366th Combat Engineer Company in Canton honored by Association of the United States Army
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:56 am

A new sign was unveiled at the award ceremony at the Army Reserve Center, 45 West Main St. in Canton. Photo by Sergeant First Class Erik Taylor.

CANTON — The 366th Combat Engineer Company was selected by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) for two company awards: AUSA: Northern New York - Fort Drum Chapter "Salute A Unit" and AUSA: First Region "Salute A Unit.”

The 366th Combat Engineer Company was honored Oct. 14 at the Army Reserve Center, 45 West Main St.

Additionally, the AUSA recognized excellence in six individual Soldiers, honored a veteran of the 366th Engineer Company, and recognized St. Lawrence University as a community partner for their outstanding contributions to the soldiers and their families.

St. Lawrence University has been a strong partner, supporting the 366th Engineer Company, and hosted a special formal dinner for soldiers and their spouses.

At the same event, the 366th Engineer Company welcomed the community to join them outside the brick walls of the Reserve Center for the unveiling of a new sign, designed and manufactured by a soldier in their ranks.

Stephen Schanely represented AUSA and presented the awards to the company and soldiers. AUSA is the Army's professional association, the voice of the American soldier, and supporter of soldiers and their families.

Retired Major General Robert Kasulke now serves as the regional Army Reserve Ambassador and recognized the hard work and high state of readiness of the Company.

Lieutenant Colonel Ken Jones, the commander of the 7th Engineer Battalion (Active, Fort Drum) spoke about the total army force - with active duty, National Guard, and reserve working together.

The 366th Combat Engineer Company had a busy year. At the Joint Readiness Training Center they worked directly with 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division (now deployed), providing the Brigade Combat Team mobility and counter-mobility assets to fight and win against any enemy.

The Company was selected to send teams to Operation Cold Steel, a new Army Reserve live-fire exercise held at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin from March 4 to April 29, 2017. The exercise’s purpose was to qualify select gun crews as part of a larger effort to bring certain Reserve units to the highest levels of readiness in training.

Staff Sergeant Brandon Coffey achieved "top shot" in the Army Reserve. SSG Coffey shot 992 out of a possible 1,000 points at Fort McCoy.

The 366th Combat Engineers are a Mobility Augmentation Company. Their mission includes highly technical training to provide mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability for the Task Force Commander.