JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, commanding general, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), U.S. Army Reserves from Des Moines, Iowa, met with Soldiers from the 847th Human Resources Company here April 23, to emphasize the importance of the mission Reserve Soldiers perform in Iraq.

The afternoon began with lunch for LeDoux and Command Sgt. Maj. LeRoy Haugland, command sergeant major, 103rd ESC, hosted by Capt. David Laes, commander, and 1st Sgt. Kyle Westergard, first sergeant, 847th HR Co.

It is of importance for Soldiers to know they are supported in all that they do, said LeDoux. She added by speaking with Soldiers about family readiness groups.

"Rear detachment support is imperative to Soldiers serving day-after-day away from their Families, their homes, and their recognized way of life," LeDoux said. "Knowing that life continues at home for Army Families, Family readiness groups comfort Soldiers by offering support to Families during a deployment, thereby easing the minds of Soldiers deployed across the world."

During LeDoux's visit, the 847th HR Co., headquarters presented a short briefing on their mission.