Story by Crista Mary Mack on 07/03/2019
The Change of Command ceremony is a time honored U.S. Army tradition where the physical passing of the unit colors from the formation begins a transfer of authority. The colors represent responsibility of the 303rd MEB mission and the welfare of the Soldiers. In this case, Command Sgt. Maj. Beau Tatsumura, transferred to the outgoing commander, Membrere, on to the senior commander, 9th MSC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Douglas Anderson, who then passed the colors to Dethlefs. Dethlefs then returned the colors safely to Tatsumura and the formation, the actions together a symbolic relinquishment of authority and assumption of massive responsibility.
Story by Crista Mary Mack on 07/02/2019
"Our Army Reserve has an incredibly proud history, every thing we do in the Pacific is Total Army, Active, Guard, Reserve," Brown, senior commander of the event, said. "There are incredible challenges you have to being twice the citizen. The full time jobs they have and the commitments they have, it's absolutely amazing."
Story by Crista Mary Mack on 06/28/2019
"We righted a wrong," Sgt. Maj. John Miyata, brigade current operations sergeant major, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, said. "We wanted to take care and honor those guys, after all they have given, not just for the Soldier, but also the spouses. How many times do the spouses get recognized, and your whole clan come out for the event."
Story by SSG Edwin Basa and Crista Mary Mack and SGT Solomon Navarro and SSG David Overson and MAJ Melodie Tafao on 06/15/2019The Pacific Press is a semi-annual newsletter of the U.S. Army Pacific Support Unit (USARPAC-SU), 9th Mission Support Command with headquarter located at Fort Shafter Flats in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The newsletter is meant to highlight mission accomplishments of USARPAC-SU including Detachment Japan, Detachment Korea, and other down-trace units; 30th Military History Detachment, and 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. The Pacific Press also shares key messages from the Commander, Command Sergeant Major, the education center, MWR events, and also highlights hails and farewells.
Story by Crista Mary Mack on 06/12/2019
Both Col. Bethany L. Lee, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 9th Mission Support Command, and Lt. Col. Carleton A. Lee, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command J6, became a part of Army history with a combined total of 54 years, 4 months and 8 days of service to the nation. Now, from the deck of the USS Missouri, where the treaty ending World War II in the Pacific was officially signed, they completed their Army careers.
Story by SSG David Overson on 06/11/2019
For one D-Day survivor, Army Sgt. Daniel McBride, who was assigned to third platoon, F Company, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, he was one of many who landed there on that fateful day. He mentioned that he enlisted into an airborne division because he was afraid of heights and he wanted to overcome that fear.