303rd MEB gains new commander, continues to ‘Pahu Imua’

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col. Colbert Low (left) receives the 303rd MEB's colors from Command Sgt. Maj.  Randy Harr as he prepares to pass the colors to Col. Joseph Ricciardi. In his final address to the troops, Low chanted the unit’s motto: “Pahu Imua,” three times.

Col. Colbert Low (left) receives the 303rd MEB’s colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Randy Harr as he prepares to pass the colors to Col. Joseph Ricciardi. In his final address to the troops, Low chanted the unit’s motto: “Pahu Imua,” three times.

 

Story and photos by
Capt. MaryWhitney Whittaker
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFER FLATS — Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers and guests gathered to welcome Col. Joseph Ricciardi as he took command of the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), 9th Mission Support Command, from outgoing commander Col. Colbert Low, during a ceremony, here, May 17.

Ricciardi, an experienced engineer and citizen-Soldier, spoke about pride and humility as he took command of 303rd MEB.

“There is pride in the honor bestowed upon me to lead and serve in this unit, and there is pride in knowing I am leading the best Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the Army Reserve,” he said. “There is humility in the responsibility I have been given, and I look forward to the challenge and to serving with this new family.”

He finished his speech with the unit’s motto, Pahu Imua.

Low’s last speech as commander was a touching one. He thanked the Soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, calling each one by name. He then went on to thank the citizen-Soldiers of 303rd MEB.

“To our Soldiers, you have already made a difference in our world. You have already lived an honorable life,” he said. “It has been my privilege to lead and serve alongside you.”

Low ended his speech leading the unit through one last battle cry chanting “Pahu Imua” three times, the unit motto meaning “push forward.”

Retired Brig. Gen. Jon Lee, deputy for management and support, 9th MSC, welcomed Ricciardi and his family to the 303rd MEB and the 9th MSC.

“Aloha and welcome to the 303rd ohana. It is great to have you on board. This is your time to write your story, with your own personal touch and flare, and you will have your own challenges,” said Lee. “I ask all you Soldiers to give respect and dedication to your new family, the Ricciardis, and to your unit.”

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The New Commander

Ricciardi served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan during his Army Reserve career.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University; and a doctorate in Values Driven Leadership from Benedictine University.

He is currently a student at the Army War College studying National Security and Strategic Studies. In his civilian life, he is the vice president of operations at SEFA, a nationwide network of leading supply and equipment dealers and manufacturers.

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