Army Reserve civilian Bosses visit Fort Hunter Liggett
July 1, 2012
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. - The 91st Training Division here hosted 22 employers for a BossLift June 23 during Warrior Exercise 2012.
U.S. Army Reserve soldiers participating in the WAREX invited their bosses to attend the one-day event so they grasp a better understanding of the reserve component.
Representatives from companies that employ Reserve Soldiers in their civilian careers took military flights, compliments of the California National Guard, to get to Fort Hunter Liggett. A group from the Bay Area flew in on a C-130, while another from Southern California came on California National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
Once the bosses arrived, they drove past several training camps and stopped at Camp Ward to interact with Soldiers and observe operations being conducted. Combat engineers were constructing living quarters for future WAREX operations.
They even got a taste of what the soldiers participating in WAREX eat, lunching on Meals Ready to Eat (MREs.)
This is the second Bosslift the division has hosted, said 91st TD Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory S. Chatman. It gives employers an opportunity to understand what their employee/Soldiers go through in training and on deployment.
Harry Babb, a representative from Waxie Sanitary Supply in San Diego, said he learned that communication is important to troops in the field.
"I think that's something we probably want to encourage our staff and our current employees to do," said Babb.
The Boss Lift was beneficial for Reservists and employers, said Chatman. He added, "I think it's going well, and it's going to be better and bigger."