By Maj. Neysa Williams, 1st TSC PAOAugust 11, 2017
Leaders from the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command came together for a mission readiness exercise from July 17- 28 at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 135th ESC, commanded by Brig. Gen. Sylvester Cannon, is scheduled to replace the 316th ESC, commanded by Brig. Gen. Robert Harter in Kuwait in the near future. To ensure a smooth transition of responsibility in the area of operations, the units participate in a MRX prior to their deployment.
Maj. Gen. Flem Walker and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Willett, the 1st TSC command team, welcomed the group to MRX and discussed mission requirements during the deployment.
The training is designed to focus on peace-keeping operations and activities such as: deployment and redeployment actions; rehearsal and execution of contingency plans and staff battle drills; establishment and refinement of staff activities and battle rhythm, and reporting procedures and processes.
"The 1st Theater Sustainment Command's role in the MRX is to provide current and emergent operational requirements in the United States Central Command area of responsibility," said Glenn Hemingway, 1st Theater Sustainment Command Operations and exercise lead.
"(The MRX) is a collaborative process with many moving parts. Training for these missions generally occur on an arduous timeline compressed by the requirements of other readiness training, shipping essential equipment, and in-country familiarization. The MRX provides an ideal setting for replicating the conditions the unit will face throughout their rotation."
In addition to providing operational and realistic scenarios during the exercise, senior noncommissioned officers, along with special staff officers from the 1st TSC provided mentorship and took the opportunity to build relationships with their counterparts in the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
The 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command's role in the MRX is to pass on best practices through lessons learned from downrange and to ensure a smooth transition with the unit that will be replacing them in the AOR.
"This is a complex military and geopolitical environment." Harter said "It will prove to be the most challenging and rewarding deployment."
"The MRX allows our Soldiers an opportunity to work on systems and processes as a team," said Cannon. "During the MRX we can identify and correct our weakness and make them our strengths."