By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta
7th CSC Public Affairs Office, 21st TSC
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Army Reserve’s 7th Civil Support Command hosted a ceremony at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center food court to recognize and celebrate the U. S. Army Reserve’s 105th birthday, April 23.
Soldiers from various 7th CSC units also conducted equipment demonstrations, established informational display tables and answered questions from patrons.
For more than a hundred years the USAR has been at times a strategic force, and after Operation Iraqi Freedom it has shifted to become an enduring operational force. The force was originally called the Medical Reserve Corps when it was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt.
According to www.usar.army.mil
the National Defense Act of June 3, 1916 established the Officers Reserve Corps, then on June 4, 1920, the NDA established the Organized Reserve.
USAR Soldiers have been deployed to and participated in every major U.S. war and engagement from the Mexican “Punitive” Expedition in 1916 to World War I from 1917-1918 to World War II from 1941-1945.
Staff Sgt. Brett Fry, 7th CSC network operations specialist, and a Dallas native, served four years in the regular Army and nine months as an Army Reserve Soldier. For the last seven years, he has served on active duty as part of Active Guard and Reserve program.
“The U.S. Army Reserve is a great opportunity for people to serve their country. In addition to that the U.S. Army Reserves are an integral part of the U.S. Army and cyber defense,” said Fry.
According to www.usar.army.mil
, “Mar. 25, 1948 the Organized Reserve was redesignated as the Organized Reserve Corps. The Korean War (1950-1953) saw more than 240,000 Army Reserve Soldiers called to active duty. More than 70 Army Reserve units served in Korea.”
“In the AGR program and the U.S. Army Reserves, in general, the duty positions are more diverse than in the regular Army,” said Fry.
On July 9, 1952 Congress officially established the USAR and the Organized Reserve was deactivated. The USAR also deployed significant amounts of Soldiers to the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, to Bosnia-Kosovo, to Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“A good analogy of how the U.S. Army Reserve works is the volunteer fire department,” said Brig. Gen. Paul M. Benenati, commanding general of the 7th CSC and a Mechanicsville, Va., native, in a speech before cutting the Army Reserve Birthday cake with the youngest and oldest Soldiers in the 7th CSC.
During his remarks Benenati said that during World War II, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers liberated Kaiserslautern, the local German town where 7th CSC is currently headquartered on Daenner Kaserne.
“Now, the Army Reserve is a valuable indispensible part of the Army,” added Benenati.
In today’s asymmetrical and ambiguous warfare environment where there are less visible frontlines, the 7th CSC mission is focused on foreign consequence management in the event of a humanitarian crisis in Europe or Africa.
“I think that the Army Reserves is very important. It’s kind of the best of both worlds,” said Spc. David Phinney, a human resource specialist with the 406th Human Resource Company, 7th CSC, and a native of Dowagiac, Mich. “It gives a person an opportunity to do what they love to do in and outside of the military. One hundred five years of an opportunity like that is a really great thing.”