Engineers wrap up mission in Afghanistan

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Steven Moore, 130th Eng. Bde., is welcomed home by his family, Wednesday, after serving nine months in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Steven Moore, 130th Eng. Bde., is welcomed home by his family, Wednesday, after serving nine months in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — More than 100 Soldiers from the 130th Engineer Brigade’s headquarters, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, reunited with their families, here, Wednesday, after serving nine months as the Theater Engineer Brigade for Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The unit first deployed to Bagram Airfield in September, 2013, and then moved to Kabul to support the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) by providing theater engineer capabilities.

Its duties included the development of the Afghan National Army Engineer Force, ISAF construction projects, base realignment and closure operations, and route clearance missions.

Leaders unfurling the unit colors at the redeployment.

Leaders of the 130th Eng. Bde. Headquarters unfurl the unit colors at the redeployment as the engineers await the moment when they’re reunited with their families.

Friends and family members filled the hangar at Wheeler Gulch, holding newborn babies, homemade, welcome home signs and bushels of lei. The crowd’s anxious chatting and laughter was interrupted by quick peeks at their watches and stares at the door their troops would soon walk through to a standing ovation and flickering camera flashes.

“I realize that I’m the only thing standing between you and these excited family members and friends, so I’ll make this very short,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC.

Lyons applauded the adaptability and critical role the unit played in Afghanistan, and thanked the troops and families for their sacrifice and service, before quickly turning the formation over to its commander, Col. Diana Holland.

When released, the two crowds crashed into each other in a wave of tears, hugs and kisses.

Other elements of the brigade also returned earlier in the year, and members of its 65th Engineer Battalion are now wrapping up their mission in Afghanistan.

During its headquarters deployment, the brigade’s subordinate units have continued to conduct missions throughout the Pacific theater.

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