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America's Army Reserve is in peak training season. Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, reminds Soldiers to maintain safety standards, discipline, and the expectations of field craft while honing skills essential to being part of the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal federal reserve force in the history of the nation.
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard for their patriotic service in support of the nation. Thank you to all who serve!
On today's AR/60: 1. Best Warrior Season is here with commands sending their best candidates to the U.S. Army Reserve level of competition soon. 2. Army Reserve Soldiers stationed at American Samoa get a new state-of-the-art range. 3. The Army Reserve is doing a complete reworking of it's promotion system. Got 60 seconds? Then checkout AR/60, a new series delivering the bottom line up front about America's Army Reserve.
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.
LTG Charles D Luckey talks about the incompatibility of extremist groups and service in America's Army Reserve. New version has direction for commanders--including holding Soldiers accountable.
If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign covers 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.
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.
Do you have what it takes to complete the U.S. Army Reserve Warrior Fit Challenge? Find out more in this video from Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, the U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major!
Want to know more about the Army Reserve? America's Army Reserve: The most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the Nation.
Suicides among our ranks affect not only Families but also unit readiness and morale - directly hampering the capability, combat-readiness, and lethality of America's Army Reserve.
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2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championships
The 2019 USAR Small Arms Championships are designed to train the most lethal, capable, and combat ready Army Reserve Soldiers. Get on the Road to Awesome by attending this event as an individual or team. All Army Reserve Soldiers are invited.
May 18, 2019 - The 2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championships will be held at Camp Atterbury, Ind. August 24-28. All Army Reserve Soldiers are invited to attend.

Soldiers and Civilians from across the country engage in ’Stand For Life’ suicide prevention training
Trainers and participants pause for a group photo during the close out of the 85th USARC’s ’Stand For Life’ suicide prevention training, May 6-10, 2019, at the 85th USARSC headquarters. The week-long training event provided suicide prevention program liaisons, from the command’s subordinate units, the opportunity to develop connections at the unit level and these connections will provide SPPLs with visibility, accountability, dialog and the support needed to break stigmas and identify authentic methods to successfully escort a Soldier to safety, away from suicidal ideations. Across the course of the training, numerous stories were shared from trainers and participants on how suicide impacted them but also shared and taught was how to be aware of those suffering from ideations and how to be there for those in need.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Anthony L. Taylor)
May 17, 2019 - “The latest information that we have is that the suicide rate is going down,” said Stacey Feig, Psychological Health Program director at the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. “That’s great news. However, the rate of suicidal ideation is still high, which means that we still have a lot of Soldiers who are hurting and who need some assistance in the immediate and in the long term, to be healthy and well as possible.”

Service Members Offer Behavioral Health Services on Camp Arifjan
Army Cpl. Andres Cruz, left, a behavioral health specialist and Capt. Tiffany Taylor, a behavioral health officer, both assigned to the 300th Special Troops Battalion, 300th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, staff a station and visit with Soldiers at the safety rodeo hosted by the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 300th Special Troops Battalion on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 7, 2019. This event serves to educate Soldiers on how to minimize and prevent accidents or injuries and to increase safety awareness. 

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Christopher Lindborg)
May 17, 2019 - Service members seeking help on Camp Arifjan are in good hands through a number of services offered by the 300th Special Troops Battalion, 300th Sustainment Brigade’s behavioral health team. 

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier reflects on family's service to the nation
United States Army Soldier Pvt. Ajani Desousa left, stands with his mother, retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenya Selmon, right, during his advanced individual training graduation at Fort Lee, Virginia, Feb. 2019. Kenya Selmon and Master Sgt. Robert Selmon met at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where they were both stationed with the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command. Pvt. Desousa recently enlisted in the active duty component of the U.S. Army, and is now stationed overseas. (Courtesy Photo)
May 17, 2019 - In 1988, as 17 year-old Robert Lee Selmon sat on his couch watching images flicker on the screen of his television; he began to wonder about how he could further challenge himself. The commercial that came on next offered him exactly what he was looking for.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier reflects on how heritage has shaped her service
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Bichthuy Truong of the 804th Movement Control Team inside the unit's office space on May 10, 2019, 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Det Wainwright. Truong is a key part of her unit's operation and is being highlighted for Asian/Pacific-Islander Heritage Month.(Photo by U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Jermaine Jackson)
May 17, 2019 - An example of someone who personifies the Army values in addition to celebrating her Asian/Pacific-Islander heritage is U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Bichthuy Truong, a Vietnamese American and transportation management coordinator from the 804th Movement Control Team, based in Tacoma, Washington, who joined for tuition assistance among many other reasons.

Career ‘Citizen Soldier’ reflects on conviction in Omaha missing person case, 13 years later
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Eric Nordby currently serves as an Internal Affairs Investigator with the Omaha, Nebraska Police Department and serves as the command chief warrant officer for the 85th U. S. Army Reserve Support Command. He is a veteran law enforcement officer with 27 years of experience. Nordby grew up in rural north central Nebraska and studied pre-medicine before he joined the Army and started a career in law enforcement. Nordby worked on a missing person case in 2006, when he was a detective at the Omaha Police Department. The case involved a teenage girl named Jessica O'Grady who suddenly went missing after meeting with her boyfriend, Christopher Edwards, at his home on May 10, 2006. She had intended to tell him she was pregnant.  Nordby was assigned to the case and interviewed the suspect, Edwards. Through determination and cooperation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Edwards was convicted of murder even though O'Grady's body was never found.
(Photo courtesy of Eric Nordby)
May 17, 2019 - On May 10, 2006 in the mid-western city of Omaha, Nebraska, a teenager named Jessica O’Grady went to her boyfriend’s home. The University of Nebraska student and waitress intended to tell him that she was pregnant, according to, then, Detective Eric Nordby, who is currently the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command. The following day she failed to show up for work.

4th ESC Soldiers support Vibrant Response
U.S Army Reserve Col. Gerald Tucker, the senior officer from the 4th Sustainment Command’s Operational Sustainment Team, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, briefs logistical support during Vibrant/Guardian Response 19 in Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. Vibrant/Guardian Response 19 is an annual exercise taking place from April 22 to May 22, 2019, at various locations in Indiana and Michigan. It is USNORTHCOM’s largest annual CBRN exercise and simulates a nuclear bomb detonation allowing U.S. Army units to train on disaster response and readiness. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Brandon R. Mace)
May 17, 2019 - Members of the U.S Army Reserve 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Operation Sustainment Team, based in San Antonio, Texas, participated in Vibrant and Guardian Response 19 from Apr. 26-May 16, 2019.

ARMEDCOM’s best of best issued one final challenge
Fifteen Soldiers from Army Reserve Medical Command participated in the terrain fitness portion of the competition on the morning of April 16th, which included running a couple miles, low crawling long distances, push-ups, flutter kicks and other calisthenics. The Soldiers arrived on April 13th, prepared to compete in the command-level Best Warrior Competition for 2019 held April 13-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos and represent the force of the future.
May 16, 2019 - Fifteen Soldiers arrived in Washington on a rare sunny afternoon, prepared to compete for the title of ‘Best’ as the enlisted or non-commissioned officer going forward to represent Army Reserve Medical Command at the U.S. Army Reserve Command level competition to be held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 23-28, 2019.

288th QM provides water for the force
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 288th Quartermaster Company, headquartered in Victoria, Texas, pack up water purification and distribution equipment on the final full day of Vibrant/Guardian Response 19 in Muscatatuck Urban Training Center May 14, 2019. Vibrant/Guardian Response 19 is an annual exercise taking place from April 22 to May 22, 2019, at various locations in Indiana and Michigan. It is USNORTHCOM’s largest annual CBRN exercise and simulates a nuclear bomb detonation allowing U.S. Army units to train on disaster response and readiness. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Brandon R. Mace)
May 16, 2019 - The U.S. Army Reserve 288th Quartermaster Company, based in Victoria, Texas, provided water purification and distribution for Vibrant and Guardian Response 19 from Apr. 26 – May 16, 2019.

Innovative Readiness Training mission treats over 9,000 patients in Puerto Rico
Col. Francisco J. Perez Rivera, a medical provider from the 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, talks with patient Lydia Torres, at the Innovative Readiness Training site in Yauco, May 3, 2019. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
May 16, 2019 - 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican Soldiers in local United States Army units joined over 500 members of different Department of Defense (DoD) components in a medical Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission that took place throughout the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, April 25 to May 5, 2019.

U.S. Army Reserve Chief Information Officer/Signal Workshop: ‘If the network isn’t ready, we are not ready’
Senior leaders from all three components in the U.S. Army gathered, both in person and through video teleconference, for the U.S. Army Reserve Chief Information Officer/Signal Workshop in the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, May 14-15, 2019. The workshop gave signal and cyber officers the opportunity to synchronize the Army Network Plan and discuss the way ahead. It also reinforced the importance of an efficient integrated network and its impact on readiness. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez)
May 16, 2019 - Senior leaders from all three components in the U.S. Army gathered, both in person and through video teleconference, for the U.S. Army Reserve Chief Information Officer/Signal Workshop in the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, May 14-15, 2019.

94th Division Command Sergeant Major Retires: Makes History during Tenure
Command Sgt. Maj. Sharon Campbell, outgoing 94th Training Division-Force Sustainment command sergeant major, is presented with her Certificate of Retirement by Brig. Gen. Stephen Iacovelli, 94th TD-FS commanding general during the unit’s change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Lee’s Army Logistics University Bunker Hall. The ceremony bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Sharon Campbell on Mar. 10, 2019 after her tenure as at the 94th TD-FS command sergeant major and retirement from the Army after 38-years of service to her country, welcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Simpson as the new unit command sergeant major. (Photo by Maj. Ebony Gay, 94th TD-FS Public Affairs Office)
May 15, 2019 - FORT LEE, Va. - Carrying out a command sergeant major tenure is thought of as one of the most challenging endeavors bestowed upon our nation’s senior non-commissioned officers. It is another milestone and journey of its own for one to see his or her military career through until retirement. For one senior leader, an impactful military career would come to fruition.

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