This year, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance falls on Monday, January 16, 2023. In this year's holiday observance video, Yolanda Owens, Military Equal Opportunity specialist for the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, discusses the Chicago Freedom Movement that Dr. King took part in that helped push the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in 1968. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Anthony L. Taylor)
Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians, from the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, visited Elk Grove Village Cemetery, located 25 miles northwest of Chicago, to take part in a wreath laying ceremony coordinated by the Daughters of the American Revolution (Eli Skinner Chapter) and the Wreaths Across America Foundation to present wreaths on the graves of military veterans and first responders. While Elk Grove Village Cemetery is a small cemetery alongside the Interstate 90 off-ramp, it is the home for veterans dating back to the American Revolution. The only two American Revolutionary War veterans are buried there: Eli Skinner and Aaron Miner. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Anthony L. Taylor)
Staff Sgt. Andrew Raynor, Command Chaplains Office, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, shares his story of service and why he serves. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Staff Sgt. Erika Whitaker)
Army Reserve Soldiers, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command joined in a Veterans' luncheon, November 9, 2022, where they sat down with local veterans from the neighboring Church Creek Senior Assisted Living Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and celebrated service. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Anthony L. Taylor)
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Alberto Vega was honored, October 26, 2022, during the National Hockey League Chicago Blackhawks' Hispanic Heritage Night home game vs. Florida Panthers. Vega, stepped out onto the ice with recently retired Sgt. 1st Class Frank Gutierrez. Vega has served on two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve, across his 10-year career. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
Active Guard and Reserve Soldiers conduct the Army Combat Fitness Test at the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command headquarters, October 20, 2022. AGR Soldiers conduct the ACFT twice a year as part of the Army's Holistic Health and Fitness maintaining Soldiers' physical and mental well-being and keeping in line with the Army's fitness culture. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Anthony L. Taylor)
The 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command held their annual Brigade Command Teams Training event introducing First Army's newly assigned, active component brigade commander and command sergeants major to the multi-component partnership between First Army and the 85th USARSC. The active component CMD Teams take command of their brigades which are made up of active component and reserve component battalions. The 85th USARSC's more than 3500 Soldiers, across 25 states, make up half of the First Army formation, providing observer, coach trainers that support First Army to prepare mobilizing and deploying forces. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Staff Sgt. David Lietz)
Chicago's 70th Annual Columbus Day parade celebrated Italian American culture, along with a 150 floats and displays across a range of diverse cultures. Local Sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base, along with Army Reserve Soldiers from Arlington Heights, Illinois, participated in the parade and shared insights on Italian American contributions to the country.
Master Sgt. Laroy Warren, G1 Mobilization NCO, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, discusses a physical fitness program that he implemented for the Soldiers of the Command more than three years ago. Since the inception of the program, Soldiers from neighboring units as well as Department of Defense employees have joined the program that is open to all who can make it before the work day. Warren, who holds a deep passion for Soldier professionalism and fitness, conducts the training at no cost to individuals to provide Army Reserve Soldiers access to a fitness program, much like morning physical fitness on an active duty installation. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Staff Sgt. Erika Whitaker)
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command partnered with the 416th Theater Engineer Command to conduct an individual weapons qualification on the 9mm pistol at Marseilles Training Center, September 22, 2022.
Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Slee, Command Sergeant Major, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, held a CSM Training Summit for all of the 85th USARSC's CSMs to create an environment of networking and discussing key focus areas for the Command and it's subordinate leaders. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Staff Sgt. Erika Whitaker)
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Local service members start new year with a military recognition from Chicago Blackhawks
Retired Air Force veteran Alex Parker (left) and Staff Sgt. Justin Craggs, Mobilization Non-Commissioned Officer, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, are pictured on the United Center jumbotron as hockey fans stand on their feet cheering during a military salute at a Chicago Blackhawks military appreciation night game, January 6, 2023, at the United Center.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. David Lietz)
Jan. 9, 2023 - The Chicago Blackhawks honored Staff Sgt. Justin Craggs, a mobilization non-commissioned officer assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, along with retired U.S. Air Force veteran Alex Parker before the start...

Wreaths Across America ceremony honors veterans and first responders at local cemetery
A wreath lays at the grave of Revolutionary War veteran Eli Skinner at the Elk Grove Cemetery, 25 miles northwest of Chicago, December 17, 2022. Skinner is one of only two Revolutionary War veterans buried in Cook County according to Jane Gregga, Eli Skinner Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and Chapter Coordinator for Wreaths Across America. Local veterans along with staff from the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command and local residents participated in a ceremony to honor veterans and first responders buried there on Wreaths Across America Day.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by SSG David Lietz)
Dec. 21, 2022 - If you drive by this cemetery alongside the interstate 90 off ramp, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, you might not know that two Revolutionary War veterans are buried in this hallowed ground: Eli Skinner and Aaron Miner...

Soldiers and veterans celebrate Veterans Day activities across the Chicagoland area
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Eric Kroner, left, G-3 Force Protection/Physical Security Officer, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command; and Brig. Gen. Doug Lowrey, center, Commanding General, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, render a salute as singer Jim Cornelison, right, sings the National Anthem at the Chicago Blackhawks Military Appreciation Night game at the United Center in Chicago on Monday, November 14, 2022. 
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. David Lietz)
Nov. 16, 2022 - The lights at the United Center dimmed as a single spotlight focused on the American flag. Hockey fans applauded and cheered as two Soldiers stood on a red carpet over the ice...

Chicago Blackhawks honor Army Reserve Soldier during Hispanic Heritage home game
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Alberto Vega, Information Technology Specialist, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, renders a salute during the playing of the National Anthem at the Chicago Blackhawks home game versus the Florida Panthers, October 25, 2022. Vega attended the game as part of a Hispanic Heritage Night event honoring Hispanic heritage and the service of Hispanic American service members. Vega was honored there with retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Frank Gutierrez. Vega has served on two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve across his 10-year career.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
Oct. 27, 2022 - The National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks honored U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Alberto Vega, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, during their Hispanic Heritage Night home game versus the Florida...

The Army Reserve’s 85th Support Command hosts reserve component training for active-duty commanders
Brig. Gen. Richard W. Corner, II, Commanding General, 85th United States Army Reserve Support Command, addresses staffs during the 85th USARSC’s Brigade Command Team Training at Arlington Heights, Illinois, October 15, 2022. The 85th USARSC conducted their annual BCTT, 15-16 October 2022, to prepare incoming First Army brigade commanders as they assume command of their active component and reserve component battalions. Command teams were trained on how to effectively integrate their active and reserve battalions within their brigade formations. 
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Erika Whitaker)
Oct. 19, 2022 - “The goal for this brigade (training) is to make sure we are aligned with First Army for the next year in our operation and support of the Army at large, especially the Army Reserve,” said Brig. Gen. Richard W. Corner II,...
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Brigadier General Richard Corner
Commanding General, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command
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Command Sergeant Major Steven Slee
Command Sergeant Major, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command
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