FORT DRUM, NY – More than 15 soldiers assigned to the 510th Human Resources Company, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Sustainment Brigade, departed from Fort Drum, N.Y., Apr. 8, 2020, to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response effort in the Northeast region.
“1st Platoon, 510th Human Resource 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 Co. 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,” said. Furnari.
As the Nation continues to confront the challenges of safeguarding communities and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Soldiers of 510th HR are motivated by both moral and personal factors at the onset of this mission.
“The Soldiers of the 510th Human Resource Company are deeply honored to have been called upon to serve the Nation during this difficult time,” said Furnari.
“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 “Guardians.”
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.