13 Oct 2005
NMCB-3 Commanding Officer Biography CDR Scott K. Higgins
Commander Scott K. Higgins, CEC, USN
Commander Higgins was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps in August 1986 after
graduating from the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineer and
attending Officer Candidate School in Newport RI. He also has a Batchelor of Science Degree in Engineering
Science from Pacific Lutheran University. He attended graduate school at Purdue University and received a
Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Commander Higgins is also a graduate of the Naval War College in
Newport, Rhode Island and has earned a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies.
His first assignment was at the Twentieth Naval Construction Regiment, Gulfport, Mississippi where he
served as the Department Head for Planning and Estimating. He then reported to Construction
Battalion Unit 413, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as the Officer in Charge. After a two-year tour, he was
assigned as an Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction
(AROICC), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Following graduate school he served as Aide to the Commander, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Norfolk, Virginia, from 1994-1995. He then transferred to Public Works
Center, Norfolk, Virginia where he served as the Assistant Production Officer. Following this tour,
Commander Higgins was assigned as the Flag and General Officer Housing Officer, Naval Base, Norfolk,
In the summer of 1997, Commander Higgins was assigned as the Operations Officer, Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion THREE in Port Hueneme, California. From there, he attended the Naval War College and was then
assigned as the Director of Seabee Readiness Academic Division,
CECOS, Port Hueneme, California where he eventually assumed the responsibilities of Executive
Officer and Academic Director. His most recent assignment was as the Public Works Officer, Naval
Station Rota and Officer in Charge of Construction, Engineering Field Activity Mediterranean Contracts
Office, Rota, Spain.
Commander Higgins is Seabee Combat Warfare qualified, a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, a
Master Training Specialist, and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Hawaii. His
personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy
Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and
other campaign and service awards.
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13 Oct 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005,
2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor to Be Inactivated
Transformation Calls for Reduction from 3 to 2 Battalions
By Seth Robson
USFK's military drill near Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Korea
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Transformation of the 2nd Infantry Division will mean inactivating one of
the division's three remaining combat battalions and several other units, according to 8th Army officials.
Col. Richard Parker, 8th Army chief of plans, said the division's 1st Brigade, like all U.S. Army brigades,
will reduce from three to two combat battalions as part of transformation to a Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Parker last week said he couldn't say which battalion would inactivate until the South Korean government was
informed officially; he declined to say when such notification would be made.
However, 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. George A Higgins said in March that two of the
division's combat battalions — 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry
Regiment – were at the core of the newly formed 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
The only other division combat battalion is 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment. Soldiers from that
unit told Stars and Stripes this month that they were preparing many of the battalion's Abrams Main Battle
Tanks for transport to the United States.
Data from the U.S. Army's official Web site and GlobalSecurity.org suggest that if and when 2-72
inactivates, the number of 8th Army tanks in South Korea will have dropped from 140 to 55.
Parker added that every U.S. Army division is inactivating its Engineer Brigade, Division Support
Command, Signal Battalion and Military Intelligence Battalion.
The 2nd Military Police Company held its inactivation ceremony at Camp Casey on May 20; an Area I events
schedule shows several other 2nd ID units preparing to inactivate in coming weeks.
An inactivation date for 2nd ID's 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion is not in the schedule.
However, the 102nd's commander, Lt. Col. Bridget Rourke, recently took command of 2nd ID's new Special
Troops Battalion, made up in part of soldiers formerly assigned to the 102nd.
Another 2nd ID unit likely to inactivate is the 2nd Engineer Battalion, according to battalion veterans
said earlier this year that the Army had informed them their old unit will inactivate this summer.
Retired 2nd Engineer Maj. Arden Rowley, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., who spent 33 months as a North Korean prisoner
of war after being captured at Kunu-ri, said he attended the unit's last Burning of the Colors
ceremony at Camp Casey only after hearing the 2nd Engineer Battalion was to be inactivated as part of
transformation. "I wanted to make sure I came to this one because it could have been the last," he said. "If
there is no 2nd Engineers, they won't keep burning the flag." The ceremony commemorates when the unit burned
the flag rather than surrender it to the enemy.
Soldiers from inactivated units will move to the 2nd ID headquarters or the new brigade combat teams being
formed, Parker said. "Each brigade combat team will have their own military
intelligence company, signal battalion and engineer companies. The brigade combat teams are being designed
with all the capabilities they need built in," he said.
US Army's 2nd Infantry Division,'s 3rd Brigade at the Twin Bridges Training Area, Tongduchon, S. Korea.
The Army is shifting forces all over the world as part of a new strategy that has seen the active- duty force
increase from 480,000 soldiers to 512,000 soldiers, he said. "We had 33 brigades and we are looking to build
around 43. We have to take our old-style brigades, like the one we have on the peninsula, and we have to
move one of our battalions to another brigade," he said.
Unit inactivation is a purely administrative measure, he said. "More emotion is attached to it when we say we are
inactivating an organization but we do this thing every day in the Army. In a lot of cases we are
talking about temporary measures to fit a future plan," he said.
Parker said that while the planned removal of 12,500 U.S. military personnel from South Korea will result
in a force with "less combat strength," 2nd ID's single brigade will be much more capable than either
of the two current 2nd ID brigades and possibly stronger than both combined.
"We are ... creating more capable organizations with a much higher level of technology," he said. "A good
example would be divisions back in World War II. They started with 700 to 800 tanks and at the end of the
war, when they were much more capable organizations, they had only 200 tanks" in a division.
The transformed U.S. forces will provide a greater deterrent because they're able to bring capabilities
from around the world to South Korea more quickly and with much greater efficiency, he said.
The above article is from The Stars & Stripes
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06 Oct 2005
WASHOE COUNTY, NEVADA
Judge Kevin Higgins
Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins was appointed to
the Sparks Justice Court on April 15, 2003. He fills
the position vacated by Paul Freitag who retired. Kevin immediately entered the Limited Jurisdiction
class at the National Judicial College, graduated and
sat for the first time as a judge on May 9, 2003.
Judge Higgins comes to the bench from the Nevada
Attorney General’s Office, after 16 years as a
prosecutor. At the time of his appointment he was the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Reno Office, the
Director of the Workers Compensation Fraud Unit and
Counsel to the High Tech Crimes Advisory Board. He had
previously served as the AG’s liaison to the Legislature and had been the acting Chief Financial
Officer during the budget preparation cycle. During
his tenure at the AG he prosecuted everything from DUI’s to death penalty cases and has appeared in
almost every District Court in Nevada, the Nevada
Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States
Judge Higgins was directly responsible for the
creation of the Nevada High Technology Crimes Task
Force and has lectured across the country on Internet fraud and other high tech crimes. He drafted and
worked for the passage of numerous laws in Nevada
criminalizing the use of computers to lure children, anti-spam legislation, and various forms of on-line
theft and fraud. He is a frequent public speaker and
presenter and has taught on the application of the Fourth Amendment to computer crimes for the National
District Attorneys Association, the National
Association of Attorneys General, the Nevada District Attorneys Association, the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys
Association, and numerous other law enforcement
organizations. For the last 14 years he has presented
a review of the Nevada Supreme Court criminal cases to the annual meeting of the Nevada District Court Judges
Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Higgins has
joined the Nevada Judges Association, the American
Judges Association and the American Judicature
Society. He has already attended several classes at the National Judicial College.
Judge Higgins sits on the national scholarship
selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
In 2001 he was presented the Joseph Stevens Award as the outstanding attorney in public service in the
United States in a ceremony at the United States
Judge Higgins graduated from Willamette University in
1982 and was awarded the ‘Senior Key,’ presented to
the 10 seniors who had contributed the most to the
University. In 1985 he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with his Juris Doctorate.
Copyright 2005, Washoe County.
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06 Oct 2005
Pioneers in the law-the first 150 woman
Irene Higgins 1924
(1897-1982) Born in 1897, Irene Higgins practiced law in Eagle River, Wis. She focused mainly on real estate law,
working with her father. In fact, it seems that her father's influence probably led her into a law career,
according to Irene's attorney, John L. O'Brien.
O'Brien shares two stories about Irene that provide a glimpse into her quick mind and vibrancy. Working with
Irene to draft her new will, O'Brien counseled her to burn the previous will. Quickly pointing out the error
of his advice ("Oh, no, you are wrong about that, Mr. O'Brien"), she reminded him that if someone contested
her new will, the previous will would come into effect. O'Brien credits Irene with teaching him a
O'Brien also relates a second incident. Walking by the home Irene shared with her friend Ann Christman, he
noticed Ann banging on a pole with a hammer. Both Irene and Ann were in their 80s at the time. He asked
Ann why she doing this, and she confided to him that Irene was in the garden behind the house shooting
rabbits. Because they both knew it was illegal to shoot a firearm in the city, Ann hoped to fool the
neighbors into thinking it was she making all the noise.
Irene Higgins passed away in 1982.