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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.
The month of May is a time to celebrate the rich history and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and recognize their profound impact on the readiness and future of America's Army Reserve.
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Maj. Harrigan and 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 N.J., 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.

Brave new world: Amid COVID-19 mitigation, Bliss SRPC resumed deployment operations in early May
Soldiers line up for a temperature check at Fort Bliss, Texas, May 7, 2020. The Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Bliss has adopted COVID-19 mitigation measures similar to Army CBRNE safety protocols to safeguard customers and technicians.
May 29, 2020 - When the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded this year and many phases of life were put on hold in the name of curbing the spread of the coronavirus, the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, was faced with a challenge: How does the busiest Mobilization Force Generation Installation in the Department of Defense continue to deliver personnel for contingency operations over five continents, but do it safely in respect to the current public health conditions.

Army Reserve flight surgeon joins fight against COVID-19 in New York City
Maj. Theresa R. Simard, a flight surgeon with the 11th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Carson, Colorado, takes a break to pose for the camera inside the Javits Convention Center, now known as the Javits New York Medical Station, in New York City, April 21, 2020.  Simard is one of over 1,200 medical professionals who received the call to mobilize with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to support the coronavirus relief efforts and curb the spread of the disease.
May 29, 2020 - Medical workers and other experts have been on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus pandemic since the infection surged in the United States in early March.

Newly commissioned officer supports UAMTF
I was excited to potentially be involved in this mission and I knew that critical care nurses were likely going to be in demand so I volunteered immediately. Even though I was still very new to the military I felt confident that my experience as a critical care nurse would still be a valuable asset to the mission
May 28, 2020 - For many Army Reserve medical officers, they have a career filled with deployments and medical support missions to prepare them for the unexpected. This is not the case for 1st Lt. Michael Dolan, a 66S, critical care nurse, who has only two drill weekends under his belt. Looking back on the mission and forward on starting his military career, Dolan said, “This experience has been lifechanging for me. I feel like I have had the opportunity to really answer the call in a time of need for my country. The people I have gotten to know and experience that I have gained from this mission will be with me forever.”

Army Reserve laboratory officer in the fight against COVID-19
Lt. Col. Maria Espiritu, a clinical laboratory officer, working at Joint Base San Antonio Apr. 20 in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 Response mission. Espiritu provides guidance to multiple clinical laboratories in the U.S. that provide testing for military medical professionals mobilized to support areas heavily impacted by COVID-19.
May 28, 2020 - "We have an obligation to the American people to keep our Soldiers healthy in order to serve in this fight, and I am proud to have been a part of that," said Lt. Col. Maria Espiritu, an Army Reserve clinical laboratory officer who oversees COVID-19 testing at multiple laboratories in the U.S. for mobilized military medical professionals.

Reservist Combat Medic Share COVID-19 Support Story
Spc. Kelsea LeBlanc is a 68W, Combat Medic with UAMTF 804-1. LeBlanc is with resident of Attleboro, Mass., and shares her story, in her own words, about being called to support the whole of government response to COVID-19. 
I am thankful for what I have experienced. It has been an event of a lifetime. I am grateful to everyone who has helped me get through this process. I am lucky to have had the command we had, my friends here that have become family, and the opportunity to have been in these patients lives to try and make a difference.
May 28, 2020 - Spc. Kelsea LeBlanc is a 68W, Combat Medic with UAMTF 804-1. LeBlanc is a resident of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and shares her story, in her own words, about being called to support the whole of government response to COVID-19 with UAMTF 804-1. I am a paramedic/firefighter on the civilian side and was at the firehouse going about my normal business. On March 26th, I received multiple texts advising me to pack and get prepared to be called to respond, but no information as to where or when. I just knew that I to go home and pack and get ready to go. I had always known there was a chance of needed activation in the Army Reserve, something I had never experienced before. Whenever I was away from home, it was for training. This time it was real.

AER expands assistance eligibility for Guard, Reserve
Army Soldiers with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 804-2, return to Fort Devens, Mass., after completing their mission assignment at Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response, May 12, 2020. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the whole-of-nation COVID-19 Response. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff. Sgt. Hector de Jesus)
May 28, 2020 - The Army Emergency Relief program recently expanded its assistance eligibility for Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers impacted by COVID-19 missions or policy.

Combined Forces Leader Development Course leads to new approaches
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jose R. Pagan, first sergeant, 1st Expeditionary Rescue Group, speaks during a Combined Forces Leader Development Course class Feb. 20, 2020, at Al Asad, Iraq. Pagan and U.S Army Capt. Patrick Sylvers, 1972nd Medical Detachment Combat Operational Stress Control psychologist, created the course last year for troops at the base to try different approaches to military leadership. Student gatherings were suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers plan to continue it in the future. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte)
May 27, 2020 - Learning new styles of leadership can be a tough process in the best circumstances, but studying them in a combat zone presents its own challenges.

Collaborating across the Army cyber force
U.S. Soldiers from the Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade review briefing materials for the 2020 Army Cyber Workshop March 10 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The workshop held March 9-13 included members across all three Army components, DoD civilians, and industry partners in the cyber fight, who oversee key initiatives impacting the future of the cyber force. Soldiers from the Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade and their headquarters 335th Signal Command (Theater), assisted with coordination of the workshop.  

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Erick Yates)
May 26, 2020 - A collaborative mix of about 50 U.S. Army and civilian cyber professionals to include a minor Air Force presence gathered to discuss future of the force efforts during the 2020 Army Cyber Workshop held here March 9-13.

United States Army Reserve Legal Command mobilizes scores of judge advocates to lead fight against COVID-19
Brig. Gen. Marilyn Chiafullo, commanding general of U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command, gives a COVID-19 virtual command update to her troops on May 8, 2020. (Courtesy photo:  U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command)
May 26, 2020 - The United States Army Reserve Legal Command (USARLC) mobilized over 100 attorneys and paralegals across the United States to provide critical legal support in the fight against COVID-19.

Army Reserve Soldier honors and continues grandfather's legacy
Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Antonio Ayaay served as a Judge Adjutant General Officer in the Philippine Army during World War II. His granddaughter, Sergeant First Class Pamela Ayaay, currently serves as a Paralegal Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve.



(Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Ayaay granted permission to release these photos.)
May 26, 2020 - Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Ayaay, the 335th Signal Command (T) (P) chief paralegal noncommissioned officer in charge, knew that her grandfather served in the Philippine Army. However, she recently discovered that they share more in common with their military service. Retired Lt. Col. Antonio Ayaay served in the Philippine Army during World War II in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, just like his granddaughter.

Media, Pa., physician serves on the front lines of military COVID-19 response
Lt. Col. Robert A. Bassett wore a family photo on his medical gown so patients at Stamford Hospital – Bennett Medical Center in Connecticut would know what he looked like without his personal protective equipment. Bassett is an emergency medicine physician currently serving in an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force and is one of more than 1200 Army Reserve medical professionals that have mobilized as part of the Department of Defense response to COVID-19.
May 26, 2020 - I can’t tell you how rewarding it was to be able to do my duty in service to our nation right here at home,” shared Lt. Col. Robert A. Bassett. “Nothing is more gratifying or inspiring than being able to have the mission be within our own borders and directly bring aid to our countrymen and countrywomen.“

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U.S. ARMY RESERVE COVID-19 RESPONSE

U.S. Army Reserve COVID-19 Response

U.S. ARMY RESERVE GUIDANCE
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