322nd CA ohana celebrates leaders, welcome new commander

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photos by Staff Sgt. Deziree Lau, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment From left: Col. Timothy Clemente, 322nd CA Bde. incoming commander; Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander, 9th MSC; and Col. Joseph Trinidad, 322nd CA Bde. outgoing commander, join in on a traditional Tahitian dance before the closing of the relinquishment of command ceremony at the USAR Daniel K. Inouye Complex parade field, June 25.

From left: Col. Timothy Clemente, 322nd CA Bde. incoming commander; Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander, 9th MSC; and Col. Joseph Trinidad, 322nd CA Bde. outgoing commander, join in on a traditional Tahitian dance before the closing of the relinquishment of command ceremony at the USAR Daniel K. Inouye Complex parade field, June 25.

 

Story by Capt. Liana Kim, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade
Photos by Staff Sgt. Deziree Lau, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — In a unique and personal ceremony, an esteemed Army Reserve commander and his family were celebrated and another welcomed at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Army Reserve Complex, here, June 26.

Soldiers, families and friends of the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade bid a fond farewell to Col. Joseph Trinidad and welcome incoming commander Col. Timothy Clemente during a relinquishment of command ceremony on the Field of Heroes, followed by a robust family-style meal in the pavilion nearby.

Brig. Gen. Stephen K. Curda, commander, 9th Mission Support Command, officiated the ceremony. On the field with the 322nd Soldiers in formation, Curda received the unit colors from Trinidad with congratulations for outstanding leadership, and handed them in full support and confidence to Clemente.

Col. Timothy Clemente, incoming commander for the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, receives the brigade colors from Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander, 9th Mission Support Command, USAR, during a relinquishment of command ceremony at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex parade field, Fort Shafter Flats, June 25. The passing of colors signifies Clemente’s assumption of command.

Col. Timothy Clemente, incoming commander for the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, receives the brigade colors from Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander, 9th Mission Support Command, .

“To the Soldiers on the field today, you look great! You truly make us the ‘Pride of the Pacific,’” Curda said, referring to the 9th MSC’s motto. He recognized the recent accomplishments of the brigade, especially noting their enhanced operational relationship between the 351st Civil Affairs Command, to which the unit is operationally assigned, and the 9th MSC to which it is administratively assigned. These energized relationships drastically increased the effectiveness of Civil Affairs support of U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Cooperation exercises.

“The 322nd is the most forward deployed Civil Affairs unit in the Pacific, it’s extremely action oriented and so am I,” Clemente said. “This is the highlight of my military career, a chance to bring years of experience to bear and use them as the Army deems fit.”

The mission of the brigade is to provide operational level commanders in the PACOM area of operations the capability to engage the civil component of the operational environment by enabling, shaping, and managing civil affairs operations in support of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and civilian authorities.

In the past two years the 322nd CA Bde. supported more than 10 exercises throughout the region, conducted a joint deployment exercise, and operated the largest Civil-Military Operations Center in support of PACOM’s 2016 Rim of the Pacific exercise. It successfully initiated and integrated CA capabilities in support of U.S. Forces-Japan and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

“This unit very soon will have a battalion assigned, and with that will come more opportunities to help shape operations in the Pacific Theater,” Clemente said. “So, our efforts in the near future will be focused on supporting that new unit of Soldiers, expanding our capabilities here in the Pacific Theater.”

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From left: Col. Joseph Trinidad, 322nd CA Bde. outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander, 9th MSC, and Col. Timothy Clemente, 322 CA Bde. incoming commander, stand at attention during the relinquishment of command ceremony. Army Reservists, family members and friends witnessed the event to bid farewell to Trinidad and to welcome Clemente.

 

 

 

 

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