Army announces Expert Soldier Badge
Army senior leaders announced the implementation of the Expert Soldier Badge, June 14. Similar to the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge, the ESB will allow commanders the opportunity to recognize Soldiers outside the Infantry, Special Forces and medical communities who have met a high standard of performance in physical fitness and warfighting tasks. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army graphic)
June 17, 2019 - In conjunction with the U.S. Army's 244th Birthday, the Army announced a new proficiency badge today, called the Expert Soldier Badge. The ESB is designed to improve lethality, recognize excellence in Solder combat skills and increase individual, unit and overall Army readiness. The ESB is the equivalent of the Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge but for all other military occupational specialties in the Army. Commanders will soon be able to use the badge to recognize Soldiers who attain excellence in physical fitness and marksmanship and a high standard of expertise in land navigation and performing warfighting tasks. 

Federal Reserve Bank, Army Reserve honor fallen service members
Officer Miles Noonan of the Federal Reserve Police helps conduct the Missing Man Table ceremony as the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosts its third-annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony May 23 at its headquarters to honor those men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The institution holds a remembrance ceremony the Thursday before Memorial Day every year. The Missing Man Table ceremony pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, missing and imprisoned military service members.
May 23, 2019 - The Federal Reserve Bank hosted its third-annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony May 23 at its headquarters here to honor those men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.

U.S. Army launches first-ever Army Week-Pittsburgh
The U.S. Army Drill Team helps kick off the Army’s first-ever Army Week-Pittsburgh during the opening ceremony and expo May 4 at the city’s Point State Park. The kickoff event included performances by the 28th Infantry Division Army Band and the U.S. Army Drill Team, as well as remarks from several senior Army leaders. Army Week–Pittsburgh is a Total Army community outreach effort to connect the Pittsburgh community and its citizens with the Army they haven't met yet — including active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.
May 6, 2019 - The U.S. Army kicked off its first-ever Army Week-Pittsburgh with an opening ceremony and expo May 4 at the city’s Point State Park.

Breaking the barrier into higher education
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Laura Crespo, a bandsman for the 78th Army Band, performs “Time after time” with Spc. Luis Gastaliturris, a bandsman with the 78th Army Band, for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston, Massachusetts, April 12. Crespo is a senior at Berklee School of Music. The U.S. Army Reserve provided Crespo with opportunities away from her hometown in Puerto Rico. “My mom always said take the first opportunity to leave Puerto Rico, and make a life out there,” said Crespo.
April 18, 2019 - What does a career look like that embodies two very seemingly different callings into a beautiful composition? Potentially a conflicting disaster? However, students from Berklee College of Music are challenging their skills from their part-time jobs and pushing the limits of their higher education to see what the results will yield.

U.S. Army launches first-ever Army Week in Boston
Elected officials and senior Army leaders helped kick off the U.S. Army’s first-ever Army Week in Boston April 8 with an event at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall. Army Week - Boston is a Total Army community outreach effort to connect the Boston community and its citizens with the Army they haven't met yet.
April 9, 2019 - The U.S. Army kicked off its first-ever Army Week here April 8 with an event at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall.

Tuskegee Airman posthumously honored after decades MIA
Marla L. Andrews (right), daughter of U.S. Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, receives her father’s medals from Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Human Resources Command, during a Feb. 24 ceremony held at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey. Dickson was a Tuskegee Airman declared missing in action after his plane crashed in Europe in December 1944. Dickson’s remains were identified in November 2018 using the latest DNA tests, making him the first to be identified out of more than two-dozen Tuskegee Airmen declared MIA during World War II.
Feb. 26, 2019 - SUMMIT, N.J. – As Black History Month draws to a close, so does the mystery of U.S. Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, a Tuskegee Airman declared missing in action after his plane crashed in Europe in December 1944.

Joint effort to battle suicide among Soldiers
Reserve, Active and National Guard Soldiers and family members participated in a multi-component, joint-training opportunity at McCrady Range. The garrison, 81st Readiness Division and S.C. National Guard Suicide Prevention Program Managers conducted the joint-training to include Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Suicide-to-Hope. Photos by Mr. Michael Mascari, 81st Readiness Division.
Feb. 6, 2019 - The 81st Readiness Division is leading the charge in a multi-compo effort to defeat a common enemy: Suicide.

Army Reserve unit chronicles past to boost future success
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers train during the Military History Detachment Course conducted recently by the U.S. Army Center of Military History at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The U.S. Army Reserve’s military history detachments highlight the benefits of data collection as an instrumental learning tool to enable military units’ future success.
Feb. 1, 2019 - The U.S. Army Reserve’s military history detachments highlight the benefits of data collection as an instrumental learning tool to enable military units’ future success.

Maj. Gen. Mark W. Palzer
Commanding General 99th Readiness Division
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Command Sergeant Major Andrew Lombardo
Command Sergeant Major
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