Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault do not belong in the squads of our Army Reserve. For more information on the Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (SHARP) go to: www.usar.army.mil/SHARP
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.
Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Lombardo, Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve, sign the U.S. Army Reserve Suicide Prevention Campaign 2020 Proclamation at the U.S. Army Reserve Command Headquarters, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, September 12, 2020. The proclamation was signed to bring added attention to the complexity of suicide and emphasize the many resources and support available. If you or your military family members would like to talk to a counselor about suicide go to: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ge... 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.
A "friendly" drill sergeant roams the hallways of the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters building at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to remind Soldiers of social practices in the fight against COVID-19. As military personnel begin to return to the office in the coming weeks or months, it's important to continue proper hygiene with 20 seconds of hand-washing and protecting one another by wearing a face mask while interacting with fellow service members in close environments when 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
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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Army Reserve Soldier Reaches Unexplored Potential
Capt. Bob Schmelig of the 316th ESC works in the unit's Early Entry Command Post erected during a training assembly in September. Schmelig serves as a human resources officer in the unit and plans to take command of another unit and lead it during an overseas deployment early next year. 

“There are so many opportunities and so much to do, it can be overwhelming,” Schmelig said. “The key is looking for ways to get more involved and to not give up.”
Sept. 28, 2020 - No one knows the importance of having a backup plan better than U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Bob Schmelig. Schmelig joined the U.S. Army Reserve when he was 29 years old—almost eight years beyond the average age of new recruits. After entering the Army Reserve, he reached other milestones including having a family, buying a home, and working in a stable civilian career. Then everything changed when Schmelig was laid off by his civilian employer after 12 years. He said he previously considered serving in the Army Reserve for several reasons. His long list of pros included new experiences, extra pay, and medical benefits. Schmelig joined the Army Reserve as a part-time job. He never expected it to be his career and now considers it one of the best decisions he ever made.

Working together: Lessons from First Army large-scale mobilization operation forum
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer, First Army senior enlisted Soldier, take in lessons during the Large Scale Mobilization Operations forum on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.
Sept. 25, 2020 - In the event of a large-scale mobilization operation against a peer adversary, reserve component Soldiers of both the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard will be crucial to fighting and winning the conflict. The key to success in such an operation will be the smooth integration of all three components that comprise the Total Force – Active, Guard, and Reserve. Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, was among the attendees of the forum.

From Poland, with love: Army Reserve Soldiers return home with military rescue dogs
Sgt. Corina Kimball, an intelligence noncommissioned officer from Great Falls, Montana, with the 652nd Regional Support Group, sits with her dogs Cinnamon, left, and Pepper, right, September 14 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Helena, Montana. The pair became two of the first rescue dogs from Poland when they reunited with Kimball August 2 in Seattle, Washington. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, 652nd Regional Support Group)
Sept. 25, 2020 - Two American Soldiers returning from Poland were able to bring very special souvenirs from the country back to the U.S. with them. Something of the four-legged variety, going by the names of Mimi, Moose, Pepper and Cinnamon.

Winchester, Virginia resident retires from Army Reserve with 32 years of service
Winchester, Virginia native, Brig. Gen. Lisa L. Doumont pictured with her husband, Joe Doumont, Sept. 12, 2020 on Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Upon relinquishing command of the Army Reserve Medical Readiness and Training Command, Doumont retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 32 years of service. (Photo by Cpt. Govanni McCall, MRTC.)
Sept. 24, 2020 - Brig. Gen. Lisa Doumont retired after 32 years of military service in a ceremony held at the U.S. Army Medical Command Museum amphitheater on Joint Base San Antonio, Texas Sept. 12, 2020.

Army Reserve nurse practitioner reflects on COVID response mission
Maj. Kym Su Whitaker, an Army Reserve nurse practitioner from Colorado Springs, Colo. at DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas in late August. Whitaker mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7452 to Edinburg, Texas to support DHR Health 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. 24, 2020 - “Looking back on the mission and my experience at DHR Health I’m reminded how blessed I am to be able to serve as a nurse,” said Army Reserve Maj. Kym Su Whitaker. “We shouldn’t take our health and gift of family for granted.”

351 CACOM FxSP Team Recognized with Prestigious IRT Award For Building Partnership With Community Of Unalaska
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 351st Civil Affairs Command Functional Specialty Team (FxSP) pose for a photo with Unalaska, Alaska community stakeholders during the Innovative Readiness Training Civil-Military Partnership Subject Matter Expert Assessment, Unalaska, Alasks, Aug. 27, 2020. IRT is a joint training concept that the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented to increase unit deployment readiness, leveraging the military contributions of U.S. Armed Forces capabilities, combined with local resources to build strong civil-military partnerships for communities in the contiguous United States and its territories.
Sept. 23, 2020 - The IRT 2020 Civil-Military Partnership of the Year Award is a select honor presented to those who have performed the IRT mission, embodying the values of the program, including improved readiness and building strong civil-military partnerships. The award was presented this year in a virtual event during the Joint Workshop for Operational Mission Planners to the City of Unalaska and the Qawalangin Tribe of Alaska, and the 351st Civil Affairs Command Functional Specialty Team, as recognition of the foundational civil-military relationship built under the IRT program

USACAPOC(A) Ministry Team Leverages Virtual Focus to Maximize Opportunity For Annual UMT Training
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Monika L. Patterson and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Kilgore, religious affairs specialists with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command, provide network support, coordination and leadership during mandatory annual Unit Ministry Team (UMT) training for chaplains and religious affairs Soldiers for USACAPOC(A) and its subordinate commands during virtual annual training, Aug. 4 – 7, 2020. USACAPOC(A) ministry teams across the U.S. took part in the advanced UMT training, designed to prepare unit team members with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of working in today’s diffused ministry environment, and enable USACAPOC(A) UMTs to meet new USARC ministry standards ahead of schedule. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Sean D. Delpech)
Sept. 23, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the Army Reserve to think outside of the box to meet training requirements for what used to be resident, in-class training. For the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Unit Ministry Team (UMT), this challenge presented an opportunity to increase the quality of training above and beyond the expected capacity of the virtual platforms available.

2 basic combat trainees stop suicide attempt, receive 'battlefield promotions'
Privates 2nd Class Carlos Fontanez and Ari Till, of A Battery, 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, wear their new ranks after being promoted Sept. 18, 2020, outside battalion headquarters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The Training and Doctrine Command commander approved their promotion, which occurred in their third week of being in the Army. (Photo Credit: Fort Sill Tribune staff)
Sept. 22, 2020 - Two basic combat trainees who stopped the suicide attempt of another trainee were given “on-the-spot” promotions during a ceremony Sept. 18 at Fort Sill.

U.S. Army Reserve Unit Expands Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Training to New Location
Instructors assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 94th Training Division – Force Sustainment explain the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle characteristics, features, operations, and maintenance aspects to students attending the first Fort Hunter Liggett, California, JLTV Operator New Equipment Training Course Aug. 9-14, 2020. The 94th TD-FS leads the JLTV driver’s training courses for all Army components. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Sievert)
Sept. 22, 2020 - Moving to a new location can be difficult. For the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Operator New Equipment Training Course, the change of scenery allowed instructors to train Soldiers in a different environment to maintain combat-readiness.

Reserve Soldiers track the end of DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Fabio Gaviria of the 793rd Movement Control Team, 446th Movement Control Battalion, 510th Regional Support Group, 7th Mission Support Command, performs security checks on equipment shipped by rail from Bergen-Hohne to Coleman Barracks, Germany, Sept. 13, 2020.  MCT Soldiers under the 446th tracked more than 2,600 pieces of redeployed equipment to close out their support to DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Pelican)
Sept. 18, 2020 - When exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 was modified in size and scope with the onset of COVID-19 in March, the substantial and critical mission of moving military equipment to support the exercise remained.

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.

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U.S. ARMY RESERVE COVID-19 RESPONSE

U.S. Army Reserve COVID-19 Response

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