By Maj. Karen RoxberryAugust 23, 2019
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Army Human Resources Command's Logistics Branch visited the 8th Theater Sustainment Command from Aug. 6-9 to provide updates on the Army's Talent Management system and offered opportunities for one-on-one meetings with logistics officers stationed across the island of Oahu.
The 8th TSC's G1 Section coordinated the visit and with assistance from the 25th Infantry Division's G1 section provided two locations, Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks for more than 80 officers assigned to major commands across the island to connect with HRC.
"The logistics branch visit to Oahu was a great opportunity for the 8TSC and for all logisticians that are stationed on Hawaii," said Lt. Col. Kimberly Pringle, 8th TSC G1 Officer in Charge. "It helps facilitate talent management and acquisition that will increase readiness across the logistics footprint in Hawaii."
The guiding principle for Army Talent Management is "Right Officer, Right Assignment, Right Time, Over Time." The Army's Talent Management Task Force has already started to launch new initiatives for assessing talent. For example, this summer Army officers enrolled in the Captains Career Course must take the Graduate Record Exam during the course. HRC will use GRE scores as consideration in future assignments and for participation on Army Competitive Education programs.
The Army will also administer a Battalion Command Assessment to officers selected as alternates on the fiscal year 2020 Infantry and Armor Battalion Command Select List and merit based promotions are set to begin this year starting with the FY20.
"Today was a great opportunity for me to not only connect with my assignment officer but also to hear the latest updates from HRC," said Maj. Pedro Fernandez, a logistician assigned to the 94th Army and Missile Defense Command based on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. "For me talent management is a topic that I really wanted to hear more about because it demonstrates our Army's commitment to people."
HRC representatives also provided tips for navigating the complex assignment process, emphasizing that it boils down to communication.
During his opening comments, Maj. Gerald Robinson, a HRC Assignments Officer emphasized the need for timely and transparent communication, not only between the officer and HRC but with the officer's chain of command because their feedback and recommendation plays a role in identifying future assignments.
"An officer normally communicates with their assignment officer at HRC a few times a year, typically through phone calls and emails," said Cpt. Solomona F. Nu'usa, the 8th TSC G1 Plans and Operations Officer in Charge. "Face to face meetings are rare and putting a face behind "Branch" and actually meeting the person that's helping manage and guide your career is extremely beneficial."