Capt. Stephen Robinson
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, achieved significant accomplishments in 2010, when it consistently redeployed and reset multiple subordinate units and conducted major training in support of its subordinate units’ scheduled deployments.
During the past year, the brigade redeployed its Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Iraq, and it deployed the 34th Eng. Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Battalion, to Afghanistan.
A change of command occurred within 130th Eng. Bde., upon redeploying from Iraq. Col. Jeffrey Milhorn assumed command of 130th Eng. Bde. from Col. Fabian Mendoza, Aug. 11. The brigade also conducted a change of responsibility ceremony, Aug. 12, bidding farewell to outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Moran and welcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward.
The 14th Eng. Detachment, Construction Management Team, became the newest addition to the 130th Eng. Bde., when it officially unfurled its colors, Oct. 6. The 14th Eng. Det. 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.
The 7th Eng. Dive Team, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., set sail on board Logistic Support Vessel 2, “CW3 Clinger,” for Operation Deep Blue. The mission was to train and fine-tune Soldier skills and tactical and technical diving skills needed to be successful for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation New Dawn.
The 65th Eng. Bn. hosted its first Expert Sapper Competition to help observe tradition and the esprit de corps of combat engineers. The competition was modeled after the Best Sapper Competition held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was open to all military units in Hawaii.
The 65th Eng. Bn. also took great pride in celebrating its 83rd birthday. The U.S. Army activated the 65th Eng. Bn., Oct. 18, 1927, an organization that has served the Army with great audacity on numerous occasions.
During the year, the 82nd Eng. Support Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. – a detachment of military engineers – deployed to southern California in response to a request for Department of Defense assistance, submitted by the U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego sector. The mission was to conduct, repair and upgrade 3.5 miles of border road, used by border patrol agents near the Tecate Port of Entry, located southeast of San Diego.
Soldiers of the 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., also battled the elements and terrain to complete their Joint Task Force-North road mission to support U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso sector. They completed a monthlong deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border, near Fort Bliss, Texas.
In 2010, Soldiers from the 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., teamed up with members of the Oahu Army Natural Resources Program at the Kuaokala Forest Reserve, to help mitigate the spreading of wildfires. For nearly three weeks, Soldiers honed their construction skills by repairing runways and roads on the Big Island.
The 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., also completed construction on the Air Assault Village and Pre-Ranger Course at East Range Training Complex, here.