Story and Photos by
Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Arriving at a new duty station can be a stressful and difficult process, especially when learning the culture and social cues.
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hopes to alleviate a lot of those “new guy” jitters with its inaugural quarterly newcomers briefing held at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, May 31.
Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC, wanted the newcomers brief in place before his change of command, June 12.
“It’s very important for every Soldier to attend these briefs but more importantly, the junior Soldiers,” said Capt. Eric Williams, personnel administrator, 8th TSC. “The briefing gives them the opportunity to see and meet our senior leaders and then for the seniors leaders to say personally what their expectations are.”
Williams added that the briefing also gives the leadership a chance to tell each Soldier what is important to the 8th TSC and why it should be important to the Soldier.
“If they don’t receive this information at the lower level then they will certainly get it at the top,” he said.
At the inaugural briefing, Terry welcomed more than 150 Soldiers to not only the 8th TSC, but the island as well.
Terry explained the 8th TSC’s mission and his expectations of each Soldier attached to the unit. He said that before they do anything, they should ask themselves three questions: Is it moral? Is it legal? Is it ethical?
“When you are out in Hawaii on your own; will you do the right thing?” Terry asked. “I expect you to. The Army is easy. Do what you’re supposed to do, be where you’re supposed to be, and show up in the right uniform.”
Representatives from 8th TSC staff sections each hit the high points of their particular field so the Soldiers would have a general understanding of the programs and opportunities in front of them.
Learning the rules and ropes of a new location can be difficult if there is no one to teach them to
“This is the inaugural briefing,” Williams said. “We hope that everyone here took away something of value. We want to continue to build onto this and make the next one even better.