130th Engineer Bde. arrives home, reunites

| August 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Evelyn Lee & 1st Lt. Jerry Lupo
130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

During Castle Week, HHC battled 84th Eng. Bn. for bragging rights and a chance at winning the coveted Commander’s Cup, during a volleyball game at Watts Field, Aug. 3. HHC won the match. (1st Lt. Jerry Lupo | 130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — After more than a year and half of overlapping deployments to Iraq, headquarters and subordinate units of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command are together for the first time since uncasing their colors, Oct. 23, 2008.  

To alleviate the impact of change and to encourage esprit de corps, the 130th Eng. Bde. held Castle Week as soon as the unit returned from block leave. The event started with a brigade run and an organizational day, where Soldiers from the different companies and battalions participated in various sporting events competing for the coveted Commander’s Cup.

“It brought me closer to the brigade,” said Spc. Sharif Rachid, intelligence clerk, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. 

As well as attending the organizational day, many family members of the brigade joined their Soldiers at a reintegration retreat and engineer ball at Ko Olina Resort and Marina. At the ball, Soldiers and family members participated in the traditions of the engineer corps and reflected on the accomplishments of the past year.

“The ball was beautiful and happy,” said Albina Ariza, a mother of a Soldier who attended the event. “Everyone looked elegant, and it was very good to see the integration and unity of the families and Soldiers.”

Sgt. Marciela Hernandez, 65th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde, volunteered to deploy with the unit, and explained that it was a quick turnaround from the unit standing up and deploying to forming unit bonds.

“I didn’t know anybody when I arrived. It wasn’t until we arrived to Iraq that we got real close,” Hernandez said.

Deployed all over northern and central Iraq, the 130th Eng. Bde. conducted stability operations within cities, villages and localities to create popular confidence in the sovereign government of Iraq, and it’s ability to provide essential services, sustain programs and secure the population. Simultaneously, the brigade conducted full-spectrum engineering operations with and through the Iraqi Security Forces to assure mobility, and to protect and sustain the force.

Even though the unit is redeployed, the Soldiers are still in transition. Many personnel are moving to different positions within the brigade and undergoing a permanent change in duty station.

Chief Warrant Officer Lee Anna Davis, military personnel technician, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Eng. Bde., said many Soldiers have been coming to see her since their redeployment from Iraq.

“Many individuals have left their marks in this brigade, so to reflect that, I am ensuring their personnel records are updated in case they have any boards or other opportunities en route to their next assignment,” Davis said.

Now that the unit is back, it will focus on providing mobility, counter-mobility, survivability, construction, topographic and other engineering in support of V Corps throughout European Command and Central Command areas of responsibility.

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