FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Ambassadors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico met with Army Reserve leadership for a look at the Army Reserve’s way ahead as an integral part of the Federal Force.
This year’s annual Army Reserve Ambassador’s Conference also focused on ways to assist Army Reserve Ambassadors in their mission to tell the Army Reserve story.
"The reason you’re here is because the Army Reserve needs to invest more in our Army Reserve Ambassadors program,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, addressing the Army Reserve Ambassadors during a Dec. 3 conference. “I don’t think there is any limitation about what the Army Reserve Ambassadors can do. I think the limitations are on the resourcing and on the flexibility.”
Ambassador Ron Sholar, a former deputy commander of USARC, said information gathered at the conference will help the public and the leaders in his native Oklahoma understand the value and the benefits of the Army Reserve as a Federal Force.
“General Talley's guidance will help us understand and integrate his priorities into our roles in our home states,” he said.
Similar to the Army’s Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army program, the ARA program provides an avenue for our own centers of influence to engage stakeholders at local, state and federal government levels.
Army Reserve Ambassadors represent the Army Reserve in every state and territory as key influencers in the private sector. Comprised of 114 active and emeritus Ambassadors from across the country, Army Reserve Ambassadors advocate on behalf of Soldiers, share the accomplishments of the Army’s Federal Reserve and communicate the AR’s positive “return on investment.”
As leaders in their communities, Army Reserve Ambassadors garner support from elected officials, and bring in community support to Army Reserve events and needs. They are a conduit to opening doors in business, industry and institutions of higher learning as they work to educate the public, government and business - as well as Military and Veterans Service Organizations - on the Army Reserve and its needs.
Talley said these capabilities, skills, and talents are what make ARAs so unique and valuable. Ambassadors provide continuity over the long term; while local Army Reserve team leaders may come and go - Ambassadors remain vested in the community.
The Army Reserve Ambassador Program is just one of the ways the Army Reserve is partnering with active-duty counterparts to enhance our services’ communication and outreach efforts. According to Talley, Army Reserve Ambassadors are an extraordinary resource - not only for the Army Reserve, but as a force multiplier for the Total Army.
“What makes a good Army Reserve Ambassador is that you love Soldiers and you love their families,” said Talley.