CG Hosts Adopt-A-Unit Forum

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Members of the Belton Chamber of Commerce met with leaders from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at the SC(E)'s Commanding General's Quarters here, April 18, to discuss the Adopt-A-Unit Program.

The intent of the Adopt-A-Unit program is to create a strong supportive connection between the men and women of the armed forces and the civilian communities they serve to improve troop morale, according to the America Supporting Americans website.

Most of the discussion at the forum was about the team approach the chamber is taking toward the program.

Belton elected to establish team leaders who would then recruit businesses, civic groups or churches to adopt battalions and their subordinate companies. Each team leader is linked to a battalion headquarters or higher and then assembles additional organizations to ensure redundant support to the headquarters and its subordinate companies.

Belton and Temple team up to support Soldiers of the 13th SC(E). Temple is adopting a similar approach for its AAU activities.

"I believe this is a new approach, this team approach," said Jay Taggart, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, "We've set it up so we have a process to inspect what we expect, it's important for the team leaders to know their roles and expectations."

"I think it's a really good program, especially for when Soldiers deploy," said Frank Minosky, a retired command sergeant major, and the team leader for the Chemical AAU Team, "It's great for Soldiers to get more in tune with the community, and for the community to get involved in the day to day lives of Soldiers."

"I felt like I needed to get people together to make it work," said Taggart.

Taggart continued, "I want to put senior leaders together, get the five team chiefs from the (Belton) chamber (of commerce), and the five from Fort Hood all in the same place."

"One of the great things about this program is that there's no directive, it goes where the participants want it to go," said Minosky.

"I want (our program) to be a model of success for others to look at," concluded Taggart.

Early results suggest this team approach is working, at least on paper. As of last week, all 13th SC(E) units are now adopted by these teams.

 

Kirk and Julie Michau and Lt Col Robert Mitchell
Kirk and Julie Michau, team leaders in the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Adopt-A-Unit Program converse with Lt. Col. Robert Mitchell, commanding officer of the 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th SC(E) at the Command's Adopt-A-Unit Forum at the SC(E)'s Commanding General's Quarters here April 19. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Carol and Billy Mills and Lt Col Gust Pagonis
Carol Mills, a team leader in the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Adopt-A-Unit Program, and her husband Billy Mills, converse with Lt. Col. Gust Pagonis, commanding officer of the 49th Movement Control Battalion, 13th SC(E) at the Command's Adopt-A-Unit Forum at the SC(E)'s Commanding General's Quarters here April 19. The topic of conversation, the book "Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics From the Gulf War," by Lt. Gen. William G. Pagonis. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs