Engineers change leadership, welcome new command team

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, 8th TSC Commander, passes the 130th Engineer BrigadeÕs unit colors to Col. Danielle J. Ngo, during a change of command ceremony on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, HI, July 20, 2016. (Photo by Capt. Adam Cartier, 130th Engine Brigade UPAR/RELEASED)

Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson (right), 8th TSC Commander, passes the 130th Engineer Brigade’s unit colors to Col. Danielle J. Ngo, during a change of command ceremony,July 20.


Story and photo by Cpt. Adam Cartier,
130th Engineer Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, families, and friends of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, gathered at Hamilton Field for a change of command and change of responsibility, July 20.

The dual ceremony marked a change in leadership for the brigade after Col. Danielle J. Ngo, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrickson Toussaint, senior enlisted adviser, accepted the mantle of leadership as the brigade’s new command team.

“This brigade is an extremely valuable and versatile U.S. Army-Pacific asset and these Soldiers will not let you down,” said Col. Blace C. Albert, outgoing commander.

Under the leadership of Col. Albert and Command Sgt. Maj. Obeada the brigade provided the Pacific Command theater with logistic, construction, combat, geospatial, dive and general engineering support.

The focus of the ceremony involved the passing of the brigade colors, which represent the heritage and history of the unit, the loyalty of its Soldiers, and the commander’s authority.

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

As the premier engineer unit in U.S. Army Pacific, the 130th Engineer Brigade is comprised of two battalions: The 84th Engineer Battalion (Construction Effects) and the 8th Special Troops Battalion, which are called upon consistently for engineering and logistic support across the Pacific Theater.

“The importance of the Pacific Theater at the strategic and operational level, I look forward to seeing the unit’s ability to meet the Army’s goal of providing a strategic advantage in a complex world,” said Ngo.

Prior to the official ceremony, Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson presented the Legion of Merit to Col. Albert and Command Sgt. Maj. Obeada and awarded their spouses, Kelly Albert and Melania Obeda, the Army Engineer Association’s Essayons Award to honor their significant contributions to the morale welfare and spirit of engineer units and organizations.

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