Brig. Gen. Ernest Litynski, commanding general of the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, shares his story of living with post-traumatic stress disorder. "There is no 90-day plan. There's no one-day plan. There's no one-year plan or a decade-long plan. It's different for everyone, but I can guarantee you, if you seek treatment and get some help, you will get better."
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Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives an assessment of the past 30 days, during which newly formed Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces have been deployed across the country. Soldiers within America's Army Reserve are part of a historic effort by providing medical assistance, sustainment operations and other capabilities in the fight against COVID-19.
There are more than 2,800 Soldiers mobilized in support of U.S. Army North and Northern Command. We are providing augmentation support with a full range of capabilities to include medical and logistics. America's Army Reserve is structured with dual-purpose capabilities and, as such, is a Federal Response Partner, maintaining a ready posture for Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army Reserve has authorized all units to perform Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Troop Program Unit (TPU) commands. VBAs have been put in place to ensure Soldiers have the maximum means to maintain individual Soldier readiness, build resiliency and provide financial stability and security to Soldiers and their families.
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Why I Serve: Staff Sgt. James Richardson
U.S. Army Sgt. James Richardson, a multimedia illustrator with the 335th Signal Command (Theater), poses for a portrait at East Point, Georgia, May 28, 2020. Soldiers from the 335th Signal Command (Theater) headquarters took part in the U.S. Army's
June 4, 2020 - Staff Sgt. James Richardson joined the Army to get an education. He's stayed in for ten years for the opportunities and experiences he's had and the pride he feels wearing the uniform. Richardson, a multimedia illustrator with the 335th Signal Command (Theater), produces visual displays, creates graphics, and makes artwork that the command uses for its publications, signs, charts and posters.

Boston University student and Army Reserve Soldier participates in NYC COVID-19 response
Cadet Owen Kearney, an Army Reserve Cadet, pauses for a photo on his final day of service at the Javits Convention Center in New York City May 28. Kearney is serving with an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force and one of more than 1200 Army Reserve Soldiers serving in medical units that have mobilized as part of the Department of Defense response to COVID-19.
June 4, 2020 - While many college students adapted to completing their spring semester virtually, one Boston University undergraduate found himself in the epicenter of the response efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spc. Owen Kearney, an Army Reserve Soldier and BU political science major, was in a virtual class when he received the call to report with his unit for mobilization.

Brig. Gen. Hafley selected as 88th Readiness Division DCG-Support
Col. John Hafley, commander of the 11th Military Police Brigade, headquatered in Los Alomitos, California, gives direction to his staff and battalion leadership on a decision to move their tactical location during a Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, July 19, 2018. During the exercise scenario, military police are responsible for a Theater Detention Facility to processes and secure up to 4,000 enemy prisoners of war and also manage a Detention Holding Area to house displaced civilians. Military police have a wide range of responsibilities during combat operations which also includes combat support and area security. This rotation of CSTX runs through the month of July. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
June 4, 2020 - Brig. Gen. James C. Hafley was appointed the Deputy Commanding General-Support for the 88th Readiness Division in March. “I am honored and excited to be selected for this new role and I look forward to working with unit leaders in the 88th Readiness Divisions’ 19-state region to support their readiness efforts,” said Hafley, a St. Louis native, upon taking over the newly established position.

Chicago-based Army Reserve command conducts virtual Change of Command amid COVID 19
The 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command conducted a virtual Change of Command ceremony, June 1, 2020, bidding farewell to Brig. Gen. Kris A. Belanger and welcoming Brig. Gen. Ernest Litynski as their new commander. The CoC video can be viewed on their official Facebook page at: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/85SPTCMD
(U.S. Army Reserve video screen shot by Anthony L. Taylor)
June 3, 2020 - In the world of COVID-19, delays, restrictions and inconvenience are but a few words to describe everyday living across the globe. In the world of the U.S. Army, Soldiers are trained to overcome and push forward with solutions.

Providing realistic training during COVID-19
Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers are separated into forward operating sites by tables and dividers during this exercise, to replicate the separation they will face while In Poland during a training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, May 25, 2020. Simulated separation will force them to contact other locations via. Email or telephone. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marco Baldovino)
June 3, 2020 - As the U.S. Army balances global operations while combating COVID-19 on the home front, the Nation continues to need a manned and ready force. This need for a manned and ready force has Army Reserve and National Guard units continuing to answering the Nation’s call. However, the outbreak has drastically changed the standard operating procedures for mobilizing units.

Army HRC welcomes new deputy commanding general
Brig. Gen. Kris Belanger assumed responsibility as deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Human Resources Command during an Investiture Ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky,, June 1.
June 3, 2020 - U.S. Army Human Resources Command welcomed a new deputy commanding general during an Investiture Ceremony here, June 1. Brig. Gen. Kris Belanger, a Wantage, New Jersey native, succeeds Brig. Gen. Twanda Ednetea (Tia) Young who will retire to Charlotte, North Carolina, in September after more than 30 years of service.

Medical provider looks at COVID-19 support with pride
1Lt. James Ennis, resident of Salem, N.H. just completed a deployment to combat COVID-19 at Elmhurst Hospital-Queens, as part of an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force with the US Army Reserve. 
It has been an honor to represent the Army in this unprecedented time in the battle against COVID-19. To have the US Army Reserve mobilized within the United States working alongside Joint Forces as well as civilians in the epicenter of this pandemic has been life changing. I have never been prouder to be a part of a team that helped people of the United States in one of the most difficult times of their lives.
June 3, 2020 - 1st Lt. James Ennis, resident of Salem, N.H., just completed a deployment to combat COVID-19 at Elmhurst Hospital-Queens as part of an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force with the U.S. Army Reserve. It has been an honor to represent the Army in this unprecedented time in the battle against COVID-19. To have the U.S. Army Reserve mobilized within the United States working alongside Joint Forces as well as civilians in the epicenter of this pandemic has been life changing. I have never been prouder to be a part of a team that helped people of the United States in one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Sgt. Workman balances COVID-19 response and college graduation
COVID-19 complicated college and graduation for virtually every student in the US. For Sgt. Melanie Workman, a Soldier with the 75th Field Hospital, and student at Georgia State University, COVID-19 has been life changing. 
Workman, a Pharmacy Technician for Urban Augmented Medical Task Force 005-1, was assigned to Elmhurst Hospital in New York, City as part of the COVID-19, response effort. Although the mission was stressful, Workman found many positives, saying, “It has been fulfilling in so many ways. I am appreciative of the staff I had the honor to work with. I admire their passion, sense of community, support, and professionalism.”
June 2, 2020 - COVID-19 complicated college and graduation for virtually every student in the U.S. For Sgt. Melanie Workman, a Soldier with the 75th Field Hospital and a student at Georgia State University, COVID-19 has been life-changing. For Workman, her final semester before graduating was very difficult to stay on top of, “School started back up the same day that I was activated for a COVID-19 support mission with the Army Reserve. I was at my mobilization base as classes were starting, I was literally clicking between screens of class lectures and FEMA training courses as I prepared to mobilize.”

Medical specialists outline how to deal with COVID-19 stress
Army Spc. John Ward, a behavioral health technician assigned to the 405th Field Hospital, introduces a service member to Mila, a therapy dog used as a stress reliever for service members at the Javits New York Medical Station in New York City, April 17, 2020. In support of the Defense Department’s COVID-19 response, U.S. Northern Command, through Army North, is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need.
June 1, 2020 - Handling the symptoms of stress and anxiety begins at home with self-care, a panel of medical experts said during a media roundtable.

Team adjusts mission, prepares for the future
Staff. Sgt. Joel Brown, a wheeled vehicle mechanic from Helena Montana, and 1st. Lt. Katherine Choi, a human resources officer from Seattle, Washington, are posing by an old firelace on base camp Trzebien. Brown and Choi, both part of 652nd Regional Support Group, a U.S. Army Reserve Unit out of Helena, Montana, serve as a mayor cell in Trzebien base camp, preparing the base for future Soldier training rotations. The 652nd RSG is the first U.S. Army Reserve unit tasked with providing base operations for 11 base camps in Poland.  Base support includes taking care of lodging, dining, and recreational needs of the tenant Soldiers assigned to that base.
June 1, 2020 - Trzebien, Poland, a small team in a small Polish village has been preparing for a big exercise. First Lt. Katherine Choi, a human resources officer from Seattle, Washington, and Staff Sgt. Joel Brown, a wheeled vehicle mechanic from Helena Montana, make a small but mighty mayor cell team. The two have been working for months to ready the tiny base camp at Trzebien, Poland, for troops in the Defender Europe 20-plus training exercise. Then plans changed.

‘Pop-up’ training tests installation's support capabilities
25L (Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer) students learning how to construct aerial tie offs of low voltage cable to prevent Fiber Optics from being trampled. (Courtesy photo)
June 1, 2020 - A small “pop-up” 25L (Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer) reclassification course for deploying Soldiers is being held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California from May 8 to June 7. This course is normally conducted at the High Tech Regional Training Site – Maintenance (HTRTS-M) located in Sacramento, California.

Behavioral health team supports University Hospital
The Behavioral Health team worked out of several areas at University hospital: Emergency Psychiatric, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Chaplains Office. I worked out of the Chaplains office and with Nurse Manager we provided psychological support for the Hospital staff, who have gone through so much. The team and I also worked closely with the Associate Director for Nursing on development and implementation of a staff resilience program.
May 31, 2020 - When we arrived at University Hospital in New Jersey, there was no other spot as far forward in the COVID fight.  First arriving, you are excited and scared at the same time, but you adapt, find your job focus and get the job done.   We quickly learned, no one Soldier or civilian could do it alone. I was the officer In charge (OIC) for our behavioral health team.  The BH team worked out of several areas at the hospital: emergency psychiatric, inpatient psychiatry, and chaplains office. I worked out of the chaplains office and with nurse manager we provided psychological support for the Hospital staff, who have gone through so much. The team and I also worked closely with the associate director for nursing on development and implementation of a staff resilience program.

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