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

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
hotos by Capt. Debbie Eddin and Capt. Liana Kim, 9th MSC Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, outgoing CSM of the 9th MSC, forms up the troops and presents the formation to Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, Commander, during the 9th MSCÕs change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Photos by Capt. Debbie Eddin and Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command
CommSSgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, outgoing CSM of the 9th MSC, forms up the troops during the 9th MSCÕs change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex, Nov. 8.

Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — 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 its 10 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, here, Nov. 8.

Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto relinquished the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung, who became the senior enlisted leader of the 9th MSC.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, (left), commander, 9th MSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Lindung, salute the formation at conclusion of the 9th MSCÕs 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 MSCÕs change of responsibility ceremony.

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

“I look forward to serving and working with and for you,” Lindung said. “Never forget where you came from, be the best Soldier you can, help others reach their potential, execute with perfection and train for excellence.

“Leaders, coach your subordinates and lead by example, even in the face of adversity. Do what’s right, always,” he said.

A Hawaiian native and a member of the Honolulu Police Department, Yamamoto served as the senior enlisted adviser for the 9th MSC for three years, 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.

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

Photos by Capt. Debbie Eddin and Capt. Liana Kim, 9th MSC 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.

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 has made during the past years, and Lindung for taking the helm as the senior NCO responsible for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Asia-Pacific region and continuing the missions of the 9th MSC.

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