INSCOM Reserve Conference

By Master Sgt. Marian D. Starks

     "Given the requirements, Reserve Component contributory support is simply not an option . . . (it) is critical to our success’ and we will make it happen," said Brig. Gen. John D. Thomas Jr., commander of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Thomas was serious and direct as he opened the INSCOM Reserve Component Support and Integration Plan In-Process Review held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Feb. 25 - 27, 1997.

     Brig. Gen. Alfonsa Gilley, deputy commanding general, individual mobilization augmentee, hosted the review in coordination with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Reserve Affairs. Attendees included S3s and Reserve Component integration coordinators from INSCOM’s major subordinate commands as well as representatives from national intelligence agencies, Headquarters Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Army Reserves, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Reserves, the 300th MI Brigade (Linguist)(Utah National Guard) and the 259th and 505th MI Groups, U.S. Army Reserves.

     In his remarks, Thomas shared his assessment of soldiers’ performance on his recent visit to Bosnia. From his view point, the level of competence he observed among the soldiers made it impossible to tell the difference between the active component and Reserve Component soldiers.

     Thomas emphasized three key points regarding the conference objectives. He explained that the purpose of the conference was to ensure the integration plan is worked up and down the chain of command, emphasizing that everyone is responsible for the plan working — commanders, S3s, etc. He stressed integration is a complicated business with many moving parts — there must be communication to allow for synchronization.

     Gilley told conference attendees he remains committed to developing an integrated active component/ Reserve Component attitude of support. He asked attendees to maximize leveraging of Reserve Component capabilities and to bring real-world missions to reservists. Gilley advised them to develop active, habitual relationships for both peacetime and crisis/contingency operations; and to develop fully automated communications connectivity between active and Reserve Component military intelligence units.

     Conference attendees were briefed on the Reserve Component Support and Integration Plan, WARTRACE and training associated programs, Reserve Component funding alternatives, and future Reserve Component force structure planning. Attendees learned the details of individual mobilization augmentee program updates. Each major subordinate command provided a brief overview of its initial Reserve Component Support and Integration Plan. The 259th and 505th MI Groups (U.S. Army Reserve) and 300th MI Brigade (Linguist) (Utah Army National Guard) provided organizational briefings. Specific milestones, action plans and points of contact were established for addressing all concerns.

     Master Sgt. Marian D. Starks is assigned as a drilling individual mobilization augmentee with Assistant Chief of Staff, Reserve Affairs.

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   Last Updated: July 02, 1997