Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

The AG Team, The Army’s HR Professionals

Army HR Soldiers and Civilians,

The Army’s anticipated theme for 2011 is “Army: Profession of Arms”.  In concert with the Army’s anticipated theme, AGCRA will dedicate its next edition of 1775 to “The AG Team, The Army’s HR Professionals”.

We would like to hear from you what it means to be an Army HR Professional.  Specifically, we are requesting your feedback (e-mail to magazine@agcra.com) or an AG / HR article that covers down on the following topics below.  We intend to post your feedback or article in the next edition of 1775:

* Foundations of our AG / HR Profession

* Professional Ethic

* Professional Culture

* Expert Knowledge

* Leader Development Systems

* Or answer the following question(s):

  – What does it mean to be an AG / HR Professional?

  – What does it mean to be an AG / HR Professional after 9 years of war?

If you write an article, 1775 article specs are provided below.

a.  Suspense Date:  NLT 10 Jan 2011, NOTE – earlier is better and helps get the magazine shaped, proofed and published sooner.

b.  Length:  Minimum of 2 pages, no more than five, single spaced.

c.  Font:  Century Schoolbook, Font Size 12.

d.  Writers should reframe from personalizing their respective articles, i.e., “There I was, surrounded by a thousand bad guys…”

e.  Photos:  If you have any photos for the article, please provide in JPEG format.

f.  Slides:  If you have any slides for the article, please provide in PowerPoint format.

g.  Note – Large picture or slide files may have to be posted to a server (e.g., AKO files) if they’re too big to send through e-mail.

Again, send feedback or articles to magazine@agcra.com.

Thanks ahead of time for your support.

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Holiday Mail Surge for Deployed Troops

By: LTC C. L. Morelle-Oliveira

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 1st Theater Sustainment Command wants to ensure troops get their mail promptly this holiday season. 

    “We want to make sure we do everything we can to support our great warriors by insuring their holiday mail arrives in a timely fashion,” said Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Nick Tooliatos, 1TSC.  “We are closely monitoring the flow of mail to ensure adequate transportation is allocated to keep the mail moving.  We have initiated ‘Operation Santa’s Little Helpers’ to augment postal personnel into Afghanistan to assist with the upcoming rush of holiday mail.”

    For families and friends at home, it’s critical to understand the natural “surge” that occurs during the holidays and plan ahead.  Deadlines are fast approaching if you want to ensure your Soldier gets that Christmas package on time.

  “Sending mail from the US to theater or the Soldier is quite easy,” said First Lt. Jennifer Yurk, postal operations officer- Afghanistan, 3rd Human Resource Sustainment Center, Kuwait.  “Family members or friends need to package the box (the most common way to do this is with flat rate boxes – which means no matter what the weight of the package the cost is a flat rate, take it into their local Post Office.  Fill out a customs declaration form and take it to the counter to be processed.”

    The Postal Service offers free Military Care Kits, designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by phone by calling 1-800-610-8734 and asking for the Military Care Kit. Each kit includes two “America Supports You” large Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, four medium-sized Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, six Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes.

    Deadline information is available through your military post office and at USPS.COM.

Deployed personnel should contact MailQuestions@kuwait.swa.army.mil for assistance.

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U.S. Army Human Resources Command hosts first Fort Knox change of command

Incoming HRC commander Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee accepts the HRC flag from the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel (G-1), Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, during the change-of-command ceremony Oct. 14. They are flanked by Command Sgt. Maj. John F. Gathers and outgoing HRC commander Maj. Gen. Sean J. Byrne. U.S. Army photo by Tom Moore.

FORT KNOX, KY. —  A Soldier played a drum roll crisply on a snare drum. After slow-marching “Every Other Left” from the back of the assembly, the Department of the Army Select Honor Guard stepped deliberately in a maneuver that deftly turned its Soldiers and the flags they carried to face the audience. A light breeze blew steadily so that the American flag unfurled and battle streamers on the Army flag fluttered.

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command was about to witness a time-honored tradition, marking the command’s first change of command at its new home here.

Outgoing HRC commander Maj. Gen. Sean J. Byrne passed the flag during a change-of-command ceremony in the quad of the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex here this morning, and incoming HRC commander, Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, assumed command.

The passing of the flag from the command sergeant major to the outgoing commander to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-1, to the incoming commander and, lastly, to the command sergeant major is a circuit that signifies the importance of the continuum of leadership.

This is the first HRC change of command to take place at Fort Knox since HRC’s base realignment and closure, or BRAC, move, which is relocating operations from HRC sites in three different locations (Alexandria, Va.; St. Louis and Indianapolis).  It is also historic because the new commander is HRC’s first female commanding general. Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee comes to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command from Army G-1, Washington, D.C., where her assignment was Director of Military Personnel Management.

Farrisee is no stranger to HRC: She served with honor as the 61st The Adjutant General of the Army, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

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