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NEWS | Feb. 28, 2016

Brig. Gen. Elwell conducts Yearly Training Brief

By Capt. Fernando Ochoa 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

SLOAN, Nev. – Brig. Gen. David E. Elwell, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, and Col. Toni A. Glover, 650th Regional Support Group commander, presided over the 650th RSG Yearly Training Brief Readiness Workshop 2016 at the George W. Dunaway Army Reserve Center in Sloan, Nev., Feb. 27.

The purpose of the YTB Readiness Workshop is to clearly communicate to the 650th RSG’s down-trace units procedural information and what is expected in all management sections for full accountability.
The George W. Dunaway Army Reserve Center’s drill hall was filled with leaders from the 650th RSG and its’ down trace units that included the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 469th CSSB, 63rd Brigade Support Battalion and 483rd Transportation Battalion. This was a six-day workshop. 

“This workshop is important because we are in the process of getting the U.S. Army back to where it should be and have a program and system to answer our maintenance demands,” said Elwell. “We have to focus on growing leaders from within and we must be ready to go to war now.”

Effective training is the Army’s number one priority during peacetime. Training management is the process used by Army leaders to identify training requirements and then plan, resource, execute and evaluate training.

This annual briefing allows battalion and company commanders a chance to discuss training concepts, philosophies and challenges with the higher level commanders, respectively.

“My vision is to be the premier Regional Support Group in the U.S. Army, maintain combat readiness and to invest in our people to be the best we can be,” said Glover. “The Army is our people and Soldiers are our investment in America, and I expect my commanders, leaders and civilians to produce well-trained leaders who will achieve combat readiness.”
One by one, each unit’s commanders and 1st Sergeants briefed Elwell and Glover and together they identified discrepancies and worked out solutions. 

Elwell was thoroughly engaged in the briefings, making sure that the information put out was understood by all, but he made his most important point when he grasped his uniform and said, “This uniform is for away games and we don’t want to play home games. We must always be ready to deploy and kill the enemy where they live.”

In 2011, the 650th RSG was realigned under the 311th ESC and took control of three battalions: the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 469th CSSB and the 483rd Transportation Battalion. Its area of operation spans over three states, including California, Nevada and Arizona.
The 311th ESC’s mission is to provide mission command for attached units executing full spectrum logistical support as well as sustainment to include distribution, theater opening, reception, staging and onward movement for Army forces.