By Maj. Melodie TafaoNovember 11, 2019
Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii - Readiness is the 9th Mission Support Command's top priority. The command must meet all prescribed readiness objectives to successfully generate combat-ready units and Soldiers for mobilization and deployment in support of worldwide contingency requirements.
As the most geographically dispersed command in the U.S. Army Reserve, crossing seven time zones, two U.S. States, two U.S. Territories, a Commonwealth and two foreign countries, ensuring readiness across the command can be a challenging task.
The 9th MSC intends to meet the medical, dental and administrative requirements through mass Soldier Readiness Processing events such as the one held at the United States Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex on Nov. 1-3.
"The purpose of SRP is to make sure the Soldiers in our Command are ready to deploy within 72 hours," said Capt. Era Colon, SRP Officer in Charge. "Oahu units are going through the process this weekend, while other 9th MSC locations such as American Samoa, Saipan and Guam will be held on separate dates. The Theater Support Group under the 9th MSC will be spearheading all the events."
An annual SRP generally consists of administrative requirements such as ensuring family data and financial benefits are up to date, medical assessments and dental examinations.
However, changes are made to the SRP event every year to improve its efficiency.
"SRP is METT-TC (Mission, Enemy, Terrain, Troops available, Time, and Civilian considerations) dependent. It's all dependent upon the input of the 9th MSC Commanding General," said TSG Deputy Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Trujillo McAnderson. "This year, [performance] evaluations were added [to the checklist, ensuring Soldiers were in compliance]. Taking out the mandatory training was the biggest change for this year. We removed one day of mandatory training and added a third day of medical and dental treatment."
This allowed the event to run more efficiently.
"We were able to front load Soldiers that we knew needed dental treatment," said McAnderson. "Soldiers were able to complete all necessary treatment."
The Oahu SRP processed 1,196 Soldiers. The remaining 9th MSC units at other locations such as Korea, American Samoa, Alaska, Guam and Saipan are projected to receive their SRP in the coming months with the entire command completed by Jan. 2020.