Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels assumed the role of Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, on July 28, 2020, during a promotion and assumption of command ceremony on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Featured guests included Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; Lt. Gen Leopoldo Quintas, deputy commander of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM); Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston; Maj. Gen A.C. Roper, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve; Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Maj. Gen (Ret.) Leslie Purser.
Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force members chronicle their experiences on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. These Soldiers use their medical knowledge to support hospitals in the hardest hit areas of the United States. For more information about COVID-19, UAMTFs and Army Reserve guidance, go to https://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/. Special thanks to Capt. Paola Perez Hamilton, 1st Lt. Michael Dolan and 1st Lt. James Ennis. Video production by Spc. Maria Casneiro.
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. ..."
This video describes the capabilities of the AREC and how the AREC contributes to an Army Service Component Command.
Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve Command, speaks about the changes and implementation of the new ACFT 2.0. The U.S. Army challenges all Soldiers to pass the ACFT at the gold standard. The ACFT will strengthen our fitness culture, reduce injuries, and increase Army readiness. COVID19 has had an enormous impact on our nation and on our Soldiers.
In this episode, Binson attempts to find and squash the "Bug" that might get his grandma sick. Binson is an energetic and lovable character who teaches children important lessons about COVID-19 and other issues through his playful exploration. Through such play, he finds the reasons for the guidelines that Army Reserve Families should follow. These short shows are intended for children of all ages.
Army Reserve Life takes a look into Soldiers balancing dual careers. Spc. Emily Graham, a stay-at-home Mom and 68T Animal Care Specialist originally joined the Army Reserve for stability and educational benefits. Being in the Army Reserve helped her achieve her personal and professional goals.
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"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."
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411th Hospital Center Conducts Deployed Emergency Training
Working a live code is highly stressful and having a team that knows their roles can make the difference between life and death. Soldiers with the 411th Hospital Center, Code Blue Team, at US Military Hospital-Kuwait, makes sure that readiness is maintained in each section of the hospital including nonmedical shops.
Aug. 10, 2020 - Working a live code is highly stressful and having a team that knows their roles can make the difference between life and death, said several members of the Code Blue Committee, from the 411th Hospital Center, at the US Military Hospital-Kuwait. Soldiers at the USMK-K employ a Code Blue Committee that conducts weekly, mock medical code training events within the hospital, to maintaining the highest possible standards when working an emergency. The team works together, utilizing their specialties, as realistically as possible and train with at least one section weekly. “Each member of the Code Blue team is selected to ensure the most effective and efficient response to a cardiac or respiratory arrest situation. The team consists of providers, nurses, medics, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, pharmacy members, laboratory members, and radiology members,” said, Staff Sgt. Daniell Ledezma, EMT NCOIC, with the 411th Hospital Center. Pharmacy delivers all ACLS medications required for treatment. Respiratory therapists and anesthesiologists bring an intubation kit with supplemental oxygen. The EMT team brings a stretcher, cardiac monitor/defibrillator and equipment to gain IV access to administer medications. “In addition to hands on training, the committee ensures hospital staff follow current hospital and ACLS protocols. This process guarantees that the sections and Code Blue team have adequate experience and training to manage a lifesaving event,” said, Ledezma. This training is one of many way Soldiers from the 411th Hospital Center maintain readiness in each section of the hospital, including nonmedical shops.

UAMTFs Support Change and Improved Patient Health
Embedding a Quality Improvement Officer within the Task Force’s Command and Clinical Operations structure helped strengthen the integration of the UAMTF 804-1 soldiers into Queens Hospital Center (QHC) and its staff. This model facilitated close collaboration with the QHC leadership and proved indispensable to formulate, obtain buy-in, coordinate and enact quality of care measures to the benefit of the hospital’s patients and Force Health Protection. Prone positioning was just one of several quality improvement projects that the Task Force promoted and helped put into action.
Aug. 10, 2020 - “I was honored to be a member of Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 804-1. We provided a vital service to the people of Queens in general, and more specifically to the patients and staff of Queens Hospital Center. To have been a part of this mission to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic is something I will never forget. Our sense of accomplishment at Queens Hospital Center was bolstered by the quality improvements we helped bring about that will hopefully endure long after we’ve gone home,” said Lt. Col. Robert Steckler, a 60K, Urologist with UAMTF 804-1. One of the quality improvements implemented by UAMTF 804-1 was the medical procedure known as prone positioning. Proning is a critical treatment option for COVID-19 patients who have insufficient oxygen within their blood and require mechanical ventilation.

Army Reserve command integrates Ukraine, Kosovo and North Macedonia officers into CGSOC in Europe
Maj. Jaser Mulla with the regular army from Pristina, Kosovo, poses for the camera. Mulla is attending the Command & General Staff Officers Course Common Core or CGSOC-CC, hosted by the 7th Intermediate Level Education Detachment, 7th Mission Support Command, located in Grafenwoehr, Germany, from July 2020 through July 2021. This is the first time in history the CGSOC-CC has included international students. (Courtesy photo)
Aug. 8, 2020 - For the first time in history, the 7th Intermediate Level Education Detachment located in Grafenwoehr, Germany, is hosting international students for Command & General Staff Officers Course Common Core or CGSOC-CC.

Modernizing mitigation of COVID-19
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Christopher Garrett, a lab technician with the 18th Field Hospital, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, demonstrates the steps of a COVID-19 test on a GeneXpert system on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 30, 2020. Camp Buehring recently acquired the hi-tech system allowing turn arounds for COVID-19 tests to be less than an hour. (Photo by U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Christopher Osburn)
Aug. 7, 2020 - On the battlefield, a few seconds can be the difference between someone living or someone dying. In the war on COVID-19, time can be an enemy or a friend, as well. The time spent waiting on results is time the virus can quickly spread to other individuals. Military personnel at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, recently acquired a new weapon in their arsenal.

327th Medical Detachment teaches Soldiers the BASICS of mental health
U.S. Army Spc. Sean Ford, a behavioral health tech with the 327th Combat Operation Stress Control, leads a class on mental health in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, Aug. 1, 2020. The behavioral aspects of health in a command structure class teaches Soldiers resiliency, stress management, effective communication, team building. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Andrew Valenza)
Aug. 7, 2020 - If you or your Soldiers are struggling with mental health issues while deployed odds are there are people right around the corner ready to help.

Army instructors of the year recognized across TRADOC
Master Sgt. Ericka M. Tew is an instructor for the 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Tew won the 2020 Army Reserve Instructor of the Year Award. (Courtesy photo)
Aug. 7, 2020 - The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command recognizes where the rubber meets the road -- with its instructors. Since 1988, TRADOC has recognized its top instructors at all levels of Army education.

311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducts ACFT training
Soldiers from the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were given Army Combat Fitness Test training in order to be ready for the forthcoming fitness test standards set forth by the United States Army, in the 311th ESC drill hall July 7. First Lt. Armany Hidalgo, 311th ESC finance officer, volunteered to attend the training in order to get a better understanding of the ACFT and to practice the different events. Hidalgo demonstrates the “Pull, Drag, Carry” event, pulling a 90 pound weight.
Aug. 5, 2020 - Soldiers from the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were given Army Combat Fitness Test training in order to be ready for the forthcoming fitness test standards set forth by the United States Army, in the 311th ESC drill hall July 7.

Army Reserve MPs deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certify to enforce the law
More than 35 U.S. Army Reserve Military Police Officers from the 354th MP Company were recently certified to conduct law enforcement operations in a certification course conducted by Task Force Spartan Shield in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Before performing law enforcement operations, all MPs must complete a local certification course for the area they will be conducting operations to ensure they are familiar with the laws, rules, and policies specific to that area. (Courtesy Photo provided by the Task Force Spartan Provost Marshal)
Aug. 5, 2020 - More than 35 U.S. Army Reserve military police officers from the 354th Military Police Company deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently went back to class to certify on requirements for conducting law enforcement operations in their area of responsibility.

Fort Bragg-based Army Reserve Medical Command UAMTF supports federal response to COVID-19 pandemic
Lt. Col. Todd Knudson, an Army Reserve medical-surgical nurse from Everett, Wash., is screened for COVID-19 symptoms by Staff Sgt. Juan Martinez, a Soldier assigned to 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), upon arrival to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, July 26, 2020. Knudson is a member of Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7458, which mobilized to support the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to states in need as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott)
Aug. 4, 2020 - Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7458 is the second Army Reserve Medical Command unit that has mobilized to Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19.

Despite COVID-19, Army Reserve space warriors train to fight
Sgt. Andrew Marks, 2nd Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, makes adjustments on his M4 carbine at the qualification range at Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 1, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knouf)
Aug. 4, 2020 - On a beautiful summer sun-drenched day at the base of the Rocky Mountains, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers were doing something they had not been able to do in a few months – get back to soldiering.

Army Reserve officer credits Army training with his success in aerospace
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Pat Lis pauses for a photo at the entrance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Lis credits the U.S. Army to his success working 33 years in the aerospace industry.
(Courtesy photo by Pat Lis)
Aug. 4, 2020 - If a job posting read “experience wanted in Aerospace industry” Lieutenant Colonel Pat Lis, officer-in-charge of the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command’s surgeon office, would be the one to call.

Army Reserve Medical Command supports COVID-19 federal response efforts
Col. Michael Cook, a family medicine physician from Lynchburg, Virginia, is the commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7454, which mobilized to South Texas as part of the Department of Defense Support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to states in need as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott)
Aug. 4, 2020 - U.S. Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 7454-1, from San Antonio, Texas, joined the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is overseeing the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.

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