842nd Engineer Company welcomes new leadership 

Capt. Nathaniel Livermont receives the unit guidon from Lt. Col. Dennis Bickett at a change of command ceremony in Spearfish. The passing of the colors from the senior commander to the incoming commander signifies the handing over of responsibility of the soldiers and families of the 842nd Engineer Company. Courtesy photo

SPEARFISH Capt. Nathaniel Livermont assumed command of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 842nd Engineer Company during a ceremony at the Spearfish National Guard Armory, Sept. 8. 

Livermont, a native of Vetal, assumed command from Capt. Brian Schaff, who served in the position since November 2017. As 842nd commander, Livermont will be responsible for all administrative, training and logistical requirements for more than 150 soldiers. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to lead the men and women of the 842nd, and the ‘deuce’ has a rich legacy, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as their commander,” said Livermont. “We look to build on the readiness objectives that Capt. Schaff and his team accomplished, ensuring our Soldiers are both technically and tactically proficient, and prepared for both state and federal missions.”

The 842nd conducts horizontal and vertical construction tasks—with emphasis on horizontal construction— to establish and maintain the infrastructure required to conduct and sustain activities across the range of military operations.

Livermont, originally from a family ranch in Vetal, has over 22 years of combined service in the U.S. Air Force and South Dakota Guard.  He enlisted in the Air Force and served on active duty from August 1997 until December 2010.  He commissioned through the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ROTC program as an engineer officer in 2013.  

Livermont holds an master’s degree from National American University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, Texas.  He has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions in 155th Engineer Company, 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and most recently the 153rd Engineer Battalion.  Livermont deployed in 2015 as a platoon leader with the 155th in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On the full-time side, Livermont works as the Guard Collective Training Branch officer in charge at Joint Force Headquarters in Rapid City.  

Livermont lives in Hermosa with his wife, Shaylon, and their two children, Hudson and Nova.  Their oldest daughter, Mayson, is enrolled in her second year of college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

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