USAR senior NCO holds town hall for Pacific Reservists

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., the senior enlisted Soldier for the Army Reserve, makes opening remarks to Pacific USAR troops during a town hall, Monday. The audience included reservists from the 9th MSC, 311th SC (T), and PACOM.

Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., the senior enlisted Soldier for the Army Reserve, makes opening remarks to Pacific USAR troops during a town hall, Monday. The audience included reservists from the 9th MSC, 311th SC (T), and PACOM.

 

Story and photo by Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

 
FORT SHAFTER FLATS — It was standing room only, Monday, at the 9th Mission Support Command, for a town hall meeting with Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve Luther Thomas Jr.

 
Thomas is currently visiting Army Reserve Soldiers in the region and arrived Saturday after a visit to Korea.

 
Soldiers and civilians from the 9th MSC and the 311th Signal Command attended the event, including Soldiers on video teleconference from Alaska.

 
Thomas serves as the Chief of the Army Reserve’s personal advisor on all enlisted-related matters. He advises the chief and senior Army and civilian leaders on all aspects of policies, regulations and directives that affect 205,000 Army Reserve Soldiers.

 
He also advises on the current and future development of Army Reserve enlisted Soldiers and serves as an advisor for the Sgt. Maj. of the Army on Reserve enlisted matters.

 
Thomas is the 12th command sergeant major of the Army Reserve and served three deployments to Iraq.

 
Thomas shared some of the Army Reserve’s priorities, and then went into a question and answer session. Some of the topics covered in the town hall were recruiting and retaining Army Reserve Soldiers, promotions, professional military education and the current effort to bring transitioning active component Soldiers into the Army Reserve.

 
When Thomas arrived in the assembly hall and told the audience he was going to have a question and answer session, he immediately walked up to a private first class in the audience and told him he would be the first Soldier to ask a question, and to start thinking now. Everyone in the audience chuckled. When it was time to ask questions, the private nervously got up and asked Thomas, “So, command sergeant major, how do you like Hawaii?”

 
Again, the audience let out a laugh, and the question and answer session continued.

 
Thomas went on to answer a number of questions about the Army Reserve enlisted promotion system, professional military education, height and weight standards, retirement, mandatory training requirements and a host of other questions about Army Reserve Soldiers’ concerns.

 
Following the town hall, Thomas thanked the warriors for their participation and made a point of meeting every Soldier in attendance.

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