579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)
- Jackson, Mississippi Area
- Government Administration
579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)'s Overview
- Field Force Engineering at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)'s Summary
Vision: A great field force engineering team operating as a deployed mini-district providing support and communicating with engineering kits and reachback capabilities to deliver technical expertise to globally unique challenges.
Mission: Provide vital contract construction and technical engineering services to strengthen command and control of expeditionary elements and synchronize engineering functions across areas of responsibilities during overseas contingency operations and disaster relief efforts.
The USACE Mission
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) supports war fighting and disaster relief operations by responding to local, national and global disasters with agile, responsive technical engineering, contingency planning and contract construction support capabilities.
Field Force Engineering (FFE) provides engineering services to the military, Department of Defense and federal agencies in support of military and catastrophic disaster relief operations relevant to national security. History shows that engineering requirements in these missions are often overwhelming in the early stages of operations and again during the post-hostility/post-declaration phase. As a result, USACE specialists are called upon to fill the capability gaps.
The Corps' FFE program uses small, expeditious teams of military and USACE civilian specialists to bring the Corps technical engineering capabilities and expertise to the front with minimal footprint.
Through the use of cutting-edge, off-the-shelf communications equipment, FFE provides 'reachback' capability to enable personnel deployed worldwide to talk directly with experts in the United States when a problem in the field needs quick resolution. Deployed troops are linked to subject matter experts within USACE, such as the Reachback Operations Center, private industry, and academia.
Command Sergeant Major
Construction Inspection Technician
Internal Review Evaluator
Logistics Management Supervisor
Public Works Engineer
Senior Construction Supervisor
579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)'s Experience
Field Force Engineering
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Military industry
March 1944 – Present (70 years 7 months)
What is the FEST-M?
The 579th Engineer Detachment (Forward Engineer Support Team - Main) provides technical engineer planning and design, contract construction, environmental and geospatial engineering support and real estate acquisition and disposal. They also provide command and control of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) operations and sub-field elements in theater in support of full-spectrum operations.
This FEST-M is one of the largest of the six Field Force Engineering teams in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The team of 36 Soldiers and Civilians has design capabilities from various disciplines to include electrical, mechanical, civil, and environmental engineers; and logistical, contracting and resource management. In short, it can be described as a mini-district that can be augmented with structural, environmental and other engineering skills depending on the mission.
Equipped with reachback communication capabilities, known as TeleEngineering, the FEST-M is able to bring specialized data, research, and expertise from USACE research centers, engineers, and laboratories to deployed areas of operation.
This team is assigned to an engineer command or senior military command in the area of operation and provides command and control of all USACE teams assigned to the location.
The FEST-M is a flexible team capable of rapidly deploying into military contingencies and disaster relief operations. Support to these missions includes, but is not limited to:
• Providing infrastructure engineering planning and design to construct base camps and facilities
• Coordinating technical engineering reachback through Internet protocol router networks
• Managing deployed USACE elements and engineering communications equipment
• Supervising all contract construction for American military forces
• Organizing all requests for environmental baseline surveys
• Giving geospatial engineering support
579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M)'s Additional Information
Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division
- Honors and Awards:
Honors | Campaign Participation Credit
World War II: New Guinea; Leyte; Luzon
Vietnam: Defense; Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII; Consolidation I
• Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1968
• Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
• Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM
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