Pacific’s premier Eng. Bde. deactivates units, begins reorganization

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Anela Arcari (left), and Sgt. Maj. Joe Irvin (right), 130th Engineer Battalion (Provisional) command team, case the battalion colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The battalion stood up last June as the 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters was preparing for its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, where the brigade served as the Theater Engineer Brigade. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe; 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. Anela Arcari (left), and Sgt. Maj. Joe Irvin (right), 130th Engineer Battalion (Provisional) command team, case the battalion colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The battalion stood up last June as the 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters was preparing for its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, where the brigade served as the Theater Engineer Brigade. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 130th Engineer Brigade deactivated five of its subordinate units during a ceremony, here, July 25, at Hamilton Field.

The 130th Eng. Battalion (Provisional), which was formed in June of 2013, as the brigade’s headquarters prepared for its September 2013 deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was the highest echelon element casing its colors.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Capt. Scott King and 1st Sgt. Delmont Stephens, 70th Engineer Company (Geospatial) command team, case the company’s colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The company traces its lineage back 70 years and has participated in numerous deployments in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Capt. Scott King and 1st Sgt. Delmont Stephens, 70th Engineer Company (Geospatial) command team, case the company’s colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The company traces its lineage back 70 years and has participated in numerous deployments in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

As the premier engineer unit in the Pacific, the brigade has construction, dive, topographic and combat engineering capabilities that are constantly assisting in Theater Security Operations exercises across the region, while elements of the brigade simultaneously held critical positions in deployed engineer operations in Afghanistan during the past year.

The provisional battalion served as the command authority for engineer units that did not deploy with the brigade and facilitated redeployment and reintegration.

Lt. Col. Patricia Arcari, the 130th Eng. Bn. (Prov.) commander, used the Hawaiian word for family, “ohana,” in the battalion’s motto, “One Ohana.”

“Ohana 6,” Arcari said, took the idea of creating a family between the non-deployed units, the rear detachments of deployed units and the family members of those deployed.

Arcari added, “I’m not sure there’s ever been a more diverse, complex, dynamic, non-standard unit with the extraordinary tasks and missions as the 130th Eng. Bn. (Prov.), and every day, no matter what was thrown at them, all of them stepped up to the challenge, met it head on and performed at a level that inspired those around them.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st Lt. Greg Gause (front), commander, Rear Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands in front of the company and salutes during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The Rear Detachment Company was deactivated after the 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, where it served as the Theater Engineer Brigade. The Rear Detachment served as the headquarters for the 130th Eng. Battalion (Prov.) while the brigade was deployed. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st Lt. Greg Gause (front), commander, Rear Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands in front of the company and salutes during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The Rear Detachment Company was deactivated after the 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, where it served as the Theater Engineer Brigade. The Rear Detachment served as the headquarters for the 130th Eng. Battalion (Prov.) while the brigade was deployed. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

The provisional element was joined in deactivation by the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company Rear Detachment, the 15th Explosive Hazards Team, the 26th Concrete Det., and the 70th Eng. Co. (Geospatial) in order to better distribute engineer capacity and resources.

The three units trace their lineage to World War II with numerous deployments during both peacetime and combat operations. Their deactivation is part of the brigade’s larger reorganization as the 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat) elements are realigned to create the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Bde. Eng. Bn.

Col. Blace Albert, the130th commander, officiated the ceremony and highlighted the accomplishments and history associated with each unit.

He said these moves and actions don’t come without many challenges. The Soldiers within the formation handled themselves very well during the past year, he added. Their performance reflects their ability to adapt and accomplish the mission at hand.

“The companies did an incredible job of remaining focused on being Soldiers during this time of transition,” said Albert.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Capt. Jim Bouchard (front), commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands in front of the 26th Concrete Detachment after the unit cased it colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The 26th traces its lineage back to 1945. Since activation, it has served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror, as well as provided engineer support across the Pacific Theater. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Capt. Jim Bouchard (front), commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands in front of the 26th Concrete Detachment after the unit cased it colors during a deactivation ceremony on Hamilton Field, here, July 25. The 26th traces its lineage back to 1945. Since activation, it has served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror, as well as provided engineer support across the Pacific Theater. (Photo by Capt. Laura Beth Beebe, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

He highlighted the 70th Eng. Co. when he explained, “In addition to turning in $22 million worth of equipment, they achieved a 97 percent proficiency rating in warrior tasks and battle drills and a 96 percent proficiency rating in specific individual skills.”

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