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

  • Lt. Col. Jeremiah Gipson, Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jeremiah Gipson, Battalion Commander

    Biography

    Lt. Col. Jeremiah Gipson currently serves as the commander of 4th Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson. He hails from St. Louis and received his commission as an engineer officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 2002. His operational assignments include a tour with 54th Engineer Battalion (Corps) (Mechanized), where he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force – Forward. Gipson commanded Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, and deployed to Afghanistan as the J3, Transatlantic District – North, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, he served as the battalion S3 of the 84th Engineer Battalion and the brigade S3 of the 130th Engineer Brigade.

    His broadening assignments include serving as the chief of tactics, U.S. Army Engineer School and as a project manager with the Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Gipson was assigned to the Army Staff as a Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. Additionally, he served as chief of exercises and the G3 engineer planner, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. While at United States Indo-Pacific Command, Gipson was an exercise planner and the chief of Plans and Programing for the Joint Exercise Program. Most recently, he served as the executive assistant to the J3, director for Operations, USINDOPACOM.

    Gipson holds a Master of Science degree in engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Point. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army War College Defense Strategy Course, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and he is a certified project management professional.

    His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Unit Meritorious Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, NATO Metal, Sapper Tab, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge, Army Staff Badge and U.S. Army Engineer Regimental De Fleury Medal.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Tony C. Collins Jr. Command Sgt. Maj. Tony C. Collins Jr.

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. Tony C. Collins Jr. was formerly a student at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 69, at Fort Bliss, Texas. Collins has held every enlisted leadership position during his career, ranging from team leader to command sergeant major.

    A native of West Plains, Missouri, Collins enlisted in the Army in 1999 and attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a 12N (heavy equipment operator). During his career, he has served with the 20th Engineer Brigade, 555th Engineer Brigade, 36th Engineer Brigade, 1st Engineer Brigade and United States Army Recruiting Command.

    Collins’ training and educational levels include all noncommissioned officer professional development courses culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He also maintains a certificate in Welding Technology and an associate’s degree from Ozark’s Technical College.

    His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (fifth award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with four bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (second award), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (fifth award), Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Russian Foreign Jump Wings and Air Assault Badge. He is also the recipient of the Bronze De Fleury Medal from the Engineer Regiment.

  • Unit Resources

  • Unit History

    The unit was organized Dec. 31, 1861, in the Regular Army at Washington, D.C., from new and existing companies of engineers as a provisional engineer battalion (constituted July 28, 1866, as the Battalion of Engineers). It was expanded from March 14 to June 7 of 1901 to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Engineers (1st Battalion of Engineers-hereafter separate lineage).

    The 2nd Battalion of Engineers expanded, reorganized and redesignated from July 1 to Aug. 1 of 1916 as the 2nd Regiment of Engineers. The 2nd Regiment of Engineers then expanded from May 21 to June 20 of 1917 to form the 2nd, 4th and 5th Regiments of Engineers (2nd and 5th Regiments of Engineers -hereafter separate lineages).

    The 4th Regiment of Engineers redesignated Aug. 29, 1917, as the 4th Engineers. It was assigned Jan. 1, 1918, to the 4th Division and then inactivated Sept. 21, 1921, at Camp Lewis, Washington. Company A activated July 24, 1922, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was relieved from assignment to the 4th Division Aug. 15, 1927, and assigned to the 6th Division (Company A inactivated Sept. 30, 1929). It was relieved Oct. 1, 1933, from assignment to the 6th Division and assigned to the 4th Division (later redesignated as the 4th Infantry Division). Company A concurrently was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    Redesignated Oct. 19, 1939, as the 4th Engineer Battalion, it activated (less Company A) June 1, 1940, at Fort Benning, Georgia. It was reorganized and redesignated Sept. 19, 1942, as the 4th Engineer Motorized Battalion and then reorganized and redesignated Aug. 1, 1943, as the 4th Engineer Combat Battalion. The battalion was inactivated Feb. 19, 1946, at Camp Butner, North Carolina, and then activated July 6, 1948, at Fort Ord, California. It was redesignated June 5, 1953, as the 4th Engineer Battalion and inactivated Dec. 15, 2004, at Fort Carson, Colorado, and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division. Headquarters and Headquarters Company activated Oct. 18, 2006, at Fort Carson.

    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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