Michigan Army Reservist: Work Engineers Do in the Army Reserve During National Engineers Week!

Michigan Army Reservist: Work Engineers Do in the Army Reserve During National Engineers Week!

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National Engineers Week calls attention to the significant contributions of engineers at our nation’s top organizations, including the U.S. Army Reserve. Engineers play a vital role in the growth and welfare of the nation by solving the toughest challenges. With sustainability as a guiding principle, Army Reserve engineers work to strengthen the nation’s resilience by building and maintaining infrastructure and water resources.

With roots dating back to the American Revolution in 1778,

the Army continues to prioritize engineering and innovation at home and abroad. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is researching and developing technology for our Soldiers stationed in other countries. These Soldiers are also using their expertise to protect and restore America’s environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our nation’s major waterways.

Army Reserve Soldiers have the advantage of bringing unique civilian skills such as small business management and advanced engineering degrees to the job, making them particularly well-suited for emergency and disaster response.

Engineering roles are critical positions within all military branches,

especially the Army Reserve. Observances like National Engineers Week help ensure a diverse workforce by raising awareness and understanding of and generating interest in engineering careers.

Join me in a recent interview with Army Reserve Colonel Andrew Sinelli, Commander, 301st Forward Engineer Support Team-Main, to learn more about the vital role engineers fulfill in the Army Reserve. Col. Sinelli discusses the latest achievements and high-demand STEM capabilities found in the Army Reserve.

Listen to the entire interview here:  Army Reserve Engineers – Michigan Mama News – YouTube

For more information, go to  www.usar.army.mil



Colonel Sinelli took command of the 301st Forward Engineer Support Team – Main (FEST-M), Denver, Colorado in June 2021.

Born in Michigan, COL Sinelli completed his Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering & Management from Arizona State University in 1996 while in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). In 2022, he completed the Master of Strategic Studies in the Army War College as a Superior graduate.

COL Sinelli’s previous assignment was interim Commander of the 650th Regional Support Group, Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to his first brigade level command, he was the Deputy G4 Logistics Officer for the 76th Operational Response Command (ORC). He was deployed with the 76th ORC in Salt Lake City, Utah, in support of DoD COVID Operations in 2019. COL Sinelli commanded the 2nd Battalion 413th Regiment, 2d

Brigade, 95th Division in Riverside, California. Prior to battalion level command COL Sinelli served in the Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command’s (PACOM) Engineering Division in the Environmental Security, Exercise Related Construction (ERC), Humanitarian Assistance (HA) and Operations sections. COL Sinelli also served as Team Leader for a 15-person Facility Engineer Team supporting the 416th Engineer Command in Phoenix, Arizona. As a member of the Seattle Facility Engineer Team, he deployed in support of U.S. Army Central Command and 3d Army to Camp As Sayliyah, Doha, Qatar during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Before joining the Army Reserves, COL Sinelli served on active duty as a Combat Mechanized Engineer with 3d Brigade, I Corps, Fort Lewis, Washington. As the Battalion Logistics Officer, he helped transform the Army’s first engineer battalion into a company in support of the Army’s First Stryker Brigade.

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2), Joint Military Unit Award, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (2). He is a graduate of Sapper Leader, Airborne, and Scout Platoon Leader schools.

As a civilian, he manages family owned residential rental properties in Gold Canyon, Arizona. He is active in his church as a deacon and Gideon and often coaches youth soccer. COL Andrew Sinelli is married to the former Christina Andersen of Au Gres, Michigan. Christina is a former U.S. Army Captain, practicing Nursing in Labor and Delivery at Mountain Vista Medical Center Mesa, Arizona. They have two daughters, Kirsten (NOV 01), Kylee (SEP 05) and a son, Andersen (FEB 10).

Interview and info courtesy: U.S. Army Reserve



Cynthia Tait

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