8th TSC bids farewell to Maj. Gen. Wilson | article
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii kicked off the Army’s 247th anniversary with a change of command June 14 at Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where Maj. Gen. David Wilson relinquished his responsibility to Brig. Gen. Gen. Jered Helwig.
“Today is truly bittersweet as I have relinquished my responsibilities here alongside my teammates, but most importantly my family, after four consecutive years in the Pacific,” said Wilson, outgoing commanding general of the 8th TSC. “Thinking about today, there are two phrases I use that I keep coming back to… I am blessed and honored to serve. It is truly a lifetime honor to be a Corporal in the US Army, to have served as a theater sustainment commander and to have been assigned to the Theater Army of the Pacific in beautiful Hawaii. My tenure here has passed quickly and my time is coming to an end. Thank you to everyone who didn’t help me count the time but instead helped me make my time count here.”
Gen. Charles Flynn, commanding general of US Army Pacific Command, who presided over the ceremony, stated that Wilson’s contributions to the stoic history of logistics have been critical to the combined force and operations in the Indo-Pacific.
“The role of the U.S. Army in this theater of war, particularly with the essential capabilities presented here in this command, has been fundamental and fundamental to understanding and ensuring the security and prosperity of the United States for over a century,” said Flynn. “Frankly, this story and the extraordinary legacy of the Army’s logisticians and logisticians is widely known and all too often underestimated. As previously mentioned, the 8th TSC has its roots in the 8th Field Army Support Command throughout Korea.”
During his two-year tenure as commanding general, Wilson’s knowledge and contributions to sustainment operations throughout the Pacific continued the legacy the organization built more than 50 years ago.
“This command has accomplished so much over the past two years despite the pandemic, and I am proud of what every officer, warrant officer, NCO, Soldier and civilian has done in support of the Theater Army and the Joint Forces,” Wilson said.
During his speech, Wilson noted that the 8th TSC has traveled 7,523 nautical miles in an Army watercraft over the past two years, the longest distance since World War II, has developed theater posture verification and a theater support verification and analysis team set up and employed. campaigned for USARPAC’s Army Prepositioned Stock 3 proof of principle, supported 279 explosives regulation missions, 32 construction projects and 683 diving missions, and provided financial and human support to operations and the Oahu water crisis.
“Our greatest strength is our people,” said Wilson. “The mission can only be accomplished by our soldiers, NCOs, officers and civilians of the Department of the Army.”
As the 8th TSC continues to build its legacy, Flynn noted that sustainment operations are at the core of the combined force.
“This legacy, which this team proudly carries on, is one of the main reasons why Minister Wormuth [Secretary of the Army, Honorable Christine Wormuth] calls the Army the backbone of joint operations in the Indo-Pacific,” Flynn said. “She [8th TSC] have and will continue to provide the core foundational capabilities for the combined force…but none of this was, or continues to be, possible without exceptional leaders at all levels during this command, and that indispensable leadership quality is represented by the two individuals who exchange colors here, today Major General David Wilson and Brig. Gen. Gen. Jered Helwig.”
The passing of the colors from an outgoing commander to a new commander ensures that the unit and its soldiers are never without official leadership or continued trust, and signifies a loyalty of soldiers to their unit’s commander.
After passing the flags, Flynn said, “Maj. General Wilson, thank you for your hard work and dedication in leading this stoic organization to the heights it has reached. You have led a successful team, one that has enabled the theater army and the combined troupe to achieve so much during your time in command. I wish you the best of luck as you step into another command assignment and lead the Army Sustainment Command. Jered, I know that service is something you and your family value very much. You have accomplished much during your career in the Army, welcome to the Theater Army Indo Pacific. I know you are up for this challenge.”
During the closing remarks, Wilson signed as Sustainer 6 and officially handed the 8th TSC to Helwig, who spoke to those in attendance and via live stream.
“For the 8th TSC team, this is a phenomenal organization capable of extraordinary things,” said Helwig. “I’m honored to be in the ranks with you. For 247 years, our army has defended this nation in support of the common armed forces. As we look over the horizon, it’s clear the work isn’t done yet. The freedom and liberty we cherish comes at a price, but anything worth doing is costly indeed. I know this team understands the cost and sacrifice. I also know that this team is ready. Let’s go after that. Keep the power up. A team. Army strong.”
Wilson, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, will continue his service as the commanding general of Army Sustainment Command based in Rock Island, Illinois.