Forward Engineer Support Team (FEST) Training

FEST Trainings throughout the year consist of 2 tracks from which to choose (Contingency Construction or Reconnaissance) and lasts two weeks.This course is nine full days: Tuesday - Saturday, then Monday - Thursday. It will be held at the Readiness Support Center, 201 St. Michael Street, Mobile, AL 36602.
To register for this training go to top of this page. Hold your mouse over Registration, then In-residence. Then select FEST.
Course pre-requisite is the FFE Online Introductory Course:
Contingency Construction Track
Week 1 (Tues-Sat) instruction includes supporting information to consider in base camp development planning. Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) lesson will provide understanding of the Design Basis threat (DBT) for a base camp. Focus will be on identifying assets to be protected and identifying likely threats to those assets including aggressor categories, likelihood, weapons, and tactics. Instructor will review the requirements of the minimum anti-terrorism (AT) standards and other criteria, and how this criterion affects the DBT for the protective system of expeditionary and temporary structures.
Environmental lesson will discuss the environmental impacts that affect base camp planning and assist students in understanding the purpose and contents of an EBS (Environmental Baseline Survey) and ESCS (Environmental Closure Survey). It will describe the challenges related to waste management in the base camp life cycle and will review the base closure/transfer process.
The Real Estate lesson will discuss the significance of real estate acquisition and management as they relate to the base camp development planning (BCDP) process. Additionally, students will learn to recognize the impact of real estate agreements on the disposal of property during base camp closure and be familiar with the legal authorities in real estate acquisition.
Complex Terrain lesson will enable the student to understand the impacts that terrain and climatic conditions have on base camp planning and the general solutions to minimize those impacts with strategic design.
Civil Support instruction will review the role that military engineers and USACE have in a civil support mission. National Response Framework (NRF), Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), and USACE Planning and Response Teams (PRTs) will be discussed.
The AFCS (Army Facilities Components System) modules expose students to many of the TCMS system features of construction planning, design, management and reporting system software application used by military engineers for initial and temporary contingency construction activities primarily located in a theater of operations OCONUS. It provides sophisticated access to AFCS designs in AFCS databases while also providing support interfaces to relevant commercial applications.
Week2 (Mon-Thurs) focuses on the planning and construction processes in a theater of operations OCONUS (outside the continental United States). Base camp development instruction reviews preliminary planning; location selection; planning and design; land use planning; facilities and infrastructure; general site planning; facilities requirements; base camp closure; practical exercises; and lessons learned. This course will incorporate prior week’s instruction in Environmental Considerations and TCMS into the considerations for base camp development planning.
Reconnaissance Track
Week 1 (Tues-Sat) will integrate Level I equipment training. Instruction covers several devices. (See UROC website to obtain Fact Sheets on equipment: )
The IRIS (Infrastructure Recon Information System) works in conjunction with REDi (Reachback Engineer Data Integration) database enabling a user to gather data in the field and securely push back to the online data repository for visualization capability and online analysis.
The ARRK (Automated Route Recon Kit) collects and processes the route data and provides the user with tools for editing and exporting the data into a sharable format. It uses a ruggedized laptop computer to continuously collect route reconnaissance information without stopping or leaving the vehicle for routing calculations, reducing time, security risks, and accuracy issues. The ARRK provides a chronological picture replay of the route and a geo-referenced display of major features that affect the classification and usage of the route for vehicle mounted applications, and when used in its airborne configuration, provides an overview of damage in impacted areas due to a natural disaster.
The TCE/BGAN (Tele-Engineering Communications Equipment/Broadband Global Area Network) consists of a deployable version (TCED). Training provides lecture and demonstration of how to communicate point-to-point or connect through a multipoint video tele-conference (VTC) bridge in both secure and non-secure settings, enabling a link between deployed personnel, their Headquarters, engineer units and subject matter experts (SMEs) to meet mission requirements. The BGAN system maximizes the use of satellite capacity by ensuring availability with the highest capability.
Week 2 (Mon-Thurs) will begin with two days of Bridge Reconnaissance instruction and practical exercises. Bridge Recon instructs students on the methods for collecting necessary information regarding load class, width, overhead clearances, and traffic control measures.
 The remainder of the week will focus on more advanced level trainings and practical exercises for all UROC equipment taught in week one: IRIS, ARRK and TCED.
Common Courses
All students will attend courses that are pertinent to both Tracks on Day One. This instruction will include the Military Planners’ FFE overviews and knowledge check, REDi Overview, and the Contracting Course that focuses on the COR.