The 43rd Adjutant General Battalion’s mission is to conduct reception, staging, onward movement and in-processing operations for initial entry training and prior service Soldiers in support of basic combat training and one-station unit training. It is responsible for the command oversight of the 399th Army Band and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and administrative support to the Combat Training Committee to support IET brigades and MSCoE missions.
— 43rd AG Bn. successfully processed 24,386 trainees to 59 units across the installation. Effectively transitioned/chaptered 1,119 Soldiers through reception holding unit back to civilian life.
— The fitness training unit successfully improved Army Physical Fitness Test challenges for 193 trainees and rehabilitated 273 trainees back to basic training.
— The battalion participated in the Army Combat Boot-Improvement effort pilot from Oct. 2, 2018, to March 21. This initiative will allow the fielding of improved Army combat boots for new trainees.
— The battalion began working with Army G1, Center for Initial Military Training, and Human Resources Oct. 4, 2018, to prepare for the future release of Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army. The initial working group began to address operational issues with migration of Army Recruiting Information Support System/Reception Module into IPPS-A.
— On Oct. 4, 2018, the battalion participated in an Existing Prior to Service working group to further define roles and responsibilities for U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command receiving EPTS documentation.
— The battalion implemented the “Sandboxx Organization” into reception processing Oct. 30, 2018, for Companies A and B, allowing family member, Soldier and media/mail platform to assist with completing data/interest cards.
— On Nov. 18, 2018, the battalion participated with the medical file pilot prior to USMEPCOM implementation. The battalion provided way-ahead information to CIMT about the potential to facilitate the pilot.
— The battalion welcomed a new commander, Lt. Col. Brian Piekielko, during the change of command ceremony April 29 hosted by Col. Curtis Schroeder, 14th Military Police Brigade commander.
— The battalion hosted 15 outside organizations, both military and civilian, to tour Grant Hall and receive a briefing to further understanding of the organization.
— The battalion participated in the Accessions Information Environment on-boarding initiative May 9.
— The Missouri Chamber Foundation Class of 2019 received a tour of the 43rd AG Bn. July 11. The group of 40 personnel was comprised of select local and statewide civilian dignitaries.
— A trainee from Company A was selected July 19 to make a three-minute video answering, “Why did you join the Army” for the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page.
399th Army Band outperforms
The mission of the 399th Army Band is to engage local and regional audiences through musical performances, providing a distinguishable connection to our communities at home.
The band renders honors and provides musical support to military ceremonies, sustaining warriors and inspiring leaders. It supports the recruiting mission, provides comfort to recovering Soldiers and contributes to a positive climate for Army families.
— The band hosted its annual holiday concert series December 2018 in Springfield, Lebanon and on Fort Leonard Wood.
— In early 2019, the concert band collaborated with two college bands from University of Missouri Science and Technology to participate in a university study on the effects of live and recorded performances.
— The band represented the Army and wore green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St Louis, celebrating with almost 300,000 people.
— In May, the band partnered with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America for the Joining Forces Concert. Gen. Stephen Lyons, Transportation Command Combatant commander, was the guest of honor.
— The annual Troop Concert was performed to more than 1,000 trainees, who enjoyed an energetic concert by the Rough Riders rock band.
— The band had the unique privilege to resurrect “The First Army Song,” a march that had been lost since World War II. Spc. David Hollenbeck composed the full band arrangement and the band performed it for Lt. Gen. Thomas James, 1st Army commander, at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.
— In early 2019, Army Recruiting Command requested the Missouri Brass quintet to tour various colleges within five states. Their performances resulted in several new recruits joining and many others who expressed interest.
— Sgt. Jennifer Arnold competed and won the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Best Warrior Competition and went on to compete at the TRADOC level in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
— The 399th is the oldest continually serving unit on the installation.
— Finally, the band’s brass quintet, Missouri Brass, was awarded the prestigious title of Music Performance Team of the Year, voted the best performing group across all components in the entire Army Music career field.
(Editor’s note: Both articles in this section were submitted to the GUIDON by 43rd AG Bn. and 399th Army Band, respectively. It is the fifth in a nine-part series.)