Col. Anthony Russel, the 88th Readiness Division command surgeon, and Lt. Col. Daniel Gray, the 88th Readiness Division Active Guard Reserve nurse advisor, discuss the COVID-19 Delta variant, the likelihood that the COVID vaccine will become mandatory for DOD personnel when the FDA gives full approval and encourages all to get the vaccine.
Army Reserve firefighters from the 467th Engineer Company (Firefighter Headquarters) conducted training at the Fort McCoy, Wis., Fire Department's Station #2, July 16, 2021.
Major General Darrell J. Guthrie, 88th RD commanding general, hosted a virtual town hall June 3 from the Fort Snelling, Minnesota, headquarters.
Major General Darrell J. Guthrie, 88th RD commanding general, hosted a virtual town hall June 3 from the Fort Snelling, Minnesota, headquarters.
Major General Darrell J. Guthrie, 88th RD commanding general, hosted a virtual town hall June 3 from the Fort Snelling, Minnesota, headquarters.
Firefighters from the Illinois Fire Service Institute came to Fort McCoy to train U.S. Army Reserve firefighters and to certify them on their equipment.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 402nd Engineer Company, Sapper Unit, trained on the Selectable Lightweight Attack Munition (SLAM) and the Blasting Demolition Kit (BDK). They learned different configurations on how to set these up as well as the effects these tools have on armor and track vehicles.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 652nd Engineer Company train on building rafts to move vehicles from one side of a body of water to the other.
Army Reserve Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 88th Readiness Division completed the Army Combat Fitness Test May 14, 2021.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 309th Engineer Company, Brainerd, Minn., and the 367th Engineer Battalion, St. Joseph, Minn., learn the ins and outs of CROWS from how to bore sight to how to operate the system.
469th Engineer Company Soldiers explode into action
A U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers blast open a door at Fort McCoy, Wis., on July 16, 2021. The Soldiers are Combat Engineers with the 469th Engineer Company, Machesney Park, Ill., and are training on the construction and deployment of half a dozen different explosive charges.  The day's agenda included the execution of door and wall breaches, so all the Soldiers in the unit got to experience the making and detonation of live charges.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Freese)
July 27, 2021 - There’s more than one way to breach obstacles in an urban environment, and that’s just what Soldiers from the 469th Engineer Company learned here on July 16, 2021.Unit First Sergeant Master Sgt. Bradley Schmoll described the...

Army Reserve Firefighters Conduct Burn Scenario
Army Reserve Specialists Frank Vargas, left, and Axel Silva, both firefighters with the 467th Engineer Company (Firefighter Headquarters), test the nozzle pressure of the fire hose prior to entering a burning building as part of training at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 16, 2021. The live fire training prepares these firefighers for various scenarios they may encounter when called into action.
July 20, 2021 - Smoke billowed from the house as firefighters put on their gear and prepared to enter the firefighter training complex at the Fort McCoy Fire Department’s Station #2, July 16, 2021. Only this time the firefighters were part...

Army Reserve Soldiers conduct a diagnostic ACFT ahead of roll out
Staff Sgt. Alyssa N. Fowler, center, Human Resources Non-commissioned Officer, 84th Training Division, pulls a 90-pound sled during the Sprint-Drag-Carry portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test. The 85th USARSC conducted a diagnostic ACFT at its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois July 10-11, 2021. The U.S. Army expects to fully implement the ACFT in 2022, replacing the 40-year old Army Physical Fitness Test.   
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by SSG Erika F. Whitaker)
July 15, 2021 - Soldiers assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command and 84th Training Division conducted a diagnostic Army Combat Fitness Test during their battle assembly weekend training, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, July...

Planning for growth, readiness
Bud Berendes, left, a community planner, and Tucker Robeson, a master planner, both with Directorate of Public Works, 88th Readiness Division, provide a vital role to the Soldiers and units across the 19 state region by ensuring they have the right spaces and places to train and maintain readiness.
July 13, 2021 - Nestled within the Directorate of Public Works is the mitochondria of the 88th Readiness Division Base Operations Support mission cell, the Facility Plans and Engineering section...

Reserve, National Guard Medics Build Working Ties
Major Daniel Barnes, internal medicine physician, 325th Field Hospital, talks to other medical Soldiers from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard while conducting patient care at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 16, 2021. The Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard as well as Army Reserve Soldiers trained together to treat simluated casualties at a site, transport them to a field hospital location and then provide next level care in an effort to be better prepared for real-world scenarios.
July 9, 2021 - An injured Soldier only cares about being treated, not what component the medic claims. In that spirit, medics from the Minnesota National Guard’s 204th Medical Company Ambulance Support and the U.S. Army Reserve’s 303rd and...

AMSA 133: “We’re a motor sergeant’s best friend”
Branden Plamowski, mechanic with AMSA 133, moves a tanker truck into the maintenance bay. (Army photo by Cheryl Phillips)
July 7, 2021 - Like a pit crew that ensures its race car runs at top performance, that’s exactly what Army Reserve unit mechanics do to guarantee their vehicles are ready for annual training or deployment...

U.S. Army swears in future Soldiers during Independence Day NASCAR Cup Series
Brig. Gen. Ernest Litynski, center front, Commanding General, 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, pauses for a photo with Soldiers from the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion-Milwaukee and Appleton Recruiting Company during the Fourth of July NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, July 4, 2021. The U.S. Army recruiting battalion, along with the Appleton Recruiting Company brought recruiters and displays from across their area to meet with citizens, allow them to experience Army technology and evaluate opportunities in military service. Litynski attended the race as the Army’s senior leader and swore in 20 future Soldiers at the pre-race ceremonies.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
July 6, 2021 - The U.S. Army joined thousands of race fans at the NASCAR Cup Series, July 4, 2021, at Road America, in Elkhart, Lake, Wisconsin, to celebrate Independence Day as citizens began to venture back to outdoor activities...

Engineers building Fort McCoy training capacity
Specialist Joseph Battel, a horizontal construction engineer, 996th Engineer Company, directs a dump truck driver unloading stone at a line of communications bridge site at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 15, 2021. These engineers are constructing a training site that will be used to train and validate bridge building units.
June 25, 2021 - Taking a wooded, uneven plot of land and turning it into the first-of-its-kind training site for the Army Reserve allowed engineers from the 416th Theater Engineer Command to make the most of their annual training mission...

Maj. Gen. Darrell J. Guthrie
Commanding General, 88th Readiness Division

Command Sergeant Major Gregory Betty
Command Sergeant Major, 88th Readiness Division

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