JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA – Charlie Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment unveiled its colors during an official ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) on Monday, October 18.
For over three decades Bravo and Charlie Company of 100/442 have called Pago-Pago, American Samoa home. Each year, American Samoa provides a large number of new recruits for the entire army. However, in recent years, it has been difficult to meet the recruiting goals of two companies of the United States Army Reserve (USAR) infantry.
“The repositioning of C CO to JBLM has opened up a large recruiting population for the battalion, not only from the Washington State area, but across the continental United States. Currently, we have soldiers from California, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Connecticut, New Jersey, and many more areas,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Arakawa, commanding officer of C CO 100/442.
“I am confident that the re-stationing of C CO at JBLM increased the battalion’s sphere of influence, raised awareness of the unit, and provided a reasonable commute for infantry soldiers of all components (active duty , national guard and USAR) wishing to serve in a light infantry battalion,” Arakawa said.
Arakawa was made CO C CO in an unofficial ceremony after the unboxing ceremony. For Arakawa, the move to JBLM is beneficial for both recruiting and training opportunities.
“When it comes to training, JBLM offers world-class facilities, ranges and training areas. My intention is to take full advantage of these strengths to facilitate quality, realistic training that improves proficiency and overall business lethality,” Arakawa added.
Arakawa has a long history with the 100/442, having served and deployed as an enlisted soldier in the unit before becoming an infantry officer. He also served in various roles as an Army civilian with the unit.
“I have the advantage of seeing the world through the lens of my soldiers, with the insight to understand the challenges my soldiers endure, the resources they need to succeed, what I expect of them and what they expect of me,” Arakawa said. “I will draw heavily on my experiences as an enlisted soldier, NCO and officer to mentor future leaders, create common purpose, promote shared understanding and develop mutual trust, so that in the event of less ideal circumstances, the company will always be able to fight and win in the battlefield.
For Arakawa, being of Japanese ancestry adds special significance to being a leader of the “Go for Broke” battalion. As in World War II, the unit was made up entirely of Japanese Americans.
“My ancestral connection to the battalion is very important to me,” Arakawa said. “As company commander, it is now my responsibility to educate this newly formed company of soldiers, hailing from across the United States, about the battalion’s history, which is defined by honor, courage and the sacrifice”
“I expect every soldier to behave in a manner worthy of our unit’s heritage, in particular, they will not shame themselves or the unit; in everything they do, they will do it to the best of their abilities, they ‘Go for Broke’,” Arakawa assumed.
|Date posted:||20.10.2021 18:46|
|Site:||JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA, USA|
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