406th HR Co. supports exercise UE 14-1

By Sgt. Daniel Friedberg
221st Public Affairs Detachment, 7th Civil Support Command, 21st TSC

Photo of 406th HR Co. supports exercise Unified Endeavor 14-1
GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY - Spc. Juan D. Murriel (left), from Jackson, Miss., and Sgt. Wesley R. Ricketts (right), a native of Jacksonville, Fla., both human resource specialists with the 406th Human Resources Company, 7th Civil Support Command, process Soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and civilians in support of exercise Unified Endeavor 14-1 here Sept. 16 – Oct. 25. The multi-national, joint exercise supports training of personnel that will deploy in support of the International Security Assurance Force mission in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel J. Friedberg, 221st Public Affairs Detachment, 7th Civil Support Command)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 406th Human Resources Company, 7th Civil Support Command, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, participated in exercise Unified Endeavor 14-1, providing critical support and training with multi-national Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians Sep. 16 – Oct. 25 here.

The exercise was conducted to train international military and civilian personnel in preparation for their deployment in support of the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for collective training,” said Capt. Demetria D. Dunn, operations officer for the 406th HR Co. and a native of New Windsor, N.Y.

Dunn said the exercise provides valuable learning experiences – especially for younger Soldiers – in carrying out reception, staging and onward movement operations involving multinational joint forces. It is also a preview of the types of duties unit Soldiers will conduct when the 406th HR Co. reaches Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricky L. Collins, acting first sergeant of the 406th HR Co. and a native of Chesapeake, Va., said his Army Reserve Soldiers typically worked around the clock to ensure local airport pick-up, sign-in and billeting for late arrivals.

As a part of the 21st TSC, the 7th CSC supports both the U.S. Army Europe and European Command commanders with critical skills and personnel. As a result of this relationship, 7th CSC Soldiers have unique opportunities to maintain proficiency in wartime fundamentals with real world missions. UE 14-1 is another example of Army Reserve forces supporting USAREUR and EUCOM in preparing U.S. and Allied forces for operational missions, said Sgt. Wesley H. Ricketts, a human resource specialist with 406th HR Co. and a native of Jacksonville, Fla.

“You need people skills,” he said. “Working in this environment means interacting with military members from around the world.”

In order to improve customer service, Ricketts has printed out instructions at his desk for service members so they can better solve documentation problems within their respective commands.

Collins said his Soldiers can successfully process up to several hundred personnel from locations such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Turkey and Romania participating in the ISAF mission daily.

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