Last weekend seventeen Army Reserve Career Counselors (ARCCs) from 2nd Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD), worked together with Human Resources Command (HRC), Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) Team for 99th Regional Support Command (RSC), Veteran Affairs (VA), and Logistics Health to service more than two hundred Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. This was my second experience working at a Ready Reserve Muster event. Each year there are improvements, but in my opinion this year it was by far the best. Leadership, teamwork, and lessons learned from past Ready Reserve Muster events, clearly made an impact.
As with any large event such as this Muster, there are bound to be issues. Internet connectivity started out as what could have been, and many of us certainly thought would be, a disaster. One individual made a lasting impression from the start. Sgt. Markus Metellus, who was recently assigned to 99th RSC, was our IT savior to say the least. With a positive attitude and “never quit” mentality, he managed to accept every challenge and overcome every issue we threw his way. He did so confidently and with a smile that was contagious. Qualified as both a Signal Support System Specialist (25U) and a Nodal Network System Operator Maintainer (25N), Sgt. Metellus lead the way and set a high standard for any future Muster events. Maj. Stephen Trotter, Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion ARCD, and Sgt Maj. Jason Pritt recognized Sgt. Metellus’s performance in front of his peers and leaders by presenting him with a 2nd Battalion Coin.
The IRR Soldiers in attendance were presented with every opportunity, benefit, and incentive available to them as they continue to serve through their Military Service Obligation (MSO). Representatives from the IRR Affiliation Program (IAP), Employer Partnership Initiative (EPI), Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), Defense Commissary Agency (DECA), Compass Point, and Military One Source attended the Muster event as well. Approximately twelve percent of the IRR Soldiers chose to take full advantage of their opportunities by transferring to a USAR Troop Program Unit (TPU). The goal of the Ready Reserve Muster event was to assess, update, and certify the personnel readiness of all IRR Soldiers that attended. The teamwork of everyone involved helped to not only meet these goals, but exceed them as well.