8th TSC sharpens human resources skills at ‘Silver Scimitar’

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the Fort Devens National Guard Postal Platoon explain their postal operations procedures to Col. Dianna Roberson (left), commander, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, during the “Silver Scimitar” exercise held Feb. 11–25, at Fort Devens, Mass.

Soldiers from the Fort Devens National Guard Postal Platoon explain their postal operations procedures to Col. Dianna Roberson (left), commander, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, during the “Silver Scimitar” exercise held Feb. 11–25, at Fort Devens, Mass.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia
45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

 

FORT DEVENS, Mass. — Human resources professionals from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and service school instructors from Fort Jackson, S.C., spearheaded training for more than 700 Adjutant Generals Corps Soldiers during “Silver Scimitar 2011,” held Feb. 11-25, here.

Silver Scimitar has risen to the top of the Army’s human resources community, as the premiere exercise to prepare Reserve, National Guard and active duty units for upcoming deployments in any theater of operation.

The exercise started as training solely for the Reserves, but in recent years, other components have taken an active role in what 2nd Lt. Christina Fields, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, calls “invaluable training.”

“The entire learning experience was worthwhile,” Fields said. “I had the unique opportunity to meet my fellow HR Soldiers, especially those who we will be deploying within the (next 60 days).”

This year’s Silver Scimitar added the Army’s new HR Operations Branch concept to the training curriculum.

All ranks applied critical thinking skills in functions such as postal operations, casualty operations and combat service support.

“I find it very interesting to see all of the behind-the-scenes coordination that it takes to move even one piece of mail,” said Col. Dianna Roberson, commander, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC. “I am very impressed at the level of training the Soldiers were executing.”

Along with HR-specific training, this exercise has resulted in some immeasurable benefits, said Sgt. Maj. Minnie Lackey, 8th HR Sust. Center, 8th TSC.

“The Silver Scimitar exercises are collective training experiences that offer exposure to all facets of HR professionals’ areas of responsibility, as outlined in the HR Support Field Manual (FM 1-0),” Lackey said.

All Soldiers will reap the benefits, as HR Soldiers continue to improve their skills, and Army leadership continues to refine and expand the scope of Silver Scimitar training.

 

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