130th Engineer Bde. activates 14th Eng. Det.

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Jason Carney & Pfc. Brandon Ross
14th Engineer Detachment, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Detachment is one of seven construction management teams in the Army 

Lt. Col. Chad Walker (left) and Sgt. Major Fredrick Wardlow unfurl the 14th Engineer Detachment’s company guidon at Schofield Barracks, Oct. 6. (Capt. Stephen Robinson | 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The newest addition to the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, officially unfurled its colors, here, Oct. 6. 

The 14th Engineer Detachment, Construction Management Team, was originally activated at Schofield Barracks, Sept. 9, 1944, as the 1742nd Eng. Mobile Searchlight Maintenance Unit, and it served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.  

Despite its small size, the 14th Eng. Det. has a huge responsibility, according to Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde.

“The 14th Det. will be my engineer reconnaissance forward; they will be my eyes and ears (for) the 130th Eng. Bde. as they look at the feasibility of construction projects across the Pacific area of responsibility,” Milhorn said.

The unit’s mission is to conduct reconnaissance on potential construction projects across the Pacific Ocean and in the Hawaiian Islands. Though the unit itself does not work on construction projects or make any final decisions, it assesses each project’s feasibility, practicality and training value for engineer units. 

“The detachment consists of nine skilled, specialized and highly trained engineers (who) have assembled to assist the Pacific theater discover projects that will make a difference to the people and the Soldiers of the Pacific Command, projects that will have a meaningful and long-lasting impact,” said Lt. Col. Chad Walker, officer in charge, 14th Eng. Det., 130th Eng. Bde.

“We have the opportunity to bring all the different military services together (in these projects), both within our nation and with other nations, to accomplish engineering projects,” said 1st Lt. Jason Carney, detachment commander for the newly reactivated unit.

Construction management teams are few in the Army, with only four teams in the Army Reserve and three teams on active duty. 

With its new unit colors held high and with pride, the 14th Eng. Det. is ready to start a new page of history for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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