3IBCT ‘Cacti’ display leadership during weapons reset

| February 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by Spc. Jazz Burney
3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — While helping to ready the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, one junior enlisted Soldier in Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, was assisted by the expertise of the Small Arms Readiness and Evaluation Team, or SARET, to ensure 100 percent unit readiness in weapons and optical systems, here, Feb. 9.

Spc. Anthony Wiltsey, who is a chemical, biological, radioloical and nuclear military occupational specialty Soldier, has been operating as the company’s supply sergeant for two years.

Spc. Anthony Wiltsey (center), a supply sergeant with the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, explains a defective model of binoculars to his company executive officer, 1st Lt. Tommy Nguyen (left), during the battalion’s weapons and optical systems servicing performed by the Small Arms Readiness and Evaluation Team, Feb. 9. Despite his primary job background, Wiltsey has led the effort of safeguarding and maintaining the company’s equipment.

“During this process of setting the company up for the brigade’s reset and getting everything done with the SARET, I couldn’t have done it without the amount of support that I received from my leaders, my peers and subordinates alike,” said Wiltsey, humbly describing one of the reasons for his success.

“I say my position rather than rank should be focused on in this situation,” he said. “I hold a position where normally the supply sergeant is an E-5 or E-6, but due to shortages in the company, I stepped up. I am competent and I perform my new job with excellence. As a result, respect has been given to me throughout my company because I get things done.”

To ensure his own success as the company supply sergeant, Wiltsey had to learn the components of his new supply job, which included learning property accountability at the company level, conducting sensitive items checks, recording of tedious annotations for damaged equipment, and the requesting of new parts just to name a few.

He said the  challenge was learning how to stay on top of the equipment that he has been responsible for.
The battalion used Wiltsey’s leadership ability during the brigade’s Feb. 2-26 allotted time frame to have all its weapon and optical systems serviced by the SARET organization.

The SARET, a team composed of Army civilians from Rock Island, Ill., provide the military the ability to properly service numerous weapon and optical systems within a short time frame. Thousands of the brigade’s weapons and optical systems will be serviced by the SARET during the month of February.

“After a deployment, Soldiers need rest,” said Bernard Arellano, SARET mission leader. “This is a good program for military commanders because when the Soldiers return, instead of the Soldiers working on the weapon systems, we step in and make sure the systems are 100 percent ready to operate. This saves the Soldiers’ time with their families and also ensures that their weapons systems will be ready for their next mission.”

Wiltsey, joined by another company in the battalion, laid out about 500 different weapons systems that varied from shotguns to heavy .50 caliber machine guns for inspection. The SARET serviced the companies weapons and laser optical equipment within a day.

During the battalion’s previous deployment, Wiltsey explained the difficulties he faced as the supply sergeant due to the unit’s reset taking place while being downrange in Iraq.

“The first time I deployed, we did reset in country,” Wiltsey said. “It was really hard getting everything back because the equipment was shipped to Washington and then back to Hawaii. Many serial numbers and various equipment were switched up, which proved difficult trying to get the property books up-to-speed.” 
Wiltsey stated that this year the reset was set up better, since it was done entirely in Hawaii, which  allowed the company to better track the equipment and serial numbers of all the items.

Additionally, the SARET members’ involvement has proven to be the best course of action to successfully prepare for the brigade’s next deployment.

With his success of managing and being responsible for military equipment, while earning the respect of his leaders, Wiltsey explained the affect this process has had on his peers and subordinates alike.

“Many Soldiers tell me that they want to do what I do, because they see that higher-ups (leaders) respond to me using different angles (ways) of respect, which stems from their confidence in my job proficiency,” he explained. “This builds my confidence knowing that what I do is impacting the aspirations of other Soldiers.” 

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