Command Sgt. Maj. retires after 32 years of service

| July 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
Col. Jack Pritchard (right), commander, 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Uncangco, senior enlisted leader, 196th Inf. Bde., with the brigade’s colors during Uncangco’s retirement ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, July 13. (Courtesy Photo)

Col. Jack Pritchard (right), commander, 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Uncangco, senior enlisted leader, 196th Inf. Bde., with the brigade’s colors during Uncangco’s retirement ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, July 13. (Courtesy Photo)

196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific
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FORT SHAFTER — On a warm, sunny morning, the 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, held a retirement ceremony at Palm Circle, here, for one of its longest-serving members, July 13.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jospeh Uncangco also received with the Legion of Merit Award and a certificate of appreciation signed by President Barack Obama, recognizing him for his service to the nation.

As a young private, Uncangco enlisted into the U.S. Army in Guam in October 1979. On that day, he took his first steps into what would become a 32-year journey that would last through three wars, multiple peacekeeping operations, three uniform changes and every possible enlisted rank.

He received his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Ga., as a multi-channel communications equipment operator, and then re-enlisted in March 1983 to become an infantryman.

Now a command sergeant major, Uncangco retired in a ceremony honoring his years of service.

“When I solicited input from his previous commanders, almost all said Uncangco is a Soldier’s Soldier,” said Col. Jack Pritchard, commander, 196th Inf. Bde.

“It’s not about me,” Uncangco said. “It’s about the people who provided me the opportunity to succeed and the privilege to be a command sergeant major.

“I want each and every one of you to say a prayer for all the service men and women and civilians that are currently serving in harm’s way,” he said. “I salute each and every one of you. Mahalo. Charlie seven out.”

Uncangco’s wife, Yvonne, was presented with the Commanders Award for Public Service and a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her compassionate, faithful and devoted service.

Pritchard said that her unfailing support and understanding helped her husband to make a lasting contribution to the U.S. Army.

(Editor’s Note: This is an online exclusive.)

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