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Special Army ReServe Highlight
The Office of Army Reserve History strives to bring the history of the Army Reserve to the forefront. Whether a riveting battle from the American Revolution, the birth of the Army’s first Citizen-Soldier, or recent exploits in the Middle East, the Army Reserve Soldier has been and continues to be a versatile and evolving force; full of strength, compassion, and Know-how.
The following article recounts the 312th Support Center’s experience during Operation Desert Storm.
Citizen-Soldier Expatriates In America's Tank Division
by Douglas E. Batson and Barry L. Robinson
More than 20 years ago, a Saturday morning dawned in Ansbach, Germany, a small rococo-styled city situated 25 miles southwest of Nuremberg. Farmers were up early harvesting beets and turnips as members of the 312th Support Center, a new 7th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) unit, drove by en route to the 1st Armor Division (1AD) Headquarters in Ansbach. Traffic was light compared to a Langer Samstag, the first Saturday of each month when shoppers from outlying areas flock to enjoy the extended hours of retail shops. For these citizen-soldier expatriates, 10 November 1990 would be a very “long Saturday” as they prepared to go to war!
Douglas E. Batson served on active duty with the 1st Bn 37th Armor scout platoon, 1st Armored Division (1AD), in Ansbach, Germany, from 1980-1982. He began his Defense civilian career as the Education Counselor for the 1AD Division Support Command in 1985. He joined the 7th ARCOM in 1988 and served in the USAR until his retirement as a Sergeant First Class in 2004. Following stints at the U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Justice, he is currently a human geographer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Springfield, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from Excelsior College and Master of Education degree from Boston University, and is the author of Registering the Human Terrain: a Valuation of Cadastre, National Intelligence University Press, 2008 http://ni-u.edu/ni_press/press_global_perspective.html#!
Barry L. Robinson served on active duty from 1976-1987 as an Infantry Officer; his last assignment was a Staff Officer with the 1AD. He began his Defense civilian career in Germany as Installation Coordinator for the Herzogenaurach Artillery Base in 1988. That same year he joined the 7th ARCOM and served in the USAR until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2003. Following assignments with MWR at Fort Hood, Texas, and USAG Yongsan, Korea, he is currently a Business Process Analyst at the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at the Pentagon. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Tarleton State University.
Both authors were original members of the 312th Support Center.
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