By Lt. Col. Angela WallaceMay 10, 2018
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- America's Army Reserve has called the 7251st Medical Support Unit out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to active duty in support of Soldier Readiness Processing operations at Fort Bliss, Texas, a Mobilization Force Generation Installation.
The 7251st MSU, an Army Reserve Medical Command unit with nearly 75 Soldiers, was recognized alongside their families during a departure ceremony held at the Phillips Center on April 22, 2018.
Though it is a continental U.S. mission, City Planning Department Director David Campbell emphasized its importance and the pride the community has in the unit and its Soldiers.
"The important work that you will do at Fort Bliss is essential to our national defense. Please know that you leave with a grateful community, and that Mayor [Tim] Keller and our city is proud of you and the work that you do and the work you are about to do," said Campbell.
Mobilization Force Generation Installations play a critical role in ensuring that a significant portion of the Army's force is able to be medically screened, prepared and moved quickly to mission locations around the world, in some cases within days or weeks.
ARMEDCOM is fully responsible for providing the medical units needed for Soldier Readiness Processing and Troop Medical Clinic operations at Mobilization Force Generation Installations located throughout the United States, and maintains an enduring medical SRP and TMC mission at both Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas.
The mission requires long hours and steadfast commitment to the Soldiers these medical units support. Lt. Col. William Mitchell, deputy commander for Western Medical Area Readiness Support Group, encouraged both the Soldiers and the families to be mindful of that mission and how it may keep Soldiers from having a more active role with their families from afar.
"Understand that these Soldiers, even though they are close, they are doing very important work and they are being tasked way beyond a standard eight hour day. I would tell families to work with their Soldiers and learn their operational tempo. I would tell the Soldiers to be aware of the special needs that your family has when you aren't there," said Mitchell.
But Lt. Col. Steven Ross, 7251st MSU commander, said they have been preparing for the last year and they are ready to take on the mission.
"We were notified of this mission about one year ago, and what we are doing down in Fort Bliss is making sure that every National Guardsman and every Army Reserve Soldier as well as civilians, are medically prepared to assume their missions no matter where that mission is located," said Ross, who began his military career 42 years ago at Fort Bliss and is eager to complete his final mission where it all began.
"I can't think of a greater group of people to help finish my career than those here with the 7251st MSU. They have the drive, the determination and the expertise to successfully complete this mission, and I have the greatest confidence in each and every one of them," concluded Ross.
The 7251st MSU is replacing ARMEDCOM's 7218th MSU out of Louisville, Kentucky.