America's Army Reserve:  Capable, Combat-Ready, & Lethal
U.S. Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major Ted Copeland informs soldiers of the approaching deadline to apply for the Blended Retirement System (BRS). Anyone not opted in by the deadline will by automatically locked into the legacy retirement system. December 31st, 2018 is the deadline. For more information go to: myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/benefit-calculators/brs-comparison-calculator
Make sure you don't miss your opportunity to exercise your right to vote this coming Election Day by checking voter registration deadlines and getting absentee ballot assistance at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and marks the kickoff of the year-long Army Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign. The Army campaign is designed to increase readiness through improving awareness of cyber threats and incidents as well as their impact to Army missions.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey calls on U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to "know what right looks like," hold themselves and each other accountable, and focus on the fundamentals of Fieldcraft.
LTG Charles D Luckey addresses concerns about the requirements for Ready Force X.
Suicides among our ranks affect not only Families but also unit readiness and morale - directly hampering the capability, combat-readiness, and lethality of America's Army Reserve.
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Fort Buchanan strives for energy resilience after Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria in September 2017 damaged several solar sites at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Flooded inverters were a common sight in the storm's aftermath. Photograph courtesy of Dmitrii Cordero/Fort Buchanan Directorate of Public Works.
Oct. 18, 2018 - Life on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico changed forever on September 20, 2017. With a barrage of devastating wind and water, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s natural resources and crippled the island’s energy and water systems. One year later, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the unprecedented tragedy, but much of the United States territory and its 3 million residents are finally on the road to recovery.

A legacy to emulate
Photo of Cpl. William Roper, grandfather of Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve. Cpl. Roper fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918 while assigned to Company F, 366th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division. His service and sacrifice has guided his grandson since youth and continues to inspire him today.
Oct. 18, 2018 - The legacy of those who served in the “war to end all wars” still resonates today for Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve. Their service and sacrifice has guided him since his youth and continues to inspire him today.

Citizen Soldier balances police officer and chaplain careers
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - When Chaplain (Maj.) Philip McBroom isn’t busy serving the Fairbanks, Alaska Police Department as an officer of the law, he works in  the U.S. Army Reserve as an officer of God, serving as the commander, 127th Chaplains Detachment, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. McBroom is appreciative the dual role of policeman and ministry because they complement one another by serving people. “The opportunity to still be a law enforcement officer while still being involved in ministry is a privilege and I wouldn’t give it up for anything,” he said.
Oct. 18, 2018 - When Chaplain (Maj.) Philip McBroom isn’t busy serving the Fairbanks, Alaska Police Department as an officer of the law, he works in the U.S. Army Reserve as an officer of God, serving as the Officer in Charge,127th Chaplain Detachment, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

211th Regional Support Group is staying ready
A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier takes a vision test during a mass medical event on October 12, 2018, in Kingsville, Texas. Mass medical events provide Soldiers with medical care to ensure they are fit to deploy. Readiness is critical to ensure Army Reserve units are prepared to deploy bringing capable, combat-ready, and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world.
Oct. 17, 2018 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 211th Regional Support Group and 812th Quartermaster Company spent the weekend conducting activities that ensure they are prepared to deploy in support future operations. Soldier and unit readiness are critical to keep today’s Army Reserve capable, combat ready and lethal.

USACAPOC supports Cyber Blitz 2018
Cyber Blitz is informing the Army on how to employ evolving Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, or CEMA, across all aspects of the Army: doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities and policy, or DOTMLPF-P. This year’s activities examined how the integration of Cyberspace, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Space, and Information Operations could help a Brigade Combat Team gain and maintain the advantage against a regional peer in multi-domain operations.
Oct. 17, 2018 - Soldiers and Army Civilians from U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE) participated in Cyber Blitz 2018 (CB18) to exercise new concepts, capabilities and techniques for everything from offensive cyberspace operations (OCO) and defensive cyberspace operations (DCO), to electronic warfare (EW) and information operations (IO).

Chicago Army Reserve command partners with community resources to prevent suicides
Army Reserve’s suicide prevention program managers conduct break out session training with local community partners during the command’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop, Sep. 27-28, 2018. The workshop certifies Soldiers and staff members in skills that help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The command’s suicide prevention program manager, Carmella Navarro, along with other SPPMs across the country, coordinated the workshop for local community partners that can support people who struggle with suicidal ideations, to include Army Reserve Soldiers living within those communities. Community partners consisted of counselors, first responders, therapists and local citizens. According to Navarro, the resources that are available to an active component Soldier, on their installation, are not necessarily the same for a reserve component Soldier because of the broad and sometimes remote locations that Army Reserve Soldiers are located across the country. 

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
Oct. 16, 2018 - “Due to the nature of the Army Reserve’s mission (and location), our Soldiers rely heavily on community resources,” said Tifini Steif, Victim Advocate, 85th Support Command Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention team. “With Soldiers spread throughout cities and states, it often ‘takes a village’ to help our Soldiers.”

Mission of Mercy: MP recognized for his efforts in World War II
Walter Pruiksma poses for a portrait after receiving The Military Police Regimental Association’s Order of the Marechaussee in Silver, during an award ceremony Oct. 13, 2018, Mannasquan, New Jersey. The Order of the Marechaussee is the top honor a Military Police Soldier can receive. Pruiksma received the award for the time he served as a Military Police Soldier, assigned to D Company, 783rd MP Battalion, during World War II. Just days after the invasion of Normandy, France, Pruiksma volunteered to escort an elderly French woman to the hospital, who was injured nearly a week earlier when a German threw a grenade into her home. In the middle of the night, Pruiksma, along with a fellow MP, and the family set out on a 12-mile journey through the war-torn land to Carentan — the town with the nearest hospital. Across from the hospital was a church with two piles of dead American and German Soldiers that stood nearly five feet high. The Frenchwoman was admitted to the hospital and received help. Pruiksma calls this his Mission of Mercy, because amid the death and war, it was love and human kindness that prevailed that night. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Audrey Hayes)
Oct. 15, 2018 - Just days after the invasion of Normandy, France, Walter Pruiksma volunteered to escort an elderly French woman to the hospital, who was injured nearly a week earlier when a German threw a grenade into her home. In the middle of the night, Pruiksma, along with a fellow military police, and the family set out on a 12-mile journey through the war-torn land to Carentan — the town with the nearest hospital. Across from the hospital was a church with two piles of dead American and German Soldiers that stood nearly five feet high. The French woman was admitted to the hospital and received help. Pruiksma calls this his Mission of Mercy, because amid the death and war, it was love and human kindness that prevailed that night.

Army Reserve preparing to fight in a new battlefield
Chief of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey adjusts his microphone during the beginning of a panel at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Convention, Washington, D.C., Oct. 9. The panel’s topic of discussion was how the U.S. Army Reserve can continue to successfully operate in a highly complex battle space.  The panel, hosted by Luckey, included Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, the commanding general of U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Army logistics. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Audrey Hayes)
Oct. 11, 2018 - “We’ve been fighting a certain type of way for the last 17 years and the next fight may look very different,” said Chief of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey during a panel, Oct. 9.

Through a dog's eyes: Disaster recovery in the face of Hurricane Maria
Brego takes a break from his duties as a certified therapy dog during Hurricane Maria. The five year old Belgian Malinois was assisting his dad, David Schultz, a Senior Volunteer Advisor with the Army Reserve, with volunteer recovery operations in the aftermath of the 2017 storm that devastated Puerto Rico and the surrounding territories. Brig. Gen. Dustin
Oct. 11, 2018 - As a recent Texas transplant, you’d think the biggest challenge I’d face in my move to Puerto Rico would be learning a new language. Instead, after three hurricanes in less than a month, I came away with a new appreciation for Family, community and hard work. The best part is I made friends—and a difference—helping to deliver water, fuel, and food all across the island.

President Hayes honored during wreath-laying ceremony
Members of the Fremont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947 and Fremont American Legion Post 121 fire a 21 gun salute in honor of former President Rutherford B. Hayes during the wreath laying ceremony honoring the 19th president of the United States, October 7 in Fremont, Ohio.
Oct. 11, 2018 - Rutherford B. Hayes served as the 19th president and, along with his wife Lucy, is buried on the family grounds in this northwest Ohio town. Each year, surrounding the anniversary of his birth, Hayes is honored with a wreath presented on behalf of the current president of the United States during a ceremony hosted by the Hayes Presidential Library and Museum.

USACAPOC(A) units can start inputting orders for Soldiers now
Soldiers from United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) conduct training during the Bridge Army Reserve Combat Support Training Exercise at Fort Knox, Ky. March 18, 2018.
Oct. 11, 2018 - For first time in more than a decade, the Defense Department entered the fiscal year with a budget, and United States Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) budget analysts are asking units to input orders for Soldiers as soon as possible.

WWI Centennial: Honoring a Legacy of Bravery and Sacrifice
Service members and civilians of the U.S. and France pay tribute to WWI era U.S. service members during the WWI Centennial Commemoration at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery located in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France, Sep. 23.  

The ceremony was held to remember and honor the 14,246 service members buried here who gave their lives during the Muese-Argonne Offensive 100 years ago.
Oct. 10, 2018 - U.S. and French service members and civilians joined together throughout northern France in late September to honor the bravery and sacrifices of the American Expeditionary Forces who liberated the area a century ago.

Army Reserve Element EUCOM Soldiers run for the fallen at the Army Ten Miler
U.S. Army Reserve Element European Command soldiers ran the Army Ten Miler as part of Team Military Friends. The runners honored fallen service members during the race October 7.
Oct. 10, 2018 - Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve Element European Command participated in the Army Ten Miler October 7 as part of Team Military Friends Foundation.

MEDIA ADVISORY: World War II veteran to receive military police medallion for ‘Mission of Mercy,’ service
The Military Police Regimental Association’s (MPRA) Order of the Marechaussee was officially established in 2000 to recognize exceptional dedication, competence, and contribution to the Military Police Corps Regiment over an extended period of time. The award was created with Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of recognition. The first Marechaussee awards were presented on September 29, 2000 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. As of 13 September 2018, there have been 10 Orders of the Marechaussee in Gold awarded to date along with 307 in Silver and 2,335 in Bronze.
Oct. 9, 2018 - A 95-year-old U.S. Army veteran of World War II will receive the Order of the Marechaussee medallion at the Manasquan Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, for his service to the Army as a military police Soldier and the “Mission of Mercy” he performed just a few days after D-Day.

French military hosts 7th MSC for WWI commemorations
Brig. Gen. Frederick R. Maiocco Jr., commander of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 7th Mission Support Command, joined his Soldiers, reenactors and dignitaries from France and the U.S. in honoring the U.S. Army’s 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division’s historical crossing of the bridge at the village of Nonsard, France, during the WWI Centennial Celebration, Sept. 22, 2018.
Oct. 9, 2018 - Army Reserve Soldiers from the 7th Mission Support Command got a taste of what a different generation of Soldiers faced 100 years ago, helping mark the centennial of the American Expeditionary Force’s campaigns in France during World War I.

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