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71st Ordnance Group and 4ID G1 Team Human Resources University

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When Ivy Division converges with a specialized military unit, we ignite, forging weapons of mass destruction. From April 10th to 12th, 2024, the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group and the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) joined forces to host a dynamic and collaborative Human Resource University (HRU).

This groundbreaking event brought together Human Resource (HR) professionals to explore innovative strategies for talent management, leadership development, and mission readiness. Against the backdrop of evolving operational environments and complex workforce challenges, the HRU served as a nexus for knowledge exchange, skill enhancement, and synergistic partnerships. HR Soldiers engaged in insightful discussions, interactive workshops, and hands-on demonstrations, fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptation. With a shared commitment to excellence and mission success, the 71st EOD and the 4ID reaffirmed their dedication to equipping personnel with the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in the modern battlefield.  

The HRU commenced with a powerful, yet heartwarming story by MAJ Kyle F. Garis, emphasizing the profound impact our occupation has on Soldiers and their Families. Quote from MAJ Garis, “As HR leaders, our job is ultimately to support our service members. Sometimes it requires that we stop what we’re doing and take time to help those who cannot help themselves.”

MAJ Kyle Garis, 71st EOD S1 OIC.

Next, we were enlightened by a panel of seasoned experts who shared invaluable insights on successfully operating an S1 shop. Quote from 1LT Nicholas Canton, “What is the secret to success? Building relationships, read the regulations, training your team, and mastering the capabilities of your HR systems.”

From left on the HRU discussion panel - CPT Katiya Jackson, SSG Rosalind Knight, 1LT Nicholas Canton, and SGT Joanna Camacho.

Throughout the remainder of the HRU, Soldiers were presented with a diverse array of learning opportunities aimed at enriching their understanding of critical subjects. From delving into the intricacies of talent management assessment, unraveling the complexities of the manning cycle process, exploring essential Excel tips, navigating the nuances of IPPS-A, and comprehending the enlisted manning cycle, to exploring myriad other topics.  Soldiers found themselves immersed in a wealth of knowledge.

As they engaged with these topics, HR professionals not only deepened their expertise but also honed their skills, emerging from the experience with newfound insights and a heightened level of proficiency.

Armed with this enriched understanding, they were empowered to tackle the multifaceted challenges of their roles with greater confidence and efficacy, embodying the ethos of lifelong learning that is fundamental to the military profession.

CW4 Natalya Munn, Fort Carson Senior Warrant.

From this experience, Soldiers are not only armed with a deeper understanding of the fundamental aspects of human resources, but they also equipped themselves with practical tools and strategies to navigate their roles more effectively. They carry with them a newfound confidence born from the knowledge they have acquired, enabling them to make informed decisions, solve complex problems, and contribute meaningfully to their units and the broader Army mission.

From left - MAJ Patrick Goddeyne, MAJ Jamie Abel, MAJ Kyle Garis, 1LT Emily Hernandez, 1LT Nicholas Canton, CW4 Daniel Bleifield, CW4 Natalya Munn, CW2 Jonathan Lamothe, CW2 Taylor Seay, SSG Kiana Gibbs, SGT Joanna Camacho and SGM Audrey Daugherty.
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