AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE

 

 

 

 

 

African-Americans in World War IITHROUGHOUT AMERICA'S HISTORY, from the Battle of Lexington to the Battle for Fallujah, Black Soldiers have honorably answered the call to duty, serving with great valor and distinction in America’s armed forces. Since the birth of our nation, African-American Soldiers have demonstrated the Army's core values. For generations, these proud heroes have played an integral role in protecting and shaping this nation.

During February, the Army celebrates and pays tribute to Black Soldiers and recognizes the important contributions they have made in past wars and are continuing to make today in overseas operations.

 
Pictured right: "Cpl. Carlton Chapman...is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit near Nancy, France." (Photo Courtesy of the National Archives, 761st Mt. Bn. November 5, 1944.)
FEATURED VIDEOS
The Army Reserve is a people-first organization, and as an Army Reserve command, we will continue to tackle the issues of diversity and equality. To do this, it has to start with a conversation. Capt. Randall Zeno and Capt. Damein Montgomery of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command share their legacy of service.
Pursuing excellence has always been the goal of Capt. Benjamin Spencer, an appellate attorney for the U.S. Army Reserve. Through his pursuit, he has become the first African-American dean for William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Throughout his life, he has striven to do his best in whatever he does, from raising his children and loving his wife to serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. Spencer tells his story of how this pursuit has shaped his life.
U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phillip Brashear is a helicopter pilot with combat experience and the son of Carl Brashear, the first African-American master diver in U.S. Navy’s history who lost his leg during a tragic accident on a diver mission off the coast of Spain in 1966. Carl Brashear’s life story was featured in the Hollywood film “Men of Honor” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro.
Lt. Col. Frederick Moss runs multiple military races each year — including the Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C. — while carrying a binder holding the names of the fallen Vietnam War service members. Moss decided to print the binder and run with it in honor of his father, Terry Leon Williams, who is a Vietnam veteran who survived the war, but who lost comrades in combat.
Part 4 of 4 on our series featuring Miss USA 2016, Capt. Deshauna Barber, Commander 988th Quartermaster Detachment. In this episode, CPT Barber talks about serving in the Army Reserve, competing in pageants, and breaking stereotypes.
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Gen. A.C. Roper currently serves as deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command; and vice commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. In this 2016 video, the then-commanding general for the 80th Training Command (TASS) and chief of police for the Birmingham Police Department (AL) Major Crimes, discusses the importance of goals and how the Army Reserve has taught him leadership skills to be successful in both his military and civilian career.
Staff Sgt. Zedrik Pitts from the 663rd Eng. Co. transferred to the Warrior Transition Battalion after discovering he had a debilitating disease. It was there that he took up cycling as a way to cope with his illness. The support of the WTB and his unit, and his resilience and persistance, have enabled Staff Sgt. Pitts to become a champion-level competitor and an Olympic hopeful.
“All rise,” is a sound that is all too familiar to everyone, whether by television or actually being in a courtroom for any number of reasons. It’s a sound that has become almost second nature for many courtroom officials and for Brig. Gen. Ural Glanville, Chief Judge of United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, one that sounds like much responsibility that he gladly accepts.
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Army Reserve Soldier: Actor and Public Affairs NCO

Army Reserve Soldier: Actor and public affairs NCO

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Mar. 26, 2021

"You shouldn't limit yourself to what you can experience and learn," said Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Rodney...
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Mar. 23, 2021

From a United States Naval Academy graduate to a Marine Corps Logistics Officer in Iraq, to now serving on the...
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Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer Denrick Mills, an air mobility warrant officer deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), said his favorite Black History story is the Triple Nickel “smokejumpers.” In 1945, the all-black 555th Airborne Infantry Battalion was ordered to Oregon to fight forest fires started by nature and by incendiary-bearing balloons sent into West Coast forests by the Japanese. “They used this airborne unit to jump in an put the fire out—that’s how the smokejumpers started,” he said.

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Mar. 01, 2021

Army Reserve Soldiers deployed here shared their thoughts about Black History Month and Black culture in...
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With traveling the world, interacting with various cultures, gaining operational and strategic planning experiences as a Soldier with 20 years of service, Maj. Satomi Mack-Martin has a plethora of experiences to draw from.

Maj. Satomi Mack-Martin Highlights Talent Only F...

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Feb. 23, 2021

In recognition of Black History Month, it’s an opportunity to look at the diversity of talent and skills that...
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The Journey of a Vision

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Feb. 23, 2021

“One day God spoke to me and said, ‘Go to Africa.’ And I literally did just that.”It really was that simple...
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Sergeant Major discovers the formula to success ...

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Feb. 22, 2021

She joined the Army as a Chemical Operations Specialist and with movie-like expectations, this 17-year-old...
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Chief honors Black History Month with father’s legacy

No right to quit: Chief honors Black History Mon...

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Feb. 18, 2021

Fort Gordon honored African American/Black History Month with a command program Monday in Darling Hall. The...
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88th Readiness Soldier: “I’m just adding to the legacy of those who came before me”

88th Readiness Soldier: “I’m just adding to the ...

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Feb. 16, 2021

Using the example of his grandfather who served in World War II, an 88th Readiness Division Soldier carries on...
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KFOR Soldier reflects on Black History Month

KFOR Soldier reflects on Black History Month: ‘B...

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Feb. 08, 2021

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Cassian Nuñez delivered a speech to a small room of...
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