Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Lombardo, command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve, sign a proclamation to bring added attention to the complexity of suicide and emphasize the many resources and support available. For help, go to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255.
Each year from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the U.S. Army Reserve reflects upon and celebrates the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in building our great nation. Embracing and celebrating diversity makes our Army stronger, and we are dedicated to ensuring equality for all our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members.
Congratulations to our Best Warriors! Staff Sgt. Benjamin Latham representing the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) is this year's winning NCO. Spc. Stanley Thompson with the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), is this year's winning Soldier.
Meet the new Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, Andrew Lombardo. In this podcast, find out who your CSM is and what drives him. Also learn his vision for Army Reserve leaders and what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure. We also tackle how the Army Reserve is operating during COVID-19 and other important issues, such as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP).
Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces from the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command deployed to multiple locations in Texas at the request of civil authorities. The U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command are prepared to assist civil authorities and medical providers in combating the COVID-19 pandemic wherever they are needed.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Take time to reach out to those affected and raise awareness of treatment services. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255; Text TALK to 741741.
While America’s military men and women are the most resilient fighting force on Earth, we are not immune to physical, mental, and spiritual challenges. Through leadership, education and respect for one another, we can reduce or eliminate the stigma associated with seeking help for suicidal thoughts or feelings. To get help or for more info, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255.
"You are relied upon to demonstrate what right looks like every day, in communities across the nation. ... This month, as we conduct a (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention) stand down across the entire Army Reserve, know that we are working together to drive a culture change that ensures every member of this team feels heard. ..."
"We are a values based organization. So, when in doubt, look to our seven Army Values to be the guideposts, to be the road signs, to make sure we're on track. Racism is contrary to our Army Values. It's actually an insider threat, but it dwells within hearts, and it dwells within our ranks, and we must do everything we can to root it out and crush it."
Want to know more about the Army Reserve? America's Army Reserve: The most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the Nation.
If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign covers 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.
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Space Soldier mobilizes to fight pandemic
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Oscar Alcala, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, hikes above Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2020. Alcala mobilized with Task Force 76 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 17, 2020 - When one U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Reserve Soldier’s civilian career came to a halt when his Colorado-based furniture store announced it was closing indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he volunteered to help fight it.

Louisiana nurse practitioner realizes dream to serve in U.S. Army
Capt. Emily Stansbury, is an Army Reserve nurse practitioner, serving with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force – 7452, assigned to support DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas since late July.  A resident of Rayville, La., Stansbury is currently mobilized as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19. The task force is supporting U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 17, 2020 - An alumna of the University of Mississippi Medical Center nurse practitioner program in Jackson, Stansbury is one of more than 1,000 Army Reserve medical professionals that have answered the nation’s call for assistance with COVID-19 since March. The Soldiers are part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s whole-of-America response to the pandemic.

Army Reserve Chicago-based command acquires new mission
Lt. Col. Brian Wojtasiak, Commander of “Viper 9” and the CONUS Replacement Center, receives the Colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas, September 11, 2020. The 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command’s 1st Battalion, 338 Regiment, assumed the CRC mission, supporting as 5th Armored Brigade’s “Viper 9”, the ninth rotation serving in this mission. The 94th Training Division’s 8th Battalion, 108th Regiment bid farewell during the ceremony as “Viper 8” to close out their rotation. The CRC mission is to take care of Soldiers, DA Civilians and contractors that go through the mobilization process, individually, ahead of overseas deployments and assignments. This was the first unit assigned to the 85th USARSC to mobilize for this effort after receiving the mission from Army Reserve Command.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Anthony L. Taylor)
Sept. 16, 2020 - News stories reporting on military units preparing for overseas deployments or returning back home have been a fairly common story throughout the last two decades.

Army Reserve nurse from Peoria, Ariz., reflects on experiences as part of federal COVID-19 response
1st Lt. Brittany Fouts with her husband Brett and their dogs, Rocky and Juneau in Arizona. Fouts, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from Peoria, Ariz. mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7452 to support DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 16, 2020 - “I joined the military to serve my nation and during this pandemic I have been able to use my training and experience to support and care for the people of my country,” said Army Reserve 1st Lt. Brittany Fouts. “This is one of the most prestigious opportunities I have had in both my military and civilian career.”

Personnel Services Brigade Bids Farewell to Commander: History Made During Tenure
Col. Janene Marshall-Gatling (left), outgoing 4th Brigade (Personnel Services) commander, is all smiles upon receiving a farewell gift from the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade (PS) during the unit’s change of command ceremony. The ceremony was held on Victory Field at Fort Jackson, S.C., July 11, 2020. Marshall-Gatling served as the 4th Brigade (PS) commander for two years prior to her relinquishment of command to Col. Aaron Wilkes. (U.S. Army Reserve photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Matthew Rutledge, 4th Brigade (PS), 94th TD-FS)
Sept. 16, 2020 - Leaders who embark upon the unique yet challenging position of commanding Soldiers undergo one of their military career's most demanding and rewarding endeavors. Leading future generations of our nation's servicemen and women is a commendable milestone.

Army Reserve Soldiers support supply requirements in Texas as part of federal COVID-19 response
Maj. Ward Wagenseller, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from Poway, Calif., measures a racking system in a warehouse of DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas Sept. 3, 2020. A member of Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7452, Wegenseller has been streamlining a warehouse system to support the hospital’s supply requirements that have increased due to the pandemic. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Beginning in March, more than 1,000 skilled Army Reserve medical Soldiers have deployed as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the specialized personnel currently serving on UATMF-7452, assigned to assist DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas, is Maj. Ward Wagenseller.

Training does not stop at the 1st Mission Support Command
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&RT), added a discipline to their specialized skills, by participating in a water rescue training, Sept. 7-11, at several locations around the island. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Katherine Ramos)
Sept. 14, 2020 - Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&RT), added a discipline to their specialized skills, by participating in a water rescue training, Sept. 7-11, at several locations around the island.

'Just completely different' 59-year-old BCT graduate reflects on the experience
Staff Sgt. Monte Gould, a 59-year-old graduate of Basic Combat Training speaks with Brig. Gen. Milford H. ‘Beags’ Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson’s commander during a pause during rifle marksmanship training. Gould, who had also gone through Marine Corps boot camp, recently spoke about what training was like for him. (Courtesy Photo) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Sept. 14, 2020 - Fifty-nine-year-old Marine and Army Reserve veteran, Staff Sgt. Monte Gould graduated from Basic Combat Training with the 1st Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment Aug. 27, making him the oldest individual to complete this version of the BCT (but not the oldest to complete BCT ever. In 1999, a 68-year-old entered Basic Training). Not only did Gould complete BCT, but he finished in the top 10 percent of his training cycle. Gould’s unit cadre said his “candor, leadership expertise and technical proficiency are unmatched.”

Reinventing the Monuments Men and Women for the 21st-Century Force
Infographic from the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) for the
Sept. 12, 2020 - The U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is partnering with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (CRI) for a virtual panel marking the initial “Monuments Men and Women” training event Sept. 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET.

Tobyhanna provides unique training opportunity for Soldiers
Tobyhanna Army Depot team members pose with Soldiers from the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade after the conclusion of their
Sept. 11, 2020 - A chance encounter resulted in an exciting training partnership between Tobyhanna Army Depot and a military unit the organization supports. Chief Warrant Officer Lance Henderson attended the depot’s Phase II Warrant Officer Advance course in 2016. As a member of the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, he knew the Satellite Transportable Terminal (STT) his team used every day was repaired on the same base. As luck would have it, representatives from the STT shop visited Henderson’s training, allowing user and his support staff the opportunity to meet face-to-face.

Stand for Life connects suicide prevention skills in a virtual world
Army Reserve suicide prevention program managers begin their first virtual Stand for Life suicide prevention training event with 79 suicide prevention liaisons across Army Reserve units throughout the continental U.S. The training which was supposed to be a live event was forced to cancel, due to COVID-19, one week before their training date. Months later, the team came together to develop a virtual forum and train the SPLs in a thorough program that examines a broad range of areas when handling suicide-related concerns. The training is designed to grow a network of people who maintain established relationships there and support each other after the training is completed. The event was a collaboration effort from several Army Reserve subordinate commands.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
Sept. 11, 2020 - “If there is any time where we need suicide prevention training, it is now,” said Army Reserve Capt. Devin Richter, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command’s 3rd battalion, 383rd Regiment, based in St. Louis, Missouri. “It’s during COVID that people are not able to interact with their friends and loved ones like they used to. We are not a people of isolation. We are a people of interaction. We thrive off of others. We get energy from others. Others lift us up.”

Rising to the next challenge, Sapper-qualified NCO wins Best Warrior for Army Reserve
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Latham, a U.S. Army Reserve combat engineer representing the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), moves to a firing position on a machine gun qualification range during the 2020 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Sept. 7. More than 40 Soldiers from across the nation traveled to compete in this year’s Best Warrior, hosted from Sept. 4-10, 2020. The 2020 BWC is an annual competition that brings in the best Soldiers across the U.S. Army Reserve to earn the title of “Best Warrior” among their peers. Competitors are evaluated on their individual ability to adapt and overcome challenging scenarios and battle-focused events, which test their technical and tactical abilities under stress and extreme fatigue. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Joseph Cathey)
Sept. 10, 2020 - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Latham rose from his chair on a cool, overcast September afternoon, and stood among his peers and superiors as they showered him in applause. As his teammates from the notorious “Team 7” chanted their trademark “Luck-y! Luck-y! Luck-y!” Latham approached the stage at the outdoor ceremony for the third time in rapid succession.

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