The 81st Readiness Division provides programs and installation services for commands and assigned units enabling mission readiness.
Be the best Readiness Division - in the eyes of our supported commanders and leaders - committed to excellence, living the Army Values and focused on Wildcat PRIDE.
"TRAIN, MAINTAIN, SUSTAIN"
The 81st Readiness Division provides essential services and customer care to more than 50,000 Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members in a footprint that includes the southeast region of the United States and Puerto Rico. Much of the staff is made up of dual-status technicians, ensuring continuity and military expertise.
The unit’s origins pre-date World War I when the 81st Division (National Army) was organized at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, August 1917. It became known as the “Wildcat Division” for their unauthorized sleeve emblems.
Division commander General Charles Bailey ignored a War Department order to remove the patches, and appealed the matter to General John J. Pershing, who approved the patch by saying “… see to it that you live up to it.”
During World War I, the unit fought in the Lorraine and Meuse-Argonne campaigns before demobilization in 1919. Reactivated in 1942, the 81st ID fought in the Palau and Philippine campaigns before inactivating in Japan in 1946. From 1947 to inactivation in 1965, the 81st ID remained in the Organized Reserve. The 81st Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) organized at Atlanta, Georgia in 1967.
It deployed units to Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and the Balkans. In 1996, the 81st Regional Readiness Command (RRC) reorganized in Birmingham, Alabama, where it commanded all U.S. Army Reserve units in the southeast United States.
After 9/11 it successfully deployed more than 28,000 USAR Soldiers in the Global War on Terror. The 81st RSC Soldiers still wear the original Wildcat patch, the first and oldest shoulder sleeve insignia of the Army.
We support an operational Army Reserve by being a trusted partner with our supported commands, leaders, Soldiers families and communities; we are committed to their success.
We are a team of professionals who respond quickly and efficiently, communicate clearly and are empowered to take action.
As an adaptive team, we seek continuous improvement in our customer service processes and capabilities.
We are responsible stewards of human, environmental, logistical and fiscal resources.
Excellence is our standard.
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