Welcome to the 27th Engineer Battalion (A)!
The 27th Engineer Battalion (A) rapidly deploys expeditionary combat and general engineer in support of world-wide contingency operations, in order to support maneuver commanders during unified land operations.
The 27th Engineer Battalion (A) is located at Fort Bragg, NC and is one of four Battalions that supports the 20th Engineer Brigade. The 20th Engineer Brigade mission is to provide proactive,
Battalion Commander, LTC Polonkey
Lieutenant Colonel Shawn P. Polonkey is from Monroe, Michigan and received his commission into the Corps of Engineers after his graduation from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. LTC Polonkey served his Lieutenant years first as a Sapper Platoon Leader in Korea with C Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion and E Company, 2/9 Infantry Regiment “Manchu”, and then as the 911th Engineer Company (Technical Rescue) Executive Officer in Fort Belvoir, VA. In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan serving as an embedded trainer to the 203rd Kandak in support of 4/73 Cavalry Squadron.
Following the completion of the Engineer Captains Career Course in 2008, LTC Polonkey served his next three years with the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), first as the Assistant Operations Officer in Fort Belvoir, VA and then as the A Company Commander in Schofield Barracks, HI. In 2012 he was selected to command the 542nd Forward Engineer Support Team - Advanced (FEST-A) Detachment out of Savannah, GA, deploying the detachment to Mazar-I-Sharif and Kabul, Afghanistan in support of U.S. Forces Afghanistan - North and 10th Mountain Division.
In 2014, LTC Polonkey was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as the Deputy Division Engineer to the 82nd Airborne Division, the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer to the 127th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Airborne), and finally as the Brigade Executive Officer to the 20th Engineer Brigade. In 2018, he was selected to serve as an Exchange Officer to the 3rd Canadian Division as one of their Plans Officers in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2019 he moved to Fort Knox, KY where he served as the Deputy Commanding Officer to 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army and then as the G-3/5/7 to First Army Division East.
LTC Polonkey holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Technology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s of Science in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. His awards and decorations include the Bronze star (with one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.
Battalion Command Sergeant Major, CSM Deibel
CSM Deibel was born in Marshall, Missouri and enlisted into the Army Reserves in February 1996 as a Combat Engineer. He attended one station unit training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In December 1998 CSM Deibel enlisted into active duty.
CSM Deibel has successfully held leadership positions at all levels from Team Leader to Squadron SGM. He was previously the Engineer Personnel Development Office SGM and the Interim Regimental Engineer CSM. His stateside assignments include the 82nd Replacement Detachment, 82nd Airborne Division (Fort Bragg, NC), USASOC (Fort Bragg, NC), United States Army Engineer School (Fort Leonard Wood, MO). His overseas assignments include the Combat Support Company (CSC), 173rd Airborne Brigade, (Vicenza, Italy), 1/508th Airborne Battalion (Vicenza, Italy), and 1/503rd Airborne Battalion (Vicenza, Italy).
CSM Deibel has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn for combat operations.
CSM Deibel’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (4), Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal (1), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (9), Army Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal-Campaign Star (1), Iraq Campaign Medal with Arrow Head Device, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Star (4), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Master Parachutist Badge, Path Finder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Italian Parachutist Badge, Irish Defense Forces Parachutist Badge, Royal Austrian Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and recipient of the Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal.
CSM Deibel’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster Course, Battle Staff, Explosive Ordinance Clearance Agent Course (EOCA), Enlisted Combat Skills Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), Battalion Pre-command Course/Command Sergeant Major Course (CSMC), Engineer Precommand Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
CSM Deibel’s civilian education includes Facility Management Professional (FMP), Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM), Construction Manager In-Training (CMIT), National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Georgia School of Constructionheavy equipment school training. Currently working to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.
Welcome to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Airborne)!
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