News: Army reserve soldiers deploy to Kuwait, support 3rd Army.
Story by Staff Sgt. Kai Jensen
FORT BLISS, Texas — Approximately 40 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3rd Army Augmentation Unit deployed to Kuwait July 11, 2014.
The 3rd AAU deploys to support the 3rd Army by augmenting active duty personnel and allowing Soldiers to transition out of theater without affecting the overall mission.
“We provide relief for the active duty personnel who work within 3rd Army,” said Capt. Yeteva Harris, operations officer with the 3rd AAU and originally from Killeen, Texas. “They have a reoccurring mission and them having to go back and forth probably doesn’t translate well with their families, so we provide them with relief.”
Once in Kuwait, Soldiers will set up to replace their active duty counterparts and support operations in the surrounding areas for their scheduled year-long deployment.
One such Soldier, Lt. Col. Peter Brownlowe, after arriving in Kuwait will travel to Jordan in order to support host nations and operations.
“I feel like we are doing a good job trying to help these host nations and support the fight to keep America free,” said Brownlowe, logistics officer with 3rd AAU and originally from Atlanta, Ga. “We will be participating in making sure Soldiers get all they need downrange.”
Prior to deploying Soldiers received much needed training in safety and operations such as being given the chance to experience a rollover in simulated military vehicles. This allows Soldiers an opportunity to apply their training in high-stakes situations such as roadside bombs.
“We want them to be fully trained before deploying,” said Maj. Gen. Daniel L. York, commanding general of the 76th Operational Response Command. “We don’t want a Soldier to deploy unprepared and the training they get here is a life saver.”
Additional Soldiers are scheduled to deploy as needed.