4960th MFTB welcomes new commander

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col. Steven Araki (left), outgoing commander, 4960th MFTB, shares a word with Col. David Chovancek, incoming commander, following the change-of-command ceremony here, Sunday. Chovancek comes from Illinois, where he served as the Emergency Preparedness liaison officer for the 76th Readiness Operational Command; Araki will become the 9th MSC’s chief of staff.

Col. Steven Araki (left), outgoing commander, 4960th MFTB, shares a word with Col. David Chovancek, incoming commander, following the change-of-command ceremony here, Sunday. Chovancek comes from Illinois, where he served as the Emergency Preparedness liaison officer for the 76th Readiness Operational Command; Araki will become the 9th MSC’s chief of staff.

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

 

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Friends, Soldiers, ohana and guests attended the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade change-of-command ceremony, here, Sunday.

The 4960th MFTB falls under the 9th Mission Support Command and serves a very important role for Soldiers in the Pacific.

Warriors of the 4960th stood proudly in formation as command passed from the outgoing commander, Col. Steven Araki, to the incoming commander, Col. David Chovancek.

Col. Wolfgang Junge, deputy commander, 9th Mission Support Command, presided over the ceremony.

“The challenge is to build upon the legacy of the unit’s success under Col. Araki’s leadership,” said Junge.

Araki leaves brigade command to take over as the 9th MSC chief of staff.

“The Soldiers of the 4960th MFTB are some truly dedicated professionals that I have had the privilege to serve with. I know they will support Col. Chovancek as they supported me in my two-and-a-half years in command,” said Araki. “This unit has a bright future, no matter the Army’s circumstances, because they serve an important role. Every Soldier at every level needs training, and this unit has done a superb job in supporting that mission.”

Chovancek comes from Illinois, where he served as the Emergency Preparedness liaison officer in the 76th Operational Readiness Command.

This is not the first training unit that Chovancek commanded and his experience has set him up for success.

“Because of my experience as the 11th, 100th Military Intelligence Battalion, which is a training unit, I am very sensitive to the unique needs and challenges of a training organization,” said Chovancek. “This is one of the most challenging jobs a Soldier can have. Instructors aren’t just teaching how to do something, they have the ability to convey so much more and they become a mentor to those they teach.”

The 4960th MFTB conducts One Army School System courses to provide fully trained and qualified leaders to multi-component forces and provides mobile training teams in support of joint and multi-national operations in the Pacific.

“I am looking forward to continuing the history of mission success and keeping the unit relevant to the needs of the Army and developing Soldiers within the brigade. I am absolutely amazed by the talent we have here at the 4960th and it is my goal to give Soldiers a great place to serve and work,” said Chovancek.

Chovancek’s mission as brigade commander is to provide a work environment that Soldiers won’t want to leave.

“Dignity, respect, professionalism, and personal development of Soldiers is my priority. I want to ensure Soldiers maintain healthy balances in their life,” said Chovancek. “It’s not about this command — it’s about the whole unit and we all share in our unit’s success. “Everyone in my unit is a leader and expected to give input and observations and I respect their opinion because they are the subject matter experts,” he said.

 

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