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Definition/Scope: (ATTP 3-34.23) Combat engineering provides tactical-level engineer support to combat (offensive and defensive), stability, or civil support operations. In combat operations it is typically (though not always) focused on the support of close combat. Combat engineer units have the capability of fighting as engineers, or, if required, as infantry. Combat engineers typically provide the basic hardening and camouflage, concealment, and deception support while general engineering support is focused on longer-term survivability efforts. (FM 5-103) Combat engineers contribute to the combined arms team by performing the missions of mobility, countermobility, survivability, geospatial operations, general engineering, and fight as infantry. Mobility missions include breaching enemy minefield and obstacles, route improvement and construction, and water-crossing operations. Countermobility missions include the enhancement of fire through obstacle and minefield employment. Survivability missions enhance the total survivability of the force through fighting and protective position construction. Topographic operations engineering missions include detailed terrain analysis, terrain overlays, trafficability studies, evaluation of cover and concealment, soils maps, and other information to base mobility, countermobility, and survivability decisions. General engineering missions support theater armies with both vertical and horizontal construction capabilities. (GoArmy) Combat engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team when they are tackling rough terrain in combat situations. They provide their expertise in areas such as mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering. Their job duties may include: construct fighting positions, fixed/floating bridges, obstacles and defensive positions; place and detonate explosives; conduct operations that include route clearance of obstacles and rivers; prepare and install firing systems for demolition and explosives; detect mines visually or with mine detectors .

Broader Terms:

554th Engineer Battalion

Narrower Terms:

general engineering

Related Terms:

area clearance
route clearance

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