CSM Charles Tobin's Change of Responsibility

February 27, 2012 — Aumua Amata has congratulated CSM Charles Tobin of Pago Pago and Lotopa, Samoa on the occasion of his Change of Responsibility ceremony at 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) HQ at Fort Bragg NC on Friday, March 2.Tobin will take over from CSM Danfert J. Espinal who is retiring.Amata said, “I first met CSM Tobin several years ago when, as APA Commissioner, the DOD invited me to Germany to celebrate with our troops and keynote Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and National Military Appreciation Month at several bases, including the Army Garrison in Stuttgart and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Alps. I also visited with students at our military dependents’ schools and was humbled and privileged to comfort the wounded at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, our largest military hospital in the world. CSM Tobin was Headquarters Commandant, European Command.”Amata continued, “This fine soldier has had a long career serving our Nation, beginning in 1983 with Basic Training and Advancement Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC.”“His first assignment was in the 82nd Airborne Division, after which he left the Army for one year in October 1986 before enlisting again in October 1987. Upon his return, Charles Tobin was assigned to the Federal Republic of Germany, followed by CONUS and later was assigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin CA.”“Tobin’s additional assignments have included: Division Support Command, 82nd Airborne Division; 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Germany; HQ Commandant, European Command, Germany; 377th Theater Sustainment Command, New Orleans LA; 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne) Fort Bragg NC and COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Kabul, Afghanistan.”Aumua indicated that, during his career, CSM Tobin served in every Non-commissioned Officer leadership position, Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major and has participated in contingencies such as Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.Amata added that CSM Tobin’s military and civilian education includes all levels of Non-commissioned Officer Professional Military Education, Inspector General Course, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy and the Keystone Leader Course.“Despite military duties and responsibilities,” continued Aumua, “Charles Tobin found time to obtain a B.A. and later a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University, and he often stresses to our youth the importance of getting an education, “the one thing nobody can ever take away from you.”CSM Tobin’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Jumpmaster Badge and Air Assault Badge. He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Order of St. Martin for the Quartermaster Regiment.Aumua Amata concluded, “CSM Tobin is not one to talk about himself, but we in both Samoas are aware of his achievements and are proud of them. He is a role model for our local youth and I hope that someday when he retires he, as other Samoan military veterans have done, will return home to contribute his extensive knowledge, military experience and training in service to our local community. We salute him. Malo tau pati, Charles.”(Source: Aumua Amata media release)

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