Officials revamp SRP site, improve Soldier readiness
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Colvin Bennett, far left; Garrison Commander Col. William Clark, second from left; Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for support, fourth from left; and 1st Inf. Div. Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera, fifth from left, join officials with Soldier Readiness Processing to assist in cutting the ribbon at the new SRP site April 12 at Polk Hall on Main Post. Photo by: Calun Reece, POST.
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Soldiers have a newly renovated Soldier Readiness Processing site at Fort Riley.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place April 12 at the new site – Polk Hall on Main Post.
"The Soldier readiness process is the process of getting Soldiers and civilians deployable for any sort of contingency operations," said James Hicks, chief, Personnel Processing Center, Directorate of Human Resources.
The new location is capable of processing 200 Soldiers per day to validate for deployment, Hicks said. About 150 redeploying Soldiers can be processed per day as well.
The new SRP site includes an increased number of medical and dental exam rooms; virtual behavioral health, located within the facilities; improved medical and dental waiting areas; increased parking space; and close proximity to other Main Post administrative services.
The SRP is a validation facility and not a fix-it site, Hicks emphasized. Soldiers have a requirement to perform internal checks prior to being certified by the SRP.
Previous to the new location, the SRP moved from place to place on post. After recognizing the need for a permanent location, however, Polk Hall was chosen for renovation as the SRP.
Polk Hall was originally a riding hall for the cavalry during the early 20th century, Hicks said. The building also is named after deceased Four-Star Gen. James H. Polk.
Soldiers attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony seemed pleased with the new site.
"It's great because it's a lot bigger and more coordinated than other sites," said 2nd Lt. Kirby Crites, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. "It's easier flow through, walk through and bigger spaces for Soldiers to sit down."
The site looks nice and pretty organized as well, said 1st Lt. Mark Keel, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.