Faleomavaega congratulates CSM Isaia T. Vimoto on his selection as Command Sergeant Major of the XVIII Airborne Corps
Congressman Faleomavaega has offered his congratulations to CSM Isaia T. Vimoto on his recent selection as the next Command Sergeant Major of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Previously, CSM Vimoto was Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Cavalry Division which had just returned home last month to Fort Hood, Texas after a one year deployment to Afghanistan.
According to its website, the XVIII Airborne Corps, with headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is designed for rapid deployment anywhere in the world. Referred to as "America's Contingency Corps" it is the Army's largest war fighting organization. As of 2009, it consists of approximately 45,000 soldiers in one division and five separate brigades.
CSM Isaia "Ace" Vimoto is the son of Vimoto Tauanu’u of Ta’u, Manu’a, American Samoa and Soosootuliaigamalietoa of Malie, Samoa. Isaia is married to Misimua Aiono of Pago Pago, American Samoa and they have five children— daughters Sabrina and Ariel, and sons Isaia Jr., Nephi, and the late PFC Timothy Ray Vimoto who was killed on June 5, 2007 while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Command Sergeant Major Isaia “Ace” Vimoto is an outstanding soldier and a proven leader with the many successive leadership positions he has held during his 30 years in the military, thus far, and I am pleased the Army recognizes his leadership with his selection to this new position as Command Sergeant Major of the XVIII Airborne Corps,” Faleomavaega said.
“I appreciate CSM Vimoto’s commitment and service to our nation, especially, after he lost a son who was just beginning to follow his father's footsteps in the Army. His son, PFC Timothy Ray Vimoto, was only 19 years of age when he died, June 2007, from gunshot injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Like retired Command Sergeant Major Ioakimo Falaniko who also lost a son, Private Jonathan Falaniko, while serving together in Iraq, CSM Vimoto remained strong and kept his commitment and service to our country.”
Command Sergeant Major Isaia T. Vimoto joined the military under the COHORT program from American Samoa in 1981. He has served in many leadership positions to include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Scout Team Leader, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Airborne Infantry Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Assistant Commandant of The Sabalauski Air Assault School (1SG), Operations Sergeant Major, BN Command Sergeant Major, Brigade Command Sergeant Major; and Division Command Sergeant Major.
His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Army Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and the Keystone Course. He also completed the following courses: Basic Airborne, Jump Master Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Rappel Master Course, Special Operations Training Course, and Master Fitness Course.
CSM Vimoto's assignments include several overseas and many on Continental United States. His awards and decorations include numerous medals and ribbons. He is the recipient of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Sergeant Morales Club awards, as well as the Infantry Order of Saint Maurice, the Field Artillery Order of Saint Barbara, and the Combat Spurs.
“I commend CSM Vimoto for his many accomplishments and his tremendous service to our country. I also want to acknowledge the great support by his wife Misimua and their children. I wish Vimoto well in his new assignment and responsibilities at the XVIII Airborne Corps,” Faleomavaega concluded.