Decorated 65th Eng. Bn. welcomes new commander

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Dave Acker (second from left), incoming commander, 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, returns the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Harold McVicker, senior enlisted adviser, 65th Eng. Bn., during an assumption of command ceremony, here, Aug. 7. (Photo by 1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Dave Acker (second from left), incoming commander, 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, returns the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Harold McVicker, senior enlisted adviser, 65th Eng. Bn., during an assumption of command ceremony, here, Aug. 7. (Photo by 1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

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

The 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 130th Eng. Brigade, officially welcomed a new battalion commander during an assumption of command ceremony on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, Aug. 7.

Lt. Col. David C. Acker assumed command of the battalion from Maj. Landon M. Raby, executive officer.

This change comes at a critical time for the battalion as it is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan within 60 days in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Dave Acker (left, at left), incoming commander, and Maj. Landon Raby (left, at right), battalion executive officer, 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, march in front of the formation to inspect the troops during an assumption of command ceremony, here, Aug. 7. (Photo by 1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Dave Acker (left, at left), incoming commander, and Maj. Landon Raby (left, at right), battalion executive officer, 65th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, march in front of the formation to inspect the troops during an assumption of command ceremony, here, Aug. 7. (Photo by 1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Col. Diana Holland, commander, 130th Eng. Bde. presided over the ceremony.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Lt. Col. Acker is the right person, with the right temperament and the right background, to take care of his Soldiers and families, and get the mission done,” Holland said.

Holland recognized the Soldiers of the 65th Eng. Bn. as always staying professional and disciplined no matter what circumstance they are faced with.

“I know that you will continue on the path to excellence, here, in support of the Pacific, and in combat,” she told the formation.

The battalion is a potent, multifunctional organization of builders and fighters. It is one of the most decorated units in the U.S. Army with participation in four campaigns in the Pacific during World War II, 10 campaigns of the Korean conflict and serving as the vanguard of the 25th Infantry Division into Vietnam, as well as in recent conflicts in Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

While speaking to the formation during the ceremony, Acker said, “Your reputation for excellence extends far and wide across the United States Army and the engineer regiment. Your dedication to service, tenacity of spirit and unwavering commitment to mission accomplishment have made you the envy of our peers.”

Acker is no stranger to the 130th Eng. Bde., having served several times with it in leadership positions.

He was assigned as the detachment commander of the 5th Geospatial Planning Cell, 130th Eng. Bde., in April 2009; as the executive officer of the 84th Eng. Bn. (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde. in February 2010; the 130th Eng. Bde. operations officer in June 2011; and as the 130th Eng. Bde. executive officer in May 2012.

“I look forward to leading this organization through the myriad of challenges that lie ahead,” Acker told the engineers. “We will retain our focus on excellence, and we will hold ourselves and our teammates accountable.”

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