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2nd Lt. Lauren Looper
65th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, held a change of responsibility ceremony, here, June 20.
Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward, outgoing command sergeant major, 130th Eng. Bde., relinquished responsibility of the brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. John Etter, incoming command sergeant major, 130th Eng. Bde.
Ward exemplifies what a noncommissioned officer should be, according to Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., who began to rebuild the brigade with Ward after its headquarters returned from Iraq two years ago.
“We embraced the task of re-building a team of teams and re-establishing systems of training management, maintenance and command supply discipline, many of which had atrophied as a result of 10 years of conflict,” Milhorn said.
“(Ward) personally reinstituted a back-to-basics approach that contributed to improved unit pride, discipline, camaraderie and amplified the professionalism of the NCO Corps,” Milhorn said.
Ward highlighted unit accomplishments, which included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan for route clearance and construction operations, as well as missions in the Pacific where the brigade conducted humanitarian projects.
In recognition for his service to the brigade, Ward received the silver de Fleury medal.
“I am the proudest sergeant major in the world,” Ward said. “I’ve had the privilege of serving the nation’s finest Soldiers and their families.”
Ward has been selected to become the first command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Transatlantic Division, in Winchester, Va.