84th Eng. Bn. hails regimental excellence

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

2nd Lt. Robert Leedham
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As U.S. Army-Pacific senior leaders took their seats after the Pacific Army Week Golf Tournament, Soldiers with the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stood to be recognized by Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews, deputy commander, USARPAC, here, June 12.

Mathews presented each Soldier with a coin on behalf of Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC.

Each year, the Army Engineer Regiment presents six awards throughout the regiment recognizing excellence in engineering units, officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers and civilians.

Living up to its “Never Daunted” motto, the battalion earned three out of the six major awards, including the Itscher, Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer and Sturgis Medal.

The Itscher Award is presented annually to the most outstanding engineer company in each Army component. The 643rd Eng. Company earned this honor during a series of missions throughout the Pacific. In recent years, the decorated company has served in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, Cambodia, the Republic of Palau and, most recently, the Philippines, where the unit supported Operation Balikatan 2012.

“It was a team effort by the commander, platoon leaders and platoon sergeants,” said 1st Sgt. Hector Medina, first sergeant, 643rd Eng. Co. “Of course, none of it would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Soldiers who put a full effort into whatever task they were assigned.”

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Weaver Prosper, construction technician, 643rd Eng. Co., and commander, 142nd Survey and Design Detachment, received the Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer Award for his contributions to military engineering. Prosper produced more than 75 engineer designs, led 10 construction and survey missions, and developed the 84th Eng. Bn.’s Construction Standard Operating Procedures.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert McEntire, 561st Eng. Company, received the Sturgis Medal. This award is given to an engineer noncommissioned officer for technical and leadership abilities.

“I’m humbled by the recognition and need to say that none of it would have been possible without the leadership of

Lt. Col. Jerry Farnsworth and Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Theard,” McEntire said. “Their guidance, along with the motivation I found every day from my Soldiers, was really the catalyst that allowed me to succeed as an NCO.”

“Winning these awards is a true reflection of the effort and professionalism of all Soldiers in the 84th Eng. Bn.” said Lt. Col. Aaron Reisinger, commander, 84th Eng. Bn. “But the job doesn’t end here. We look forward to being very competitive again … given that our Soldiers are executing operations throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Philippines, Guam, Thailand, Hawaii, Arizona and California.”

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