8th HRSC set to support ‘Pacific Pathways’

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Malaysian and U.S. Army Soldiers listen as Maj. Gen. Dato Mohd Shukuri bin Ahmad, general officer commanding of the Malaysian Army 2nd Infantry Division, announces the official start of Keris Strike 14 on Sept. 13, in Kem Desa Pahlawan (KPC), Malaysia. Keris Strike 14 is scheduled to take place from Sept, 13-26, near Kota Bharu. (Photo by Sgt.1st Class Adora Gonzalez, 25th Infantry Division, Public Affairs)

Malaysian and U.S. Army Soldiers listen as Maj. Gen. Dato Mohd Shukuri bin Ahmad, general officer commanding of the Malaysian Army 2nd Infantry Division, announces the official start of Keris Strike 14 on Sept. 13, in Kem Desa Pahlawan (KPC), Malaysia. Keris Strike 14 is scheduled to take place from Sept, 13-26, near Kota Bharu. (Photo by Sgt.1st Class Adora Gonzalez, 25th Infantry Division, Public Affairs)

8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — They operate the high-speed equipment, lead the complex and precise missions, and take care of the souls to their left and right.

They are the Army’s most valuable resource. Without Soldiers, there is no Army at all.
If you’ve served more than a minute in uniform, you know that accountability — knowing where each and every one of your troops is at all times — is the heart of the Army.

For one relatively small unit based, here, that critical responsibility is the primary mission its Soldiers perform for troops across the region in support of almost every exercise and operation.

U.S. and Indonesian soldiers stand side by side during the opening ceremony of Exercise Garuda Shield, June 10, at the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI-Indonesian Armed Forces) Engineer Training Center of Army Education and Training Command, Pusdikzi. Sponsored by U.S. Army-Pacific and hosted by the Indonesian Armed Forces, Exercise Garuda Shield is the latest in a continuing series of rigorous, multifaceted exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. (Photo by 1st Lt. Christina Douglas, 9th Mission Support Command)

U.S. and Indonesian soldiers stand side by side during the opening ceremony of Exercise Garuda Shield, June 10, at the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI-Indonesian Armed Forces) Engineer Training Center of Army Education and Training Command, Pusdikzi. Sponsored by U.S. Army-Pacific and hosted by the Indonesian Armed Forces, Exercise Garuda Shield is the latest in a continuing series of rigorous, multifaceted exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. (Photo by 1st Lt. Christina Douglas, 9th Mission Support Command)

The less than 80 Soldiers assigned to the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center are constantly providing HR services throughout the massive Pacific theater, making them the natural go-to experts for the Army’s Pacific Pathways concept.

The U.S. Army-Pacific-led initiative, which kicked off this month, involves deploying 700 Soldiers from 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, I Corps, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to a series of bilateral exercises and engagements throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Region, and 8th HRSC troops will be at each of those exercises to both support and train on accountability systems.

Just 11 HRSC troops are set to support the three Pacific Pathways exercises, reflecting the efficiency, adaptability and expeditionary nature that the unit already provides to USARPAC operations.

“We are going to execute a number of human resources functions, primarily the personnel accountability piece,” said Lt. Col. Brian Ungerer, the deputy director of 8th HRSC.

He said the units rotating through the Pacific Pathways exercises may not have the internal capability provided by Deployed Theater Accountability Software, which allows for individual accountability of the 700 troops as they move throughout the Pacific.

These functions impact essentially every effort in the region, from enabling operational readiness, to building capacity and setting the theater for all phases of operations and global deployment.

“Our role in this is demonstration of how the system works, how it’s supposed to be tied in and also how to troubleshoot,” he explained.

He said this support/train approach will also assist with improving accountability procedures across the Army.

When the Army transitioned to the modular force structure, a lot of assets at the headquarters for each echelon were removed, creating gaps within the G1 shops, he explained.

During Silver Scimitar 2012, Soldiers from the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, an active duty unit from Fort Shafter, practiced their skills in a scenario-based exercise to test their ability to track troop movements and coordinate information with other teams. Pvt. Jakeisha Evans (left), Staff Sgt. Sara Morales-Smith (center), and Spc. Cheryl Harper (right) are part of the Replacement, Staging and Onward Movement teams, or RSOs. (Photo by Sgt. David Turner, 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

During Silver Scimitar 2012, Soldiers from the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, an active duty unit from Fort Shafter, practiced their skills in a scenario-based exercise to test their ability to track troop movements and coordinate information with other teams. Pvt. Jakeisha Evans (left), Staff Sgt. Sara Morales-Smith (center), and Spc. Cheryl Harper (right) are part of the Replacement, Staging and Onward Movement teams, or RSOs. (Photo by Sgt. David Turner, 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“You were still missing a link there in terms of providing situational awareness to commanders at all echelons,” Ungerer said. “All of the G1 shops are much smaller than they used to be. When you have a smaller G1 shop, who’s doing large-scale accountability, personnel planning and synchronization? That’s the gap that HRSC fills.”

He said the ultimate goal would be for the HRSC troops to assume even more of a coaching role during the next set of Pacific Pathways.

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