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Eni shares highlights of CSM Tobin’s C of R ceremony

Washington, D.C. —Congressman Faleomavaega accepted an invitation from Commanding General Kenneth S. Dowd of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) to attend the Change of Responsibilities ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Tobin who officially assumed responsibilities as Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Sustainment Command relieving outgoing Command Sergeant Major Danfert J. Espinal, yesterday, March 2, 2012 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Presiding over the ceremony was Major General Kenneth S. Dowd, Commanding General of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater).  Several members of CSM Tobin's family that attended, included his two children: son - Cadet Charles Tobin, Jr. who is currently attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and daughter - Kayla Tobin who is a flight attendant; sister Hazel Jackson from New Zealand; and brothers Maynard, Michael and Karl Tobin from around the United States.

"I am very pleased and honored to have been asked to attend the Change of Responsibilities ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Charles Tobin," Faleomavaega said.  "Without doubt, CSM Tobin's outstanding service has certainly caught the attention and trust of his superiors and I want to congratulate him on this milestone in his already impressive military career."

CSM Tobin first entered the military, joining the U.S. Army, in October 1983.  After completing his first 3-year enlistment, Tobin left the Army for one year in October 1986 and then re-enlisted again in October, 1987.  His first assignment was in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Upon returning to the Army, he was assigned to the Federal Republic of Germany.  When he returned to continental United States, CSM Tobin was assigned to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

CSM Tobin's most recent assignment was Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team with the International Security Forces in Afghanistan.

CSM Tobin's additional assignments include:  Division Support Command, 82nd Airborne Division; 2nd Infantry Division, Camp red Cloud, South Korea; 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division, Germany; 47th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Germany; Headquarters Commandant, European Command, Germany; 377th Theater Sustainment Command, New Orleans

During his military career, CSM Tobin has served in every Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) leadership position from squad leader to command sergeant major.  He has participated in contingencies such as Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

CSM Tobin's many awards and decorations include 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 Saint Martin for the Quartermaster Regiment.

CSM Tobin also holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. He is the son of the late Michael David Tobin and Barbara Mugele Tobin of Lotopa, Samoa.

"I am very proud of Command Sergeant Major Tobin and his accomplishments and for the many years he has continued to serve our country.  I have every confidence he will continue his extraordinary service in his new assignment.  He definitely has made us all proud as Samoans and he will be a great encouragement and role model for our many young Samoans in the military and those who may consider a career in the military."

"While at Fort Bragg, I will also have an opportunity to meet with our Samoan soldiers and their families who are stationed there.  It has been a few years since my last trip to Fort Bragg and I look forward to visiting there again this weekend.  This will allow me to hear and discuss any issues of concern or interest to our soldiers and their families relating to the military."

"At their request, I will also be visiting with Command Sergeant Major Rimoni Mapu and other Samoan soldiers and their families at Fort Stewart, Georgia.  Given the President's recent proposal to downsize our military and budgetary cutbacks, I want to be able to discuss any issues and concerns relating to the any impact such a proposal will have."