Garrison continues to support redeployment activities
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Spc. Jonah Greene (right), medic, Tripler Army Medical Center, prepares to draw blood from Spc. Steve Spario, 25th Infantry Division, at Conroy Bowl, during the division's last redeployment, Nov. 1, 2007. Blood is drawn from all redeploying Soldiers for DNA, HIV and pregnancy testing.

SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - When a Soldier gets back to the home station, he or she is greeted by family and friends.

That is only the beginning.

Next, the Army makes sure its Soldiers are physically and mentally healthy and ensures they have all their paperwork in good order (for awards, pay and re-enlistment) all at one stop: Conroy Bowl, Schofield Barracks.

From checking into the barracks or post housing, to picking up household goods and personally owned vehicles, to getting blood drawn and making sure Soldiers don't have any new cavities, Soldiers spend about nine days going through Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) processing.

While the majority of processing actions take place in Conroy Bowl, other elements, such as mandatory briefings from public affairs, the Army Substance Abuse Program and the Staff Judge Advocate, take place at the Sgt. Smith Theater, or similar establishments.

"The primary benefit of having most of the DCS activities at Conroy Bowl is mostly command and control," said Manny Tagavilla, chief, Soldier Readiness Processing and Mobilization. "With so many Soldiers, it's easy to lose a few in the shuffle. With everyone in one building for the majority of the process, it's less likely for anyone to get overlooked."

The directorates and support staff offices make the DCS processing system run as smoothly as possible by continuously gearing up for each redeployment and coordinating, planning and communicating.

<i>(EditorAca,!a,,cs Note: This article ran in the Hawaii Army WeeklyAca,!a,,cs redeployment insert, which was published Nov. 20. To see the entire insert, click <a href="">here</a>. The insert starts on page 14.)</i>

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