Pacific Army Reserve says ‘Mahalo’ to Yamamoto, ‘Aloha’ to Lindung

| November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, outgoing senior enlisted adviser of the 9th MSC, forms up the troops and presents the formation to Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, Commander, during the 9th MSC’s change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, outgoing senior enlisted adviser of the 9th MSC, forms up the troops and presents the formation to Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, Commander, during the 9th MSC’s change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

 Story by Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command

HONOLULU — As the afternoon sun painted the Soldiers and parade field golden on an idyllic island day, Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers bid farewell to one enlisted leader and welcomed another.

The 9th Mission Support Command, with command representatives from all 10 of the regional command’s major subordinate units, conducted a Change of Responsibility ceremony on the Field of Heroes at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Fort Shafter, Nov. 8.

Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto relinquished the unit colors, signifying the transfer of responsibility for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Pacific, to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung, who became the senior enlisted leader of the 9th MSC.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, 9th MSC Commander, presided over the

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, (left), commander, 9th MSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung, salute the formation at conclusion of the 9th MSC’s change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, (left), commander, 9th MSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung, salute the formation at conclusion of the 9th MSC’s change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

ceremony. Curda spoke highly of Yamamoto’s leadership and care for the Soldiers during his tenure with the 9th MSC, and welcomed his new battle buddy, Lindung, to the team.

Lindung brings extensive experience from a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Command Sgt. Maj. of the 7th Psychological Operations Group at Moffett Field, California.

“I look forward to serving and working with and for you; never forget where you came from, be the best Soldier you can, help others reach their potential, execute with perfection, and train for excellence,” Lindung said to the Soldiers of the 9th MSC. “Leaders, coach your subordinates; and lead by example, even in the face of adversity; do what’s right – always.”

A Hawaiian native and a member of the Honolulu Police Department, Yamamoto served as the senior enlisted advisor for the 9th MSC for three years, and spanning three Commanding Generals. To date, he has served 31 years of active and reserve duties. He now joins the Inactive Ready Reserve while awaiting a future assignment in the Army Reserve.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, (left), commander, 9th MSC, presents the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung (right), incoming senior enlisted adviser, 9th MSC, signifying his responsibility for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Pacific, during a change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, (left), commander, 9th MSC, presents the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung (right), incoming senior enlisted adviser, 9th MSC, signifying his responsibility for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Pacific, during a change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

“Maintaining focus on “building the bench” contributed to the success of our programs which have increased promotions and career opportunities for our junior Soldiers,” said Yamamoto. He said he is especially proud of having worked hand in hand with the Hawaii National Guard to provide more training opportunities for the Soldiers.

As the sun dipped behind stately palm trees, one Command Sergeant Major bid farewell to his beloved Soldiers while another took the reins, continuing the cycle of leadership of the Pacific Army Reserve.

In both receiving lines after the ceremony for the outgoing and incoming senior enlisted leaders, Soldiers, Civilians and their families thanked Yamamoto for the impact he made during the past years, and Lindung for taking the helm as the senior non-commissioned officer responsible for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and for continuing the missions of the 9th MSC.

As members of the only regional command of its kind in the Army Reserve, the Soldiers of the 9th MSC are proud of their unique and diverse mission sets and cultures reflected throughout the vast Pacific region. The 9th MSC’s Soldiers on Oahu support Army Reserve forces in Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Island of Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Maui, and Saipan.

The 9th MSC is the most ethnically diverse, geographically dispersed command in the U.S. Army Reserve, crossing seven times zones, two U.S. states, two U.S. Territories, a Commonwealth and two foreign countries. Its Soldiers speak 29 languages.

Major subordinate commands include the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 658th Regional Support Group, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 3rd Mobilization Support Group, U.S. Army Pacific-Support Unit, 1984th US Army Hospital, USAR Theater Support Group – Pacific, 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade, 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry, 411th Engineer Battalion, and the 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion.

The 9th MSC is the only Army Reserve Command assigned directly to an Army Service Component Command.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific, congratulates a 9th MSC Soldier on his decision to reenlist in the Army Reserve. Brooks attended the reenlistment ceremony which was held immediately following the change of responsibility. Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, 9th MSC Commander, officiated both events on the parade field of the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific, congratulates a 9th MSC Soldier on his decision to reenlist in the Army Reserve. Brooks attended the reenlistment ceremony which was held immediately following the change of responsibility. Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, 9th MSC Commander, officiated both events on the parade field of the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

 

 

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