3d Personnel Command
The 3d Personnel Command (3d PERSCOM) mission is to deploy worldwide in support of Joint Chiefs of Staff contingencies to provide command and control of assigned and attached echelons-above-corps personnel forces with a focus on the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. As the senior deployable personnel command and control headquarters, 3d PERSCOM plans, coordinates, and directs personnel operations in support of the Theater Army. Upon arrival, the unit integrates and synchronizes Personnel Services Support (PSS) between services, coalition forces, and host-nation as allocated by Combatant Commander CENTCOM/Commander, U. S. Army Central Command to provide world-class PSS to the AOR.
The unit was activated in Jackson, Mississippi, on 16 September 1991. The 3d PERSCOM serves as echelon above corps force support package (FSP) personnel unit with an ongoing support mission in its area of operation. The 3d PERSCOM (Fwd), located at Camp Doha, Kuwait builds and maintains the personnel theater database on all ground based joint and coalition forces, consolidates and forwards a daily JPERSTAT, performs casualty reporting operations, conducts reception of forces operations, manages the theater postal operations, and plans future PSS operations for the CFLCC-C1.
The integrated staff of AC, AGR, and TPU personnel will be resourced at ALO 1. Utilizing the full time staff, the unit will be capable of fielding an early deploying theater personnel command and control element that does not depend on early selective reserve call-up.
Key to success is a validated standing operating procedure consistent with doctrine. It must rapidly and successfully integrate AC, RC personnel, joint, coalition, and Host National personnel forces into an effective theater PSS team. This must be accomplished in a resource constrained environment that may limit the build up of U.S. personnel units in theater. Success will be measured by timely and responsive reception, supply, onward movement and integration of arriving forces; strict accountability of personnel, delivery personnel support services, and weapon systems replacement operations that compliment the Theater Commander's plan.
Under Exercise Silver Scimitar, 3d Personnel Command conducts a Staff Exercise (STAFFEX)/Command Post Exercise (CPX) employing a Southwest Asia scenario with selected Army Forces Echelons Above Corps personnel units to exercise command and control procedures and staff operations.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved 5 November 1990. It consists of a red disc, three silver annulets intertwined two and one and pierced by a silver sword, point up, the tip extending beyond an encircling blue scroll with the motto, "SUPPORTING THE WARRIORS," in silver letters. The sword represents the U.S. Army and the individual soldier served by the 3d Personnel Command. The various activities and combined mission of the Command are denoted by the intertwining rings, which are interlaced with the sword. The three rings also allude to the Command's numerical designation. The Adjutant General's Corps is referred to by the colors; scarlet and dark blue which, with silver (white), represent the United States.
The shoulder sleeve insignia, approved on 5 November 1990, consists of a dark blue shield edged with a scarlet border, on which three scarlet annulets interlaced with a white sword are entered. Blue, white and red are the National colors. General Regulations of the Army of 1825 provided that ".dark blue is the national color." In addition, it is indicative of loyalty and firmness. White is representative of knowledge and training. Scarlet refers to courage and zeal. The three colors allude to characteristics the personnel of the Command require in the accomplishment of their mission. The rings represent the interconnected personnel functions and activities provided by the Command to support the individual soldier, symbolized by the sword, point up in readiness. The three rings also allude to the Command's numerical designation.
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