257th MP mobilizes through Soldier Resilience and Readiness Center
Claudia P. Roberto,
DoMaD Public Affairs:
The Soldier Resilience and Readiness Center, operated by the Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment, processed the Minnesota National Guard’s 257th Military Police Company for mobilization May 30.
DoMaD is a key organization for Army National Guard units mobilizing through Fort Bliss. DoMaD facilitates, coordinates and constantly stays engaged by providing a range of services until the unit deploys. DoMaD also staffs the SRRC with contract personnel and servicemembers to support daily operations.
One of the first and, perhaps most important, steps in the mobilization process is to complete Soldier readiness processing, a familiar process known to Soldiers as SRP. The purpose of SRP is to ensure the unit is medically ready to deploy. In addition, all administrative actions are prepared and verified for 100 percent accountability.
The first step in SRP is for the unit to receive in-briefs. A few of the briefings consist of medical threats and awareness, legal rights, financial pay entitlements, and employment support for the National Guard. After briefings, Soldiers complete medical processing, which includes various exams and immunizations required for the area of deployment. Lastly, Soldiers go through a series of administrative stations to do checks and balances so the Soldier and his or her family will be taken care of while deployed.
The Fort Bliss SRRC, compared to other military installations, is a one-day process. DoMaD has designed an efficient and customer-friendly site where units can be briefed and complete all stations within a day.
“In my 20 years of service, this [SRRC] has been the best and most organized SRP site I have ever seen,” said Capt. Troy Hyland, commander of the 257th MP. “It is well organized. There are no bottle necks, and wait time is not long at all.”
“The customer service is awesome. We felt very welcome. They took a painful process and made it very painless and easy,” said 1st Sgt. Scott Wellsted of the center.
The 257th MP Co. are scheduled to train here before deploying to Afghanistan. Hyland said the company’s main mission will be to train, mentor and coach the Afghanistan National Army. This will be the unit’s first deployment to Afghanistan.
“We have a real good group of Soldiers going forward,” said Hyland. “I can’t think of a better team. We are anxious and excited to fulfill the mission.”
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