2014 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant

As the proponent of all historical activities within the Army Reserve, we accurately collect, preserve, interpret, and communicate the Army Reserve’s (AR) history and material culture to the USARC Commander, Decision Makers, the Force, and the Nation.

Develop a fully integrated and properly resourced network of history programs and professionals who preserve the history of the Army Reserve, serve Soldiers through education and training, support decision-making; and use advanced technologies, providing relevant, timely historical products and services for the Army Reserve, the Army, and the general public. (AR 870-5, para.2-1.b).


"The Army Reserve is a critical enabler of Joint and multi-national forces. These capabilities expand the reach of the Joint Force and increase the Army’s expeditionary campaigning capabilities." 
Retired Gen. Vincent Brooks, former commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific Command

The use of military history includes, but is not limited to:

Write the official history of the Army Reserve in peace and war.

Army Reserve Historical Research Collections (Archives):
Preserve the institutional memory of the Army Reserve through an archives/oral history program.

Army Reserve Historical Artifact Collections:
Exhibit Army Reserve history and overseeing Army Reserve museum and artifact collection activities.

Military History Detachment:
Oversee military history detachment (MHD) training/readiness (28 RC, 2 AC, 7 NG).

Historical Support:
• Provide support to the USARC and OCAR staff.
• Provide historical advice to the commander in his/her decision making process.
• Develop and provide military history educational programs.
• Support public and command information activities.
• Providing historical support to assist the down-trace and enhance esprit de corps.

The 459th Engineer Company lays a bridge under fire in April 2003, in this official Army Reserve painting by Rick Reeves.

Pictured above: The 459th Engineer Company lays a bridge under fire in April 2003, in this official Army Reserve painting by Rick Reeves.

The Army Reserve is ready now and shaping tomorrow. That means we are ready in times of crisis, and ready for whatever threats and challenges lie ahead.

Today’s Army Reserve is the most battle-tested and experienced in our Nation’s history. But whether performing combat missions a broad or saving lives and protecting property at home, the Army Reserve will continue to offer versatile, available and effective capabilities to the Army and the Nation at reduced cost to the American taxpayer.

As the dedicated Federal Reserve Force of the Army, the Army Reserve exists to serve the Army and the Nation, and has never failed to accomplish its mission.

Through two World Wars, a Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Overseas Contingency Operations and countless other crises, operations and emergencies, the Warrior Citizens of the Army Reserve have answered the Nation’s call.