August 25, 2013
By CPT Kelley A. Keating
I currently serve as the Adjutant for 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. For readers who are not familiar with the term, the Adjutant is the officer in charge of the S-1 section. The S-1 section here in the 1/3 battalion contains 10 Soldiers trained in the art of human resources. The S-1 is comparable to any corporation’s human resources department with the same basic mission; to enhance the readiness and capabilities of the force. We accomplish this by managing our manpower and providing administrative support to subordinate units.
The roles and responsibilities of the S-1 are vast, and would be too much to outline in this blog. So, let’s just cover the big ticket items such as the processing of awards, leave forms, evaluation reports, and pay inquiries, among a variety of other essential personnel services. It truly takes a team to accomplish the daily tasks and I am very fortunate to work with and learn from the officers, NCO’s and Soldiers of this prestigious unit.
As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, I would like to give thanks and honor to the women of our past that fought for our right to vote in a democratic Nation. This is our civic duty and should not be forgotten each time a ballot is cast. Because of the dreams and perseverance of those who came before us, women are not only able to vote but able to serve in the military in a plethora of assignments and positions unimaginable years ago. The more than 200,000 women of our Armed Forces are proof of this. Thank you to those who have fought and continue to fight for our next generations’ way of life.