513th Holds Wartrace Conference

By Timothy R. Goss

     More than 100 representatives from 14 different reserve component units met at Fort Gordon, Ga., for the first 513th Military Intelligence Brigade Reserve Component Wartrace Conference held last December. The two-day conference allowed brigade personnel to become acquainted with personnel from newly aligned Wartrace units and strengthen existing relationships in the Wartrace structure. Decreases in active component personnel and increases in mission taskings make support from Wartrace units play a critical role in the 513th MI Brigade’s ability to perform its wartime missions.

     The conference featured the brigade’s role in Operation Plan 1002-96 and others, wartime missions, connectivity in war and peace, and training/exercise (contributory support) opportunities. INSCOM reserve affairs representative, Maj. Amy McBurnie, spoke to the attendees about her office’s role and issues. Maj. Stan Walthall, office of the chief, Army Reserve, discussed U.S. Army Reserve force structure. Maj. Greg Williams and Maj. Cathy Kennard, United States Army Reserve Command representatives, explained U.S.Army Reserve military intelligence restructuring to the group.

     Brig. Gen. Alfonsa Gilley, deputy commanding general (individual mobilization augmentee), INSCOM, spoke to attendees during a dinner at the Fort Gordon Network Club.

     Wartrace unit personnel used the second day to present brigade members with "their side of the story," sharing insight on how the various units interact with the brigade. Later, participants separated into Wartrace working groups to discuss further interaction and training support opportunities. Attendees received an updated point of contact list at the conference conclusion.

     Timothy R. Goss is assigned to plans and reserve affairs, 513th MI Brigade, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, at Fort Gordon, Ga.

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   Last Updated: July 02, 1997