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Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, wants Soldiers and commands to stay accountable and prepared this hurricane season.
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Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, wants individual Soldiers to ensure they know the basics of their responsibilities by making education and skills training a priority.
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.
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Army Reserve Firefighter and Medical Soldiers participate in CSTX-19-04
Spc. Mikail Greene, from Mobile, Alabama, stands in front of a fire training-tower at CSTX 86-19-04 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin Aug. 1, 2019. The firefighters learned shutdown procedures on the UH-60 Black Hawk, especially with throttles, bottles and batteries, and extrication procedures for members of the flight crew (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Sean Harding)
Aug. 19, 2019 - Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve participated in a combat support training exercise at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 07 – 21. The exercise combined units from across the U.S. to include Tennessee, Kentucky, Washington, and more.

Top U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers prepare for final competitions
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Yarrington, Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year, navigates across a rope as part of an obstacle at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, August 14, 2019. The training was in preparation for the 2019 Army Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions which pit the best of the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard against each other. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Kevin Long)
Aug. 19, 2019 - The U.S. Army Reserve's Best Warriors and Drill Sergeants of the Year carried out 27 days of intensive training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 4-24, 2019. The training was in preparation for the 2019 Army Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions which pit the best of the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard against each other.

Deployed Siblings: Kelsey and James Harty
Spc. Kelsey Harty, a paralegal specialist with the 398th Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, congratulates Sgt. James Harty, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter repairer with the 2d Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, after his promotion to sergeant at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2019. Due to the two being deployed in the same location, Kelsey was able to participate in James' promotion ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Walter Carroll)
Aug. 19, 2019 - Multiple family members serving in the Armed Forces is not an uncommon thing. Sometimes those family members serve in the same location, which may even be a deployed environment. This happens to be the case for sister and brother, Kelsey and James Harty. Although in separate units, they are coincidently deployed to the same location in Afghanistan.

2500th DLD commander embodies Soldier first mentality
The outgoing commander of the 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment, Col. Christopher Varhola, thanks his Soldiers after receiving a meritorious service medal during a ceremony Aug. 17 at Camp Normandy, Grafenwoehr, Germany. Varhola will retire this November after almost 30 years of service in the U.S. Army.
Aug. 17, 2019 - GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — After a week of ranges and training at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Soldiers with the 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment said farewell to one commander and welcomed another during a change of command ceremony Aug. 17, here, at Camp Normandy.

Back to basics: Proficiency at heart of 2500th DLD's Europe mission
Capt. Michael E. Benjamin, 2500th DLD operations officer, throws a practice hand grenade during a familiarization and qualification range Aug. 16 at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.
Aug. 16, 2019 - GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Twenty Soldiers with the 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment conducted basic warrior tasks and focused on understanding battlefield enablers during the unit’s annual training Aug. 10 to 23, here, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

Combat Support takes the lead
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. LaRanda M. Boone of Greenville, N.C., an operations NCO with the 207th Regional Support Group, moves through a patrol at the Advanced Warrior Tasks Lane Combat Support Tactical Exercise, Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 12, 2019. The lane tested Soldiers land navigation skills, ability to treat a casualty and evacuate the wounded. The 207th Regional Support Group, which processed units participating in the CSTX, projected almost 4,000 joint service members would attend its August phase, including Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte, 207th Regional Support Group)
Aug. 15, 2019 - Thousands of U.S. Reserve and National Guard troops faced pressure and hardship this summer at Fort McCoy, Wis., during the 2019 Combat Support Tactical Exercise. Joint service members from across North America toiled during 24-hour operations while dealing with the certainty of simulated attacks, the uncertainty of outcomes and the scrutiny of military evaluators.

Army Reserve observer coach/ trainers ready infantry Soldiers during Army Total Force exercise
Florida National Guard Soldiers fire at the enemy, from a rooftop building, during lanes training at eXportable Combat Training Capability 19-05 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The Soldiers will continue their training next year at Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana in preparation for overseas deployments or stateside mobilizations. 
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. David Lietz)
Aug. 15, 2019 - Infantry Soldiers, assigned to the Florida National Guard, kneel in tall grass under the Friday night sky during eXportable Combat Training Capability 19-05. They stand by quietly waiting to move out during a phase of area security mission one into the mock city of Al Jaffa. Once ready, the Soldiers move towards their objective and carry out sensitive site exploitation, based on available intelligence information, and capture a high value target.

Army Reserve Soldier is honored at national pro fast pitch softball game
Maj. Rebecca Spohr, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, throws in a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Bandits home game vs. the United States Specialty Sports Association Pride team at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, August 11, 2019, in Rosemont, Illinois. Spohr received an honor at the game throwing in a ceremonial first pitch. August battle assembly was the last BA for Spohr as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Capt. Michael Ariola)
Aug. 14, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Rebecca Spohr, was honored during pre-game activities before the start of the National Pro Fast-pitch League softball game between the Chicago Bandits and the United States Specialty Sports Association Pride at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, August 11, 2019, in Rosemont, Illinois.

We Are Here To Help
1st Lt. Lori Blakeway and Sgt. Cory Nottingham, 1972d Medical Detachment, stand for a photo at Erbil, Iraq, July 29, 2019. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica McNabb)
Aug. 14, 2019 - Two Soldiers of the 1972d Medical Detachment run an operation that helps ensure warfighters are mentally fit and ready to face any challenge. Even though it's a small team, they make a lasting and significant impact.

Owasso soldier logs miles and memories in Iraq
Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 Melissa Barnes is the administration officer-in-charge at Erbil Air Base, Iraq.  When she's not tracking her morning mileage, she tracks reports for 3,600 Coalition military and civilian personnel.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kahlil Dash)
Aug. 14, 2019 - Minutes before the sun peaks over the Zagros mountains, the small group of runners gather up, discuss their workout plans, and set off for their morning run. It’s four hours before the start of the workday, but it won’t take long for temperatures to reach triple digits once the sun’s rays beat down on Erbil Air Base. Early starts are essential for runners who want to avoid being confined to the monotony of a treadmill.

Riggers are the Foundation for Every Parachute in the U.S. Army
Soldiers of the 861st Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Reserve, operating in Qatar under the 77th Sustainment Brigade, have been preparing aerial drops for delivery across the U.S. Central Command area of operations. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. David Clemenko)
Aug. 13, 2019 - Behind every military aerial delivery is a highly skilled group that meticulously prepare the chutes and the packages that seem to fall effortlessly out of their military transports. They are called Riggers. Identified by their red “baseball” style hats, a U.S. Army rigger is a Soldier trained to pack, maintain, and repair parachutes. After WW2, the Army gave the Quartermaster Corps the mission of aerial delivery, including parachute rigging. Shortly after, a parachute rigger course was established at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia in 1951, and continues today.

Missouri Reserve Unit Changes Commanders
Brig. Gen. Doug Cherry (left), deputy commanding general, 76th Operational Response Command, passes the 209th Regional Support Command unit colors to Army Reserve Col. Paul V. Miller, commander, 209th RSG during a change of command ceremony at the unit headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 10.  Miller took command from Col. Christina Garamond, who has commanded the nearly 2400 personnel unit for the past two years.  (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
Aug. 13, 2019 - Army Reserve Soldiers of the 209th Regional Support Group, 76th Operational Response Command, officially welcomed a new commander here August 10, during a change of command ceremony held at the unit headquarters.

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