Henry County Mayor Brent Greer welcomes attendees to the Tennessee Army National Guard’s Paris-based 212th Engineer Company, celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. The event was held on September 26, 2017 at the Paris National Guard Armory at 285 County Home Road.
The Paris Army National Guard has a long and illustrious history. First formed in September 1917 as Battery D, 114th 1st Tennessee Field Artillery, this unit deployed to WWI. In January 1918 the Paris unit was reorganized into Company H Infantry and Battery A Field Artillery. These units deployed to WWII in September 1940. In 1947 the Paris unit was again reorganized into Company E, 117thInfantry Regiment and Company B, 105thEngineer Company. In 1954 the unit changed to Company B and Company E 230th Engineer Battalion. In 1973 the unit was restructured into the 890th Engineer Company. In 1999, the unit became Company C, 46th Engineer Battalion and deployed to Iraq in 2002. On October 16, 2004 the unit reorganized and was re-designated as the 212th Engineer Company.
The 212th deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013. The unit has also deployed on numerous training missions at home and abroad. The unit participated in the California border wall construction in 2005, Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, Arizona border wall construction in 2007, and a humanitarian mission to Dominican Republic 2009. The unit also deployed to Bulgaria in 2014, 2015, and 2016 to perform various construction missions and participated in another humanitarian mission to Guatemala in 2016.
During the unit’s approximately month long missions, Soldiers trained on their engineer skills, including; masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and excavating. While participating in humanitarian missions, the unit built schools and clinics for impoverished communities.
These missions allowed Soldiers to improve on their skills in a real-world environment while providing necessary infrastructure improvements for people in need in partner countries.