Army Reserve of Pacific earns its cake with 110th Reserve Birthday Field Day

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Army Reserve Pacific commanders celebrate the 110th USAR Birthday at Fort Shafter Flats' Field of Heroes with a run, field day competition and a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Pictured here, from left to right, are Col. Mark Stimer, commander Army Reserve Engagement Cell, Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, 9th Mission Support Command commanding general, youngest Soldier on duty Spc. Alavoni Tukunga from the 322nd Civil Affairs Bee, oldest Soldier on duty 9th MSC Chaplain Lt. Col. Peter Strong and 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Tracy Berlogio. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – U.S. Army Reserve Pacific commanders celebrate the 110th USAR Birthday at Fort Shafter Flats’ Field of Heroes with a run, field day competition and a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Pictured here, from left to right, are Col. Mark Stimer, commander Army Reserve Engagement Cell, Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, 9th Mission Support Command commanding general, youngest Soldier on duty Spc. Alavoni Tukunga from the 322nd Civil Affairs Bee, oldest Soldier on duty 9th MSC Chaplain Lt. Col. Peter Strong and 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Tracy Berlogio. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

Story and photos by
1st Sgt. Crista Mack
9th Mission Support Command

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Most birthdays and milestones are celebrated with a cake in a relaxing environment, often a time to unwind.

At the Pacific 110th U.S. Army Reserve birthday celebration, hosted by the 9th Mission Support Command headquarters, participants committed to birthday cake only after working up appetites with a run and tough team field competition, featuring physically challenging events including a push up and sit up contest, litter carry, tug-of- war and much more.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Army Reserve Pacific commanders celebrate the 110th USAR Birthday at Fort Shafter Flats' Field of Heroes with a run, field day competition and a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Pictured here, from left to right, are Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, 9th Mission Support Command commanding general, Army Reserve Ambassador P. Pasha Baker, youngest Soldier on duty Spc. Alavoni Tukunga from the 322nd Civil Affairs Bee, 9th MSC Chaplain Lt. Col. Peter Strong and 9th MSC Chief of Staff Col. Geoff Greene. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – U.S. Army Reserve Pacific commanders celebrate the 110th USAR Birthday at Fort Shafter Flats’ Field of Heroes with a run, field day competition and a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Pictured here, from left to right, are Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, 9th Mission Support Command commanding general, Army Reserve Ambassador P. Pasha Baker, youngest Soldier on duty Spc. Alavoni Tukunga from the 322nd Civil Affairs Bee, 9th MSC Chaplain Lt. Col. Peter Strong and 9th MSC Chief of Staff Col. Geoff Greene. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

And only then was it time to cut the cake.

“After working hard on improving our readiness, sometimes we have to dig in our heels and play hard,” Lt. Col. Charles Moulton, Assistant Chief of Staff, 9th Mission Support Command, said.

Moulton joined the teams on the Fort Shafter Flats Field of Heroes where “the most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal reserve force in U.S. history,” this year’s USAR birthday theme, proved themselves.

Additional team-based pre-cake ceremony challenges included M-4 carbine semi-automatic weapons assembly, a timed event, grenade toss and Frisbee golf. Navigating the many events and motivating the teams to action was Master of Ceremonies John D. Lee, senior civilian employee of the command and himself a retired Army Reserve general officer.

“We wanted this to be a day of fun, tough, challenging events on the 9th Mission Support Command’s parade field, the Field of Heroes,” said Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, commanding general of the 9th MSC, headquarters for all Army Reserve units throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Soldiers representing direct reporting units from the 9th Mission Support Command compete against one another as teams as part of the 110th Army Reserve Birthday Field Day event at Fort Shafter Flats' Field of Heroes. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Soldiers representing direct reporting units from the 9th Mission Support Command compete against one another as teams as part of the 110th Army Reserve Birthday Field Day event at Fort Shafter Flats’ Field of Heroes. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command)

“We used this day to honor what our institution of Citizen Soldiers has accomplished over the past 11 decades, the sacrifices of the Army Reserve Soldiers in peace and in conflict, and to celebrate our recent successes as an organization,” he said.

After all the sweating and cheering one another on, it was finally time for cake.

The oldest Soldier on duty, 9th MSC Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Peter Strong, age 57, and the youngest Soldier, 21-year-old Spc. Alavoni Tukunga, a maintenance specialist from the 322nd Civil Affairs Bde., joined in the ceremonial cutting of the cake. Joining oldest and youngest Soldiers for the ceremony were Anderson, Army Reserve Ambassador P. Pasha Baker, Army Reserve Engagement Cell Director Col. Mark Stimer, 9th MSC Chief of Staff Col Geoff Greene and 311th Signal Command (Theater) Command Sgt. Maj. Tracy Barlogio.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - What better way to celebrate the U.S. Army Reserve's 110th birthday than with a weapons assembly contest? Pictured here, the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade leads the M-4 carbine weapons assembly portion of the day's events. Ten Direct Reporting Units of the 9th Mission Support Command banded together for a physically challenging morning of team building competitions followed by a traditional cake cutting ceremony. (Photo by Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army Reserve)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – What better way to celebrate the U.S. Army Reserve’s 110th birthday than with a weapons assembly contest? Pictured here, the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade leads the M-4 carbine weapons assembly portion of the day’s events. Ten Direct Reporting Units of the 9th Mission Support Command banded together for a physically challenging morning of team building competitions followed by a traditional cake cutting ceremony. (Photo by Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army Reserve)

For 110 years, the Army Reserve has met the challenges of its time, evolving from the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908 to what is today the Army’s global operational reserve force.

Today’s 9th MSC is the most ethnically diverse, geographically dispersed command in the U.S. Army Reserve, crossing seven times zones, two states, two territories, a commonwealth and two foreign countries. Its Soldiers speak 29 different languages.

The 9th MSC is an Army Reserve geographic headquarters assigned to U.S. Army Pacific.

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

“This unit competition reminded our Soldiers that they are Warriors and a member of a team, and the importance of being disciplined, and physically and mentally tough,” Anderson said. “I believe we met that goal. There were a lot of smiles.”

For more information about the history of the Army Reserve and the 9th MSC, visit http://www.usar.army.mil/birthday110.

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