FAQs: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve
May 19, 2020 - These questions have been submitted by Soldiers to various U.S. Army Reserve social media websites. Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Army Reserve band creates interactive virtual mentorship program
Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Greeson, Saxophone player for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band, teaching a master class on Advanced Saxophone Technique, April 29, 2020. As COVID-19 pandemic social-distancing guidelines shuttered schools in March 2020, Tedrick and fellow band member Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Greeson devised and created a fully interactive virtual music mentorship program for the quarantined elementary and high school students. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Greeson)
May 12, 2020 - “When we first heard we were going to be out of the classroom due to the pandemic, we were told to give our students lessons for two weeks, but we knew we would be out considerably longer,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Tedrick, tuba player for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band.

Army Reserve division makes ‘virtual’ a reality
Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Tedrick, tuba player for the 99th Readiness Division’s 78th Army Band, leads a virtual master class on tuba fundamentals April 29, 2020. As COVID-19 pandemic social-distancing guidelines shuttered schools in March 2020 Tedrick and fellow band member Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Greeson devised and created a fully interactive virtual music mentorship program for the quarantined elementary and high school students. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the 99th RD is spearheading several virtual initiatives to support the 45,000 Army Reserve Soldiers living and serving throughout the division’s 13-state region stretching from Maine to Virginia.
May 1, 2020 - For the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, “virtual” has become the new reality. The 99th RD provides programs and installation support services to enable trained and ready Army Reserve units and individuals to mobilize and deploy – a challenging mission made all-the-more daunting by COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines.

Everything counts in fight against COVID-19
Spc. Albertico Saldana-Figveroa, with the 341st Medical Logistics Command, monitors the calibration of a ventilator, at the 99th Readiness Division (Medical) Equipment Concentration Site, Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey, April 20. Calibrations can typically take four to eight hours to complete on each ventilator. These tests are important as the ventilators may be used in support of ongoing operations against COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jahkeem Folks)
April 23, 2020 - “The fight should not be determined by whether or not you are currently on the front lines or in the support role. We should all understand every little bit helps,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rodrick Mingo with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 424th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 3rd Medical Command.

U.S. Army Reserve Day highlights capabilities for New York legislators
Gen. Mark Palzer, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, meets with a dozen New York state legislators March 4 during U.S. Army Reserve Day at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York. Palzer highlights the Army Reserve’s capabilities throughout the state - the 99th RD supports nearly 7,500 Soldiers serving in 161 units located at 29 facilities, bringing an estimated economic impact of $371 million to the Empire State. (U.S. Army photo by Sal Ottaviano)
April 6, 2020 - U.S. Army Reserve senior leaders met with a dozen New York state legislators March 4 during U.S. Army Reserve Day at the Legislative Office Building here.

Embracing the Combined Best Warrior Challenge
Sgt. Rohity Shrestha, the supply sergeant for the 356th Broadcast Operations Detachment during the Combined Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Best Warrior Competition, celebrates after finding one of her three points needed to complete the day portion of the Land Navigation Course within the Combined Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) Best Warrior Competition (BWC). The Combined BWC highlights individual readiness and recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army Values, embody the Warrior Ethos, as well as represent the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve Force in the history of the Nation.
March 22, 2020 - “I think I’m lost,” exclaims Sgt. Rohity Shrestha, the supply sergeant for the 356th Broadcast Operations Detachment, while stepping out of the wood-line to find an unexpected swamp before her. “I worry I’m not very good at a lot of these warrior tasks,” says Shrestha, adding, “But that’s the point of this competition to help train me to be a better all-around Soldier."

Cobra Gold 20: 340th Public Affairs Detachment tests mettle
Staff Sgt. David Graves, Army Reserve 340th PAD Operations Noncommissioned Officer captures a photo during the opening ceremony rehearsal for Exercise Cobra Gold 20 at Camp Akathotsarot, Phitsanulok, Feb. 24, 2020. Our relationship with the Kingdom of Thailand remains one of our most important in Southeast Asia. Exercise Cobra Gold 20 demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States to our long-standing alliance. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Spence)
March 11, 2020 - Exercise Cobra Gold 20 is a Thailand and United States co-sponsored Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) and Joint Theater Security Cooperation (JTSC) exercise annually conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand. The 340th Public Affairs Detachment is among those telling the story of the exercise.

Army Reserve Soldiers honor African-American history pioneer
Maj. Gen. Mark Palzer, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, presents a Meritorious Unit Citation to former Sgt. Hilda P. Griggs, who served in the Second World War’s 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-African American, all-female unit to deploy overseas during the war. The theme of this year’s Black History Month observance is, “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future.” The Department of Defense is commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II by recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by African-American service members. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bethany Huff, 99th Readiness Division)
Feb. 28, 2020 - Soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division celebrated African-American History Month by honoring a trailblazer Feb. 22 at the Maj. John P. Pryor U.S. Army Reserve Center here.

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