Soldiers from 1st Platoon, 510th Human Resources Company, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade, load baggage before the platoon’s departure from Fort Drum on April 8, 2020, in support of the DOD COVID-19 response effort. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Brandon Cox)
510th Human Resources Company Soldiers answer nation’s call for COVID-19 response
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (April 11, 2020) – More than 15 Soldiers assigned to the 510th Human Resources Company, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Sustainment Brigade, departed from Fort Drum on April 8 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response effort in the Northeast.
“1st Platoon, 510th Human Resources Company, will provide accountability of all Department of Defense personnel as they pass through Joint Reception Centers throughout the East Coast prior to their onward movement into COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ to assist," said Capt. Joseph Furnari, 510th HR Company commander.
With the rapid movement and mobilization of DoD personnel in response to the pandemic, the requirement for human resources support for those involved is a critical mission for the unit.
“The platoon's actions will enable higher headquarters to maintain an accurate picture of where supporting military personnel are located throughout the area of operations," Furnari said.
As the nation continues to confront the challenges of safeguarding communities and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Soldiers of 510th HR are motivated by both moral and personal factors at the onset of this mission.
“The Soldiers of the 510th Human Resources Company are deeply honored to have been called upon to serve the nation during this difficult time,” Furnari said.
“Many Soldiers have friends and family in locations throughout the country that have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, and they are eager for the chance to actively participate in their relief efforts,” he concluded.
Answering the nation's call is nothing new for the "Regulators."
The 510th Human Resources Company is among the most deployed units in the 10th Mountain Division (LI). In recent years, the unit has completed a deployment to Afghanistan and multiple rotations in support of hurricane relief efforts.
(10th Mountain Division Public Affairs Office)