DVIDS – News – First Pass Among Innovators: Mountain View Group Establishes Presence at First-Ever Change of Command Ceremony


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — As one of the 75th Innovation Command’s premier innovator groups, Mountain View Group soldiers are no strangers to being the first to invent, discover, or accomplish something groundbreaking. On August 4, they took a historic step by integrating Army tradition with cutting-edge technology during its first-ever change of command at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mountain View, California.

As of April 2020, Lt. Col. Sung S. Hong is the first battalion commander of the Mountain View Battalion. His two-year term ended when he handed over command to Lt. Col. Kimberly D. York.
“Mountain view [Battalion] is not a traditional army unit,” said Hong, who immigrated to the United States from South Korea as a teenager. “Rather than conducting field exercises or deploying to the Overseas, our soldiers actively seek partnerships with leading innovators in the private sector to build networks of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.”

Mountain View Group’s mission focuses on innovation and technology reconnaissance activities that support Army modernization priorities and initiatives. Although the group includes less than 30 troops in five city teams from Denver to Silicon Valley, it led more than 350 tech scouting discovery events in fiscal year 2021.
“We have very talented soldiers with diverse skills, said Hong, who enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1996 and earned his commission as a second lieutenant in 2002. “My goal as a commander battalion was to keep those soldiers engaged so they were always hungry for more missions.”

Hong’s goal encountered several logistical and technological challenges, many of which stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic.
“[The pandemic] forced us to conduct combat assemblies on a virtual basis,” said Hong, who has held several leadership positions, from tactical carrier team leader to civil affairs operations officer. “I developed ways to hold soldiers accountable and to ensure that we met the mandatory requirements that every unit – including non-traditional units like Mountain View Group – should end. »
Hong and his team used creative measures that offered practical solutions to training requirements that were once considered an in-person activity.

“We conducted a virtual survey [Army Physical Fitness Test]”said Hong, who in his civilian career works as the assistant chief of patient care services at the Long Beach Veterans Health System. “The soldiers used their smartphones to broadcast live in completing the push-up and sit-up events, then they used a geotagging running app to record their two-mile run. This worked very well, as evaluators could watch live events and receive real-time data through the running app.”

Although Mountain View Group adapted and excelled in the virtual world, its soldiers were eager to meet and train with each other in person.

“Now that many COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted, our soldiers can come together under one roof to share best practices and hold special events, like this change of command ceremony,” Hong said.
Hong’s tenure officially ended when York was given the Mountain Group handlebar. He will be transferred to the 351st Civil Affairs Command, also based in Mountain View.

Minutes after York received the handlebars, she laid out her expectations in her opening remarks to the dozens of soldiers and distinguished guests gathered in the auditorium.

“…I look forward to being a part of all the incredibly impactful and meaningful initiatives and projects that directly improve the Army’s strategic readiness,” said York, a native of Los Angeles. “How do we get there? By recruiting and retaining talent, emphasizing professional development and preparation… and coordinating and implementing solutions. »

York’s experience in U.S. Space Command as a soldier and civilian aligns with Mountain Group’s mission and capabilities.
“I want to make sure that every project the battalion works on aligns with the [75th Innovation Command]The vision and mission of,” York said. “By encouraging soldiers to engage in meaningful projects, we can retain the best Army Reserve talent while achieving the Commanding General’s priorities.

Brig. Gen. Heather Reuter, deputy commanding general of the 75th Innovation Command, was one of many distinguished guests who attended the change of command ceremony.

“Mountain View Group has a unique relationship with the Army Futures Command and Defense Innovation Unit,” Reuters said. “Maintaining these relationships is critical to engaging with universities and private sector partners on a variety of projects ranging from biomedical research to satellite communications.”

As the live stream of the change of command ceremony drew to a close, Reuters reflected on the way forward for Mountain View Group and the 75th.

“It’s no coincidence that Mountain View Group meets and trains in Silicon Valley,” Reuters said. “The Group is in the process of expanding its presence and unlocking [Silicon] Valley’s potential to maintain the Army’s technical and logistical superiority.”

Date taken: 08.04.2022
Date posted: 22.08.2022 23:33
Story ID: 427813
Location: MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, USA

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