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Press Release from the Missouri National Guard

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. –   The Missouri National Guard is creating almost 190
new jobs as the 35th Engineer Brigade expands by adding three new units to
its fold.

The 1135th Engineer Company (Clearance), 335th Engineer Platoon (Area
Clearance) and 235th Construction Management Team started this month. Seven
of the new positions will be fulltime, while the rest will be traditional,
said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National
Guard.

“The Missouri National Guard is a recognized leader in the engineer community
and has a proven track record of growing new units,” Danner said. “We’ve got
the capabilities to ensure that these new units receive the training and
manning they need to be successful, and look forward to the opportunities
they will provide for our Soldiers and our state.”

Lt. Col. John Findley, the brigade’s fulltime administrative officer and
executive officer, said adding the three new units was a great opportunity to
increase the state’s engineer capabilities.

The 35th Engineer Brigade consists of all of the Missouri Guard’s engineer
assets in the state, which includes two battalions and 14 additional
companies.

The 1135th will be under the command of Capt. Lawrence Hardwick. It will be
located at the armory in Richmond and include 148 positions. Most of those
positions are for combat engineers, but the unit will require some
communications, administrative and maintenance personnel.

The mission of the 1135th will be to keep roadways clear.

“They’ll clear main supply routes, roads and traffic ways so our Soldiers can
move freely within their area of operation,” Findley said. “They can also
provide their skills to keep domestic roads cleared during state emergency
duty.”

Findley said clearing roads is the number one mission overseas right now.

“It’s definitely relative to the current war fight, that’s for sure,” he
said.

The 335th will be housed at the Rolla armory. The new platoon has 31
positions, all of which are combat engineer slots. The platoon leader will be
2nd Lt. Andrew Lough.

The platoon’s mission will be to clear areas so structures can be built upon
them.

“Let’s say this headquarters is going to set up in the field,” Findley said.
“An area clearance unit goes in and clears an area for it, as opposed to a
route.”

The 235th is a nine-person unit of officers and senior enlisted Soldiers who
will be stationed at the brigade armory at Fort Leonard Wood. The officer in
charge for the team of construction engineers will be Maj. Charles Bach.

Its mission is to design construction projects.

Most of the positions will be for Soldiers already in the Guard, while
Findley said a few slots will be given to newer recruits.