), and led by 2nd Lt. William Smith and Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Williams. The expansion of the trail will allow Families and Soldiers on Fort Knox to
walk and jog along the trail.
The project began in April with the addition of a parking lot at the beginning of the trail. The expansion continues from the parking lot allowing for ease of access to the trail. At completion of the project, the trail will span a width of 10 feet of gravel which will allow ample room for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Soldiers and Families will be able to walk, jog or conduct any type of exercise along the trail without having to worry about traffic noise or vehicle exhaust interfering with them walking or jogging on the trail.
The second project is the addition of two soccer fields to the Beth Caruso Youth Sports Complex located on Wilson Road. The project, being conducted by 502nd Multi-Role Bridge Company and led by 2nd Lt. Efrain Garcia and Staff Sgt. Charles Canady, began mid-July and has been put on hold due to budget constraints. The 502nd will complete the earth work which will set the conditions for the sod to be laid for the field. At the completion of the project, the sod will be laid and the rain will assist it in growing into two soccer fields for the kids this spring.
The 19th Eng. Bn. has worked closely with the Fort Knox Department of Public Works since its activation in 2005 to help improve the infrastructure and amenities on post to help provide the best quality of life to the Soldiers and Families of the Fort Knox community. Lt. Col. John Lloyd, the battalion commander of the 19th Eng. Bn., values the importance of projects on Fort Knox.
“The running trail and future soccer field on Fort Knox offer Soldiers of the 19th Engineer Battalion training which they will use during the battalion’s future deployment,” said Lloyd. “Additionally, utilizing troop construction capabilities allows the installation to save money to use for other requirements on
“Overall, it is truly a win-win scenario for the Soldiers and post. But, most of all, it benefits the Families and the community.”