3d ESC hosts first human resources conference in Iraq
February 28, 2009
- 3d ESC hosts first human resources conference in Iraq
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), G1 human resources staff section hosted the first human resources conference for its subordinate brigades' human resources professionals here, Feb. 12.
"The intent is to get the brigade-level human resources managers together, and battalion level if possible, to focus on the brigade human resources operations in theater," said Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde, assistant chief of staff, G1, 3d ESC and native of Shiprock, N.M.
While the ESC provides logistics command and control of its sustainment forces, the G1s primary mission is providing human resources support to its subordinate brigade and divisions around Iraq.
The conference was a step towards developing a common daily operating procedure for the human resources professionals in the 3d ESC, as well as team building and unit cohesion. In addition, the G1 staff re-emphasized the importance of the human resources job skills on the battlefield.
"We have brigades with a lot of knowledge, some with little knowledge. We need to learn the process," said Maj. C. Hugo Morales, native of El Paso, Texas and personnel management officer in charge, 3d ESC G-1.
The G-1 staff provided its subordinate brigade S1s a lot of helpful information while focusing on several human resources topics.
Those topics focused primary on personnel management and services within casualty operations; battlefield promotions; the deployed theater accountability system (DTAS); joint personnel status and casualty report system (JPERSTAT); G1 tracker; awards; rest and recuperation; Army Substance Abuse Program; Reserve Affairs; G1 plans and operations.
Part of any military battlefield management flow is ensuring policies of the commander and the Army are enforced from the lowest level while maintaining 100 percent personnel accountability.
"Treat your personnel as your weapon, maintain accountability," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Edwin Perez-Montalvo, native of Gunica, Puerto Rico and personnel service officer in charge, 3d ESC G1.
While Perez-Montalvo addressed the importance of responsibility and accountability of personnel assigned to units, other brigade human resources technicians in attendance agreed.
Brigade S1s have an obligation to ensure they are monitoring personnel accountability and making appropriate adjustments in DTAS, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeffrey Gordon, brigade S1 human resources technician, 16th Sustainment Brigade and native of Memphis, Tenn.
"We have been in-country for 45 days and our initial questions were answered here," said 1st Lt. Gina R. Copeland, native of Minneapolis, Minn., and brigade adjutant for the 304th Sustainment Brigade. "The G1 is definitely helpful."
While the conference went into specific details of each sections operation flow, the G1 was able to identify two areas of concerns from the lowest level: lack of theater automation training for Reserve and National Guard human resources professionals and executing the process for brigade S1s when they arrive in theater.
"During train up, having access to personnel system (the right system) and making sure they have the right package before they leave their reserve center or armory," said Clyde. "We want to have the same focus before they get here."
"Automation is leveraging our technology, and streamlining our methodology," said Clyde. "The intent is to take care of the Soldiers."
STORY BY STAFF SGT. TONYA R. GONZALES, 123RD MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT.
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