Combat Support Training Exercise prepares Army Reserve units to be self-sustaining in tactical objectives
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Nitendra Prasad, Platoon Sergeant, 645th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Las Vegas, Nevada, yells at his Soldiers to get down as Civilians on the Battlefield approach an entry control point of the Central Receiving Shipping Point yard during a training scenario involving civilians, August 18, 2019 at Combat Support Training Exercise 86-19-04 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Prada, a 15-year Army veteran with two overseas tours, rehearsed the mission with his Soldiers and covered the Rules of Engagement and Escalation of force protocol. Army Reserve Soldiers traveled to Fort McCoy to participate in the 86th Training Division’s CSTX 86-19-04 during the month of August. Active duty and Army Reserve observer coach/trainers from First Army’s 181 Multi-functional Training Brigade, 85th U.S. Army Support Command, 84th Training Command and 86th Training Division supported Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers improve their functional and tactical skills by coaching and teaching them about tactical field craft in an austere environment. Soldiers were trained in objectives such as base defense operations, convoy operations and applying first aid on the battlefield.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by 1st Sgt. Anthony L. Taylor)
Aug. 23, 2019 - “Get down! Get away from the gate!” yelled Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Nitendra Prasad, Platoon Sergeant, 645th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Las Vegas, Nevada.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier leads the way
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Gregory Girard, a trainer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), 104th Training Division (Leader Training), 108th Training Command, from Saco, Maine, reviews the weapon clearing procedure for the M240B machine gun for the incoming cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2017. Instructors from the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment have been tasked with training incoming cadets at West Point for over 30 years. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Carlos J. Garcia)
Aug. 7, 2017 - Hi-yah! An Army Reserve Soldier teaches incoming cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York to always karate chop the safety on the M240B machine gun.

Echo Mission helps train Ft. Jackson recruits
New recruits with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., prepare for a land navigation course on the land navigation range at Fort Jackson, Aug. 3, 2017. Army Reserve drill sergeants work with active duty drill sergeants at Fort Jackson to counter the influx of new recruits that occurs during the summer months. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Jeremiah Woods)
Aug. 7, 2017 - Coral-red dust billows up and rests on several brand-new pairs of brown leather boots as a crowd of new recruits at Fort Jackson, S.C. shuffle into a formation on the Omaha Beach team live-fire range.

Effects and Enablers team aren’t playing games
Army Reserve 1st Lt. Rebecca Milligan, of the Effects and Enablers Team, which is augmenting the 84th Training Command's Combat Support Training Exercise and the Army Medical Command’s Global Medic Exercise headquartered out of Fort Hunter Liggett, California, prepares “Trauma Charlie” a simulation injury mannequin used by medical professionals to train on during mass casualty scenarios on Camp Roberts, California, July 16, 2017.
July 24, 2017 - With a gentle brush stroke, the artist finalizes one of her many masterpieces of the day – a human puncture wound. She waits for the blood to congeal in the central California heat. What might seem like gory work to some, is a labor of love and a teaching point for Army Reserve 1st Lt. Rebecca Milligan.

Mortuary affairs unit augments training during Guardian Response 2017
Pvt. Elsamari Figueroa, an ammunition specialist with the 266th Ordnance Company out of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, prepares a fake head wound on a civilian role-player as part of the Guardian Response exercise April 29, 2017, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind. Nearly 4,100 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Christopher Hernandez)
May 12, 2017 - In a brightly lit trailer here, a trained moulage practitioner uses ceramic molds to create a fake-head laceration on a civilian role player while another uses a cosmetic spray on his subject’s abdomen to replicate a burn wound. In perhaps the most gruesome display in the scene an individual creates a simulated severe head injury complete with protruding brain matter.

Derailment Builds Readiness of Army Reserve
A U.S. Army Reserve firefighter with the 468th Engineer Detachment, Danvers, Massachusetts, carries a casualty to safety after being rescued from a train derailment exercise, part of Guardian Response 17 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Butlerville, Indiana, May 7, 2017.
Nearly 4,100 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe.
May 11, 2017 - Dousing out rising flames is a routine duty for a fireman, but during Guardian Response 17 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), responsibilities are anything but routine for the firemen of 468th Engineer Detachment.

Guardian Response 17 kicks off at MUTC
U.S. Army Reseve Soldiers from 468th Engineer Detachment in Danvers, Massachusetts, treat a mannequin victim extracted from underneath a vehicle May 6, 2017 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana. Nearly 4,100 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units' ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe.
May 10, 2017 - On Monday, April 24, at approximately 10 a.m., a notional, 10-kiloton nuclear dirty bomb was set off in Weehawken, New Jersey. On Tuesday night, at close to midnight, the first military responders were lined up at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana, which represents the outskirts of the bomb blast radius, in order to look for victims and survivors.

Service members and civilians stand ready to respond
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, assigned to the 469th Medical Company-Ground Ambulance out of Wichita, Kansas, and Air Men, assigned to the 6th Medical Operations Squadron out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl., transport casualties from the point of drop off to the Air Force expeditionary medical support tent at forward operating base Nighthawk in Camp Atterbury, In., April 29, 2017, as part of Exercise Guardian Response. Nearly 4,100 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe. The 84th Training Command is the hosting organization for this exercise, with the training operations run by the 78th Training Division, headquartered in Fort Dix, New Jersey. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Sofia)
May 9, 2017 - On Sept. 11, 2001, ashes filled what was once known as the capital of the world, and the clamors for help were heard around the globe.

Into the Rough
A crew of 468th Fire Fighting Detachment Soldiers shore up the side of a trench in order to extract a mannequin casualty safely during Guardian Response 17 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana on May 7, 2017. 

Nearly 5,000 Soldiers and Airmen from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate the military's ability to support Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Sofia/Released)
May 9, 2017 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 356th Engineer Detachment are among the more than 4,100 Soldiers at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) to participate in Guardian Response 2017 (GR17).

TF-76 prepares to save lives and mitigate the suffering
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 414th chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) Company out of Orangeburg, S.C., decontaminate each other after a simulated nuclear bomb explosion during Vibrant Response 17 at Camp Atterbury, Ind., May 7, 2017.  The 414th CBRNE Company is assigned to Task Force 76 as one of their decontamination units. Vibrant Response 17 is an annual command post exercise that simulates the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major city within the United States. This year it was integrated with Guardian Response 17 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana. The exercises enable emergency response organizations, both civilian and military, to integrate and provide relief during a catastrophic disaster. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez)
May 9, 2017 - When disaster strikes and chaos sets in, people can forget their cities' emergency evacuation plans and highways get stacked with traffic. People get hurt and communication gets cut off.

Behind the Scenes: Makeup and Mannequins
MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Indiana – Sgt. Emmanuel Cabrera from Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, a logistic specialist with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 266th Ordnance Company, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, creates an artificial laceration wound onto a civilian volunteer at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, May 6, 2017. Nearly 4,100 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 17, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) catastrophe.
May 8, 2017 - Twisted metal, scattered clothes, and thousands of other pieces of debris litter the landscape as far as the eye can see. Handmade, tattered signs hanging on buildings and walls containing messages such as “help” and “need food” wave in the cold, wet spring wind. In a scene portraying the aftermath of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) attack in the United States, the only thing missing are casualties. Cue the U.S. Army Reserve’s 266th Ordnance Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Civilians Support Military Training Through Role Play
Civilian role player Cheyenne Patton, a North Vernon, Ind., resident, goes through decontamination following a mock nuclear disaster at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, April 28, 2017. The U.S. Army Reserve’s Guardian Response 2017 is a multi-component training exercise designed to validate more than 4,000 service members in Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear catastrophe. This year's exercise simulated an improvised nuclear device explosion with a source region electromagnetic pulse out to more than four miles. The 84th Training Command hosted this exercise and the 78th Training Division, headquartered in Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, conducted the training. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Beth Raney, 343rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
May 4, 2017 - The U.S. Army Reserve’s Guardian Response 2017 is a multi-component training exercise designed to validate more than 4,100 service members in Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear catastrophe.

MUTC Carpentry Shop
Muscatatuck, Ind.- Bill LaFollette and Shawn Kostek work together to produce special order projects at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center Carpentry Shop in Butlerville, Ind., Aug. 22, 2016. Both have worked here for the past 20 years. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Eddie Serra)
Aug. 25, 2016 - Kostek and LaFollette have worked together at the MUTC Carpentry Shop as Maintenance Repair 2 Journeymen (MR2) for the past 20 years.

Renaissance Soldier
BUTLERVILLE, Ind. – Indiana National Guard Master Sgt. Bradley Staggs (sitting), of the 38th Infantry Division, shows U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment and 205th Press Camp Headquarters how to run radio broadcast equipment during Exercise News Day at MUTC on Aug. 23, 2016. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Elizabeth M. Griffith, 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment/Released)
Aug. 25, 2016 - Master Sgt. Bradley Staggs, an Indiana National Guard Soldier with the 38th Infantry Division, is a trained broadcast noncommissioned officer, and that is where his military and civilian careers have intertwined.

Live Public Affairs Exercise
MUSCATATUCK, Ind. – Once used as a mental hospital, the structure built in 1938 is now in use by civilian and military personnel coming in to conduct urban training. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Megan McFarling, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)
Aug. 24, 2016 - Muscatatuck housed the first annual large scale Army Reserve public affairs exercise called Exercise News Day.

965th Dental Company Train at Global Medic Exercise Fort McCoy
FORT MCCOY, Wis. – U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, Spc. Billy Dunn, a dental specialist, with the 965th Dental Company, Seagoville, Texas, and a Dallas, Texas native, prepares dental equipment for sterilization during the Global Medic Exercise at Fort McCoy, Aug. 20, 2016. More than 60 965th Soldiers took part in the exercise to hone their field operations skillset. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Released)
Aug. 23, 2016 - 60 military dentists, dental specialists and hygienists with the 965th dental Company conducted dental operations during the Golden Medic Exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis.

301st Military Police Company, Puerto Rico, Conducted Base Security Procedures
FORT MCCOY, Wis. – U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, Pfc. David Martinez, a military policeman with the 301st MP Company, Puerto Rico, and San Lorenzo native, stands watch as a tower guard over a simulated theater detention facility during a combat support training exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 19, 2016. The 301st was tasked with providing base defense during the exercise, which included foxhole perimeter defense, TDF security, quick reaction force teams and entry control point teams. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Released)
Aug. 22, 2016 - Soldiers with the 301st Military Police Company out of Puerto Rico, conducted base security operations during their Annual Training.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Trains to be a Broadcaster
Staff Sgt. Samuel Bayle is enrolled at the Defense Information School to become a “46R,” or “Broadcast Videographer.” Upon completion, Bayle will have attained skills in video techniques, voice, and editing, radio operation, and broadcast writing skills. He will continue to practice his new skillset at his unit, the 354th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Rebecca Newton/Released)
Aug. 19, 2016 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldier trains to be a broadcast journalist at the DINFOS.

651st Soldiers out of Evansville, Wyo. provide clean water to troops training at Ft. McCoy, Wis.
FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- Army Reserve Soldiers from the 651st Quartermaster Company out of Evansville, Wyo., perform maintenance on a water pressure hose as part of the Combat Support Training Exercise here in Fort McCoy, Wis., on Aug. 16, 2016. CSTX immerses Army Reserve Soldiers and other service members in real-world  training scenarios to enhance unit readiness in the planning, preparation, and execution of combat service support operations. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Christopher A. Hernandez, 345th Public Affairs Detachment)
Aug. 18, 2016 - 651st Soldiers out of Evansville, Wyo. provide clean water to troops training at Ft. McCoy, Wis. during Combat Support Training Exercise Aug. 16, 2016.

Officer Response to Active Shooter Exercise
MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER (MUTC) - An Indiana State Police officer holds his position and applies his tourniquet to a simulated injury after neutralizing the threat during training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center on Aug. 16, 2016. The purpose of the exercise was to test officers' situational awareness and decision-making while under pressure so they will be able to react to a situation if one occurs. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Eddie Serra, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)
Aug. 18, 2016 - Indiana State Police train on procedures during an active shooter exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC).

Defense Information School Broadcast Videographer
FORT MEADE, Md. – U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Monique O’Neill practices announcing on August 16, 2016. O’Neill is enrolled in class at the Defense Information School to become a “46R,” or “Broadcast Videographer.” Upon completion, O’Neill will have attained skills in video shooting and editing, radio operation and delivery, voice and broadcast writing skills; and will continue to practice her new profession at her unit, the 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Rebecca Newton/Released)
Aug. 18, 2016 - Currently a student at the Defense Information School, commonly known as DINFOS, O’Neill is learning how to write and edit broadcast copies, preparing for on-air delivery. She will also learn how to shoot and edit video, as well as radio operations

National Guard Medics from the 2nd Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Indiana National Guard medic Spc. Matthew Bailey of Sturgis, Mich. stays on emergency watch as his unit fires live mortar rounds during their annual readiness exercise. (Photo by SGT Raymond Maldonado, 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment)
Aug. 18, 2016 - Indiana National Guard medic, Spc. Matthew Bailey, from Sturgis, Mich. stays on guard during his unit’s mortar live fire exercise.

Exportable Combat Training Capability
FORT HOOD, Texas. – U.S. Army Reserve Solider Spc. Martin Benavides, of San Antonio, Texas, passes laundry bundles to be placed in the Laundry Advance System, during annual training.  Spc. Benavides is part of the 340th Quartermaster Company out of Fort Sam Houston and conducting annual training at Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 6 - 26, 2016.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Michael Adetula, 206th BOD)
Aug. 18, 2016 - U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard train during Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort Hood, Texas.

Transportation Warrior Exercise
Supplying the warfighter with strategic deployment capabilities.
1st Lt. Quentin Fillmore, battle captain, and Staff Sgt.  Orion Barnes, automated information for movement systems non-commissioned officer in charge of the 352d Expeditionary Terminal Operations Element based in Sanford, Florida, brief the unit during Army Reserve exercise TRANS WARRIOR 2016. The exercise provides Mission Essential Task List focused training and  addresses fundamental Soldier skills. The TRANSWARRIOR exercise lasted from July 9 to July 23, 2016. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by 1st Sgt. Timothy Lawn, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)
July 29, 2016 - “Sound logistics forms the foundation for the development of strategic flexibility and mobility. If such flexibility is to be exercised and exploited, military command must have adequate control of its logistic support.” -- RADM Henry E. Eccles, Logistics in the National Defense (1959)

Train to Detain: 159th Military Police Battalion at Guardian Shield 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 159th Military Police Battalion Criminal Investigation Command located in Terre Haute, Ind., divide into two person teams to conduct counter-surveillance operations by attempting to identify several surveillance vehicles and personnel during Guardian Shield 2016, July 26 2016. Guardian Shield is a training event, based at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Charleston, S.C., focused on core competencies for special agents.
July 28, 2016 - CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 159th Military Police Battalion, Criminal Investigation Division, began the two-week Guardian Shield training event at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. on July 24th, 2016. Guardian Shield is a U.S. Army Reserve training exercise focused on the many different aspects of criminal investigations to include domestic violence, intervention, hostage situations, and reactions to active shooters.

Army Reserve Soldier talks diet, diabetes and Hearty Chicken Chile on Indian Reservation
LOWER BRULE, S.D -- U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Elizabeth Rodriguez, chief nutritionist with the 1207th U.S. Army Hospital, helps a student prepare ingredients during a healthy cooking demonstration July 20, 2016. Rodriguez conducted the class during an Innovative Readiness Training mission on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation located 61 miles southeast of Pierre, S.D. IRT allows Soldiers to use their skill set in real-world environments that positively impact communities. Rodriguez used the session to teach locals about managing their diabetes through diet and nutrition. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. David Alexander)
July 27, 2016 - LOWER BRULE, S.D. -- In the basement of the Lower Brule Tribal Administration building the smell of fresh garlic, cumin, oregano and chili powder fills the hallways as an infectious laugh mixes with sounds from chopping boards.

Army Reserve, National Guard public affairs join forces in training
Butlerville, Ind. – Maj. Adam Weece, Exercise News Day Rotation 5 officer in charge, congratulates - Master Sgt. Brad Staggs, Atterbury-Muscatatuck public affairs noncommissioned officer in charge, for his hard work and dedication. Exercise News Day is a training exercise designed to sharpen the skills of photo and broadcast journalist during the Soldiers from the 205th Press Camp Headquarters and subordinate detachments annual training July 15-29, 2016.
July 27, 2016 - BUTLERVILLE, Ind.— U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 205th Press Camp Headquarters and subordinate detachments participating in the Exercise News Day filled the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center radio station and museum July 23, 2016 for their end of the day brief. However, this briefing incorporated a special surprise.

931st ports at Trans Warrior 2016
FT. MCCOY, Wisc. – Master Sgt. Duane Emerson, center, and Sgt 1st Class William Thomas, left back, Observer/Controller/Trainers for the Trans Warrior exercise, look over a scenario given in Transportation Coordinators’ Automated Information for Movement System II with Sgt. Andrew Davis, far left, and Spc. Jiuen Jun, members of the 931st Expeditionary Theatre Opening Element, based out of Sherman Oaks, Calif.. Trans Warrior was held July 9 through 23, here, providing U.S. Army Reserve transportation Soldiers an opportunity to train realistically on port operations. (U. S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Charlotte Fitzgerald, 345th Public Affairs Detachment)
July 25, 2016 - The U.S. Army 88 series military occupational specialty is typically associated with solely driving trucks. However, as the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 931st Expeditionary Theatre Opening Element showcased, the 88 series is also responsible for the movement of equipment and supplies by land, air and sea.

Mass casualty exercise provides realistic training for Hungarian, American medical teams
U.S. Army Sgt. Erin Hodge works with Hungarian first responders to assess victims of a simulated vehicle crash during Exercise Anakonda Response 2016, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Papa Air Base.
May 12, 2016 - Hungarian and American first responders got a taste of working together during a mass casualty event simulating an auto accident. The mass casualty exercise took place May 4 as part of Exercise Anakonda Response 2016, a joint-service, multinational exercise that included military and government civilians from Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States as part of a joint task force.

Multinational disaster exercise on Hungarian air base builds relationships
Brig. Gen. Arlan DeBlieck, center, commanding general of the 7th Mission Support Command, listens to a Commander's Update Brief during Exercise Anakonda Response 2016, Friday, April 29, 2016 at Papa Air Base in Hungary. For the roughly two-week long event, the U.S. organized a full assembly of military representation: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Also, the Hungarian military hosted the United Kingdom’s Royal Army and Corps of Royal Marines.
May 12, 2016 - Three countries practiced working together during Exercise Anakonda Response 2016, a joint-service, multinational exercise that included military and government civilians from Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Who makes sure bullets meet the standard?
Spc. Miguel Toro, an ammunition specialist for the 266th Ordnance Company based in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, bands a pallet of ammunition crates during Transmariner 2016 in Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, N.C., March 1. During Transmariner, Army Reserve Soldiers receive, inspect, repackage and ready munitions for loading aboard vessels from Feb. 13 to May 21. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael T. Crawford/RELEASED)
March 5, 2016 - A Soldier’s relationship with munitions is often a short one: a pull of a pin, a squeeze of a trigger, an explosive result, then on to the next. For some, the relationship is more intimate.

Reserving a path to a lifelong dream
Pvt. Showan Isaacs, a cargo specialist with the 1174th Deployment and Distribution Battalion at Fort Totten, N.Y., inspects straps used to secure cargo during the Transmariner 2016 exercise in Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, N.C. During Transmariner, Army Reserve Soldiers receive, inspect, repackage and ready munitions for loading aboard vessels from Feb. 13 to May 21, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Gregory Lydick/Released)
March 5, 2016 - For most, a military occupational specialty isn’t an Army Reserve Soldier’s day in, day out. Many tap into this extra skill just one weekend a month, two weeks a year.

US Army: Going to MARRS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Are you looking for fuelers to fulfill vehicle readiness? Do you need a company of military police to conduct convoy security?
In a partnership with the National Guard Bureau, the U.S. Army Reserve is now in the initial stages of adopting the Mission Analysis, Readiness & Resource Synchronization (MARRS) system as a source to assess overall unit readiness.
Feb. 27, 2016 - SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Are you looking for fuelers to fulfill vehicle readiness? Do you need a company of military police to conduct convoy security?

Meshing mechanics: Reserve mechanics repair vehicles alongside active duty components at JRTC 16-04
Army mechanics work on the underbelly of a Humvee in the maintenance tent of the 542nd Sustainment Maintenance Company Feb. 18 at Fort Polk, La. The maintenance bay has been home to mechanics from several different units and components during the Joint Readiness Training Center's rotation 16-04 operation. The Soldiers have come together during the exercise to provide maintenance support for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ellerman 204th Public Affairs Detachment/Released)
Feb. 26, 2016 - FORT POLK, La. -- A gentle breeze pushes aside the thick dingy white plastic flaps as it enters the area, muddling with the lingering smell of motor oil and fluids and traverses through the makeshift space. Figures in worn greenish black suits, drenched in grease buzz about fervently tinkering with their vast array of tools engineering a mechanical melody.

First Exercise News Day field tests Army Reserve public affairs units
Sgt. Elizabeth Raney, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier assigned to the 343rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Camp Parks, Ark., frames a fellow Reserve Soldier on Feb. 18 for the first Exercise News Day in Fort Polk, La. The exercise tested Army Reserve public affairs Soldiers on their skills in the field at Joint Readiness Training Center. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Hubbard, 204th Public Affairs Detachment/Released)
Feb. 26, 2016 - FORT POLK, La. - Army Reserve public affairs has a new gauntlet to test its skills.

New readiness synchronization system to come down the pipeline for Reserve units
Capt. Gabrila Benitezlara, the Collective Training Officer in Charge for the 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, tests out the new Mission Analysis, Readiness & Resource Synchronization (MARRS) system during an information brief for Army Reserve Soldiers in leadership roles. The MARRS system will help to de-conflict scheduling of units as well as leveraging the remainder of Soldiers within those Reserve units. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Bethany L. Huff)
Feb. 22, 2016 - A new way to manage Army readiness is in the works and coming to operations planners across the Army.

103rd Quartermaster Company verifies and assists 70 Gorgas citizens
Spc. Kouadio Nguessan, an automated logistical specialist with the 103rd Quartermaster Company, verifies evacuee documents to ensure they have the necessary paperwork to reenter the country during a role play exercise, at the Intermediate Staging base on Feb. 18. This particular evacuee exercise is the first of its kind working directly with the Consulate out of Frankfurt Germany, while being the third iteration of similar training during the JRTC rotations. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Bethany L. Huff)
Feb. 18, 2016 - FORT POLK, La. - The Soldiers of the 103rd Quartermaster Company performed evacuee operations during the Joint Readiness Training Center exercise at the Intermediate Staging Base, Feb. 18, 2016.

Fueling with food for the fight
A food services specialist with the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, an active duty unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, is part of the operation that supplies food for Soldiers at the intermediate staging base in Alexandria, Louisiana for rotation 16-04 at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, Louisiana. The active-duty unit is augmenting for their Reserve Component counterparts for the exercise. The Army and Army Reserve continuously make preparations to deliberately and purposefully integrate training among and between components as part of the Army Total Force Policy. The policy ensures that there is continuity within the different components and promotes interoperability.
Feb. 18, 2016 - FORT POLK, La.– In the early morning hours, when most Soldiers are snuggled deep in their beds, there are those who are wide-awake and busy firing up the stoves, inspecting and preparing food, and making sure breakfast is served when the rest of the Soldiers wake up, hours later.

Fueling the mission
Spc. Matt Giroud, a petroleum supply specialist with the 574th Quartermaster Company, is part of the detail that supplies fuel to all of the ground vehicles in the Joint Readiness Training Center Exercise 16-04 at Fort Polk, La. The active-duty unit out of Alaska is augmenting for their Reserve Component counterparts for the exercise. The Army and Army Reserve continuously make preparations to deliberately and purposefully integrate training among and between components as part of the Army Total Force Policy. The policy ensures that there is continuity within the different components and promotes interoperability.
Feb. 18, 2016 - FORT POLK, La. – Active-duty Soldiers from the 574th Quartermaster Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, conducted fueling operations in support of an Army Reserve exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Feb. 17.

Logging a day's work: Reserve logisticians integrate, excel at JRTC 16-04
Feb. 17, 2016 - FORT POLK, La. - The clang of metal tines against pine planked pallets pierces through the exhaust and hum of bustling cargo trucks loading and unloading their goods. Content customers clad in camouflage order and receive supplies amidst the crisp cool air.

USARC and RSCs plan Exercise News Day
U.S. Marine Corps Capt Peter C. Koerner, Joint Public Affairs Support Element, and Monica Womack, USARC Deputy Chief of Training and Readiness-West discuss Rehearsal of Concept for Exercise News Day, at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center., Camp Atterbury, Ind., Jan. 31 through Feb. 1
Exercise News Day is a first ever United States Army Reserve Command public affairs exercise designed to support the public affairs warfighter, the combatant commander, and serves to keep the public informed, and help the public maintain confidence in America's Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict and war.
(U.S. Army Photo by 1SG Timothy B. Lawn/Released)
Feb. 5, 2016 - Army Reserve public affairs senior leaders gather at the Indiana National Guard Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Camp Atterbury, Ind. Their mission, conduct a Rehearsal of Concept for Exercise News Day, the first ever United States Army Reserve Command public affairs exercise designed with the primary focus of training public affairs Soldiers how to best collectively tell the Army story.