relationship, the force commander can move his engineer
units and use them more readily than if he had tasked them
to a subordinate commander in a more decentralized role,
such as a command or a DS relationship.
2-3. Maneuver Commander's Authority. A maneuver commander cannot assign a
more authoritative command relationship than he receives from a higher
authority. He may assign a less authoritative relationship to further
attach to, place under OPCON to, or give a support mission for a
subordinate headquarters to an engineer unit attached to him.
maneuver commander may further place under OPCON to or give a support
mission for a subordinate headquarters to an engineer unit OPCON to
him. The commander may give tasks and priorities to an engineer unit
in direct support to him, but he cannot task-organize it or give it to
a subordinate headquarters.
2-4. Engineer Organization.
a. Corps engineer brigade.
(1) The corps engineer brigade is a large organization that contains
the C2 structure necessary to sustain a fully developed corps
area of operations. It also contains specialized engineer units
that support combat operations.
The brigade can task-organize
subordinate engineer units to accomplish current and future
It focuses on future operations to ensure that task
organizations develop early and give engineer units sufficient
time to move.
(2) Figure 2-1, page 2-6, shows a sample corps engineer brigade. It
has three armored divisions, one light division, one separate
armored brigade, and one armored cavalry regiment.
combat engineer groups are flexible organizations that have no
fixed number of battalions or separate companies. They are given
GS engineer responsibility.
(3) The corps combat engineer battalion (mechanized, wheeled, and
light corps) has three engineer companies, nine combat support
equipment (CSE) companies, and one light equipment company (LEC).
Ribbon bridge (RB) and medium girder bridge (MGB) companies are
located at the brigade, and AVLBs are located in the division
area. The corps engineer controls bridging and task-organizes it
b. Armored division engineer.
(1) The division engineer concentrates on the fight and allocates
division engineer companies to division engineer battalions that
support forward maneuver brigades. The base engineer unit in the
armored division organization is the division engineer battalion.
The division engineer company organizes to fight with an armored