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VING’s Engineering Unit Makes Repairs To St. Thomas Public Schools

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands National Guard 631st Engineer Utilities Detachment conducted annual training in St. Thomas recently.

The unit completed several community projects on St. Thomas during two weeks at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and the Bertha C. Boschulte Junior High School.

At the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, an entire conference room was rewired, and windows reinforced. Also, new ceiling tiles and tracks were installed.

The engineering unit constructed eight new benches at the Bertha C. Boschulte Junior High School and two walkway coverings. The unit also repaired the lighting system for the entire school, which had been without lights since the aftermath of the hurricanes in 2017.

“Home has limited opportunities for soldiers to exercise their skills,” said Army Cpt. Jahmel Leonard, commander of 631st Engineer Utilities Detachment. “But because of the dedicated NCOs in the unit, the soldiers had an opportunity to practice their military occupational specialty.”

The unit was scheduled to attend a 21-day overseas deployment training in Hohenfels, Germany, which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Spc. Shun Greenaway, 631st Engineer Utilities Detachment cuts ceiling tiles during annual training at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas July 10 – 24, 2020.

“The most important thing for me during AT is that all soldiers get to exercise their skill sets and improve,” Leonard said.

Other small projects at the 786th Readiness Center supply rooms, such as installing hooks to hang gas masks in the vaults, were also completed.

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