By Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett, 21st TSC Public AffairsOctober 4, 2011
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Soldiers of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's, 1st Human Resources Sustainment Center participated in a training exercise entitled "Rhinehorse Spirit" on Rhine Ordnance Barracks here, Sept. 27.
Rhinehorse Spirit is an exercise focused on measuring the readiness of the Reception, Staging and Onward Movement Division of the 1st HRSC. The RSO is one of five divisions that form 1st HRSC. This exercise specifically focused on its Tactical Personnel System, the Evacuation Control Center and establishing a mobile post office.
According to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Leslie Gillen, the RSO team chief, Rhinehorse Spirit is an exercise that HRSC has developed to train Soldiers on the functions that are critical in maintaining theater accountability and evacuation procedures.
"Rhinehorse gives the Soldiers of the 1st HRSC a chance to develop or fine tune their training on functions that are performed when opening a Theater Gateway or sustained training for other human resource units," said Gillen.
"I actually gained more experience dealing with diverse situations," said Spc. Jesus Estrada, a postal clerk and a native of Firebaugh, Calif. "I was able to see things clearer and pay attention to detail on certain packages."
"Ultimately we want Soldiers to be proficient. When we are deployed we want to be able to go out and properly inspect post offices so Soldiers downrange can receive their packages from home which keeps their morale up," said Capt. Joe Roberts, the postal officer and a native of Lascassas, Tenn.
The 1st HRSC also trained on Evacuation Control Center procedures. This is used when a noncombatant crisis takes place and personnel are required to evacuate out of an area or country.
"This training was very important for our Soldiers," said Sgt. 1st Class Kironi Dugar, the RSO noncommissioned officer in charge and a native of Crowley, La. "This is the mission that we do if we actually deploy and it gets our Soldiers ready for real life situations."