Deployed Forces: 130th Eng. Bde. honored for performance

| May 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by 
Pfc. Jennifer Montagna
130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

130th Engineer Brigade Commander Col. Fabian Mendoza Jr. presents Maj. Candace Besherse with the Bronze Star for her accomplishments during her tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is the fourth highest combat award for U.S. armed forces service members, the ninth in the order of precedence for U.S. military decorations, which includes both combat and non-combat awards.CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE, Marez — With its yearlong deployment to Iraq coming to an end next month, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, held an end-of-tour awards ceremony, here, May 12. 

One-hundred-and-five medals, including the Bronze Star, were presented to 130th Eng. Bde. awardees for their overall performance during the tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Spc. Nicholas Erikson, budget analyst, received his fourth Army Commendation award at the ceremony.

“It was a great award to receive from my commander,” said Erikson. “It shows recognition of the sacrifices I’ve made by serving in Iraq away from my family and friends.” 

Erikson, who is on his second deployment to Iraq, works in the brigade’s Finance Office in Iraq, helping Soldiers with their basic allowance for housing, along with issues regarding their cost of living allowance.

Erikson assists with financial matters regarding the 130th and the Ninewa Reconstruction Cell’s engineering projects in the Iraqi province. 

Once he returns from deployment, Erikson, who will have completed his military service, plans to pursue his degree in accounting.

“Saving a lot of money during my tour was nice. Now, I’ll be able to sustain myself financially while going to school,” Erikson said. 

He said he looks forward to pursuing personal goals in his civilian life — like starting a family.

Maj. Candace Besherse, the 130th’s command judge advocate, is making plans to advance in her military 

career. Besherse, who will also be returning to Hawaii with the 130th in June, will be attending the Judge Advocate General graduate course. 

She received the Bronze Star Medal during the ceremony for her accomplishments over the past year with the brigade.

“It’s very humbling to receive the Bronze Star. It’s a tie to the past, a reflection of those who came before and a connection to something bigger than what I do on a day-to-day basis,” she said.

As the senior lawyer for the unit, Besherse serves as the brigade’s command judge advocate. She also works closely with the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team, advising and assisting with reconstruction projects in the city of Mosul, including reconstruction of legal buildings.

“These projects are important and exciting to me. I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of really great people,” Besherse said.

Story and Photos by Pfc. Jennifer Montagna130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandCONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE, Marez — With its yearlong deployment to Iraq coming to an end next month, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, held an end-of-tour awards ceremony, here, May 12. One-hundred-and-five medals, including the Bronze Star, were presented to 130th Eng. Bde. awardees for their overall performance during the tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Nicholas Erikson, budget analyst, received his fourth Army Commendation award at the ceremony.“It was a great award to receive from my commander,” said Erikson. “It shows recognition of the sacrifices I’ve made by serving in Iraq away from my family and friends.” Erikson, who is on his second deployment to Iraq, works in the brigade’s Finance Office in Iraq, helping Soldiers with their basic allowance for housing, along with issues regarding their cost of living allowance.Erikson assists with financial matters regarding the 130th and the Ninewa Reconstruction Cell’s engineering projects in the Iraqi province. Once he returns from deployment, Erikson, who will have completed his military service, plans to pursue his degree in accounting.“Saving a lot of money during my tour was nice. Now, I’ll be able to sustain myself financially while going to school,” Erikson said. He said he looks forward to pursuing personal goals in his civilian life — like starting a family.Maj. Candace Besherse, the 130th’s command judge advocate, is making plans to advance in her military career. Besherse, who will also be returning to Hawaii with the 130th in June, will be attending the Judge Advocate General graduate course. She received the Bronze Star Medal during the ceremony for her accomplishments over the past year with the brigade.“It’s very humbling to receive the Bronze Star. It’s a tie to the past, a reflection of those who came before and a connection to something bigger than what I do on a day-to-day basis,” she said.As the senior lawyer for the unit, Besherse serves as the brigade’s command judge advocate. She also works closely with the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team, advising and assisting with reconstruction projects in the city of Mosul, including reconstruction of legal buildings.“These projects are important and exciting to me. I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of really great people,” Besherse said.

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