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NEWS | April 12, 2017

USARC Deputy Commanding General gets an up-close look at the 7th MSC

By Capt. Doug Magill 7th Mission Support Command

Leaders and Soldiers from the 7th Mission Support Command talked about readiness and other topics with U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Deputy Commanding General - Operations.

Maj. Gen. David Conboy, deputy commanding general - operations, United States Army Reserve Command, along with staff members from the United States Army Reserve headquarters, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, visited the 7th MSC to learn about the unit’s readiness levels – including training, medical, personnel and logistics.

Conboy also took the opportunity to meet personally with junior leadership in the command and had lunch with a number of Soldiers in the Kleber Kaserne dining facility.

Being able to visit the unit and meet with Brig. Gen. Steven W. Ainsworth, the commanding general, of the 7th MSC in person provided the briefing with a high-level of detail.

“It’s great to see some of the fantastic work that’s happening in this unit,” Conboy said. “It’s good to see some of the best practices here so we can take it back to USARC. I’m energized every day by what I see in this formation and in other formations.”

The briefing Conboy attended is called the combat readiness review or CR2 and includes readiness overviews suggestions of improvements of the command’s subordinate units as well as the headquarters.

“We embrace the CR2 process,” Ainsworth said. “We have to be better. We want to be better. It’s taking care of a Soldier every time we improve a metric.”

The CR2 with Conboy was conducted on Apr. 9th, while a preparatory briefing was conducted the day before. That meeting focused on key topics of interest to USARC and was led by the 7th MSC’s deputy commander.

“It’s truly more than statistics,” said Col. Alex Wells, the 7th MSC, deputy commander. “This is about taking care of Soldiers. We have to get past seeing just the red, amber and green.”

The 7th MSC is comprised of nearly 1,000 Soldiers. The Army Reserve uses briefings such as these to improve individual readiness and plan resources for future operations.

“(The current Army Reserve) is the most lethal, professional force in the history of the Army Reserve,” Conboy said. “Here we are looking at individual readiness and what do we need for the future.”