Engineer Week: Companies of 130th Eng. Bde. compete for glory

| July 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Andrew Cammack (front left), and Capt Emily Hannenberg (center), both of HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, navigate an obstacle for part of the “Amazing Race,” the final competitive event for “Engineer Week.” (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

1st Lt. Andrew Cammack (front left), and Capt Emily Hannenberg (center), both of HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, navigate an obstacle for part of the “Amazing Race,” the final competitive event for “Engineer Week.” (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

1st Lt. Scott Rupnow
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took time to focus on team building and esprit de corps, through some good, old-fashioned competition, here.

Soldiers from the brigade’s units — Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and the 84th and 65th Engineer Battalions — competed in a “March Madness”-style tournament in volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, ultimate football, tug-o-war and softball during the week leading up to the Fourth of July.

Each company also fielded a 10K run team, a one-mile relay team and a team for “The Amazing Race,” that included a humvee push, water jug carry and weapons assembly integrated into a grueling run.

After four days of competition, Col. Jeffery Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., presented the Commander’s Cup to the 65th Eng. Bn., the battalion that accumulated the most points.

“I was a little disappointed that the 84th (Eng. Bn.) didn’t win, but I think this week really helped bring the unit together at every echelon,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lynch, platoon sergeant, 84th Eng. Bn. “I feel really good about this past week.”

After the Soldiers had hung up their cleats, they donned Hawaiian shirts for the Engineer Luau at an off-post restaurant. Activities included hula and spear throwing.

Soldiers go up against each other in volleyball during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, “Engineer Week.” (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Soldiers go up against each other in volleyball during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, “Engineer Week.” (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

“It is not every night that it is acceptable to throw spears with your bosses, but tonight was one of those nights,” said 2nd Lt. Jason Borchik, 65th Eng. Bn.

Borchik had injured his shoulder earlier in the week while diving for the game-winning catch of an ultimate Frisbee game. He said the injury was “totally worth it for the glory of the unit.”

As the tiki torches at the restaurant were extinguished and the last of the roasted pig was consumed, closing comments of the luau reflected on the week of competition with a quote from Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds, that on other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.”

See more photos of this event at www.facebook.com/84thEngineerBattalion.

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