USARJ-SU encases, inactivates its guidon

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Michele Compton (center), commander, 9th MSC; Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Irie (right), command sergeant major, 9th MSC; and Col. Gary G.K. Kamauoha, commander, USARJ-SU; case USARJ-SU’s colors during an inactivation ceremony at Fort Shafter, Sunday. (Pfc. Phil Regina | 9th Mission Support Command)

Brig. Gen. Michele Compton (center), commander, 9th MSC; Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Irie (right), command sergeant major, 9th MSC; and Col. Gary G.K. Kamauoha, commander, USARJ-SU; case USARJ-SU’s colors during an inactivation ceremony at Fort Shafter, Sunday. (Pfc. Phil Regina | 9th Mission Support Command)

Lt. Col. Steve Lai
9th Mission Support Command

 

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The battle cry, “All things are possible,” and the majesty of Mount Fuji reflected the pride of Hawaii’s Army Reserve citizen Soldiers for the last time, Sunday, as members of the 9th Mission Support Command’s U.S. Army-Japan, Support Unit encased their guidon at an inactivation ceremony, here.

USARJ-SU was inactivated due to broader Army Reserve requirements throughout the Pacific.

Activated Jan. 16, 1998, at Fort Shafter Flats, the mission of the Reserve’s USARJ-SU was to provide trained and ready battle staff to U.S. Army-Japan, in the event of increased hostilities or as required. The unit had participated in numerous Pacific rim exercises, including Cobra Gold, Thailand; Keris Strike, Malaysia; Keen Edge, Japan; and Garuda Shield, Indonesia.

“When I look back on my career, this unit will stand out in my heart and mind as one of the best I have ever commanded and been a part of,” said Col. Gary G.K. Kamauoha, commander, USARJ-SU, 9th MSC.

Kamauoha’s civilian occupation as the mobilization officer for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii complements his duty as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

“My job often involves mobilizing the Reserve Soldiers of 9th MSC, including Soldiers I work with as a commander in the Reserves,” he said. “I’ve got a great working relationship because of my dual status, but in all that I do, it’s all about taking care of Soldiers.”

“I feel a real connection in this unit because my parents are from Japan, and I have enjoyed the camaraderie and the close, lasting relationships I built over the years of serving here,” said Sgt. Tien Enga, intelligence analyst, USARJ-SU, who has been with the unit since it stood up in 1998. “Being an intelligence analyst really complements my civilian job, because troubleshooting and analyzing data is common to both disciplines.”

Kamauoha and Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Irie, command sergeant major, USARJ-SU, rolled up the familiar blue and white guidon and tied the knot on the end of its case for the last time. They said they celebrate the opportunity to have shared in the lives and in the service of the best Soldiers in the Army — the Reserve Soldiers of USARJ-SU.

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