Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA)

 

Established in April 1998, The Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA) Program is one of the Army Reserve's key outreach programs.  ARAs are influential volunteers with significant ties to their communities who operate at state and local levels and voluntarily represent the Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR) without salary, wages or other benefits.  They develop awareness and advocacy for the Army Reserve and are vitally important bridges to communities across the Nation. 

Army Reserve Ambassadors are a powerful means of message delivery to the American people and they provide invaluable connections for our own centers of influence to engage local stakeholders.  ARAs have the advantage of strategic timing, long-term relationships, and continued dialogue with persons of influence to achieve the desired outcomes we need to stay relevant in today’s challenging operating environment. 

Ambassador News
Ambassadors Link Army Reserve Leaders to Soldiers, Families and Communities
Mary Miller, ambassador for the state of Washington, listens during the annual Army Reserve Ambassador Workshop, at Fort Snelling, Minn., Aug. 10. (U.S. Army photo by Catherine Carroll)
Aug. 15, 2018 - The 88th Readiness Division’s Army Reserve Ambassadors Workshop provides an especially valuable venue to bridge the future needs of the Army Reserve and the current needs and concerns of Soldiers, families and communities during this almost historic time of change and progress within the Total Army Team.

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Fort McCoy Community Salute
Medal of Honor recipient retired Sgt. Maj. Kenneth E. Stumpf, alongside 88th Readiness Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Patrick Reinert and Army Reserve Ambassador for Wisconsin Gerald W. Meyer, hands out certificates to recent enlistees during the Our Community Salutes event on Armed Forces Day, May 19, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Community Salutes honor graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the Armed Forces.
May 21, 2018 - The Fort McCoy community gathered together for an Our Community Salutes event at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on Armed Forces Day, May 19, to salute graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the military. A special guest of honor, Medal of Honor recipient retired Sergeant Major Kenneth E. Stumpf, spoke to the enlistees and shared personal stories from his time in service

Army Reserve Ambassador celebrate 50 years of service
Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Norbert J. Rappl, a retired major general who has more than 50 years of service to the nation, addresses Soldiers prior to being awarded the Commanders Public Service Commendation Medal during a Recruiting Reserve Partnership Council meeting March 17 in Syracuse, New York. Rappl is stepping away from his ambassador role, having been part of the Army Reserve Ambassador Program since it was established in 1998 to promote awareness of the Army Reserve.
April 4, 2018 - Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Norbert J. Rappl has been serving the U.S. Army for longer than

Army Reserve Ambassador receives public service award
U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Ronald E. Weil Sr. of Connecticut receives the Public Service Commendation Medal and Patriotic Civilian Service Lapel Pin from Maj. Gen. Troy Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, at the Army Reserve Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Also attending the ceremony was Command Sgt. Maj. Al Almeida, 99th DIV(R) command sergeant major, as well as ARA Weil's fellow Army Reserve Ambassadors George H. Duell Jr. of Pennsylvania, Robert Hill and Lewis P. Vasquez of Connecticut, and John des Groseilliers of Vermont.
Dec. 21, 2017 - U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Ronald E. Weil Sr. of Hamden, Connecticut, recently received the Public Service Commendation Medal.

Army Reserve Ambassador receives public service award
U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Carl R. Venditto of Connecticut receives the Public Service Commendation Medal and Patriotic Civilian Service Lapel Pin from Maj. Gen. Troy Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, during a ceremony in Southington, Connecticut. Also attending the ceremony was ARA (Emeritus) Ronald E. Weil Sr. of Connecticut, as well as ARA’s George H. Duell Jr. of Pennsylvania, Robert Hill and Lewis P. Vasquez of Connecticut, and John des Groseilliers of Vermont.
Dec. 21, 2017 - U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) Carl R. Venditto of Southington, Connecticut, recently received the Public Service Commendation Medal.

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