130th Engineer Battalion

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130th Engineer Battalion
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Founded 6 February 1959; 59 years ago (1959-02-06)
Country  United States
Allegiance Constitution of the United States
Branch United States Army National Guard
Type light infantry
Role combat engineering
Size battalion
Part of 101st Troop Command
Garrison/HQ Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Motto(s) Skill And Strength
Engagements World War II
Afghanistan War
Iraq War
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 130th Engineer Battalion

The 130th Engineer Battalion (130th EN BN) is a combat engineer battalion of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard allocated to the 101st Troop Command. The 130th is one of the most decorated battalions of the Puerto Rico National Guard with two Presidential Unit Citations, one Meritorious Unit Commendation, thirty five Purple Hearts, one Silver Star Medal, twenty six Bronze Star Medals, and four hundred and sixty nine Army Commendation Medals.[1]

History[edit]

Constituted 6 February 1959 in the Puerto Rico Army National Guard as the 126th Engineer Battalion.[2]

Organized and Federally recognized 15 February 1959 from existing units with Headquarters in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Redesignated 1 May 1959 as the 130th Engineer Battalion.

Location of Headquarters changed 31 December 1967 to Vega Baja.

Ordered into active Federal service 11 February 2003 at home stations; released from active Federal service 21 May 2003 and reverted to territorial control.

Ordered into active Federal service 23 July 2006 at home stations; released from active Federal service 18 January 2008 and reverted to territorial control. The 130th Eng. Bn. completed more than 1,500 combat patrol missions in Iraq, more than 44,000 miles of roads traveled and recon, 16,500 interrogations conducted, 7,300 hours expended in IED search throughout Baghdad and found and deactivated more than 280 IEDs.

Reorganized 1 September 2008 to consist of the Headquarters and the Support Company (Companies A, B, C and D concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 1013th Engineer Company, the 1014th Engineer Company, the 1011th Engineer Company, the 1010th Engineer Company and the 215th Fire Fighter Engineer Detachment, respectively hereafter separate lineages).

Structure[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Unit[edit]

Streamer for the Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
Streamer for the Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)
Streamer for the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
Streamer for the American Campaign Medal
Streamer for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Streamer for the Iraq Campaign Medal

Award Embroidery[1][2]
1st row Presidential Unit Citation (Army) IRAQ
2nd row Presidential Unit Citation (Navy) IRAQ 2003
3rd row Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) SOUTHWEST ASIA 2006-2007
4th row American Campaign Streamer N/A
5th row Afghanistan Campaign Streamer N/A
6th row Iraq Campaign Streamer N/A

Individuals[edit]

Award Name Total[1]
Purple Heart 34
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Silver Star 1
Bronze Star medal.jpg
Bronze Star 26
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Army Commendation Medal with "V" device 13
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Army Commendation Medal 469
Combat Medical Badge, 1st award.svg
Combat Medic Badge 12
Combat Action Badge.svg
Combat Action Badge 313

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nieves, Elvyn (29 October 2007). "Engineer Battalion turns over their territory". Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lineage and Honors Information for the 130th Engineer Battalion". United States Army Center of Military History. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.