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NEWS | May 21, 2018

Army Reserve Sustainment Command holds mission training brief to synchronize efforts

By Sgt. 1st Class Sheila Holifield Army Reserve Sustainment Command

The United States Army’s number one priority remains readiness. A command’s readiness metrics are the measure of performance and measure of effectiveness in providing trained Soldiers. To focus efforts, the commander of the Army Reserve Sustainment Command called his senior leaders together for a Mission Training Brief.

Brig. Gen. David Ling brought his six brigade command teams and battalion command teams together under one roof to conduct focused training and develop, plan and execute a synchronized training year 2019.

The mission of the ARSC is to deliver global materiel readiness, contracting, acquisition and logistical capability in support of the warfighter through Army Materiel Command, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics and Technology) and Defense Contract Management Agency in order to sustain land dominance. 

“We are an integral part of AMC, DCMA and ASA(ALT)” said Ling. “In keeping with our mission, we must remain integrated and shape policy effectively and in order to continue in that direction we have to ensure we are synchronized.” 

After his opening remarks, Ling introduced his command team and the intent of the MTB. 

“We have lost our focus on training management, we need to do a deep dive and develop a synchronized training plan to address the areas which need improvement,” said Ling. 

The first two days of the event were a scheduled round robin with each command staff section. Each staff section provided in-depth training on focused areas to address deficiencies and delinquencies and help the brigade command teams further understand their metrics. 

With many of the brigades in the ARSC located coast to coast, a central place to come together and gain knowledge was well received. 

“Incorporating ARSC staff and command sections into the MTB added value for us commanders because Army regulations and policies consistently change and the MTB allows for open discussion regarding change,” said Col. Trever Nehls, commander of Army Materiel Command Army Reserve Element. 

The AMC-ARE is ARSC’s largest brigade of more than 200 Soldiers and is highly decentralized, consisting of 11 detachments in six states. 

“This event has allowed time for face-to-face dialogue with each detachment officer-in-charge with respect to planning, operations and unit readiness,” said Nehls. “Additionally, it allows us to learn more about the ARSC, the sister brigades and other key leaders of the ARSC.”

Although the ARSC is small in number, the footprint spans across the United States with a mission to deliver global materiel readiness, contracting, acquisition and logistical capability in support of the warfighter.

“As a command, we need to build a training plan that also effectively builds our team,” said Ling to his senior leaders. 

The ARSC is organized in such a way that it creates challenges we as leaders need to address, added Ling. 

“This MTB is designed to get us where we need to be all while helping others and also gaining useful knowledge,” said Ling. 

The culmination of the training event is to walk away with an integrated plan for training year 2019, he said. 

“My goals are simple: learn, help others, plan, evaluate and build camaraderie,” said Ling.