9th MSC says ‘Mahalo’ to Cardwell, ‘Aloha’ to Curda

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
From left, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC ; Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, outgoing commander, 9th MSC; and Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, incoming commander of the 9th MSC, stand at attention during the change of command ceremony at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Aug. 29. (Photo by Capt. Yosiah Hodge, 9th Mission Support Command)

From left, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, USARPAC ; Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, outgoing commander, 9th MSC; and Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, incoming commander of the 9th MSC, stand at attention during the change of command ceremony at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Aug. 29. (Photo by Capt. Yosiah Hodge, 9th Mission Support Command)

Tyler Ogoshi
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The fiery heat of the afternoon sun bore down upon those in attendance for the 9th Mission Support Command’s change of command ceremony, Aug. 29, making shade a highly sought out commodity.

For the hundreds of guests gathered at the U.S. Army Reserve’s Daniel K. Inouye Complex, here, the heat and humidity were not enough to stifle the feelings of respect and reflection.

With commanding representatives from all 10 of the 9th MSC’s major subordinate units, the Pacific Army Reserve bid a heartfelt farewell to outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, while also wishing a warm welcome to incoming commander, Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of U.S. Army-Pacific, presided over the ceremony. Reflecting on Cardwell’s career, Brooks spoke highly of his leadership of the 9th MSC.

“Through his skillful team-building and his personal energy, (Cardwell) initiated and cultivated several reserve-to-reserve engagements throughout the Pacific, including Japan, the Philippines and Singapore,” said Brooks. “The efforts of John and his dedicated team of professionals produced a more effective U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters supporting U.S. Army Operations in the Pacific.”

For Cardwell, the relinquishing of command came after more than two-and-one-half years commanding the 9th MSC. While addressing the crowd, Cardwell spoke of his pride in serving as the unit commander.

“I leave here with pride,” said Cardwell. “A pride that comes with the leading accomplishments of the citizen-Soldiers and civilians of this command. A pride of being part of a team that oversaw the transition of the Pacific Army Reserve, as the nation rebalanced towards the Pacific.”

Incoming commander Curda reports to the 9th MSC after serving as commander of the 351st Civil Affairs Command in Mountain View, California. He brings new experience and expertise with him. He also reports to the head of the Pacific Army Reserve as one of the first Korean-American Army Reserve officers who has achieved general officer rank.

“I look forward to working with the people. … The 9th Mission Support Command has such a strong reputation here in the Pacific, so I am really looking forward to working with everyone, both Soldiers and families,” said Curda.

At the conclusion of the day, one commander departed while another stayed, continuing the cycle of leadership of the Pacific Army Reserve.

The Soldiers said mahalo to Cardwell for the impact he has made during the past years and aloha to Curda for continuing the mission of the 9th MSC.

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