Leaders from the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and the 541st Expeditionary Sustainment Command came together for a mission readiness exercise last month, at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 316th ESC, commanded by Brig. Gen. Robert D. Harter, is scheduled to replace the 451st ESC, commanded by Brig. Gen. Bruce E. Hackett, in Kuwait in the near future. To ensure a smooth transition of responsibility in the area of operations, the units participated in a MRX before their deployment.
The training is designed to focus on peace-keeping operations and activities such as deployment and re-deployment actions; rehearsal and execution of contingency plans and staff battle drills; establishment and refinement of staff activities and battle rhythm, and reporting procedures and processes.
“The 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s role in the MRX is to provide current and emergent operational requirements in the Unites States Central Command area of responsibility,” said Glenn Hemingway, 1st TSC operations and exercise lead.
The 451st ESC’s role in the MRX is to pass on best practices through lessons learned from downrange and to ensure a smooth transition with the unit that will be replacing them in the AOR.
“It (the MRX) is a collaborative process with many moving parts,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Hubbert, G3, 1st TSC.
“Training for these missions generally occur on an arduous timeline compressed by the requirements of other readiness training, shipping essential equipment, and in-country familiarization. The MRX provides an ideal setting for replicating the conditions the unit will face throughout their rotation.”
In addition to providing operational and realistic scenarios during the exercise, senior non-commissioned officers, along with special staff officers from the 1st TSC, provided mentorship and took the opportunity to build relationships with their counterparts in the 316th ESC.
“The MRX allows our Soldiers an opportunity to work on systems and processes as a team,” said Col. Curtis Henry, 316th ESC chief of staff. “During the MRX we can identify and correct our weakness and make them our strengths.”