Photos: U.S. Army Alaska engineer units inactivated

Detachment commander Lt. Seth Bell, second from left, furls the guidon of the 240th Survey and Design Detachment as it is held by Pvt. Sean Humphrey, right, during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Watching are battalion commander Lt. Col. George Walter, left, and detachment first sergeant Brian Hart, second from right. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments. Further inactivation ceremonies are slated for 793rd Military Police Battalion later this month, and for the 2nd Engineer Brigade this fall.
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Pfc. Trevor Womack holds the cased guidon of the 84th Engineer Support Company during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
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Soldiers stand at ease during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
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Guests join in on the Army Song during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
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Guests listen to remarks from battalion commander Lt. Col. George Walter during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
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Company commander Capt. Zack Dyer of the 84th Engineer Support Company and fellow soldiers sing the Engineer Song during a unit inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
A cake honors two companies and a detachment inactivated during a ceremony held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Erik Hill

A unit inactivation ceremony was held in Hangar 1 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2014, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Colors were cased for the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade.

The inactivation is part of an Army reorganization that is reducing personnel by 80,000 soldiers to a total of 490,000 based on strategy and mandated fiscal reductions. The 136 members of the three inactivated units will be reassigned, unless individuals are up for retirement or have fulfilled their service commitments.

Further inactivation ceremonies are slated for 793rd Military Police Battalion later this month, and for the 2nd Engineer Brigade this fall. 

Contact Erik Hill at ehill@adn.com.