65th BEB engineers join Tropic Lightning Division

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs   Lt. Col. David Acker (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, 65th BEB command team, uncase the battalion colors during an activation ceremony on Weyand Field, Oct. 21.  The 65th transferred from the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, as the 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat Effects), to the 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, redesignated as the 65th BEB.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Lt. Col. David Acker (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, 65th BEB command team, uncase the battalion colors during an activation ceremony on Weyand Field, Oct. 21. The 65th transferred from the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, as the 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat Effects), to the 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, redesignated as the 65th BEB.

1st Lt. Charles Payne
65th Brigade Engineer Battalion
2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — While many may think of bulldozers and dump trucks when they look at engineers, the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion has a much greater mission than simply hauling dirt.

With all seven companies of the 65th assembled in one place for the first time, the battalion command team, Lt. Col. David W. Acker and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni P. Fuentes, uncased the unit’s colors during a ceremony on Weyand Field, Oct. 21.

The 65th BEB joins the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team as it says goodbye to the 130th Eng. Bde.

Marked with streamers from campaigns ranging from Luzon in the Philippines during World War II to the 65th’s recent mission in Afghanistan, the colors and incredible legacy of the battalion will continue under the 2nd SBCT, 25th Infantry Division.

Acker reminded the Soldiers that the 65th BEB began its long history as a valued member of the 25th ID.

“Our history began with the 25th ID on this very installation a little over 73 years ago, on the 1st of October, 1941,” said Acker, “and thus began a relationship that would bond our organizations together for all time,”

During the ceremony, Col. David B. Womack, commander, 2nd SBCT, emphasized how the importance of leadership and teamwork among commanders and the Soldiers on the field contributes to the brigade’s mission success.

Acker and Womack thanked the 130th Eng. Bde. commander, Col. Blace C. Albert, and his team for their efforts in the transition.

“They accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, and I could not be more proud of the men and women of this battalion,” Acker said.

The 65th BEB recently returned from Afghanistan, where it had command and control of all combat engineer operations in Regional Command-South, Southwest and West for Operation Enduring Freedom.

The battalion returned to Hawaii less than four months ago, and it, along with the 130th Eng. Bde. headquarters, worked very hard to ensure it accomplished all tasks associated with moving a battalion headquarters prior to the Army’s mandated BEB transition date.

With numerous training exercises ahead and the depth of assets within the newly formed 65th BEB, the team stands ready and exceptionally capable of handling versatile missions across the Pacific theater.

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