130th Engineers get new leaders

| August 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. George Duncan (center), 8th TSC, passes the sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Ward (right) during the change of responsibility ceremony on Schofield Barracks’ Sills Field, Aug. 12.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Col. Jeffery Milhorn assumed command of 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, from Col. Fabian Mendoza, during a change of command ceremony, at Sills Field, here, Aug. 11. 

The brigade also conducted a change of responsibility ceremony, Aug. 12, bidding farewell to the outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Moran, and welcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward. 

“It takes a strong leader to perform under these conditions, and to take care of the families back here,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th TSC. “(Mendoza), you did it and you did it exceptionally. Your compassion led them through all of this.”

Mendoza capitalized on the mission as a warrior-fighter and a commander, even with a majority of his command being in Iraq. Under his command, the brigade executed a complex mission to include helping create 1,600 jobs, installing water and sewer lines, assisting in the capture of more than 15 enemy combatants and the reduction of 89 improvised explosive devices while in Iraq.

After praised Mendoza for his accomplishments, Terry pinned the Bronze Star Medal on Mendoza, for his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mendoza will become the assistant commandant for the U.S. Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Milhorn is coming to 130th Eng. Bde., from U.S. Army-Europe, 7th Army, in Heidelberg, Germany, where he served as the deputy chief of operations. He also recently completed a Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University.

“I will lead from the front in my actions and my views, to make sure our families are ready for whatever challenges that may come our way,” Milhorn said.

“The commander always has a trusted partner, a confidant, a coach or a mentor, but no matter how they describe that relationship, one thing always remains true and always remains the same, and that is the expectation of the command sergeant major,” said Command Sgt. Maj. George Duncan, 8th TSC. “A command sergeant major is always expected to provide true, thoughtful opinions and guidance that comes from years of experience.”

Ward is new to the position and duties in 130th, but not to the responsibilities of being a command sergeant major. He has proven his credibility by recently serving as the 84th Engineer Battalion command sergeant major here in Hawaii.

Moran assumed his duties in March 2008 and prepared the 130th Eng. Bde., 84th and 65th Eng. battalions for deployments to OIF in 2008 and 2009. 

During deployments, the 130th Eng. Bde. was responsible for assured mobility operations to all main and alternate supply routes, with route clearance patrols to ensure safe coalition-movement. The brigade was also responsible for general engineering support, from the building of roads, sea huts and combined checkpoints, to building and upgrading of bridges across U.S. Division-North. 

The bridge also had embedded engineer partnership transition teams within four Iraqi army engineer divisions, which was key and essential to the security of the Ninawa, Kirkuk and Salah ad Din provinces. 

Upon completion of the brigade’s mission to Iraq, it redeployed to Hawaii in June. After a year and half of overlapping deployments to Iraq, headquarters and subordinate units of the 130th Eng. Bde. are now together for the first time since the uncasing of its colors, Oct. 23, 2008. 

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