Engineer detachments case colors for OEF deployment

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
 Master Sgt. Francisco Alcantar (left) and Capt. Vincent Ramos, command team, 15th EHT, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, case the colors in preparation for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Master Sgt. Francisco Alcantar (left) and Capt. Vincent Ramos, command team, 15th EHT, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, case the colors in preparation for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Story and photos by
1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe
130th Engineer Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command

The 14th Construction Management Team (CMT) and 15th Explosive Hazard Team (EHT), both detachments under the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, cased their colors, June 21, as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

The ceremony served to officially announce the units’ deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Col. Diana Holland, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., officiated the ceremony and expressed her confidence in the detachments.

Spc. Jason Wilkins, a combat engineer with the 15th EHT, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, holds his daughter after the color casing ceremony in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Jason Wilkins, a combat engineer with the 15th EHT, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, holds his daughter after the color casing ceremony in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Both teams are the best at what they do, and they will excel,” she said. “The CMT has the smartest and most qualified design and facilities engineers in the engineer regiment. The 15th EHT has a mix of the best combat engineers and explosive ordnance disposal personnel ever assembled.”

The 14th CMT will deploy nine Soldiers to provide construction management expertise and engineer staff augmentation to the theater engineer brigade in the execution of responsible drawdown operations.

The 15th EHT will deploy with seven Soldiers to target the improvised explosive device threat, in country, by traveling throughout Afghanistan assisting route clearance patrols.

Both detachment commanders are confident in their Soldiers’ ability to step up to the challenge and overcome it.

“The 14th Engineer Detachment is ready to deploy as the brigade’s vanguard element to Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Richard Collins, commander, 14th CMT detachment.

Capt. Vincent Ramos, commander, 15th EHT detachment, paralleled Collins’ thoughts when he addressed the 15th EHT Soldiers during the deployment ceremony.

“This is the moment we were training for … breach hell,” said Ramos.

“As the retrograde continues and forces reposition in Afghanistan, all units will have to adjust to changes in missions, locations and emerging requirements,” Holland said. “I believe the 14th and 15th will have to react and adapt to such changes during most of their deployment.”

The 14th CMT was reactivated on Schofield Barracks in October 2010 after being deactivated in October 1990. Its last wartime deployment was to Vietnam, 1967-1969.

The 15th EHT was reactivated on Schofield Barracks in October 2008 after also being deactivated in October 1990, and its last wartime deployment was Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2009-2010.

The 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters sends the detatchments as it prepares to follow.

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