130th Engineer Brigade conducts change of command

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Three Army officers saluting as they march toward the camera.

Incoming commander Col. Blace Albert (right) and Col. Diana Holland (left), the outgoing commander, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, flank commander of troops Lt. Col. Jim Rector, brigade executive officer, as they inspect the unit on Hamilton Field during the brigade’s change of command ceremony, Monday.


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


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Col. Blace Albert accepted command of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, from Col. Diana Holland in a change of command ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, Monday.

The brigade headquarters returned from Afghanistan in early June, where they served as the Theater Engineer Brigade, responsible for the management and tracking of all engineer assets under the International Security Assistance Forces Command.

“Nothing beats being in a tactical engineer unit,” Albert said. “I’m humbled to have the opportunity to write the next chapter of this brigade’s impressive history with you.”

Holland handed off the brigade’s colors after serving as the commander for two years. Under her command, the brigade served both the Pacific and Central Command theaters with construction, combat, geospatial, dive and general engineering support.

As the premier engineer unit in U.S. Army-Pacific, the 130th Eng. Bde. is comprised of two battalions: The 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat) and the 84th Eng. Bn. (Construction Effects) are consistently called upon for engineer support across the Pacific theater.

“There is no way I can adequately describe the incredible achievements of this group of Soldiers, families and civilians,” Holland said. “I’m confident that one would be hard-pressed to find another brigade of any branch or composition that engaged in such complex and diverse missions, executed such a high number of unit transitions at different locations around the globe, and had such an impact at so many levels.”

Holland noted some accomplishments the unit had achieved in Hawaii and during numerous deployments to locations like Afghanistan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand.

“To me, (the brigade is) simply a dream team comprised of superstars who always, always came together for the mission and for the people on their left and right,” Holland remarked. “And while it is hard to let go, it is good to know this team will be in such good hands.”

The 130th Eng. Bde. traces its lineage back to the 1303rd Eng. General Support Regiment, which was activated in July, 1943, and was shortly thereafter deployed in support of both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. The unit also served in Operations Joint Endeavor, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

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