USARPAC-SU changes command

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Col. John Ellis (right), deputy commander, 9th MSC, passes USARPAC-SU’s colors to Col. Jonathan Wung (left), incoming commander, during the change of command ceremony, May 20.

Col. John Ellis (right), deputy commander, 9th MSC, passes USARPAC-SU’s colors to Col. Jonathan Wung (left), incoming commander, during the change of command ceremony, May 20.

Krakowiak reorganized unit and created three Pacific detachments while in command

1st Lt. Danicia L. Jackson
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Army Reserve Soldiers, family members and guests gathered for the U.S. Army Pacific-Support Unit change of command ceremony, here, May 20.

Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, USARPAC, and P. Pasha Baker, ambassador, U.S. Army Reserve, sat in attendance while USARPAC-SU changed hands from Col. Joseph Krakowiak to Col. Jonathan Wung.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead in leading the USARPAC-SU,” Wung said after receiving the unit’s colors. “We are, and will continue to be, positioned and postured to answer the call.”

Wung has more than 27 years of service, most of which has been spent in the Pacific.

“It is a great honor and privilege for me to be standing here officiating this auspicious change of command ceremony,” said Col. John Ellis, deputy commander, 9th Mission Support Command.

“This unit will be an important one as the eyes and focus of our national leaders turn to the Pacific region,” Ellis said. “It is our Soldiers conducting exercises and missions with our allies and partners who are cementing the bonds of friendship and furthering the spirit of working together for a common purpose.”

Krakowiak reorganized U.S. Forces Korea Support Unit to USARPAC-SU, October 2011, and established three official detachments in Hawaii, Korea and Japan.

“I really appreciate how this team persevered during the mission change and reorganization challenges we’ve gone through in the last year,” Krakowiak said. “(I) would just like to say mahalo to all of my heroes represented on the field for staying mission-focused and to my commanding generals for allowing me to do the same. I am really going to miss being on this team.

“Change can frequently be a good thing, even though when we are in the middle of it; we can’t see the goodness, sometimes all we can see is the chaos and uncertainty from the challenges brought on by those changes,” Krakowiak added. “It’s during this time you really have to put your armor on, but often it is those challenges that can lead to really great things.”

As a major subordinate unit under the 9th MSC, USARPAC-SU provides joint and combined staff capabilities and reinforced support to joint headquarters requirements throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. USARPAC-SU maintains peace and stability, deters and defeats aggression, and provides humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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