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CSM Tobin named 1st TSC Command Sergeant Major

With NATO forces looking to wind down their Afghanistan combat mission in 2014, Command Sergeant Major Charles Tobin will soon be relinquishing his post in Kabul, Afghanistan as the CAAT Senior Enlisted Advisor, duty he assumed in August 2011. His assignment ends there in January 2012.

His next posting will be in Kuwait and Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) Command Sergeant Major. The 1st TSC plans, prepares and executes operational sustainment support; conducts Coalition/Joint Reception, Staging and Onward Movement, redeployment, and re-posture of forces and sustainment in order to support operations throughout their area of responsibility, which includes a large swath of the Middle East.

CSM Tobin, a native of Lotopa, Samoa, entered active duty in October 1983. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C., accelerated through the enlisted ranks and after nearly 18 years of active duty service was promoted to the rank of Command Sergeant Major in November 2002. He is the son of the late Michael and Barbara Tobin of Lotopa, Samoa.

Speaking with him via email, he told Samoa News, "I am excited about the opportunity, but most importantly, I will still be in the fight. It was a difficult decision to stay in the fight for the next two years, but my experience from here is growth and looking at life from a totally different perspective. I am amazed with the good order, discipline and tactical patience of our Samoan Troops on the ground in Afghanistan."

During his career, CSM Tobin has served in every Noncommissioned Officer Leadership position from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major. He has participated in contingencies such as Operation Uphold Democracy and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He holds a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University.