175th FMSC celebrates unit history

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Col. Nicholas LaSala, the unit director of the 175th Financial Management Support Center, and Sgt. Maj. Austin McLaughlin, the 175th FMSC’s senior enlisted leader, cut a cake in honor of their unit’s history celebration Nov. 3, 2017 at Fort Shafter. This year marks the second in which the unit has celebrated their history of providing financial support to Soldiers in the Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Alexia Gardner
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — Nov. 1st may seem like any other day out of the year, but to the 175th Financial Management Support Center, it marks the beginning of its legacy of supporting the U.S. Army dating back to 1944.

This year marks the second in which the unit has celebrated its history of providing financial support to Soldiers in the Pacific area of responsibility.

Led by Col. Nicholas LaSala, unit director, and Sgt. Maj. Austin McLaughlin, senior enlisted leader, they were pleased with what their subordinates were able to accomplish.

“They greatly exceeded our expectations,” LaSala said. “There is no way I could have given the specific sort of detail you see around the building today.”

One of the Soldiers that helped make the unit celebration happen was the unit historian, 2nd Lt. Micae Bondurant. She is assigned as the unit historian and she is the newest officer. She has given her all to ensure the history was highlighted.

Soldiers from the 175th Financial Management Support Center dressed in U.S. Army uniforms representing the time period of various conflicts the unit has supported during its recent history celebration November 3, 2017 at Fort Shafter. The conflicts represented were World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the Global War on Terror. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

“If I see that we’re doing something similar to anything we’ve done in the past, I’m going to be able to put the lessons learned into the situation,” Bondurant said.

Throughout the ceremony, the 175th FMSC represented the time periods of the various conflicts the unit supported by having Soldiers dressed in the U.S. Army uniform of that time. The conflicts represented were World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the Global War on Terror.

“I think it’s very significant, very important. Not only my role, but all of us who represented a different time period of 175th FMSC and the U.S. Army,” said Spc. Neelesh Jain. “This is the unit’s history celebration day. The time period represented was a part of that history, and essentially that is what makes up the history.”

The celebration concluded with a guided tour by Bondurant and 1st Lt. Luserito Quisido. Throughout the tour, the two explained the history of the U.S. Army, Fort Shafter and the 175th FMSC.

“I actually have briefing materials and different documentation from World War II and Vietnam that I memorized so that I could guide people around the building,” Bondurant said.

Col. Nicholas LaSala, the unit director of the 175th Financial Management Support Center, stressed the importance of knowing a unitÕs history during the 175th FMSCÕs unit history celebration November 3, 2017 at Fort Shafter. In his speech, LaSala gave all the credit for the successful unit celebration to the Soldiers, NCOs and officers of his unit. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

In order to make the celebration happen, the unit’s personnel worked together to produce a product they would be proud to present. LaSala felt that was another important factor in making the day happen.

“They came together as a solid team to create this amazing unit day. This is an example of the types of things that happen in this unit every day,” LaSala said. “That’s how cohesive this unit is.”

A huge amount of planning went into making sure the unit celebration was a success – from LaSala and McLaughlin sharing their vision and guidance, to the rehearsals to make sure every detail was perfect.

Although unit history day is part of U.S. Army regulations, 175th FMSC’s unit celebration was the first time most Soldiers heard of this type of an event. With the celebration, the unit’s leadership felt it was important for Soldiers to know where they came from in order to make them feel a part of something bigger.

2nd Lt. Micae Bondurant, the unit historian for the 175th Financial Management Support Center, explains the unit’s history to Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, the senior enlisted advisor of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during the 175th FMSC’s unit history celebration November 3, 2017 at Fort Shafter. This year marks the second in which the unit has celebrated their history of providing financial support to Soldiers in the Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

“You can’t do anything without money; yet, we are such a small part of the Army,” Quisido said. “I think it’s important for the Soldiers to have pride within themselves, along with their unit and job.”

In LaSala’s speech, he mentioned how proud he was of his unit and its accomplishments. He gave all the credit for the successful unit celebration to the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers of his unit, claiming he only gave “guidance and vision.”

He also stressed the importance of knowing your unit’s history.

“We carry on the collective wisdom of our profession from those who served before us. Therefore, it is important we understand and teach our subordinates the unit’s history so that we can pass on that wisdom in a way that is real to them,” LaSala explained.

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