2nd Psychological Operations Group

Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve Command, speaks about the changes and implementation of the new ACFT 2.0. The U.S. Army challenges all Soldiers to pass the ACFT at the gold standard. The ACFT will strengthen our fitness culture, reduce injuries, and increase Army readiness. COVID19 has had an enormous impact on our nation and on our Soldiers. Leadership has assessed the situation and adjusted our implementation of the ACFT across the force. As a result of that assessment, we now introduce ACFT “2.0,” which will physically prepare us all for combat. ACFT 2.0 is the Army’s continuous effort to assess and evolve the ACFT by reviewing its scoring standards and alternate events. Performance data will continue to inform modifications and updates over the next few years. The Army Reserve will remain open and transparent in our scoring standards. When changes are implemented, we will provide appropriate training guidance in our doctrine. For now, no adverse administrative actions will be taken against a Soldier for failing the ACFT. This guidance is in place at least through 31 March 2022.
Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper, deputy commanding general U.S. Army Reserve, talks about the value of life of every U.S. Army Reserve Soldier and the importance of reflectively listening to the concerns and needs of others.

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Civil Affairs Captain serves virtually, helps doctors in Kenya
Capt. Sarah E. Ashley supports Nairobi, Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct. 14, 2020 - Capt. Sarah E. Ashley has been in Nairobi, Kenya since January 2020 to serve as faculty for a new residency program training as an emergency specialist doctor. Her plans fell thru due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she immediately changed direction to support the COVID-19 response in Nairobi.

413th Civil Affairs Battalion selection as 2020 ROA U.S. Army Reserve Small Unit Award
Lt. Col. Kristopher M. Erickson, commander of the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, displays the Reserve Organization of America’s Outstanding USAR Small Unit Award, Sept. 18, in Lubbock, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by courtesy/Released)
Sept. 29, 2020 - Delta Company, 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, 350th Civil Affairs Command (CACOM), has been selected to receive the Reserve Organization of America’s (ROA) Outstanding U.S. Army Reserve Small Unit Award for 2019.

351 CACOM FxSP Team Recognized with Prestigious IRT Award For Building Partnership With Community Of Unalaska
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 351st Civil Affairs Command Functional Specialty Team (FxSP) pose for a photo with Unalaska, Alaska community stakeholders during the Innovative Readiness Training Civil-Military Partnership Subject Matter Expert Assessment, Unalaska, Alasks, Aug. 27, 2020. IRT is a joint training concept that the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented to increase unit deployment readiness, leveraging the military contributions of U.S. Armed Forces capabilities, combined with local resources to build strong civil-military partnerships for communities in the contiguous United States and its territories.
Sept. 23, 2020 - The IRT 2020 Civil-Military Partnership of the Year Award is a select honor presented to those who have performed the IRT mission, embodying the values of the program, including improved readiness and building strong civil-military partnerships. The award was presented this year in a virtual event during the Joint Workshop for Operational Mission Planners to the City of Unalaska and the Qawalangin Tribe of Alaska, and the 351st Civil Affairs Command Functional Specialty Team, as recognition of the foundational civil-military relationship built under the IRT program

USACAPOC(A) Ministry Team Leverages Virtual Focus to Maximize Opportunity For Annual UMT Training
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Monika L. Patterson and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Kilgore, religious affairs specialists with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command, provide network support, coordination and leadership during mandatory annual Unit Ministry Team (UMT) training for chaplains and religious affairs Soldiers for USACAPOC(A) and its subordinate commands during virtual annual training, Aug. 4 – 7, 2020. USACAPOC(A) ministry teams across the U.S. took part in the advanced UMT training, designed to prepare unit team members with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of working in today’s diffused ministry environment, and enable USACAPOC(A) UMTs to meet new USARC ministry standards ahead of schedule. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Sean D. Delpech)
Sept. 23, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the Army Reserve to think outside of the box to meet training requirements for what used to be resident, in-class training. For the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Unit Ministry Team (UMT), this challenge presented an opportunity to increase the quality of training above and beyond the expected capacity of the virtual platforms available.

'Just completely different' 59-year-old BCT graduate reflects on the experience
Staff Sgt. Monte Gould, a 59-year-old graduate of Basic Combat Training speaks with Brig. Gen. Milford H. ‘Beags’ Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson’s commander during a pause during rifle marksmanship training. Gould, who had also gone through Marine Corps boot camp, recently spoke about what training was like for him. (Courtesy Photo) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Sept. 14, 2020 - Fifty-nine-year-old Marine and Army Reserve veteran, Staff Sgt. Monte Gould graduated from Basic Combat Training with the 1st Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment Aug. 27, making him the oldest individual to complete this version of the BCT (but not the oldest to complete BCT ever. In 1999, a 68-year-old entered Basic Training). Not only did Gould complete BCT, but he finished in the top 10 percent of his training cycle. Gould’s unit cadre said his “candor, leadership expertise and technical proficiency are unmatched.”