By Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colorado — Soldiers with 22nd Human Resources Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held a casing ceremony Jan. 27, 2020, at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center in preparation for a future deployment.
“The ‘Rival’ team is a highly trained group of human resource subject matter experts who are eager and ready to provide world class sustainment support,” said Lt. Col. Gavin Luher, commander, 4th STB, 4th SB. “They will be providing accountability through theater gateway operations, mail support and casualty liaison services.”
The 22nd HR Soldiers have worked throughout the past year to prepare for their mission.
“The company stood up new HR readiness teams to assist brigades and battalions across the ‘Ivy’ Division, leading to an overall increase in human resources readiness across the 4th Inf. Div.,” said Capt. Kyle F. Garis, commander, 22nd Human Resources Company, 4th STB, 4th SB. “We provided ongoing support to Fort Carson’s Department of Human Resources at the Soldier Readiness Processing site, and the 22nd HR remains the first human resources company to have successfully executed critical mission essential task training at the installation’s U.S. Post Office.”
The Soldiers, NCOs and officers of the 22nd HR will be spread across multiple countries within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during their nine-month deployment.
“Their operations and impact will span across the Middle East as they will work closely with our sister services and military partners from our allied nations,” Luher said. “The ‘Rivals’ are disciplined, professional and motivated. I can think of no better organization to serve as ambassadors on behalf of the American people and the United States Army.”
The company recognizes that deployments affect more than just the Soldiers, Garis said.
“Behind each Soldier stands a story: Families, spouses, children and significant others,” Garis said. “We understand that being absent from home for nine-months takes its toll on both Soldiers and Families. We thank them all for endless sacrifices they make on behalf of the Soldiers and our country.”