Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

At the Rocket City Chapter Darion Boone Doesn’t Mind Stepping Up

At Redstone Arsenal, AL, as a Human Resources Specialist for the Army Materiel Command’s (AMC’s) G-1 (Personnel), Darion Boone knows his work affects the professional wellbeing of employees whose mission is to support Soldiers with equipment and sustainment all around the world. That’s reason enough to keep this former Soldier not only engaged in his HR mission, but to also volunteer for special projects for the G-1.

Boone’s leadership and commitment to the mission as well as his work ethic recently brought recognition when he was named as AMC Headquarters’ Employee of the Quarter for the Second Quarter, 2022. He is among 10 employees recognized by AMC and its major subordinate commands for Employee of the Quarter throughout the AMC worldwide enterprise.

“On a regular basis and with a consistently positive attitude, Mr. Boone demonstrates personal initiative by volunteering for special projects and tasks that are unprecedented in nature, high visibility and often under urgent deadlines. He completes every assignment in a timely manner and with a thorough attention to detail,” Boone’s nomination packet stated.

Boone’s day-to-day job is to manage AMC’s Civilian Overseas Tours and Entitlements, which is particularly challenging during heightened support for current operations in Europe. He also oversees AMC’s Injury Compensation Program with about 4,000 claims across the AMC enterprise totaling $450 million; and is the lead integrator for Line of Effort 4 (Retain) for the AMC People Strategy.

In fiscal year 2022, Boone volunteered to take on the task to support the President’s federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate for civilian employees, ensuring 100% accountability of the COVID vaccination status for more than 85,000 civilian employees across the AMC enterprise. As the command with the largest civilian population in the Army, Boone’s initiative was instrumental in the successful completion of civilian vaccination records to ensure the health and safety of the global AMC workforce and enforcement of the Presidential order.

“I hope my contributions gave the AMC leadership and the Department of the Army a better visualization of the vaccination status of their employees, which allowed for them to make the right decisions for their workforce and planning, allowing employees to have clear instructions on the way forward during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boone said.

Boone represented AMC in collaborating on a daily basis with the staff of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel to report and validate the AMC civilian vaccination data. He worked with AMC major subordinate commands and separate reporting activities to complete employees’ vaccination documentation and report status, both manually and online, and kept the AMC senior leadership informed of the commands’ daily progress.

“I looked at it as a challenge and I like that aspect, it was something new and very important. Someone needed to take it on at that time and I had the capacity to handle it without impacting any of my other work,” Boone said.

A large number of manufacturing employees working at AMC’s depots, arsenals, and ammunition plants don’t have access to government computers. For that reason, obtaining vaccination data included the manual collection of hard copy documents that had to be scanned into the online computer system.

Boone came to AMC as an Army civilian in 2012 to manage the Reserve Affairs Program, after retiring from a 22-year Human Resources career as an Army Soldier. He enlisted in 1989 after graduating from high school in Clovis, New Mexico.

“Even as a little kid I played Soldier. I loved the military and looked up to family members who had served in the military, including my dad who served in the Army and my stepdad who was in the Air Force,” Boone said.

“I grew up around the Air Force. When I got older, I hung out at the recruiting station. I basically recruited myself. Three days after I turned 18, I turned in my enlistment packet. At the time they recruited based on categories. I was color blind, so instead of 150 career paths, there were only six I qualified for. One of those was Personnel Action Specialist.”

Assignments took him to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he worked with the 101st Airborne; and then to Germany. He had a recruiting assignment in Florida and then transferred to the Pentagon after 9/11 to work for the G-8 (Force Development), taking on the responsibilities of a Soldier killed in the 9/11 attack. He has also worked at the Special Operations Command – Central, Tampa, Florida.

“Throughout my Army career, the way you talk to people, treat people, you build relationships,” Boone said. “HR is HR whether you are civilian or military. It’s about being helpful, assisting people, finding ways to make things happen for them, and being able to explain when things can’t be done. You need to know what the HR regulations are and how they apply to people’s situations and help them understand how those regulations apply to them.”

Six years into his civilian career with AMC, Boone took an HR assignment in Italy with the U.S. Army-Africa / Southern European Task Force, where he first served as the G-1 representative to Plans and Operations and then as chief of Policy and Programs for the G-1. In 2020, with COVID-19 making travel back to the U.S. difficult, Boone decided to return to AMC headquarters in Huntsville.

“I’ve enjoyed returning to the AMC G-1 team at headquarters,” Boone said. “AMC is a great place to work. Employees are dedicated to their job to support the warfighters and the commander’s initiatives. I love the challenges and opportunities I’ve had with AMC, and the employees and team I get to work with every day.”

When not at work, Boone is active with the Rocket City Chapter of the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association, participating in its adopt-a-mile program, support to the teachers and students of Huntsville’s Morris Elementary, and support to the veterans of the Floyd E. Tut Fann Home for Veterans. He is also a member of the Greater Huntsville Area St. Jude Committee, organizing events to support cancer research and treatment for children at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis.

2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year

On 10 November 2022, CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, Chapter President of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter, was named the 2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year.

CW4 (Ret) Roberts led the Rocket City Chapter Volunteer Team to receive the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association Small Chapter of the Year for the last six consecutive years.  His exemplary leadership has displayed true patriotism and selfless volunteerism for all to emulate.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts (7th from left), with his wife CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts, are flanked by members of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter.

His genuine leadership has demonstrated an enthusiastic patriotism through tireless work to enrich the quality of life for our Veterans, First Responders, Gold Star Families, Heroes Week Warriors events and activities in Alabama, children with cancer, children of low-income communities, and teachers.

CW4 (Ret) Roberts has exemplified himself and led many others to come out to make a difference in our society as a whole.  Moreover, CW4 (Ret) Roberts’ selfless and tireless service continues to perpetuate the finest traditions and history of volunteerism in our communities and our country.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts and his wife CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts.

Congrats to CW4 (Ret) Roberts, a cut above within the ranks of AGCRA!

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, 2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year.

AGCRA Rocket City Chapter Breakfast

On 23 August 2022, the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter conducted its quarterly AG Breakfast.

SES Max Wyche, U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, was our Guest Speaker.  In his speech Mr. Wyche talked about the biggest challenge facing the Army today is Active-Duty recruiting.  He emphasized that the Army is committed to maintaining high enlistment standards and is prioritizing quality over quantity.  Specifically he stated:

  • “The Army, along with the other services, is facing unprecedented recruiting conditions due to a combination of factors including the current robust labor market, intense competition for talent within the private sector, and an ongoing decline in the segment of America’s youth that is qualified and interested in serving in the military.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic further limited the ability of recruiters to interact with recruiting prospects in person.  It also exacerbated academic and physical fitness challenges, limiting the pool of qualified applicants.  Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lower ASVAB scores (9% decrease) and applicant fitness shortfalls.

  • The Army is taking active measures to overcome these challenges without compromising our standards for high-quality Soldiers, including temporarily increasing the tours of duty for experienced, successful recruiters; revising the tattoo policy to mirror the other military service branches; and adding funding for targeted enlistment bonuses and increased marketing in key areas.  The Army will continue to develop innovative ideas to build high-quality recruits as an investment in America’s youth.”

COL Tim Zimmerman, AMC G1, gave an update on IPPS-A, including the challenges that the system is currently facing.  We understand how desperate the Army needs this system and we look forward to when all the kinks are worked out so that we can have a fully functioning personnel and pay system.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, Chapter President, congratulated the members for their dedication and support to the Chapter, ultimately resulting in our being named the Best Small Chapter 6 years in a row.  He explained how important the AG Corps is and how our dedication and commitment to People should always be a priority.