Aviation Branch provides career guidance to Soldiers
February 23, 2014
In the Army, planning your career can be complicated. Sometimes Soldiers are moved around to different locations every 24-36 months making it difficult to ensure a Soldier is on track for career progression. That is where the members of the Army's Aviation Human Resources Command come into play. They assist Soldiers with their careers while also helping the Army ensure its large picture needs are met.
The Army's HRC aviation branch representatives recently took time out of their schedules to visit the Soldiers of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Jan. 27-30, at Camp Humphreys and K-16 Air Base.
This gave the Soldiers, throughout the ranks, a chance to get the latest information that their branch chiefs had as well as the rare opportunity to sit down and discuss their career face-to-face.
"The crew we brought here today, coming from Fort Knox, Ky., is half of your branch team," said Lt. Col. David Snow, the aviation branch chief. "They are here to talk to you, to integrate with the 2nd CAB over the next three to four days, and hopefully answer questions about not only the Army in general but also about you the individual Soldier in your career path."
During their visit, the HRC personnel provided several general briefs about what direction the aviation field was heading. They also went over tips for taking a good Department of the Army photo and how the Soldiers Enlisted Record Brief/Officer Record Brief should look. In order to hone in on the needs of their audience they held separate briefs for Soldiers, officers and warrant officers. After the general briefings, they also had discussions for different airframe career fields.
"It made me feel better because there are a lot of rumors and myths out there, but the briefings let me know what was true," said Sgt. Edwin Laboy, an OH-58D Helicopter Repairer, assigned to Company C, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, and native of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
They also conducted one-on-one sessions for any Soldier who wanted to discuss their career opportunities in the future. While every military occupational specialty in the Army has its own assignment manager, often Soldiers do not have the opportunity to see their branch manager face-to-face, mostly communicating by email or over the phone.
"It gave us the opportunity to get more information and know what is going on in our career field," said Laboy. "It allowed me to be able to predict my career based on the information they gave me."
After meeting with the Soldiers of the 2nd CAB, the HRC personnel headed back to their home at Fort Knox to continue serving aviation Soldiers across the Army. The information they left behind will act as a guide for the Soldiers to use when planning their career and maybe someday they will be in the position to provide the same service to their fellow Soldiers.