325th BSB activates a new unit

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
The 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, activated its Echo Forward Support Company and re-flagged its existing forward support companies on Leaders Field, Oct. 16. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd BCT Public Affairs Office.)

The 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, activated its Echo Forward Support Company and re-flagged its existing forward support companies. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd BCT Public Affairs Office.)

Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A new company was activated at a ceremony, here, Oct. 16.

Capt. Chardette James accepted the guidon for Company E, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, charging her to care for and lead the unit as its first company commander.

Lt. Col. Patrick Disney, battalion commander, 325th BSB, passed the Echo guidon to James.

The new company will support the 29th Bde. Engineer Bn., 3rd BCT.

At the same ceremony, the battalion also reflagged its previous forward support companies.

“To the Soldiers of Echo Company, today is not about me taking command; it is about us, our team and our unit, our company making history and coming into our own,” said James. “I am honored and humbled to become your commander at such a critical time in this unit’s history.”

Standing up a new unit is never an easy undertaking, James observed, noting that it’s full of unknowns, a little chaos and a lot of waiting.

Capt. Chardette James (left) accepts the Echo Forward Support Company flag from Lt. Col Patrick Disney, battalion commander, 325th BSB,  during an activation ceremony, Oct. 16, on Leaders Field. In addition to activating the company, the 325th BSB held a re-flagging ceremony for its existing forward support companies.

Capt. Chardette James accepts the Echo Forward Support Company flag from Lt. Col Patrick Disney, battalion commander, 325th BSB, during an activation ceremony, Oct. 16, on Leaders Field..

“From what I have already observed, you are greatly trained, experienced, enthusiastic and ready to take on any challenge that comes before you,” James said, addressing Co. E. “It is my promise to you that I will give you my all and always place your welfare and our mission first.”

James reminded the company of the important significance of standing up a new unit and to be proud of themselves, their mission and the 325th BSB.

“Very few people can say they played a role in making history,” said James. “We are making history; we are activating our company. You will always be the first and forever be ingrained in the significance and tradition of this unit,”

James’ parents traveled from Alabama to share the historic moment with their daughter.

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