322nd Civil Affairs Brigade welcomes new leader

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Col. Joseph Trinidad (center), incoming commander, 322nd CA Bde., 9th MSC, returns the brigade flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Jaybee Obusan, senior enlisted leader, during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12. (Photo by Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Col. Joseph Trinidad (center), incoming commander, 322nd CA Bde., 9th MSC, returns the brigade flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Jaybee Obusan, senior enlisted leader, during a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12. (Photo by Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Trinidad returns to brigade

9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Col. Joseph Trinidad took command of the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, from Col. Peter Hirai, in a change of command ceremony, Jan. 12.

Trinidad came from the U.S. Army-Pacific Support Unit, where he served the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade as an adjunct instructor for the Command and General Staff College.

He previously served with the 322nd CA Bde. during its deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006.

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Col. Joseph Trinidad (front), incoming commander, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, salutes the formation at the conclusion of the brigade's change of command ceremony, here, Jan. 12. (Photo by Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Col. Joseph Trinidad (front), incoming commander, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, salutes the formation at the conclusion of the brigade’s change of command ceremony, here, Jan. 12. (Photo by Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

The outgoing brigade commander was selected to serve as the Headquarters Element Chief for the 351st CA Cmd-Hawaii Detachment.

“Soldiers and families are always our most precious resource,” Hirai said, “I was humbled and honored to be able to take care of both.”

When not in uniform with the Army Reserve, Hirai is the deputy director of emergency management for the City and County of Honolulu.

During Hirai’s tenure, the 322nd deployed warrior-diplomats throughout the Asia-Pacific, and he received four national level awards for safety and a regional award for family readiness.

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, noted the importance of the brigade.

“The Soldiers of the 322nd have a vital mission that is so vital here in the Pacific, and an impeccable legacy to be proud of,” said Cardwell. “In fact, the 322nd has been here doing great things since before Hawaii was a state!”

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