Mission

The 4th Engineer Battalion deploys, receives, integrates, and provides command and control of attached units in order to conduct full spectrum engineering operations in support of an Army, Joint, or Coalition Task Force.

Leadership

  • Battalion Commander Dick Battalion Commander

    Biography

    Lt. Col. Carl D. Dick was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and joined the Army in 1989. Dick served for three years as an enlisted 12B combat engineer in Korea; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Hood, Texas, and then continued to serve in the Arizona National Guard for two years as a 13F forward observer. Carl received his commission in the Corps of Engineers from Arizona State University ROTC in 1998, graduated as the distinguished honor graduate at Engineer Officer Basic Course.

    He was assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion as an S3 plans officer; line platoon leader; TF engineer for 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment; assault and obstacle platoon leader; and the battalion maintenance officer.

    Upon completion of the Engineer Officer’s Career Course, Dick served as the 9th Engineer Battalion plans officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany, and during Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF). He commanded Company C, 9th Engineer Battalion, during its deployment to Ramadi with Task Force 1-77 Armor. That included constructing six combat outposts for Marine and Army task forces throughout Ramadi. He then served as the 2nd BCT brigade engineer in Northwest Baghdad increasing the brigade footprint with 12-plus combat outposts until December 2007. Dick moved to Heidelberg, Germany, as the U.S. Army Europe engineer plans officer from 2008-2009 synchronizing exercise related construction projects within Germany, Bulgaria and Israel.

    In 2009, Dick attended Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at the Command and General Staff College followed by the Advanced Military Studies Program at the Leavenworth School of Advanced Military Studies. He was then assigned to Headquarters, International Security Force (ISAF) in Kabul as a CJ35 future operations planner from 2011-2012 with duties that included Pakistan/Afghanistan Trilateral Engagements, GLOC mitigation, NGO engagements, and he implemented the first International Detention Survey Concept which included conducting multiple Afghan prison inspections.

    Dick served at Fort Riley, Kansas, as the 2-1 Brigade Special Troops Battalion S3 operations officer (2/1 ABCT) as it assumed the first USAFRICOM Brigade Regionally Aligned Force (RAF) Mission. Duties included teaching allies in Uganda and Kenya while preparing and deploying over 20 small teams to the African continent. He was nominated to return to Kabul as the deputy executive officer (Plans) for commander, ISAF/Resolute Support under Gen. Joseph Dunford and then Gen. John F. Campbell from March 2014 to March 2015. He returned to Fort Riley to serve as the division engineer (Sanctuary) while the division staff was deployed and reconstituted from Iraq (OIR).

    Dick has deployed four times for OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He has an undergraduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, a Masters in Engineering Management and a Masters in Military Arts and Science.

    His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star (three oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (eight oak leaf clusters), and the Oversea Service Medal (Numeral 8). He has also earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the NATO Service Medal, the Bronze DeFlurey Award as well as the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge.

  • Battalion Command Sergeant Major Ferguson Battalion Command Sergeant Major

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. Robert W. Ferguson II hails from Sterling Heights, Michigan, and joined the Army in August 1996 as a combat engineer.

    His previous duties include: Sapper in Company C, 14th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; vehicle driver in S3 Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Eng. Bn., Camp Castle, Korea; team leader, training NCO, and squad leader in Company C, 11th Eng. Bn.; squad leader in Company B, 2nd Eng. Bn., Camp Castle, Korea; squad leader, operations sergeant, and platoon sergeant in Company A, 326th Eng. Bn. (reflagged as 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; observer/controller/trainer on the Tarantula and Sidewinder teams, Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. His last operational assignment was at, Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a first sergeant of the 814th Multi-Role Bridge Company and the battalion operations sergeant in 46th Eng. Bn.

    Ferguson’s military education consists of: Jungle Warfare School, Combat Lifesaver, Air Assault School, Rappel Master School, Master Driver Course, FRIES-SPIES Course, Pathfinder School, Unit Victim Advocate, Battle Staff NCO Course, Joint Firepower Course, and Master Fitness Trainer Course. He is a graduate of Basic Leadership Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 66.

    Ferguson earned an associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University.

    His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (10 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Badge, Sapper Tab, Driver’s Badge (Wheeled), and the German Armed Forces Fitness Proficiency Badge. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.

  • Unit History

    Organized 31 December 1861 in the Regular Army at Washington, D.C., from new and existing companies of engineers as a provisional engineer battalion (constituted 28 July 1866 as the Battalion of Engineers). Expanded 14 March-7 June 1901 to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Engineers (1st Battalion of Engineers-hereafter separate lineage). 2nd Battalion of Engineers expanded, reorganized, and redesignated 1 July-1 August 1916 as the 2nd Regiment of Engineers. 2nd Regiment of Engineers expanded 21 May-20 June 1917 to form the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Regiments of Engineers (2nd and 5th Regiments of Engineers-hereafter separate lineages). 4th Regiment of Engineers redesignated 29 August 1917 as the 4th Engineers. Assigned 1 January1918 to the 4th Division. Inactivated 21 September 1921 at Camp Lewis, Washington. Company A activated 24 July 1922 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 4th Division and assigned to the 6th Division (Company A inactivated 30 September 1929). Relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 6th Division and assigned to the 4th Division (later redesignated as the 4th Infantry Division) (Company A concurrently activated at Fort Benning, Georgia). Redesignated 19 October 1939 as the 4th Engineer Battalion. Activated (less Company A) 1 June 1940 at Fort Benning. Georgia. Reorganized and redesignated 19 September1942 as the 4th Engineer Motorized 8attalion. Reorganized and redesignated 1 August 1943 as the 4th Engineer Combat Battalion. Inactivated 19 February 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina. Activated 6 July 1948 at Fort Ord, California. Redesignated 5 June 1953 as the 4th Engineer Battalion. Inactivated 15 December 2004 at Fort Carson, Colorado, and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division. Headquarters and Headquarters Company activated 18 October 2006 at Fort Carson. CO to the present time.

    Campaigns

    The Civil War

    • Peninsula
    • Antietam
    • Fredericksburg
    • Chancellorsville
    • Wilderness
    • Spotsylvania
    • Cold Harbor
    • Petersburg
    • Appomattox
    • Virginia 1863
    War with Spain
    • Santiago
    Philippine Insurrection
    • Streamer without Inscription
    World War I
    • Aisne-Marne
    • St. Mihiel
    • Meuse-Argonne
    • Champagne 1918
    • Lorraine 1918
    World War II
    • Normandy (with arrowhead)
    • Northern France
    • Rhineland
    • Ardennes-Alsace
    • Central Europe
    Vietnam
    • 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
    War on Terrorism
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom
    • Liberation of Iraq
    • Transition of Iraq
    • Iraqi Sovereignty
    • Operation Enduring Freedom
    • Consolidation II
    • Consolidation III
    • Transition I

    Decorations

    • Belgian Fourragere 1940
    • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium
    • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes
    • Hurtgen Forest 1944
    • Presidential Unit Citation
    • Vietnam 1966-1969
    • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
    • Vietnam 1967-1968
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    • Vietnam 1969-1970
    • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
    • Vietnam 1966-1969
    • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class
    • Alpha Company entitled to:
    • Presidential Unit Citation for Pleiku Province, Dak To District
    • Charlie Company entitled to:
    • Valorous Unit Award for Quang Ngai Province
    • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
    • Iraq 2003-2004
    • Valorous Unit Award
    • Afghanistan 2009-2010
    • Valorous Unit Award

    4th Engineer Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia

    Description/Blazon

    A Gold metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules a fess wavy Argent; on a canton Or an anchor debruised by two oars in saltire of the field. Attached below the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed "VOLENS ET POTENS" in Red letters.

    Symbolism

    Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The wavy fess alludes to the outstanding feat accomplished by the organization in World War I, in which the regiment bridged the Vesle under heavy fire, making possible the forcing of the passage by the Division. The yellow canton, representative of the color of the Engineers' facing when the old companies of the regiment were organized in 1861, refers to the 2d Engineers, from which the 4th Engineers was organized in 1916. The device on the canton was the badge of the Engineers and Pontoniers of the Civil War.

    Background

    The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 4th Regiment Engineers on 18 February 1927. It was redesignated for the 4th Engineer Battalion on 5 December 1940.

    4th Engineer Battalion Coat of Arms

    Description/Blazon

    Shield
    Gules, a fess wavy Argent, on a canton Or an anchor debruised by two oars in saltire of the field. Crest
    From a wreath Argent and Gules a dexter cubit arm mailed Proper grasping four arrows Gules armed and feathered Argent. Motto
    VOLENS ET POTENS (Willing and Able).

    Symbolism

    Shield Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The wavy fess alludes to the outstanding feat accomplished by the organization in World War I, in which the regiment bridged the Vesle under heavy fire, making possible the forcing of the passage by the Division. The yellow canton, representative of the color of the Engineers' facing when the old companies of the regiment were organized in 1861, refers to the 2d Engineers, from which the 4th Engineers was organized in 1916. The device on the canton was the badge of the Engineers and Pontoniers of the Civil War. Crest The mailed hand and arrows are indicative of the combat capabilities of the unit, the number of arrows corresponding to the numerical designation of the battalion.

    Background
    The coat of arms was originally approved for the 4th Engineers on 21 January 1921. It was redesignated for the 4th Engineer Battalion on 4 December 1940.
  • Units

    Headquarters and Headquarters Company

    Headquarters and Headquarters Company deploys, receives, integrates, and provides command and control of 4th Engineer Battalion units in order to conduct full spectrum engineer operations in support of the 4th Engineer Battalion, Joint, and Coalition Task Force units.

    Forward Support Company

    Forward Support Company deploys in order to provide sustainment support to the 4th Engineer Battalion through full spectrum combat operations.

    41st Engineer Company (Route Clearance) Fort Riley, KS

    On order, the 41st Engineer Company (RCC) rapidly deploys world-wide in order to conduct route reconnaissance and clearance operations in support of Army, Joint and Combined Arms contingency operations.

    62nd Engineer Company (Sapper)

    The 62nd Engineer Company deploys in order to provide mobility and counter-mobility support to maneuver forces.

    569th Engineer Company (Mobility Augmentation)

    To provide command and control of engineer platoons that conduct Mobility, Counter-mobility and Survivability Operations in support of Full Spectrum Operations.

    576th Engineer Company (Route Clearance)

    The 576th Engineer Company deploys to conduct route and area clearance operations in support of Army, Joint, or Coalition Forces.

    615th Engineer Construction Company

    On Order, the 615th Engineer Construction Company provides trained and lethal platoons and squads capable of providing mobility, survivability, and construction support to maneuver forces and major combatant commands.

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    Housing Information

    Single Soldier Housing Office: 719-526-9709

    The Single Soldier Housing Office (SSHO) is located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Housing Division manages the SSHO. Unit leaders continue to lead Soldiers who live in the barracks. Unit leaders continue to be responsible for good order and discipline. The SSHO augments unit leaders by managing the barracks. Single Soldiers and unit leaders should contact the SSHO with questions associated with the barracks and call the SSHO to submit service requests for room repairs.

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