Army veteran finds life path via military service
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jason Butler, a tuba player with the 380th Army Reserve Band, is the first of the ensemble to arrive at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia for the 64th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov. 11, 2020. The 27-year veteran of the military said serving in the Army taught him personal responsibility, specifically making sure he is wherever he needs to be on time. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Eric Zedalis)
Nov. 30, 2020 - It was well over an hour before the 380th Army Reserve Band was slated to perform for guests during the 64th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. In walks the band’s tuba player, U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jason Butler. He’s the first of the ensemble to arrive.

Army Reserve Soldier honors father on Veteran's Day
Sgt. Kelvin Santiago works for the 99th Readiness Division as part of the G3 operations staff on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. At age 22, Santiago will reach his five-year mark as a Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve in a few weeks. He served in both Iraq and Syria in 2019.
Nov. 13, 2020 - Sgt. Kelvin Santiago spent this past Veterans Day as many do, spending time with family and remembering those who served before him – especially his father.

Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) develops program to divert food waste into energy through anaerobic digestion
Oct. 2, 2020 - Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA), Massachusetts, has been hard at work to find innovative ways to increase recycling and divert waste from the local landfill. One of the newest initiatives added to their Directorate of Public Works (DPW) environmental services portfolio is a food waste collection program (provided through their local hauler) that will not only divert waste, but turn that waste into energy through a process known as anaerobic digestion (AD). 

99th Readiness Division hosts new Army Reserve Chaplain Corps training program
Staff Sgt. Timothy Adkins, operations noncommissioned officer for the 99th Readiness Division’s Command Chaplain Directorate, monitors virtual Army Reserve Command Battle Focused Training. ARC-BFT is a new, aggressive initiative to equip chaplains and religious affairs specialists to operate effectively in a forward environment. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Franklin N. Vaughn, 99th RD Command Chaplain Directorate)
Sept. 29, 2020 - The 99th Readiness Division’s Command Chaplain Directorate hosted a new training program virtually Sept. 8-10 for 38 Army Reserve chaplains and religious affairs specialists.

327th Medical Detachment teaches Soldiers the BASICS of mental health
U.S. Army Spc. Sean Ford, a behavioral health tech with the 327th Combat Operation Stress Control, leads a class on mental health in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, Aug. 1, 2020. The behavioral aspects of health in a command structure class teaches Soldiers resiliency, stress management, effective communication, team building. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Andrew Valenza)
Aug. 7, 2020 - If you or your Soldiers are struggling with mental health issues while deployed odds are there are people right around the corner ready to help.

Army historians document actionable history during COVID-19 operations
NEW YORK – Capt. Julian Woodhouse, officer in charge of the 315th Military History Detachment, works COVID-19 Operations supporting Dept. of Defense Task Force New York from the Moxy Hotel in Times Square, one of the primary operations centers for the Task Force. Woodhouse is part of the team of U.S. Army historians mobilized across the continental United States documenting COVID-19 operations for the U.S. Army. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, supported various needs including public hospitals in New York City and New Jersey, responding to COVID-19 in concert and coordination with state and local entities as well as other federal organizations such as FEMA and Dept. of Health and Human Services.  (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lamont Bradford)
June 11, 2020 - In 245 years, the U.S. Army has fought wars and conducted stability and support operations overseas and on home soil, often while fighting deadly diseases at the same time. Continental soldiers faced smallpox outbreaks during the Revolutionary War; their descendants had to contend with a massive influenza pandemic during World War I. Now, as U.S. forces continue to carry out their various missions worldwide, U.S. Army historians are documenting stories from the front line of the COVID-19 battle across the United States, in an effort to preserve the lessons of current events for future generations.

New Army lieutenant fulfills childhood desire to serve
Second Lt. Samuel Quintero (left), a City College of New York student who received his commission June 5 through the City University of New York’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, will serve at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center in Long Island. The Malverne, Long Island native has been described as “mature beyond his years, a hard worker, an avid learner and open to the opportunities that the Army had to offer him,” by Lt. Col. Nichole Drakeford, professor of military science at CUNY. (Courtesy Photo)
June 5, 2020 - Sixteen cadets from the City University of New York’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps became Army second lieutenants during a virtual commissioning ceremony June 5.

Army Reserve division hosts virtual Effects Coordination Board
Dr. Mikey Kloster (right), chief of staff for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, prepares to kick off the virtual Effects Coordination Board June 3-4 from division headquarters on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The ECB is intended to facilitate unity of effort across the Army Reserve by synchronizing and integrating readiness effects and building relationships with supported commands. “The ECB process is not for the readiness divisions,” explained Maj. Gen. Mark Palzer, 99th RD commanding general. “It is for all the Soldiers in the Army Reserve, and this is the forum for input to all of those leaders to help us come up with the best solution sets to support the Soldiers.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bethany Huff)
June 5, 2020 - The U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division once again led the way in making “virtual” the new reality as it hosted a virtual Effects Coordination Board June 3-4 from its headquarters here.

Maj. Gen. Mark W. Palzer
Commanding General 99th Readiness Division

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