Photo cutline - Maj. Adam Reichart (l) of the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Missouri National Guard, updates Lt. Col. John Findley, the commander of Task Force - Arriero, which commands the operations of Beyond the Horizon - Guatemala 2012. During the partnership exercise, U.S. service members from around the country are building new facilities for schools and medical clinics. Reichart is the executive officer and the operations officer for the task force and has been in Guatemala since May 24. (Photo by Cpl. Antony S. Lee/ 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)
By Cpl. Antony S. Lee
COBAN, Guatemala - For Task Force Arriero, running an exercise as large and diverse as Beyond the Horizon (BTH) Guatemala 2012 is no small or simple task
Almost two months into the exercise, Maj. Adam Reichart, the operations officer and executive officer for the task force, has done his part: there have been no major setbacks to the exercise.
U.S. Service members, including many Missouri Guardsmen who are fulfilling their annual training requirements, have worked on four construction sites to build additional facilities for schools and medical clinics, with a fifth construction site in the works.
Reichart, of the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of Kansas City, Mo., manages all facets of operations, including medical personnel, mechanics, safety and security.
"One way or another, I have a piece of it," Reichart said, adding that he has to make sure all service members are kept safe.
Reichart has been on orders for the exercise since October, and he arrived in Guatemala on March 24. In the six months leading up to the start of the exercise, Reichart wrote the operation plans for the mission and coordinated conferences to prepare all of the units that were going to be a part of the exercise.
Reichart also served in Joplin in the aftermath of the tornado from July to October. He was the officer in charge of soldiers providing support management and leadership to workers cleaning up after the tornado.
When he was informed about an opening to work for Task Force Arriero, the team that commands BTH Guatemala 2012, he decided to volunteer to become a force protection officer.
Two months later, however, the commander of the exercise, Lt. Col. John Findley, asked him if he was interested in becoming the executive officer and the operations officer, and he accepted both positions.
"Sometimes I'm perceived as the bad guy, but my job is to ensure standards are met and that discipline is enforced," said Reichart.
Reichart is scheduled to be in Guatemala until operations conclude in mid-July, and he will then conduct after-action reviews to present to U.S. Army South, who oversees all operations.
"I think it's a beautiful country," he said. "People are very friendly. I've made several good friends with the Guatemalan staff and drivers and it's been a very rewarding so far. And I hope to get out and see more of the country and meet more people throughout the rest of the exercise."
Reichart has been in the military for almost 20 years. He started off as a reservist then completed Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. He commissioned in December 1995 and joined the Missouri National Guard one month later.
Reichart lives in Smithville, Mo. with his wife, daughter and three stepsons. On the civilian side, he is a park ranger for Clay County, where he educates the public on wildlife and ecosystems as well as train new officers on state-required training.
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