Guard soldiers drill for water – Postmarks: from army posts around the World – Arizona National Guard

Guard soldiers drill for water – Postmarks: from army posts around the World – Arizona National Guard – Brief Article

Jon Wilke

San Diego, Calif.

GREAT training.” For soldiers from the Arizona National Guard’s 257th Engineer Detachment, these words summarized two weeks of well drilling in support of the Border Barrier Project, California’s long-term border-reinforcement mission.

The nine-man unit drilled a well along the California-Mexico border. The natural source of water will be used by Army Reserve and National Guard engineer units in construction projects.

“This water could be used for irrigation of new plants, for mixing concrete or for dust control along the patrolled border roads,” Cervantes said.

SFC Ben Coley, the detachment’s supervisor, called this mission a training opportunity of a lifetime. “Here, we actually get to start up the drill and do our job. At home, we can only set it up and go through the motions.”

Cervantes said he enjoyed “doing something for San Diego, working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Border Patrol, and working with the Guard units.”

— SGT Jon Wilke, 133rd Mobile PA Det.

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