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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, February 3 2012

Today's Focus:

Silver Scimitar 2012

Senior Leaders are Saying

I often tell folks if you were to ask somebody what good comes out of war, they would point to military medicine and the advances that are made that benefit us all. And I think if you were to ask somebody today what is the greatest advancement in military medicine in this war, they would probably point to the advancements we've made in prosthetics. But I honestly believe 10 years from now with some of the things that I'm seeing and the advancements we've made in brain science, that &hellip people are going to look back and say, 'You know the greatest advancements that were made in these particular conflicts was our understanding of the brain.'

- Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, then Army vice chief of staff, discussing the findings of the report, Generating Health and Discipline in the Force, Ahead of the Strategic Reset, at a Pentagon news conference, Jan 29, 2012

Army study shows decline in behavioral health stigma

What They're Saying

The road to the Olympics as a Soldier is not an easy one. They have to be the best of the best and able to compete and win on a national level.

- Capt. Jonathan Harmeling, commander, World Class Athlete Program, which provides outstanding Soldier athletes from all Army components the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions leading to Olympic and Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career.

Soldier athletes compete for Olympics

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

February

Black History Month: African Americans in the U.S. Army
Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 3: National Patient Recognition Day

Feb. 20: Presidents Day

Today's Focus

Silver Scimitar 2012

What is it?

Silver Scimitar is the Army's premiere training exercise for human resources professionals across components to prepare for their wartime missions. Silver Scimitar 2012, held at Fort Devens, Mass., Jan. 21 to Feb. 2, will have trained more than 500 Soldiers from 22 different units, representing HR units from the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, as well as active duty, to provide theater-level sustainment for deployed Soldiers.

Held annually at Fort Devens, Mass., Silver Scimitar is for human resources what the National Training Center or Joint Readiness Training Center are for combat arms and support. Sponsored by U.S. Army Reserve Command, it has brought together trainers and advisers from multiple sources, including the Soldier Support Institute (the Adjutant General school), U.S. Army Central Command, the National Guard Bureau, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Command, Military Postal Service Authority and other government agencies.

What has the Army done?

By bringing together a diverse group of instructors and observers to conduct the exercise, the Army has created a unique way to provide HR sustainers the best tools available to help them carry out missions critical to serving its warfighters.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Though not an official validation exercise, Silver Scimitar has evolved among the HR community as the best way to train units preparing to deploy. The Adjutant General Corps is striving to validate Silver Scimitar, a process by which an exercise is certified by U.S. First Army. The validation serves to shorten the mobilization process, and get the Soldiers, with their critical skills, to the battlefield quickly.

Why is this important to the Army?

Human Resources affect every Soldier on the battlefield, whether it's delivering mail, processing casualty reports, or conducting movements in and out of theater. Silver Scimitar is the hub where the past, present and future of human resources meet. Experts from the battlefield shared their best knowledge with Soldiers, some of whom will replace them in the field.

The Army Reserve has led the way in providing human resources for theater sustainment. Since transformation, HR units across components have come to share the same missions and possess similar assets. What began as a reserve component annual exercise now trains Soldiers in all components, at every level.

Resources:

U.S. Army Reserves Command
U.S. Army Human Resources Command

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