U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
Public Affairs Office
FORT SHAFTER — The Honolulu District-based 565th Engineer Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team-Advance, or FEST-A, held a deployment casing ceremony, here, April 24, to mark its official deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Presiding over the ceremony, Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-HD, praised the detachment and commended the spirit of volunteerism the team exemplifies.
“No FEST-A unit that I am aware of has established a better reputation across the Corps and across the Pacific,” Guttormsen said. “The unit’s unique skills and capabilities have made a significant engineering impact in the Pacific during the last three years and will continue to make a difference when deployed downrange.”
FEST-A consists of a detachment commander, a noncommissioned officer in charge and six Department of Defense civilians, who serve in the jobs of a geographic information system specialist, and as civil, structural, environmental, mechanical and electrical engineers, with other engineering disciplines available for augmentation depending on the mission.
The detachment will deploy next month to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, and will provide technical engineering support to Regional Command-South, currently headquartered by the 82nd Airborne Division.
“The detachment has worked extremely hard over the past year and is ready for its Afghanistan mission,” said Maj. William Hannan Jr., commander, 565th Eng. Det. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team, and we all look forward to providing excellent technical engineer support wherever our mission takes us in Afghanistan.”