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On today's AR/60: 1. The most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve Force in the history of the nation celebrates its 111th birthday; 2. Army Reserve Soldiers support training cadets at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, New York; 3. Army Reserve veterinarians teach up-to-date techniques to farmers in Djibouti. Got 60 seconds? Then checkout AR/60, a new series delivering the bottom line up front about America's Army Reserve.
LTG Charles D Luckey talks about the incompatibility of extremist groups and service in America's Army Reserve. New version has direction for commanders--including holding Soldiers accountable.
In April, America's Army Reserve recognizes the brave sons and daughters who support their military parents through moves, deployments, and separations. Army Reserve Family Programs is available to support families with quality of life programs and resources for the unique challenges military children face.
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.
Do you have what it takes to complete the U.S. Army Reserve Warrior Fit Challenge? Find out more in this video from Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, the U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major!
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.
Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise that ensures America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world.
Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service. The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since 1980. Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. Before that, field testing set to begin this October will allow the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.
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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Army Reserve Soldier Spc. Ashley Wesley, of the 1st Battalion, 108th Regiment, 1st Engineer Brigade, 102nd Training Division, 80th Training Command prepares to conduct air assault rappelling operations as part of the 2019 Combined Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 7-12. The 80th Training Command, 84th Training Command, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, 88th Readiness Division, 81st Readiness Division, 99th Readiness Division, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and AR Careers Division joined their resources in creating this year's competition.
April 24, 2019 - Standing in the middle of the woods, Spc. Ashley Wesley, 1st Battalion, 108th Regiment, 1st Engineer Brigade, 102nd Training Division, successfully prevented a Soldier from committing suicide during the Combined Best Warrior Competition in Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 7-12.

Army Reserve Soldier awarded for lifesaving actions during deadly mass shooting
Army Reserve Sgt. James Lawson poses on a Port Hueneme, Calif. beachhead after a ceremony in which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal April 5, 2019. Lawson received the medal for his life-saving application of a tourniquet on a concert-goer during the Las Vegas Shooting October 1, 2017 which killed 58 people and stands as the deadliest single day mass shooting in U.S. history. Lawson is a watercraft operator engineer and a Marine Mechanic in the 481st Transportation Company (Heavy Boat), 3rd Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), as a civilian. (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant 1st Class Alexandra Hays)
April 23, 2019 - Army Reserve Sgt. James Lawson never imagined a country concert would end with him not only fighting for his life but also saving the life of someone else. Surrounded by the members of his unit on the Pacific coast, the watercraft operator from the 481st Transportation Company (Heavy Boat) was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his actions on that fateful night nearly two years ago.

U.S. Army Reserve officer brings skills and passion to ARE EUCOM
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Rena Patierno, a native of Staatsburg, NY, greets a young girl at a hospital in Nijrab, Kapisa Province Afghanistan, 2010. Patierno brings more than 26 years of experience as a registered nurse specializing in intensive care and emergency medicine to ARE EUCOM as well as 18 years of military service in the United States Army Reserve as a Nurse Corps Officer and Civil Affairs Officer. U.S. ARE EUCOM provides timely support to the combatant command and enhances its ability to conduct military operations. The more than 160 members of the unit provide international and interagency partnering to enhance transatlantic security and defend the United States forward. (Courtesy photo by Lt. Col. Rena Patierno)
April 23, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Rena Patierno, a native of Staatsburg, NY, graduate of the University of Tampa and Walden University, recently joined U.S. Army Reserve Element European Command, 76th Operational Response Command, this winter. 

Army Reserve Soldiers at AFSAM International Competition
The Army Reserve Combat/Service Conditions Team celebrates multiple marksmanship awards at AFSAM (Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting) 2019. The Team took first place in four team matches, two individual matches, and an additional top three finishes in 22 other team and individual matches at the event. Team members included OIC Lt. Col. Scott Klawon, NCOIC Sgt. Maj. Raul Torres, 1st Sgt. Michael Ball, Sgt. 1st Class Martin Braden, Cpt. Curtis Brotherston, Master Sgt. Roderick Burdette, Sgt. Joseph Hall, Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Morris, Staff Sgt. Richard Willis, Sgt. Devin Hughes, Maj. TJ Conners, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Godel, and Staff Sgt. John Halley.
April 21, 2019 - Army Reserve Soldiers maintain small arms skills as instructor-shooters by participating at international events.

Army Reserve Sustainment Command welcomes new command sergeant major
Brig. Gen. David Ling, commanding general of the Army Reserve Sustainment Command, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Luchsinger, incoming command sergeant major for the ARSC. As the colors are passed, Luchsinger is entrusted with the responsibility and care of the ARSC Soldiers.
April 19, 2019 - Soldiers with the Army Reserve Sustainment Command stood in formation to witness Command Sgt. Maj. Kristal Florquist, outgoing command sergeant major of the ARSC, relinquish responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Luchsinger.

Combined Best Warrior Competition Proves “Best of the Best”
Army Reserve Soldiers react to a chemical attack as part of the 2019 Combined Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 7-12. The 80th Training Command, 84th Training Command, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, 88th Readiness Division, 81st Readiness Division, 99th Readiness Division, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and AR Careers Division joined their resources in creating this year's competition.
April 19, 2019 - “I didn’t realize anything could be so exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.” This is how Sgt. 1st Class Mario Quintero, an instructor at the U.S. Army NCO Academy Parks, under the 100th Training Division, described how he felt about competing in the 2019 Combined Best Warrior Competition held here April 7-12.

84th TC conducts Combined Best Warrior Competition
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Amanda C. Garcia, assigned to the 78th Training Division, competes in the 84th Training Command's Combined Best Warrior Competition 2019 held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 10, 2019. This competition provides mentally and physically demanding tasks to competitors who are evaluated on their ability to adapt as leaders and to thrive in chaos.
April 19, 2019 - The 84th Training Command conducted a Combined Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky April 8-11, that included Soldiers from eight different commands.

81st Readiness Division work for Clean Sweep of obsolete equipment
Soldiers from the various facilities that were visited, helped with loading out the equipment identified for turn in. Most if the equipment was transported and centralized, so Mr. Bell and Mr. Jones didn't have to pick up at all 26 locations.
April 19, 2019 - It was a joint effort from members of 26 facilities. The mission: “Operation Clean Sweep”. Operation Clean Sweep is mission to dispose of obsolete and broken equipment that have been plaguing facilities for years. Soldiers and Civilians participated in week-long mission they expect to improve the efficiency of operations in Army Reserve Centers.

Soldier awarded for life-saving actions durig mass shooting
Members of the 481st Transportation (Heavy Boat) Company, 3rd Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary),  stand at attention on Port Hueneme, Calif. for an award ceremony recognizing Sgt. James Lawson for his selfless actions during the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, April 5, 2019. Sgt. Lawson used his combat lifesaver training to apply a makeshift tourniquet to a wounded man which saved his life.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant 1st Class Alexandra Hays)
April 19, 2019 - Army Reserve Sgt. James P. Lawson never imagined a country concert would end with not only fighting for his life but also saving the life of someone else.

9th MSC honors youngest heroes for Month of the Military Child
Lt. Col. Austin Akers, 9th Mission Support Command chief of operations, his wife and daughter pose for a picture during the Month of the Military Child-Family Day event April 13, at the Field of Heroes, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii. The event recognizes and honors the commitment and sacrifices military children make to our nation through the strength they provide our Soldiers and families. (Photo by Lt. Col. Austin Akers)
April 18, 2019 - Cheerful laughs and merry shrieks filled the mid-morning air at Fort Shafter Flats as children navigated through an assortment of fun activities during the Month of the Military Child — Family Day hosted by members of the 9th Mission Support Command’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company April 13 for family members at the Field of Heroes.

Breaking the barrier into higher education
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Laura Crespo, a bandsman for the 78th Army Band, performs “Time after time” with Spc. Luis Gastaliturris, a bandsman with the 78th Army Band, for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston, Massachusetts, April 12. Crespo is a senior at Berklee School of Music. The U.S. Army Reserve provided Crespo with opportunities away from her hometown in Puerto Rico. “My mom always said take the first opportunity to leave Puerto Rico, and make a life out there,” said Crespo.
April 18, 2019 - What does a career look like that embodies two very seemingly different callings into a beautiful composition? Potentially a conflicting disaster? However, students from Berklee College of Music are challenging their skills from their part-time jobs and pushing the limits of their higher education to see what the results will yield.

Fort Bliss Mobilization Brigade Transfer of Authority
U.S. Army Reserve Col. Chandra Roberts, 653rd Regional Support Group commander, and Command Sgt. Maj.  Denise Lagana, 653rd RSG senior enlisted advisor uncase the unit colors during a Transfer of Authority ceremony with the 210th RSG out of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on April 15, 2019 at the Fort Bliss Museum in Fort Bliss, Texas. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Capt. Joselyn Sydnor)
April 17, 2019 - The 210th Regional Support Group transferred authority to the Fort Bliss Mobilization Brigade mission to the 653rd Regional Support Group April 15, 2019, at the Fort Bliss Museum. 

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