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News | Nov. 1, 2019

November Enlisted Corps Spotlight

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs U.S. Strategic Command

Tech. Sgt. Kyle Eisenbarth, non-commissioned officer in charge of mobility operations, hails from Grove City, Ohio, and has 13 years, 4 months of military service.

Q: How does your job support USSTRATCOM and our missions?

A: My job as a logistics planner at USSTRATCOM in the J4 Logistics Directorate primarily involves quality checking personnel and cargo tasked movements for our subordinate units. It also entails advising units on movements to help de-conflict any issues that may arise.  Additionally, I support our policy revision program directly relating to personnel and cargo movements in support of USSTRATCOM and its supporting components.  Lastly, I manage senior and distinguished visitors’ travel movements within the U.S.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at USSTRATCOM?

A: The most rewarding part about working at USSTRATCOM is the ability to grow in joint military knowledge and have an impact at the strategic level of planning and execution. Working with other military branch counterparts and civilians has broadened my scope of consideration and has opened my purview of knowledge. Seeing my efforts span across multiple domains in planning and execution reinforces the esteem and impact of my job.

Q: What has been a challenge for you regarding your work at USSTRATCOM and how have you overcome that challenge?

A: One challenge I’ve had to overcome has been to learn the organizational mannerisms and the way “things are done” within USSTRATCOM, but more importantly, doing it at the strategic level. I’ve learned that this learning led me to work with planners and it allowed me to be part of the integrated planning process. After first arriving at USSTRATCOM it took time to grasp some of the data and understanding of what the holistic view of certain subject matters were. Over time through involvement and after reviewing associated strategic doctrine, I was able to contribute in a more effective manner to discussions and planning.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

A: My most memorable military experience was my first deployment as an airman to Balad, Iraq, in 2009. I volunteered at the hospital helping to offload wounded military members and civilians from transports that were flown or driven in from the surrounding forward operating bases and local villages. I felt my work there had a positive impact on saving lives and it gave me a frame of mind in seeing what others were going through first-hand.

Q: What is the one piece of information or advice about working at USSTRATCOM that you'd pass on to new members of the USSTRATCOM team?

A: One piece of information that I would pass on to USSTRATCOM newcomers is to remain flexible in your way of thinking and allow time to fully grasp the knowledge that comes with your job. There is a lot to learn and consider, between day-to-day work and strategic level doctrine; it would behoove anyone new to the regional level of command to take time to learn from the years of experience that surrounds them and read all doctrine that is available. Learning the need-to-know information will not happen overnight.