Flynn gives a final aloha from Schofield Barracks

| August 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn (2nd from left), then commander, 25th ID, leads a division run, July 29. Flynn commanded the 25th ID until a change of command ceremony, Thursday. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.)

It has been my distinct honor to serve as the 48th Commander of the 25th Infantry Division. As my time in command comes to an end, I want to take the opportunity to highlight the many accomplishments our Soldiers have made over the last two years.

We have been continually operating across the Pacific, moreover the globe, with thousands of Soldiers doing extraordinary work for the Army and the Nation. We have supported seven Pacific Pathways operations, partnered and trained throughout the Pacific AO, and have had forces committed in every Combatant Command AOR across the world. The sun never sets on the Soldiers and Units of the 25th Infantry Division.

Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn (2nd from left), former commander, 25th ID, leads a division run, July 29. Flynn commanded the 25th ID until a change of command ceremony, Thursday.

Flynn (center), at his final division run as commander, July 29.  (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.)

We’ve also witnessed some historical structure changes across the Division, adding capabilities, capacity and lethality to our formation. In October 2014, we re-established the 25th Division Artillery (DIVARTY), and in June 2015, we added the 25th Sustainment Brigade, bringing renewed emphasis to the Fires and Sustainment skills of this Division.

In early 2016, we also executed the transformation of 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Stryker to Light, mirroring our 3rd BCT and allowing us to rapidly project power in support of U.S. interests in the Pacific and beyond.

 

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From left, Col. Andy Preston, 25th ID chief of staff; Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, incoming commander, 25th ID; Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, I Corps; and Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, outgoing commander of 25th ID, troop the line during the division change of command ceremony on Schofield Barracks, Thursday. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.)

Finally, after a nine-month deployment to Korea, we converted the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade in 2016. The 2-6th CAV bid farewell to the OH-58 Kiowa Warriors and welcomed the lethal combat power of the AH64 Apache Attack Helicopter.

As always, our success relies on the support of our Tropic Lightning Ohana – those extraordinary Department of the Army Civilians, Army Family Members, and Friends of the 25th Infantry Division that live throughout the State of Hawaii and across the Pacific.

There is a deep and strong sense of family in Hawaii that exists between our Army and the people of this beautiful community. Kathleen and I are, and will be forever be, grateful for the memories, your selfless service to one another and, most of all, for your friendship. My heartfelt thanks!

In this, our 75th year to celebrate the lineage of the 25th Infantry Division, it is more important than ever to remember the sacrifices our Veterans have made for freedom. From the attacks of December 7, 1941, and the relentless Pacific Campaign that ensued, to the violent hills of Korea, the remote and dangerous jungles of Vietnam, and the prolonged complexities of Iraq and Afghanistan, our Tropic Lightning Soldiers have served with distinction and valor.

In sum, it has been my life’s highest honor to serve this Division, our tough and disciplined Soldiers, and our dedicated Families.

Tropic Lightning! Strike Hard!

Maj. Gen. Charlie Flynn

 

 

 

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