Year in Review: 9th MSC serves as executive agent for USARPAC exercises

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Riki Riordan (standing), operations noncommissioned officer in charge, U.S. Army Japan-Support Unit, 9th MSC; and Malaysian Lance Cpl. Mohd Fuad, intelligence mapping specialist, 3rd Infantry Division; plot points together on a map during Keris Strike 2010. (Christina Douglas | 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Riki Riordan (standing), operations noncommissioned officer in charge, U.S. Army Japan-Support Unit, 9th MSC; and Malaysian Lance Cpl. Mohd Fuad, intelligence mapping specialist, 3rd Infantry Division; plot points together on a map during Keris Strike 2010. (Christina Douglas | 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

9th Mission Support Command
News Release 

 

FORT SHAFTER —  Throughout the year, Soldiers of the 9th MSC participated in more than 20 military exercises, including Key Resolve, Balikatan, Yama Sakura, Khaan Quest, Tiger Balm, Transmariner and Makani Pahili.

Most notably, the command served as the executive agent for U.S. Army-Pacific exercises Keris Strike in Malaysia and Garuda Shield in Indonesia, and provided operational control, logistical coordination planning and life support for participants and key personnel. The result was a strengthened relationship between the U.S. and its Asian partners, as well as an increased peace-support operational capability of all those who participated.

Reservists from the 9th MSC continued to play a vital role in overseas contingency operations, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. The 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and 30th Military History Det. deployed to support stability operations in Iraq. Additionally, many reservists volunteered to augment other units abroad.

The command also welcomed home Soldiers of the 411th Engineer Battalion and 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade.

In May, the 9th MSC welcomed its new commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michele Compton, and bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Alexander Kozlov in a change of command ceremony.

During the year, Soldiers continued to train and support Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense, which is a USARPAC mission geared toward emergency response to natural and man-made disasters.

In September, the command honored 49 of its U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in a Humanitarian Service Medal Award presentation, for providing disaster relief efforts immediately following the tragic 2009 tsunami in Samoa, as a part of JTF-Homeland Defense.

This year was also the first time the command facilitated the naturalization of American Samoan Soldiers, resulting in the first-ever naturalization ceremony being held in the territory.

The command completed numerous facility improvements for Soldiers throughout the Pacific, including opening computer labs in locations such as Guam, American Samoa and Saipan, and unveiling a new Army Reserve Center in Hawaii.

Medical readiness also remained a high priority for the command, which resulted in holding consolidated Soldier Readiness Processing events in Guam, American Samoa, Alaska and Hawaii. These events brought the command up to the highest levels of readiness.

The 9th MSC looks forward to continued mission success in the years ahead.

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