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PART Four 

13 Oct 2005 
NMCB-3 Commanding Officer Biography CDR Scott K. Higgins

Click for larger Version  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, Virginia. 

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 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
Judge Kevin Higgins
Biographical Statement

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 Supreme Court.

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 Association.

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 Supreme Court.

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. 

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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 valuable lesson!

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.

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