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    U.S. Army Pacific Support Unit gets a new Commander and Command Sergeant Major on the same day



    Story by Sgt. Solomon Navarro 

    305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii – U.S. Army Pacific Support Unit, 9th Mission Support Command Soldiers, family and friends gathered for an official Change of Command and Change of Responsibility ceremony June 8, 2019.

    Col. Voris W. McBurnette, a Philadelphia native, now a Raleigh, North Carolina resident, replaced Col. Patricia R. Wallace as the new USARPAC-SU commander. Command Sgt. Maj. Marcial Tumacder replaced USARPAC-SU Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Diaz.

    After 31 years, Diaz recently retired from working for the State of Hawaii, and will soon retire from the Army in October as well.

    “The Soldiers of USARPAC-SU have been nothing but a pleasure to work with, serve with and lead,” Diaz said. “We not only worked great together as a team but more importantly, we established a spirit of family which brought much esprit de corps to our unit, your adherence to Army values and your professionalism contributed greatly in establishing USARPAC to where it is today.”

    In his acceptance speech, Tumacder thanked his very special and beloved family; his wife Janet and his two daughters.

    “I am honored and humbled to stand before you as your next senior enlisted advisor. This is an awesome unit. We have the best Soldiers, the best civilian staff, and the best full time staff as well. As we continue to maintain our highest level of readiness, our number one focus now is our people, our most precious one, our people and our soldiers.”

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Anderson, the 9th Mission Support Command Commanding General, hosted the Change of Command ceremony and described Wallace as “the most high-speed, lethal, Adjutant General officer I know.”

    For her efforts, Anderson presented Wallace with the U.S. Army Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service.

    “You’re pro in peace and certainly no stranger to war,” he said. “You’ve cultivated a diverse assignment history of every increasing responsibilities and jobs outside different organizations. You’ve had multiple battalion commands, you’ve had multiple S3 or operations officer assignments, and you’ve had other broadening staff assignments that you completed before assuming this brigade command which you’ve been very successful with.”

    According to Anderson, Wallace consistently gave all credit to her subordinate leaders and her Soldiers.

    “This has truly been the most exciting, the most developmental opportunity for me, and it’s all because of [her subordinate leaders and Soldiers],” Wallace said. “I thank you all for your hard work, I thank you for your engagement and your leadership. It has been my honor to be your commander for the past three years.”

    During his acceptance speech, McBurnette said the Soldiers of USARPAC-SU can expect professionalism, and a relaxed environment that fosters growth, creativity and development for current and future leaders. In turn, he expects professionals, initiative, teamwork, responsibility, and smart work.

    USARPAC-SU provides command and control, administrative, and logistical support to its subordinate units in Hawaii, Japan and Korea on a day-to-day basis.



    Date Taken: 06.08.2019
    Date Posted: 06.15.2019 18:03
    Story ID: 327394
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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