By Maj. Melodie TafaoAugust 7, 2019
Hilo, Hawaii - Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, visited the 9th Mission Support Command and the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, during their annual training at Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii.
No unit in the Army Reserve is more famed historically than the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, being designated the unit with the most medal of honors of all in the entire U.S. Army. The 100th Battalion, 442nd has five companies, dispersed across the Pacific, and continues the "Go For Broke" legacy as the sole Infantry Battalion in the Army Reserve.
During Luckey's visit, he observed Charlie Company as they began preparing their squad tactical exercise. He maneuvered with them throughout their scenario from the squad leader brief to the movement, contact with the opposing forces, end of exercise, and finally the after action review.
He then took this opportunity to talk with the Soldiers to show his appreciation for them and all they do.
"I'm always asked to be at different places at the same time. But I wanted to be here," said Luckey. "Where you go says more about what you care about than what you say. Showing up is the most important statement you can make. That's why I am here."
He also fielded questions from the Soldiers, discussed the new Double Eagle App, and the upcoming Army Combat Fitness Test.
Luckey then continued his visit with Bravo Company as they conducted a platoon live fire exercise, walking through the scenario as they fired M240 machines guns and 60mm mortar rounds. After the successful scenario, he commended the company upon the completion of their AAR.
"Phenomenal job on continuing the legacy of this unit," he said. "I'm real proud of you."
Brigadier General Timothy D. Connelly, Commanding General of the 9th MSC also expressed his appreciation for the Soldiers. "Proud as can be of our awesome Soldiers" he said. It was an honor and privilege "to be out there with Double Eagle Six."
Finally, Luckey participated with 740th Forward Support Company as they conducted Convoy Operations. After speaking with individual Soldiers, he spoke to the group about the importance of work-life balance.
"We talk about families a lot particularly in America's Army Reserve," said Luckey. "We always talk about the fact that our challenge is to be ready enough to be relevant without being so relevant we can't keep good meaningful civilian jobs and healthy sustaining family lives."
Luckey ended his trip addressing the leadership.
"It's about us working for our Soldiers, making sure we're getting after the mission and we're taking care of the team, generating capabilities and capacity to do what the American people expect us to do."