85th Celebrates 105th Army Reserve birthday

May 24, 2013
Story by Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo, 85th Support Command Public Affairs
Arlington Heights, Ill. -- The Citizen-Soldiers of the American Revolution were the precursors of Army Reserve Soldiers who proudly serve our country today.  Since April 23, 1908, the federal Citizen-Soldiers of the Army Reserve have answered the call to duty in all of the nation’s major conflicts.  Army Reserve Soldiers have also contributed to our national security through humanitarian and nation-building actions both overseas and at home.  Today’s Army Reserve is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century as it has in the past.
            On Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013 the Soldiers of the 85th Support Command and distinguished visitors: Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., Commanding General, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas; Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Commanding General, 85th Support Command; Jack H. Kotter, Army Reserve Ambassador to Illinois; and Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, Village President of Arlington Heights, celebrated the Army Reserve’s 105th anniversary at the command’s headquarters about 25 miles northwest of Chicago.
            Coincidentally, the 85th Infantry Division –today known as the 85th Support Command-- was organized only nine years after the birth of the Army Reserve. The 85th then entered World War I three years after the start of the war, as a very young division.     
            The ceremony at the Arlington Heights Reserve Center was held in their Warrior Training Center. This was a fitting portion to the day, as the Soldiers of the 85th had been conducting Army Warrior Task certification before the start of the celebration. 
            Additionally, Soldiers from the 85th Army Band brass quintet aided with music for the event.  Performance pieces included: “Ruffles and Flourishes” at the opening of the ceremony, to pay honor to Phipps.  Later in the celebration they performed “Happy Birthday” and concluded with the “The Army Song”.
            Mulder has a long history with the 85th Support Command, and was more than honored to spend the 105th Army Reserve anniversary with them. Mulder stated in her remarks that the Village of Arlington Heights itself recently celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, and although the Village was older than the Army Reserve, the Army Reserve looked good for being 105.
            “We’re very, very proud of this base”, said Mulder. “There was a time when it gave away part of the land so that we could have an 18-hole golf course.  We were very pleased when this happened, and I was very pleased to be part of the planning committee for it.”
            There is a lot of history to this land that we’re standing on, but most importantly is what happens on this land, said Mulder. The training, the preparation, and the commitment you make when you put your personal life on hold so that you can serve your country.  This is being a Warrior Citizen. 
            This celebration was Mulder’s last event with the 85th Support Command, as she is retiring this year from her elected position as mayor.  Mulder in the past 20 years has been with the 85th through all its transitions, and has always welcomed the Soldiers with open arms into her community as well.
            Ambassador Jack H. Kotter paraphrased a slogan that was used as an ad several years ago, “you’ve come a long way baby”.
“I would like to say it as ‘we have come a long way’ “, Kotter said.
                    From the very beginning, 105 years ago, when the Reservists were just physicians and medical personnel they were first organized in the Army Reserve, so that they could be utilized in that capacity, said Kotter.  Well things have changed, during the Cold War years, and the significance of the Army Reserve grew greatly. We were cap stoned to other organizations so that we all could go to the Northern Plains of Germany to defeat the enemy up there.   

        The Reserves went on from there and we have been even greater in the significance of our national defense, and with what the President wants us to do, added Kotter. When we went to Iraq, the "Big" Army realized that they couldn't go to war without us. For the last 10 years we have no longer been just a reserve, but an operational force.  The President thinks that this is very significant in that we have come that far.
            Phipps agreed with Kotter in his remarks that the Army Reserve definitely has come a long way, and that we are no longer considered a bi-component; we’re all Soldiers. Phipps stated that in his more than 30 years of service, every formation that he has stood in has always been integrated with active component and Army Reserve Soldiers.
Maj. Gen. Phipps addresses the soldiers of the 85th SPT CMD after the celebration, as Brig. Gen. Dunn looks on.

Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., Commanding General, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas, addressed the Soldiers of the 85th Support Command Sunday Apr. 7, 2013, after the 105th Army Reserve birthday celebration.  His remarks to the Soldiers during this town hall meeting were appreciateive of their sacrifices to be "two-times the citizen", as many of the Soldiers are members of the Troop Unit Program.  Phipps understands the work and training these Soldiers take part in takes them away from their families as well as their civilian jobs.  He commended every Soldier on a job well done and that his command, which is primarily active component Soldiers, wouldn't be able to funstion as well as they do if not for the reserve component Soldiers. Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn (seated in the front), works in a dual assignment position as the Commanding General of the 85th SPT CMD and as Phipps' counterpart as the Deputy Commanding General for Support, at Fort Hood, Texas.  Dunn invited Phipps to take part in the celebration.

U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo, 85th SPT CMD Public Affairs

 
            “The Army recognized 105 years ago that we cannot raise an Army without an Army Reserve,” said Phipps. “Whether it’s filling in, in those key mobilization points throughout the United States, or serving in those key –combat service support and combat support-- roles; I notice all of those patches on the right sleeves and it’s an image of our Army. We’re all soldiers, we’re all proud to serve, let’s recognize the nobility of it, and let’s live to the honor that it also holds. Congratulations to you all, and the Army would not be without the Army Reserve.”
            “For the 85th this celebration does really highlight who they are, having the Mayor of Arlington Heights, one of the Army Reserve Ambassadors of Illinois, and the Commanding General of Division-West to all come and visit,” said Dunn. “The 85th Soldiers touch so many lives in the community as citizen-soldiers; it only makes sense to have the community pay their respects to them.”
            “Since 1908, men and women have embraced our nation’s call to duty in peace and in war. Supported by their families and communities, the Army Reserve Soldiers have been the strength of our Army and great nation at home and abroad,” said Dunn. “The Army Reserve track record is a life saving, life sustaining force for the Army and for the nation. It is extensive and it is distinguished.
            Dunn closed the celebration by saying “the strength of our nation is our Army, the strength of our Army is our Soldiers, the strength of our Soldiers is our families, and the strength of the Army Reserve is our community. We have come a long way in knowing that it’s not just the Soldier that participates in this program, but it’s the spouse, the family, and the community. Indeed in 105 years of evolution we have come a long, long way.”
VIPs prepare to cut the cake

​From the left: Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., Commanding General, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas; Mayor Arlene Mulder, President of the Village of Arlington Heights; Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Greene, Command Sgt. Maj., 85th Support Command; Pfc. Yvette Leon, human resource specialist, 85th SPT CMD; Jack H. Kotter, Army Reserve Ambassador to Illinois; and Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Commading General, 85th SPT CMD pause for a photo before cutting into the Army Reserve birthday cake.

U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo, 85th SPT CMD Public Affairs


Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Greene, Command Sgt. Maj., 85th Support Command; Pfc. Yvette Leon, human resource specialist, 85th SPT CMD​, sent a sharp whack to cut their portion of the cake at the cake cutting ceremony as the "youngest & oldest" Soldiers. Before they both grasped the sabre, Greene had asked Leon "Are you ready", as if to signify there was going to be a surprise.

U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo, 85th Support Command Public Affairs


​From the left: Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps, Jr., Commanding General, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas; 1st Sgt. Melody Tuper, 1st Sgt. HHC 85th Support Command; Staff Sgt. David Kukla, Warrior Traning Center instructor, 85th SPT CMD; Staff Sgt. Lakisha Brantley, Human Resources Sergeant, 85th SPT CMD; Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Crawford, Fort Hood Liason to the 85th SPT CMD; Mayor Arlene Muldor, President-Village of Arlington Heights; 1st Lt. Lelah Dabner, Internal Auditor, 85th SPT CMD; Sgt. 1st Class Christina Hinojosa, Senior Supply Sergeant, 85th SPT CMD; Sgt. Nicholas Bell, I.T. Specialist, 85th SPT CMD; Staff Sgt.  Melanie Fernandez, I.T. Specialist, 85th SPT CMD; Jack H. Kotter, Army Reserve Ambassador to Illinois; Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Commanding General, 85th SPT CMD, pose for a group photo at the end of the 105th Army Reserve birthday celebration.\

U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Carrie A. Castillo

   
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