Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA)

 

Established in April 1998, The Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA) Program is one of the Army Reserve's key outreach programs.  ARAs are influential volunteers with significant ties to their communities who operate at state and local levels and voluntarily represent the Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR) without salary, wages or other benefits.  They develop awareness and advocacy for the Army Reserve and are vitally important bridges to communities across the Nation. 

Army Reserve Ambassadors are a powerful means of message delivery to the American people and they provide invaluable connections for our own centers of influence to engage local stakeholders.  ARAs have the advantage of strategic timing, long-term relationships, and continued dialogue with persons of influence to achieve the desired outcomes we need to stay relevant in today’s challenging operating environment. 

Ambassador News
Ambassadors Communicating Strategically within Civilian Communities
Army Reserve ambassadors for the 63rd Readiness Division along with various other participants conclude the 2019 Army Reserve Ambassador workshop in San Diego, California on August 17, 2019 with a group photo. The ARAs under the 63rd RD participate in their annual workshop to sharpen their skills within their respective communities. (Photo by  Rosario G. Urquieta)
Sept. 3, 2019 - The 63rd Readiness Division conducted their 2019 Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA) workshop on August 16

Federal, state, local leaders honor Army Reserve on its 111th birthday
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 7th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division, and National Guardsmen based in Marysville, Washington, kick-off the Army Reserve's 111th anniversary celebration with a birthday run, 23 April, 2019.
April 25, 2019 - The Evergreen State was in full celebratory mode to mark the 111th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve, April 23, 2019, hosting ceremonies not only at the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) headquarters in Marysville but also at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.

Borinqueneer receives long-overdue award for Korean War service
Brig. Gen. retired Fernando Fernandez, U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador in Puerto Rico, (right) and Agustin Montañez, Puerto Rico Veterans' Advocate (left) , traveled to Aibonito, a mountainous town in the center of the island of Puerto Rico, Feb. 4, to present a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal to Pfc. Jose Nicolas Latorre Ortiz, for his service in Korea as member of the 65th Infantry Regiment. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez)
Feb. 5, 2019 - Brig. Gen. retired Fernando Fernandez, U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador in Puerto Rico, and Agustin Montañez, Puerto Rico Veterans' Advocate, traveled to Aibonito, a mountainous town in the center of the island of Puerto Rico, Feb. 4, to present a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal to Pfc. Jose Nicolas Latorre Ortiz for his service in Korea as member of the 65th Infantry Regiment.

Ambassadors Link Army Reserve Leaders to Soldiers, Families and Communities
Mary Miller, ambassador for the state of Washington, listens during the annual Army Reserve Ambassador Workshop, at Fort Snelling, Minn., Aug. 10. (U.S. Army photo by Catherine Carroll)
Aug. 15, 2018 - The 88th Readiness Division’s Army Reserve Ambassadors Workshop provides an especially valuable venue to bridge the future needs of the Army Reserve and the current needs and concerns of Soldiers, families and communities during this almost historic time of change and progress within the Total Army Team.

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Fort McCoy Community Salute
Medal of Honor recipient retired Sgt. Maj. Kenneth E. Stumpf, alongside 88th Readiness Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Patrick Reinert and Army Reserve Ambassador for Wisconsin Gerald W. Meyer, hands out certificates to recent enlistees during the Our Community Salutes event on Armed Forces Day, May 19, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Community Salutes honor graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the Armed Forces.
May 21, 2018 - The Fort McCoy community gathered together for an Our Community Salutes event at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on Armed Forces Day, May 19, to salute graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the military. A special guest of honor, Medal of Honor recipient retired Sergeant Major Kenneth E. Stumpf, spoke to the enlistees and shared personal stories from his time in service

ARA Program Brochure - October 2019
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Army Reserve Ambassador brochure

Ambassador Brochure