PTA bids aloha to Richardson, welcomes Niles

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Howard Sugai
Installation Management Command-Pacific Region Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Rolland “Chris” Niles, incoming commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa Training Area, gives his remarks during the change of command ceremony, June 24. Niles assumed command from Lt. Col. Warline Richardson.POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — Lt. Col. Rolland “Chris” Niles assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa from Lt. Col. Warline Richardson in a ceremony, here, June 24.

Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, officiated at the ceremony.

Before a full house of community and government leaders at the post theater, Mulbury recognized and praised Richardson for her achievements. 

In particular, Mulbury cited support to training units, developing a Pohakuloa Training Area master plan, establishing the Cultural Advisory Council, sponsoring PTA Community Leader Days, the PTA natural and cultural resources programs, and Richardson’s engagement with community groups and schools throughout the island.

“Her impact and contributions to PTA, and her passion and commitment to all the communities on the Island of Hawaii, will be long remembered and felt,” Mulbury said in his remarks.

In her remarks, Richardson thanked all attendees for their hard work and support, noting their joint accomplishments during her tenure as commander.  

“When I came into command here, my primary goal was to do everything I could to improve the quality of training for our Soldiers,” she said. “I’ve been on the other side of the equation. I understand what it’s like to be deployed and have Soldiers in need of additional training.”

Richardson urged the PTA staff to maintain their passion and “can do” attitude in meeting the needs of the 

Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who train at PTA, by providing services and support necessary to ensure the safety, readiness and welfare of those training at PTA.

Richardson will soon depart for her new assignment at Headquarters, U.S. Army-North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

In welcoming Niles to Hawaii and PTA, Mulbury took the opportunity to thank everyone for their continuing support of PTA, citing PTA’s important mission in support of efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“PTA is critical to the training, readiness, survivability and safe return of all U.S. military forces in Hawaii preparing to deploy,” Mulbury said. “This includes members of Hawaii National Guard and Army Reserve units that train here.”

“Our mission is twofold; to provide the training facilities and resources needed to prepare our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines for whatever mission our country calls them to do,” Niles said in his remarks. “In addition, we are to be good stewards of the resources we have been given responsibility for.”

Niles thanked the USAG-HI staff, and specifically, Hawaii Island Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Bill Moore, for welcoming him and his family to Hawaii.

“I look forward to the challenge knowing there is a great staff, leaders and community that helps us to be successful. I am proud of the work you have done, and we are committed to continue our excellence,” Niles said.

Most recently, Niles deployed with the 17th Fires Brigade to Iraq, serving initially as both the brigade executive officer and deputy commanding officer. He recently redeployed and completed his last assignment as the brigade deputy commanding officer in May 2010.

Category: News, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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