In this episode of AR/60: The COVID- 19 vaccine is starting to arrive at Military Treatment Facilities. Right now, it is voluntary. First priority are USAR medical personnel on active duty supporting COVID-19 response operations, such as Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs). Final priority is to other USAR units determined by the availability of vaccines and prevalent COVID risk factors. Please note that the vaccine is a two dose series. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer for both doses and at the specified time, which will vary between manufacturers. All TPU Soldiers can receive the vaccine at any local Military Treatment Facility. The Army Reserve is working to partner with over 100 U.S. wide vaccinations facilities to make the vaccine as available as possible. Soldiers and Army Civilians will still need to wear masks even after receiving the vaccine until pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. Even if you have already had COVID-19, it’s still recommended to receive the vaccine because the duration of immunity is unknown. The vaccines use inactivated virus, parts of the virus or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
This training video provides an overview of Service member rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and highlights Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) resources. It was developed and produced by SSgt. Treven Cannon of the Air National Guard I.G. Borwn Training and Education Center, in collaboration with the Tennessee ESGR Committee.
In this episode of the Leaders Corner, we discuss the balance of civilian and Army Reserve careers with Col. Eric Rahman, who works at Google and is an Army Reserve officer with the 335th Signal Command.
Take a look back at 2020 through the lenses of Army Reserve photographers, who were documenting moments around the world in an unquestionably challenging year.
As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on COVID-19 and the Army Reserve's response to the pandemic with one of the largest domestic mobilizations in its history. Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are formed to mobilize Soldiers with an array of medical expertise to hotspots across the country. At the height of the response, more than 3,000 Soldiers are in the fight.
Today's Army Reserve covers more than 20 time zones across five continents. Our people are the most important weapon system in accomplishing the mission, ensuring units are ready and capable to deliver victory. Our Soldiers are mentally tough, with a desire to serve their country now, and lead troops into the fight of tomorrow. In an every-changing landscape of both visible and invisible threats, we stand ready to defeat our enemies, anytime, anywhere. Modernization drives our ability to support operations in the multi-domain environment. We will mobilize rapidly with the right capabilities to win the future fight. America's Army Reserve is ready now, shaping tomorrow.
In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to choose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic and infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, wants you to not let your guard down as the holiday season approaches. COVID-19 is still a threat, and Soldiers and civilians should continue to take appropriate measures to keep others and themselves safe. Wear face masks, wash your hands and maintain social distance.
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.
"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."
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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The 94th Training Division explores and launches new opportunities for instructor
Leadership from the 94th Training Division - Force Sustainment and the Deployment Support Command conducted an Instructor Exchange Memorandum of Agreement Signing held at the U.S. Army Railway School and Center toward the end of 2020 at Fort Eustis, Virginia. This ceremony served as the kick-off event to allow 94th TD-FS instructors in the railway operations crewmember military occupational specialty an opportunity to be guest instructors with the 757th Expeditionary Railway Center.
Jan. 28, 2021 - FORT LEE, Va. – The 94th Training Division – Force Sustainment (TD-FS) continues to be a leading force in the Army Reserve’s training environment, and the unit is exploring the launch of two new training opportunities for 2021.

Soldier Represents Army Reserve at Florida Championship Event
LTC Koh shoots his personal PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) at the Florida Sectional Championship. He represented the Army Reserve at this event on his own time and at his own expense.
Jan. 27, 2021 - Lt. Col. Thomas Koh (National Capital Region Cyber Protection Center, 335th Signal Command) represented the Army Reserve at his own expense by competing in the Florida Sectional Championship.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assist U.S. Navy in logistics support of Ukraine medical supply mission
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 1, 2020) Logistics specialists and soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 393rd Medical Logistics Company sort and repackage medical supplies slated for shipping to Ukraine at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Weapon Systems Support  (WSS) at Naval Support Activity  Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 1, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Karissa Murdock)
Jan. 26, 2021 - “We were looking at more than 200 commercial pallets with a variety of complicated problems standing between the supplies at Joint Consolidation Point Mechanicsburg, PA, and our partners in Ukraine,” said Colleen Distel-Smith, logistics management supervisor, NAVSUP WSS. To get this accomplished efficiently and accurately, medical logistics specialists from the U.S. Army Reserve were called in.

Joint Medical Training on Pre-Hospital Trauma Lifesaving Course
Five Soldiers from the 847th FRST (332nd MED BDE) attended and assisted in a National Association of Emergency Medical Technician Prehospital Life Support Course January 5 and 6. 
“This course re-enforced the skillsets I had as a first responder. I was able to pass along some of my knowledge in the open forum teaching to two officers in my unit that serve as nurses,” said Sgt. Donovan Boatwright, a 68W with the 847th FRST.
Jan. 25, 2021 - Five Soldiers from the 847th FRST (332nd MED BDE) attended and assisted in a National Association of Emergency Medical Technician Prehospital Life Support Course January 5 and 6. The training was hosted by the South Carolina Army National Guard Medical Training Team with assistance from the 847th’s, Staff Sgt. Andrew DiBenedetto. Students incorporated skills associated with the Civilian Tactical Medicine approach to help Soldiers better understand the practicing difference between civilian and military healthcare providers.

Religious Support Team helps those who help others during COVID-19
The Religious Support Team from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 785th Medical Detachment – Combat Operational Stress Control Unit, comprised of Capt. Ian Olson, left, chaplain, and Sgt. Steven Burns, religious affairs specialist, provide spiritual and personal support to the service members deployed as part of the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jan. 13, 2021.
Jan. 25, 2021 - Who cares for those who care for us? For the military medical providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the answer to that question is, in part, religious support teams. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a team of two Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 785th Medical Detachment – Combat Operational Stress Control Unit, 330th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), are providing support to the nurses and respiratory therapists augmenting the civilian hospital here.

‘Balance’ key for military couple as they serve, sacrifice, retire together
Retired Maj. Alvin Lopez (left) and retired Sgt. 1st Class Yara Lopez have worked together as both Soldiers and civilians for more than 20 years while managing a 17-year marriage with two children. They both officially retired together on Dec. 31, 2020. The pair currently works for the 99th Readiness Division headquartered on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. (courtesy photo)
Jan. 22, 2021 - Retired Maj. Alvin Lopez and retired Sgt. 1st Class Yara Lopez have worked together as both Soldiers and civilians for more than 20 years while managing a 17-year marriage with two children. They both officially retired together on Dec. 31, 2020. The pair currently works for the 99th Readiness Division headquartered on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Member of Personnel Force Innovation program recognized by Sgt. Maj. of the Army
Sgt. 1st Class Latara Smith was recognized by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston during an Indiana AUSA event in November. Smith works for the Personnel Force Innovation program out of Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis, IN as a case manager. Personnel Force Innovation (PFI) is an Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) program assigned to DFAS and is designed to support Department of Defense agencies with Defense Working Capital Funds or Foreign Military Sales funds. PFI processes and assigns military manpower from the reserve components to perform critical work at these agencies in order to support the DoD mission. Soldiers and Airmen are used to cover surge work, critical specialty skills, or to fill a gap while the appropriate civilians are hired or service members assigned. For more information on the Personnel Force Innovation program, visit https://www.dfas.mil/PFI/.
Jan. 21, 2021 - In November, Sgt. 1st Class LaTara Smith was recognized by the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston during an Indiana AUSA event. Smith was recognized for her efforts with Personnel Force Innovation at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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