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We are, we are, we are, we are, the ENGINEER'S
we can, we can, we can, we can, demolish forty beers
G Bm Em
Drink up, drink up, drink up, drink up and come along with us
Am D G G
cuz we don’t give a damn, for any Old Man, who don’t give a damn about us - Hey
A tanker and an ENGINEER once found a gallon can
Said the tanker to the ENGINEER "Out drink me if you can!"
The tanker took three drinks and died, his face was turning green.
But the ENGINEER kept drinking, it was only gasoline.
My father was a miner on the upper Malamute,
My mother was a hostess in a house of ill repute.
When I was only sixteen years, she shouted loud and clear
Get out of the house, become a man, and join the ENGINEERS!
The Air Force and the Navy came to town to have some fun
Down to the taverns where the fiery liquors run
But all they found was broken glass, the Engineers had come
And traded junk filled demo bags for gallon kegs of rum
We plan and guard your barriers, and we build your bunkers too,
And each and every war we prove what the ENGINEERS can do.
For in the thick of every fight, the cry has been for years
Come clear the pass, and save our ass, you Combat ENGINEERS.
released July 4, 2011
Joey Vasselet and Christy Fields - Backing vocals
Stephen Strunk- Engineering and Mastering
Justin List - Everything else
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United States Army Corps of Engineers
A Brief History
Having tossed together a brief history of the Seabees, I thought it would be proper to do the same for the Army Corps of Engineers. After all, I did feature them in the article .
Way back in 1779, on March 11, Congress established the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) to help plan, design and prepare environmental and structural facilities for the U.S. Army. However, the history of ACoE can be further traced back to June 16, 1775, when the Continental Congress organized an army with a chief engineer and two assistants.
The motto of the ACoE is "Essayons," which is French for "Let us try."
At the time of its establishment, the ACoE was made up of civilian workers, members of the Continental Army and French officers. After the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the Corps was mustered out of service.
In the early 1790s, Congress started taking measures to reconstitute the American Army. In 1794, Congress created a Corps of Artillerists and Engineers to serve the same purpose as the ACoE under the new federal government. It was soon after that it was noted that that the duties and functions of the artillery and engineers, while connected, were distinct – and so the two were to be parted into two branches. The Army Corps of Engineers itself was reestablished as an enduring division in 1802.
The chief task of the ACoE is creating and maintaining military fortifications. The 11-pointed fort (Fort Wood) that now serves as the base of the Statue of Liberty was one of those projects.
In the early 1800’s, after the War of 1812, the ACoE evolved from providing services for the military to helping map out the uncharted territories that would become the western United States. Beginning in 1824, the Corps also took responsibility for navigation and flood control of the nation's river systems.
Other peacetime responsibilities included coastal fortifications and lighthouses.
At the beginning of the American Civil War, Congress added three additional companies of engineers and the ACoE was formed into a battalion of engineers. Prior to the United States getting involved in World War I, the Army and the Corps underwent expansion and reorganization – and after entering the war, additional engineer regiments appeared.
The role of the ACoE to natural disasters has evolved, but began with direct federal participation in disaster relief – the first formal disaster relief mission was during the Mississippi Flood of 1882. The ACoE played a critical role in responding to the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood of 1889 and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
As with the Seebees, the members of the ACoE are both builders and fighters. During World War II, Engineer troops prepared and developed beaches for assault landings, both in Europe and the Pacific. General Service and Combat Regiments built every conceivable structure or facility in the various theaters of operation. Combat regiments and battalions supported the maneuver forces with roads, bridges, and mine warfare. Stateside, the ACoE supervised the $15.2 billion defense construction program, which included the $2 billion Manhattan Project which ushered in the era of atomic warfare.
The ACoE was involved in the Korean War & Vietnam wars as well. In both of these conflicts, engineers not only fought alongside maneuver arms but also constructed countless support facilities - combat engineers demolished, rebuilt, and destroyed the same bridges as the tide of war moved across the Korean landscape, and in Vietnam built fire bases, airfields, heliports, harbor facilities, and major highways - ACoE troops constructed 900 miles of modern, paved highways connecting the major population centers of the Republic of Vietnam and monitored the construction by private American contractors of an additional 550 miles. And all the while, the civil works side of the ACoE continued with navigation, flood control, hydroelectric, and military construction projects in the United States.
The AcoE was in action for the contingency operations in Granada, Panama, and Kuwait.
And humanitarian efforts such as Provide Comfort and Restore Hope constituted yet another mission for the Corps. Rebuilding Kuwait, providing for relief of displaced refugees, and supporting United Nations efforts in Somalia called for both combat and construction skills.
Disaster assistance for victims of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes continues to be a peacetime challenge for the ACoE – such as the reconstruction of the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Army Corps of Engineers Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) are:
12A- Engineer Senior Sergeant
12B - Combat Engineer
12C - Bridge Crewmember
12D - Diver
12G - Quarrying Specialist
12H - Construction Engineering Supervisor
12K - Plumber
12M - Firefighter
12N - Horizontal Construction Engineer
12P - Prime Power Production Specialist
12Q -Power Line Distribution Specialist
12R - lnterior Electrician
12T - Technical Engineer
12V - Construction and Asphalt Equipment Operator
12W - Carpentry and Masonry Specialist
12X - General Engineering Supervisor
12Y - Geospatial Engineer
12Z - Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant
120A - Construction Engineer Technician
125D - Geospatial Information Technician
12A - Engineer Officer
12 B - Combat Engineer
12D - Facilities/Contract Construction Management Engineer (FCCME)
A more in-depth history of the ACoE is available at their website The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Brief History.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Branch Song "Essayons"
Essayons, sound out the battle cry
Essayons, we'll win or we'll die
Essayons, there's nothing we won't try
We're the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pin the castle on my collar
I've done my training for the team
You can call me an engineer soldier
The warrior spirit has been my dream
We are builders, we are fighters
We are destroyers just as well
There've been doubters who met with the sappers
1 - We know our sappers will never fail
2 - And then we blew them all straight to hell
Our brothers fighting on the battlefield
Look to us to point the way
We get there first and then we take the risks
To build the roads and the air strips
And bridge the mighty river streams
We don't care who gets the glory
We're sure of one thing, this we know
Somewhere out there an engineer soldier
Designed the plan for the whole darn show
Essayons whether in war or peace
We will bear our red and our white
Essayons we serve America
And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers