HONOLULU - Captain Susan B. Lindsey is the new Company Commander of Intelligence & Sustainment for the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division. She took on the position in a change of command ceremony June 6 at General’s Field here.
As the company commander, the position for the 30-year old captain entails performing administrative, accountability and personnel support to division staff. She is responsible for equipment accountability, unit discipline, positive command climate, and training soldiers to meet the needs of any mission.
Lindsey’s rise to this position is an inspirational story.
“I joined the U.S. Army because I wanted to do something more with my life, I wanted to be someone more. It was no overnight success. I sacrificed my time with my family and friends. Worked late nights and early mornings and studied hard. i committed to a greater purpose - serving my country and my fellow Americans,” said the daughter of an immigrant from Ilocos Norte.
“My mother, Connie (nee Barroga), came here to this country almost 30 years ago. Growing up, I watched her struggle and work hard as a single mother to give my brother and me a better life. When I saw her take the oath to become an American citizen, I realized that if her dreams could come true, then so could mine. By her example, She taught me never to give up, to strive to be the best I could be. Because of her, I am proud of my heritage, and I am proud to serve the country that made my mother a citizen.”
At 22, CPT Lindsey graduated from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and a Minor in Psychology. In 2006, CPT Lindsey enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and served with the 4-16th Civil Affairs (USACAPOC)(A) Army Reserve while continuing her education. In 2008, CPT Lindsey commissioned as an Army Officer and while obtaining a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
CPT Susan Barroga Lindsey was born in October 1983 in Mountain View, California and raised in San Jose. She is the daughter of Floyd Dean Lindsey of Buckeye, Arizona, and Concepcion Barroga Lindsey originally of Laoag, Ilocos Norte. She attended Columbia School in Sunnyvale and Lynbrook High School in Cupertino, Calif.
After completing the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in 2009, CPT Lindsey was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas as the Signal Intelligence Platoon Leader for the Military Intelligence Company of First Brigade, First Armored Division. CPT Lindsey deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010), stationed at FOB Warrior, Kirkuk Province, Iraq. Upon her return, CPT Lindsey was assigned as the Assistant Battalion S2 for the 4-17th Stryker Infantry Battalion. In 2012, CPT Lindsey attended the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
CPT Lindsey conducted as Permanent Change of Station to Hawaii in July 2012, assigned as the Intelligence Operations Officer to the Fifth Battlefield Coordination Detachment, (94th Army Air Missile Defense Command), at Joint Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Base.
CPT Lindsey comes long line of military service members. Her family's extensive history in military service dates back to the American Revolutionary War. She is the only female in her family's history to serve in the United States Military.
“To command is an honor and a privilege," said Lindsey. ''I once thought my greatest victory was becoming an officer, but I was wrong. My greatest victory is seeing my soldiers inspired and empowered to succeed. The sons and daughters of America are the nation's greatest asset. It is my duty to protect them. They are the future of this country. And they deserve the best leaders to excel in their life. Watching my soldiers inspires me to lead. Every person in this world has the potential to achieve his/her dreams. Race has nothing to do with this. If you work hard, study hard, have a positive attitude, and you are passionate, you will succeed at anything”.