Army Reserve unit activates to support mission in Africa

May 05, 2014


Col. E. Dryden Pence III assumes command of the Africa Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center Army Reserve Element as Col. Stephen Zarbo ceremoniously passes him the colors.
Story by Maj. Gregg Moore
Military Intelligence Readiness Command

FORT MEADE, Md. - The newest Army Reserve unit is activated. The Africa Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center Army Reserve Element, or “AFRICOM JIOC ARE,” was stood up today under the command of Col. E. Dryden Pence III.
Col. Stephen Zarbo, the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's deputy commanding officer, represented Brig. Gen. Gabriel Troiano at the ceremony by uncasing the new colors for the first time with the new unit’s senior noncommissioned officer, 1st Sgt. Michael Wiltz. Zarbo then passed ceremoniously to Pence, the new unit’s first commanding officer.

Zarbo told the small audience consisted of mostly military intelligence professionals from the Army Reserves and the Navy, “The learning the military has undertaken over the last ten years presents itself an opportunity for JIOCs … A tactical commander is going to take what you analyze and what you say as a basis for planning an operation.”
“What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new organization,” said Pence as he took his turn at the podium.
Pence, who is a renowned economist in his civilian career and created an Economic Intelligence working group for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command told service members, “A nation’s currency is only as good as its military. So every time you pay a bill, recognize that you’re the ones making it worth something.”

The Military Intelligence Readiness Command will grow from approximately 6,000 soldiers to over 7,500 over the next two years by adding several battalions, detachments, and more.
To fill these positions, spread across 26 states and in England, the command needs highly qualified soldiers to fill the ranks.
If you are interested, contact your local Army Reserve Careers Division or call the MIRC headquarters at 703-806-5203.
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