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With much of the Army’s engineering capability in the Army Reserve, the ability of the 412th Theater Engineer Commands to respond rapidly, sometimes within 24 hours, is vital to success of the Total Force as it provides theater-level engineer support to combatant commander during contingency operations. The 412th TEC maintains mission command of engineering forces at the theater level as a deployable command post, with three brigades and 96 assigned units throughout the eastern United States.
The engineering expertise in the more than 12,000 Soldier force includes survey and design, building, road and bridge construction, road repairs, and upgrades to physical facilities.
The command has historical training relationships in the Pacific and European theaters and provides direct support to Eighth Army in Korea. It has deployed numerous detachments since 9/11, supporting Multi-National Force-Iraq, and augmenting the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.
In 2009, Deployable Command Post 1 deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition to supporting military operations overseas, it also provided engineering and logistical support domestically following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Its lineage dates back to July 1923 when it was constituted in the Organized Reserve as the 372nd Engineer Regiment. It was ordered into active military service at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and departed the U.S., arriving in England, August 21, 1943.
The regiment was engaged in the Central Europe Campaign until May 1945 and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for World War II.
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: The 412th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., is made up of three Brigades and five Direct Reporting Units located in 20 states east of the Mississippi River.
• 1923: (July) with the activation of the 372d Engineers, First Corps, Organized Reserve.
• During WW II: The unit saw active duty as the 372d Engineer General Service Regiment, earning the Meritorious Unit Commendation for action in the European Theater.
• 1949: The unit was re-designed as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 412th Engineer Brigade and assigned to Vicksburg, Miss., under Third U.S. Army. Its ranks were largely filled by members of the 366th Engineer Construction Group, a successor to the 338th Engineer Regiment, the first post-war Engineer Reserve unit established in Vicksburg.
• 1968: The Brigade was re-designed as the 412th Engineer Command and was assigned to the United States Army Reserve Command.
• 2003: A detachment deployed as an Engineer Section to support the Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe.
• 2004: A section from Command Group supported the Multi-National Force in Baghdad, Iraq.
• 2005: The 412th Engineer Command deployed a design management section to support the 130th Engineer Brigade in Iraq.
• 2006 and 2008: the 412th Engineer Command deployed two task forces to augment the Gulf Region Division of the Corps of Engineers in Iraq. • 2008: The 412th TEC deployed the 926th Engineer Brigade to support the 4th Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq.
• March 23, 2009, the 412th Engineer Command received permanent orders to transform into a Theater Engineer Command. Those orders reorganized and re-designated the 412th Engineer Command as the 412th Theater Engineer Command effective Oct. 1, 2009.