By CourtesyNovember 26, 2019
FORT KNOX, Kentucky -- In keeping with the Army's commitment to strengthen ties with its allies, Maj. Gen. Joseph Calloway, Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, and HRC senior leaders met with a delegation from the Colombian army, here, Nov. 19.
Following a traditional gift exchange between Calloway and Col. Jair Castillo, Deputy Director of Colombian Army, Personnel Command, the two leaders discussed U.S. Army personnel programs and policies, Soldier management and development, and force optimization for readiness with various members of the HRC staff.
Calloway explained that HRC's mission focuses on three areas.
"In terms of readiness, our job is to make sure that for both our officers and enlisted - [in the] regular Army and active Reserve - that we put the right person with the right skills at the right place at the right time to meet unit readiness for the Army across the globe," Calloway said.
He said the command also provides world class Soldier services and support to Soldiers and Families across the world.
"That runs the full gamut of making sure their personnel information is correct, [that] casualty notifications happen, and [that] their records are updated and accurate - making sure we do all the things to take care of Soldiers and Families so they can focus on their jobs," Calloway said.
"That also includes awards and evaluations for officers and enlisted. These things are very important to make sure they remain competitive for promotion and key assignments."
In addition, Calloway said HRC provides information technology and support for human resources specialists worldwide, and information technology and automation support for Recruiting Command and Cadet Command across the United States.
Castillo was interested in gathering information in a number of areas, including how the U.S. Army commissions officers, protects critical and personally identifiable information, recruits enlistees, promotes Soldiers, and the talent management process.
Additionally, they discussed the warrant officer program, retirement process, medical boards and how the Adjutant General Branch operates.
"The purpose of this visit is to share our knowledge and exchange ideas," Castillo said. "Being that we're always partners between our armies, it has been a mutual cooperation to improve our processes in the management of human talent in the Colombian army."
The delegation received an overview of how HRC's Personnel Information Systems Directorate protects PII, prior to wrapping up the two-day visit with senior leaders and personnel from U.S. Army Recruiting Command and U.S. Army Cadet Command.
U.S. Army South is the Army's executive agent for army-to-army staff talks with partner nations in Latin America and coordinated the visit with HRC.