Terry bids ‘mahalo’ to Army Hawaii community

| June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry
Commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command



During the past three years as commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, my family and I have been blessed to be a part of a great organization made that much greater through the support of dedicated family and friends who make up our communities.

As Cathy and I prepare to depart for a new assignment on the mainland, commanding the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, Mich., I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, families and everyone here who is a friend of the U.S. Army-Pacific, and particularly the 8th TSC. You have made our tour in paradise just that.

We set our goals high at 8th TSC when we began this journey together three years ago, and I can proudly say that we have hit the mark thanks to your hard work and dedication. Together, we have expanded 8th TSC’s capabilities throughout USARPAC’s area of responsibility, synchronizing efforts among a host of partners — U.S. Pacific Command, USARPAC, U.S. Army Japan, U.S. Army Alaska, 25th Infantry Division, 8th Army and our fellow theater enabling commands.

Along the way, you have shouldered your share of the load in support of day-to-day and contingency operations, exercises and other important missions worldwide. In all, 31 8th TSC units have deployed during this time, and 1,065 individuals are currently deployed. We, as a unit, a community and a nation, are forever grateful for your commitment and sacrifices.

Our successes abroad are due in large part to the quality of life we continue to enjoy at home. Thanks to the tremendous leadership and professionalism of Soldiers and civilians from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii for your exceptional support to our Soldiers and their families. From the full spectrum of Army Force Generation deployment and redeployment operations; to the full gamut of family support programs such as Army Community Service, Child Development Centers and all Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities; to the maintenance and upkeep of all installation facilities, roads, infrastructure and training ranges; to Soldier and family housing; to personnel and logistics support services — you are the very best!

Speaking of the best, I’d also like to thank the team at Tripler Army Medical Center, to include the great Soldiers and civilians at the Schofield Barracks Clinic for what you do, everyday.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the greater Oahu community for the true aloha spirit you continuously show to our Soldiers and their families. Mahalo!

And finally, to our Soldiers, one last thank you. The great troops who make up the 8th TSC —our Special Troops Battalion, the 130th Engineer Brigade, the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 45th Sustainment Brigade and our teammates from the 10th Regional Support Group in Okinawa — I could never accurately show my appreciation with mere words. You are the best group of Soldiers with whom I have ever served, and you will always have a special place in my heart.

Next week as I stand before the men and women of the mighty 8th TSC one final time, I will be reminded of the great honor it has been to say I am a part of you. Mahalo and aloha, “a hui hou” … until we meet again.

Sustain the force!

8th TSC Change of Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry will relinquish command of 8th Theater Sustainment Command to Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, 10 a.m., June 13, at Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks.

Lyons most recently served as the Director for Logistics Operations, Readiness, Force Integration and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army G4, Washington, D.C. Terry is departing to take command of TACOM in Warren, Mich.

The ceremony is open to the public. Visitors should enter Schofield via Lyman Gate. Call 438-0944.

The following locations at Schofield Barracks will be closed 5 a.m.-noon, June 13, due to the ceremony:

Parking lot on the south side of 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC, closed June 8, 12 and 13; Ayres Avenue from Abbott to Duncan streets; Grimes Street from Ayers to Williston avenues; Williston Avenue from Cadet Sheridan Road to Duncan Street; Reilly Avenue from Williston Avenue to Mencher Road intersection; parking lot on the south side of 8th MP Bde. and south side of the trailers; and Martinez Gym parking lot. Call 438-0816/0811.


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