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Cadets broaden their vision of Army engineering career

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Middle East Transatlantic District (TAM) recently hosted four ROTC cadets during a summer program designed to expose them to the career field of Army engineers.

The program allows cadets to shadow engineer officers and learn about potential career options available to them when they graduate and become officers.

In addition to learning about the profession of officer and engineer, cadets assigned to TAM also broadened their horizons with a visit to Qatar where they were able to visit several major construction projects and explore the city of Doha.

Sam Mossholder, a rising senior majoring in civil engineering at Bucknell, said that while he knows USACE, the program gave him a better understanding of the scope of its mission.

“I didn’t realize the amount of foreign military sales that USACE does,” Mossholder said. “I was familiar with the civil engineering mission, but this exhibition gave me a better understanding of what it does as a whole.”

Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is the US government’s program for the transfer of defense articles, services, and training to our international partners and international organizations. The FMS program is funded by an administrative fee charged to foreign buyers and operates at no cost to taxpayers. In many cases, when an allied nation purchases American equipment such as F-16 fighter jets, it contracts with USACE to build related infrastructure, as was the case with some of the constructions that the cadets have seen in Qatar.

In addition to broadening their idea of ​​USACE capabilities, cadets also noted that it broadened their view of the Middle East and the world in general.

Joseph Pacholski, a civil engineering student at the University of South Carolina, said the trip to Qatar was really eye-opening.

“I hate to say it, but I probably had a very ‘Hollywood’ view of the Middle East. That and people think the military only deploys in places like Iraq. Doha is extremely modern and talking to people there, I felt a lot of similarities in our cultures.

Pei Ren, a mechanical engineering student at Syracuse, made a similar observation.

“The architecture in Qatar is magnificent,” she said.

She also noted that while they enjoyed seeing the country and the time they were able to spend visiting Doha, one of the most valuable aspects of the trip for her was the time the cadets were able to spend with engineers and program managers from TAM in Qatar. and Winchester.

“I did not expect to receive so many leadership lessons, not only from military officers, but also from civilians. It was really valuable to see how they led and how they interacted with those they worked with,” Ren said.

Tristan Arendt, an engineering science graduate at the University of Virginia, acknowledged that he found the most valuable part of the whole experience was the interaction with the TAM engineers, military officers and managers. of program.

“The ability to capture the brains of engineer officers about just about anything has been hugely helpful, especially having so many different types of engineers at our disposal. We were able to talk to those in our specific discipline but also from other areas to give us a better perspective,” he said.

More information about the Cadet Engineering Internship Program can be found here: TAM Videos

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