News: 99th RSC Soldiers gear up for annual training
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Alyn-Michael Macleod
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Approximately 300 soldiers from the 99th Regional Support Command descended on the Maj. John P. Pryor Army Reserve Center here to attend the command’s first-ever annual training exercise to fulfill part of their annual training commitment for the Army Reserve.
Soldiers from Headquarters, Headquarter Company, 99th RSC stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; 78th Army Band stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; 319th Army Band stationed at Fort Totten, N.Y.; 94th Army Band stationed at East Winsdor, Conn.; 198th Army Band stationed at Rochester, N.Y.; and the 380th Army Band stationed at Richmond, Va., will focus on specific warrior tasks.
Being the first annual training ever, this AT has some very specific objectives that must be met.
“My objectives are pretty simple,” said Maj. Kevin D. Branch, HHC Commander, 99th RSC. “This exercise is an assessment; it gives me the opportunity to not only assess our leaders but also our logistic capabilities.”
The types of training that leaders and their soldiers will be assessed on are Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction and Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Humvee Egress Assistance Training, medical training, cultural-awareness training, reacting to unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices, and Military Operations in Urban Terrain training during the five-day exercise.
Historically, annual training is also a time where units can develop relationships and build upon those bonds to bolster espirt de corps.
“I am looking forward to meeting the new soldiers in the 99th,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chanda Caro, senior human resource specialist from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company.
The 99th RSC provides administrate, logistical, facilities management and other base-operations support to all Army Reserve soldiers, units and properties in the northeast region of the United States. More than 46,000 soldiers, 400 Headquarters and 300 facilities are located in the 99ths 13-state area of responsibility that stretches from Maine to Virginia.