During a visit to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, on May 16, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence recognized the post's achievements and those of the U.S. Army Reserve's 88th Readiness Division.
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Brig. Gen. Kris A. Belanger, Commanding General, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command looks at a scrapbook compiled by Aida Bonsonto of her husband’s Army service during World War II. Gerald “Jerry” Bonsonto of Chicago was trained as a medic and served with the 82nd Airborne Division on battlefields across Europe including the Battle of the Bulge. Belanger visited with Bonsonto and her family Memorial Day weekend 2019 to receive a parachute wedding dress that will be on loan to the 82nd Airborne Division War Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. David Lietz)
June 14, 2019 - In 1937 a young Chicago woman named Aida Garaffa lived across the street from a young man named Gerald “Jerry” Bonsonto.

Army Reserve leaders remember fallen heroes during the Memorial Day weekend throughout Chicago
A Gold Star Family takes a moment in front of the Gold Star Family float following the City of Chicago Memorial Day parade, Mar. 25, 2019.
Soldiers assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command participated in parades and ceremonies, honoring fallen heroes, during Memorial Day weekend May 25-27, 2019. Brig. Gen. Kris Belanger, Commanding General, 85th USARSC and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Theodore Dewitt, Command Sergeant Major, 85th USARSC, participated in a Gold Star Family Breakfast Saturday morning in Chicago to honor the sacrifice of fallen military heroes and then walked to Daley Plaza to participate in a wreath laying ceremony. Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia, Commanding General, 200th Military Police Command, spoke at the ceremony about a Soldier she had served with who died on active duty. Following the ceremony, military leaders walked to Lake and State Street for the Chicago Memorial Day parade and observed the parade from the reviewing stand. On Sunday, Belanger led ten new Army recruits in the oath of enlistment and delivered a speech at the Memorial Day observance in Norridge, Illinois. Later that day, Belanger and Dewitt finished the Memorial Day weekend by participating in the Arlington Heights Centennial Memorial Day parade. In North suburban Highland Park, Col. Daniel Jaquint, 85th USARSC, gave remarks at a Memorial Day service.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L Taylor)
May 31, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Kris Belanger, Commanding General, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Theodore Dewitt, Command Sergeant Major, 85th USARSC, attended Memorial Day ceremonies in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to honor the service of fallen military heroes, May 25-27, 2019. Rain was in the forecast all weekend but held off until the final ceremony concluded Monday afternoon.

88th Readiness Division greets vice president at Fort McCoy
Maj. Gen. Jody Daniels, 88th Readiness Division commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Farmer, 88th Readiness Division command sergeant major, greet Vice President Mike Pence. on May 16, 2019. Pence spoke with Soldiers, civilians and their families during his visit to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Calvin Reimold)
May 21, 2019 - Vice President of the United States Mike Pence visited Fort McCoy on May 16 and was greeted by 88th Readiness Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jody J. Daniels and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Farmer, 88th RD command sergeant major, and received a briefing about an RG33 Medium Mine-Protected Vehicle from Lt. Col. Charles Wells, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 340th Brigade Engineer Battalion (3rd/340th), and Command Sgt. Maj. Rathe Thompson, 3rd/340th command sergeant major, at Fort McCoy. 

Becky Burr takes us back to WAC
Becky Burr poses in Women's Army Corps physical training uniform in front of Company A., 1st Platoon barracks, Fort McClellan, Alabama, September 26, 1971. (courtesy photo provided by Rebecca Burr)
April 4, 2019 - In the past few decades, American women have been able to forge their own futures and make their own decisions. Many people working within the Army have never known anything different. Some members of the 88th Readiness Division work force can still remember a time when women were largely under the control of family members and men.

"Connection Man" of 88th Readiness Division reflects on importance of black history
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Reginald Robinson Sr. sits at his desk at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. (Courtesy photo provided by retired Sgt. Maj. Reginald Robinson Sr.)
Feb. 28, 2019 - Retired U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Maj. Reginald “Reggie” Robinson Sr., from rural East Prairie, Missouri, keeps the 88th Readiness Division connected through the use of phones, internet, stories, and history.

Maj. Gen. Jody J. Daniels
Commanding General 88th Readiness Division

Command Sergeant Major Ronnie Farmer
88th RD Command Sergeant Major

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