USARPAC celebrates Army’s 240th birthday

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The traditional cake cutting follows dinner. Representing the past, present and future successes of the U.S. Army-Pacific are Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARPAC commanding general (right), the command's most senior commissioned officer; Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, USARPAC's senior enlisted leader (left); the command's youngest Soldier, Pvt. Cody Simons of the 25th Infantry Division; and retired Brig. Gen. James Hastings, who represented the most senior Army Soldier. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The traditional cake cutting follows dinner. Representing the past, present and future successes of the U.S. Army-Pacific are Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARPAC commanding general (right), the command’s most senior commissioned officer; Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, USARPAC’s senior enlisted leader (left); the command’s youngest Soldier, Pvt. Cody Simons of the 25th Infantry Division; and retired Brig. Gen. James Hastings, who represented the most senior Army Soldier. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs

WAIKIKI — In observance of “240 Years of Selfless Service to the Nation,” the U.S. Army-Pacific celebrated the Army’s birthday, June 12.

The celebration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, here, was open to all Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, government contractors, family members, retirees, veterans and invited guests.

The 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Band is on hand to provide inspirational melodies and music for the crowd of over 800 attendees at the Army Commemoration event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in Honolulu, June 12. The band concluded the evening with its rendition of unit songs from each of 10 active divisions in the Army, followed by the "Army Song," an invocation by the USARPAC chaplain, Col. Michael W. Dugal, and the retiring of the colors. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Band is on hand to provide inspirational melodies and music for the crowd of over 800 attendees at the Army Commemoration event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in Honolulu, June 12. The band concluded the evening with its rendition of unit songs from each of 10 active divisions in the Army, followed by the “Army Song,” an invocation by the USARPAC chaplain, Col. Michael W. Dugal, and the retiring of the colors. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

“In the Pacific, the Army traces its history back 117 years,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC, “and in that time, we have faced some complex challenges, indeed. We’ve been involved in 63 campaigns in the Pacific region since 1898, the most in any region outside the Americas.”

Brooks noted that 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan, which put an end to World War II, the 65th anniversary of the Korean War and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“Throughout those campaigns, the great men and women of USARPAC have served with honor and courage to help enable all the nations in this region to build a better future,” Brooks said.

“Although tonight we commemorate the Army as an institution, this is only possible because of the dedication, achievements and sacrifice of our people here in USARPAC,” Brooks said, “and it’s not just our Soldiers and professional civilians. It is our families and communities that are the cornerstone of the Army’s success in the Pacific.”

The evening’s festivities continued with the ceremonial toast and a word from Ed Kubo, state judge and recipient of the Mana O Ke Koa Award honoring those who have distinguished themselves by their steadfast support of Soldiers, their families and the Army community.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks (left), U.S. Army-Pacific commanding general, presents the Mana O Ke Koa Award to Ed Kubo, a Hawaii state judge, who was on hand to receive the award, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by their steadfast support of Soldiers, their families and the Army community. Kubo, whose father served in the Army, shared how honored he felt to have been able to give back to the Army over the last 14 years, and how his attempts at helping were his way of giving back to the Army, to its soldiers and their families. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks (left), U.S. Army-Pacific commanding general, presents the Mana O Ke Koa Award to Ed Kubo, a Hawaii state judge, who was on hand to receive the award, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by their steadfast support of Soldiers, their families and the Army community. Kubo, whose father served in the Army, shared how honored he felt to have been able to give back to the Army over the last 14 years, and how his attempts at helping were his way of giving back to the Army, to its soldiers and their families. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Kubo, whose father served in the Army and fought in both Korea and Vietnam, addressed the crowd of more than 800 attendees about the significance of the evening’s event. He felt his attempts over the past 14 years was his way of giving back to the Army.

“It is my way of saying thank you for taking care of me, my family and my father, and that is why I find this award ironic,” Kubo said. “You (are) saying thank you to me when all I was doing was saying thank you back to you!”

A traditional cake cutting followed dinner.

“This is what joins us from one generation to the next,” Brooks said. “That’s what we are celebrating tonight – our nation, our Army, our commitment to the Pacific.”

• The Oldest, Youngest and Best

Representing the past, present and future successes of USARPAC were the following:

•Pvt. Cody Simons, 25th Infantry Division, the command’s youngest Soldier.

•Retired Brig. Gen. James Hastings, the most senior Soldier.

•Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the most senior commissioned officer.

•Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, the most senior enlisted leader.

• USARPAC Soldier & NCO of the Year

Staff Sgt. Michael Hooks is NCO of the Year.

Spc. Jonathan Renteria is Soldier of the Year.

Both members are from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and will represent USARPAC at the Department of the Army-level Best Warrior Competition in October. 

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