Hawaii-based Army divers conduct underwater change of command

| December 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
The Pacific Theater's only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The Pacific Theater’s only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS With the mission of performing underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage operations across the Pacific Theater, it only makes sense for the Army’s 7th Engineer Dive Detachment to conduct its change of command ceremony in a location its troops consider home – underwater.

The Pacific Theater's only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

The Pacific Theater’s only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

The unique unit, which falls under the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership during a ceremony at the bottom of Richardson Pool, here, Dec. 18.

After leading the detachment through two years of missions in Hawaiian waters and across the region from Alaska to Cambodia, Capt. Robert J. Meyer passed the honor to Capt. Troy F. Davidson.

Lt. Col. Eric Noel, the 84th Engineer Battalion commander, and 1st Sgt. David Chebahtah, the detachment’s first sergeant, joined them underwater to facilitate the symbolic Army tradition, as their troops, families and friends waited for the soaked leaders to exit the pool.

Noel emphasized the exceptional and critical support the divers provide to joint, multi-national, and interagency partners across the Pacific, and said, “These divers and the Deep Sea detachment deliver every time.”

The Pacific Theater's only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

The Pacific Theater’s only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

Meyer thanked and credited the detachment’s diverse mission accomplishments to the unit’s divers and their ability to autonomously operate across the region with a flexibility that reflects the Army’s intent of mission command.

Davidson concluded the ceremony by honoring another Army diving tradition symbolizing his official assumption of command. With his diving equipment removed, he dived back into the pool and, on just one breathe of air, swam to his new formation of troops waiting on the other side.

 

The Pacific Theater's only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

The Pacific Theater’s only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The unique unit performs underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the Pacific Theater. (Photo courtesy 7th Engineer Dive Detachment)

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  1. This is awesome! I wish we could have done something like this in my command! When we were in Afghanistan just after the change of command the newly appointed commanding officer turned to the Marines and began a water balloon assault on everyone in the summer heat. It is great motivation for the troops when the higher ranks are engaged in the lifestyle interests that the juniors look up to.

    Great Article!
    Brandon Athey Sgt, USMC oohrraaahhh!!
    http://www.zgearinc.com

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