Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Human Resources Command are wearing a new shoulder sleeve insignia on their uniform following an official re-patching ceremony conducted March 20 at the organization's Maude Complex headquarters here. Command leadership also unveiled new unit colors, a redesigned distinctive unit insignia, and unit motto - Soldiers First!

The redesigned unit patch, replacing the historical Minuteman silhouette with that of a modern-day Soldier, is the most recent sign of change following the command's designation as a Direct Reporting Unit almost 18 months ago. Prior to becoming a DRU the command was a field operating agency of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, G-1.

According to Army Regulation 10-87, DRUs are Army organizations comprised of one or more units with institutional or operational support functions, designated by the Secretary of the Army normally to provide broad general support to the Army in a single, unique discipline not otherwise available elsewhere in the Army. DRUs operate under authorities established by the SECARMY.

As a DRU, HRC provides the distribution and strategic talent management of active and reserve component Soldiers and executes personnel-related programs and services Army-wide to ensure readiness and strengthen an agile and adaptive Army.

According to Maj. Gen. Jason Evans, HRC's commanding general, Headquarters, Department of the Army notified the command it had the option to change all three heraldic items reflecting its status as a DRU.

"This was a unique opportunity in the command's history and one we couldn't let pass. As the Army focuses on modernization and reform, it seemed only natural for us to do the same. The new patch, unit crest, and motto keeps us focused on who we serve - Soldiers First," Evans said.

HRC initiated the process of redesigning its heraldic items late in 2017, soliciting proposals from uniformed and civilian members of the command. The approved design is a compilation of those submissions along with specifications listed in AR 670-1, AR 840-10 and The Institute of Heraldry's criteria for heraldic items. The Institute of Heraldry approved the designs and established an effective date of March 1, 2019 for all items.

HRC's recognition as a DRU supports the Army's multi-domain mission, while the new heraldic items reflect a contemporary look that will continue to take the organization's mission well into the 21st Century.

"We support the Army's most important resource: the Soldier," said Evans.