Celebrating the Courage of the Army Reserve Soldier

On April 23rd of this year, the Army Reserve will celebrate 113 years of courageous service to the Army and the Nation, evolving from a small corps of medical professionals to what it is today: the best trained, best equipped and most ready Army Reserve in our Nation’s history.

Through every war, operation and emergency, at home and abroad, the men and women of the Army Reserve have never failed to meet the challenges of their time.

From the valor of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment in World War II – whose awards include 560 Silver Star Medals, 21 Medals of Honor, and seven Presidential Unit Citations – to the courage of the Soldiers and units who responded to the COVID-19 pandemic without delay, the Army Reserve has always been there when the Nation needed them most.

Today, even amid a global pandemic, nearly 8,000 Soldiers from more than 250 units are deployed to 23 countries around the world.  We are grateful for their courage and dedication to ensuring that the Army Reserve is ready today and shaping the force to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Today's Army Reserve covers more than 20 time zones across five continents. Our people are the most important weapon system in accomplishing the mission, ensuring units are ready and capable to deliver victory. Our Soldiers are mentally tough and with a desire to serve their country now and lead troops into the fight of tomorrow. In an ever changing landscape of both visible and invisible threats, we stand ready to defeat our enemies anytime, anywhere. Modernization drives our ability to support operations in the multi-domain environment. We will mobilize rapidly with the right capabilities to win the future fight. America's Army Reserve is ready now, shaping tomorrow.
The Army Reserve of today can trace its roots as a "national" or federal Citizen-Soldier force that goes back more than a century. Over the years, with the crisis of a major war, the federal government mobilized large Citizen-Soldier forces and trained them for combat operations. Today, the Army Reserve has more than 200,000 Soldiers and Civilian employees and 2,000 units spread across 20 time zones. Army Reserve Warrior Citizens have been tested in the crucible of combat, earning their status as full partners in those operations; no longer a supplemental, strategic reserve force but rather an able and operational force upon whom the nation must routinely call. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Staff Sgt. Rodney Roldan)

As we move into the future, the Army must have the forces and capabilities it needs to compete with our adversaries, respond to crisis, win in conflict, and change as needed for the future, and respond to crisis in the homeland.  

To accomplish that mission, the Army needs a dedicated federal Reserve that is ready today and shaping the force to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

That force is the United States Army Reserve.

Army Reserve Soldiers from the 209th Regional Support Group, 76th Operational Response Command, render a salute during a transfer of authority ceremony at the III Corps Headquarters parade field on Fort Hood, January 29. During the historic ceremony, the 209th RSG took responsibility of the Fort Hood Mobilization Brigade from the 211th Regional Support Group, who has been performing duties as the FHMB for the past year.

Our priorities are straightforward:  People – who accomplish the critical work needed to ensure victory; Readiness – providing Soldiers and units to Combatant Commanders around the globe, supporting civil authorities at home, and training for the battlefields of tomorrow; and pursuing the Modernization required to support the Total Force in a joint, multi-domain operational environment.

In keeping with this year’s theme:  Celebrating the Courage of the Army Reserve Soldier, we will continue to develop ready and resilient Soldiers and capable leaders in support of the Army and the Joint Force; supportive employer and partner relationships to build strong families and communities; and an environment of dignity and respect that fosters a mindset of teamwork, continuous learning and growth so our Soldiers will continue to serve and lead and shape the future.

The journey we are on together includes many challenges, but we are ready now, and we will shape the Army Reserve for the demands of tomorrow.

U.S. Army Pfc. Delcoy D. Delius, a driver with the 319th Transportation Company based in Augusta, Ga., fires his weapon during rifle marksmanship Feb. 23, 2021, as part of the 642nd Regional Support Group Best Warrior Competition at Fort McClellan, Ala. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte, 642nd Regional Support Group)

113th Army Reserve Birthday Virtual 10-Miler

Runners will run a 10-mile, 10-kilometer or five kilometer course of their choosing any time between 0001 EDT on Friday 23 April 2021 and 2359 EDT on Sunday, 25 April 2021. #USARBirthday113Run

Register: https://intelshare.intelink.gov/sites/usarwarriorfitt/


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