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Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jaquetta Gooden, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command   Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commanding general, 94th AAMDC, welcomes the Honorable Debra S. Wada, assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) to the 94th AAMDC Headquarters during her visit to Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commanding general, 94th AAMDC, welcomes the Honorable Debra S. Wada, assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) to the 94th AAMDC Headquarters during her visit to Hawaii.

 

Sgt. 1st Class Jaquetta Gooden
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM — Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Debra S. Wada visited the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Headquarters during her trip to Hawaii, Aug. 19.

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander, 94th AAMDC, along with other senior leaders within the command, outlined the 94th ‘s mission and capabilities during a command brief to Wada.

“Our purpose today was to describe the strategic and operational efforts the 94th AAMDC is actively pursuing to increase the air and missile defense capabilities and capacity in the Pacific,” shared Maj. Douglas Simmons, force management officer, 94th AAMDC.

Keeping senior Army leaders informed is vital to the mission and the future of the command.

“Guided by our command’s campaign objectives, it is important to brief the senior leaders of the Army on how policy and strategy guidance is operationalized in the Pacific to support our national interests, as well as how the 94th AAMDC is developing robust partnerships in the region,” Simmons continued.

Wada also received a brief on the 94th AAMDC’s Ready and Resiliency Team, which was established by the command as a one-stop shop to support the Army’s top priorities.

“It was critical that we highlighted the ready and resiliency lead programs, such as SHARP (sexual harassment/assault response and prevention), suicide prevention, MRT (master resilience training) and EO (equal opportunity) during this brief,” expressed Chaplain (Col.) Ken Revell, 94th AAMDC. “The 94th AAMDC is not configured like a brigade or a division. So, in an effort to meet Army priorities and find efficiencies, much of the heavy lifting for these programs is absorbed under collateral duties. I believe the wave of the future is for our command to have authorizations for full-time civilian hires at these important positions.”

The Honorable Debra S. Wada (left at the head of the tablet) receives a command briefing from senior leadership during her visit  to the the 94th AAMDC headquarters, Aug. 19.

The Honorable Debra S. Wada (left at the head of the tablet) receives a command briefing from senior leadership during her visit to the the 94th AAMDC headquarters, Aug. 19.

Wada, who serves as the Army’s point-person for policy and performance oversight of human resources (military, civilian and contractor), training readiness, mobilization, military health affairs and manpower management, expressed her gratitude for the briefing and viewed the command visit as a success.

“It’s always an honor to have key leaders visit the headquarters because it allows the command to provide a better understanding of the overall integrated ballistic missile defense mission to protect the homeland,” Sanchez said.

This is Wada’s first visit to the Asia-Pacific since her appointment Oct. 2, 2014. Wada will continue her orientation tour of the Pacific with a stop in Guam, where she will meet with Task Force Talon and see, firsthand, some of the efforts that were discussed during her visit to the 94th AAMDC.

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