By Scott SturkolJune 5, 2018
More than a dozen Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 310th Brigade Engineer Battalion (1st, 310th) worked with Army instructors with the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency to complete the 40-hour Personnel Recovery Course in late April and early May at Fort McCoy.
The 1st, 310th is part of the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade. The purpose of the training was to gain train-the-trainer certification for students who are observer-coach/trainers for the 1st, 310th. Now, those same Soldiers can train other military personnel about the Army Personnel Recovery Program, said Staff Sgt. Preston Thompson with the 1st, 310th, who attended the training.
In addition to Thompson, those who also attended the training included Capt. Colby Whitehill; Master Sgts. Ronald Hull and William Matthews; Sgts. 1st Class Matthew Connolly, Kenneth Anton, Robert Cree, and Kelvin Hilliard; and Staff Sgts. Arturo Vargas and John Hoyne.
According to the Army, the Personnel Recovery Program provides a commander-driven approach to prepare people for potentially isolating incidents and executes the recovery and reintegration of isolated personnel (evaders and captives). The program also prepares individuals, units, and commanders to conduct personnel-recovery operations.
A 2015 "Stand-To" article states the Army promulgated Army Regulation 525-28, Personnel Recovery, to provide guidance on organizational responsibilities in executing the personnel recovery program; designated a combined arms center as the force-modernization proponent for personnel recovery, and identified personnel-recovery training requirements.
"Soldiers have the responsibility to maintain these skills sets," Thompson said. "This is done through training opportunities and seeking out new opportunities to enhance skills that may be needed during an isolated incident. ... The ability to plan for all aspects of personnel recovery could make the difference between a speedy and safe recovery."
The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency mission is to "teach, support, and integrate to enable commanders, forces, and individuals to prevent, prepare for, and respond to isolating events." The agency's vision is to deny adversaries "the ability to hold isolated personnel against their will." Learn more about the agency at https://public.jpra.mil/default.aspx.
With the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade, the 1st, 310th supports the brigade's mission to partner with Army Reserve and Army National Guard units to advise, assist, and train Army formations throughout their complete Sustainable Readiness Model cycle to achieve collective training readiness in support of worldwide requirements.
Fort McCoy has supported America's armed forces since 1909. The installation's motto is to be the "Total Force Training Center." The post's varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure, combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success.
Learn more about Fort McCoy online at www.mccoy.army.mil, on Facebook by searching "ftmccoy," and on Twitter by searching "usagmccoy."