Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, talks about how the Army Reserve will continue to train and improve individual readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April, military children are recognized for the support and sacrifices they must make as their parents serve in America's armed forces. They are a diverse bunch with unique stories and situations. Read how sisters Emma and Olivia became military children after an Army Reserve family opened their hearts to foster the teenagers from an abusive home.
In this episode of AR/60, we talk about COVID-19: 1. How to stay healthy; 2. The U.S. Department of Defense's 3 priorities; 3. Travel restrictions; 4. Lt. Gen. Charles D Luckey's guidance. For information, visit https://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, reinforces his previous guidance on maintaining proper standards and discipline to ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19. Updates include battle assemblies, pay for Army Reserve Soldiers, and how America's Army Reserve is providing support in the fight against the coronavirus. For more information, visit https://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/.
The Seven Core Army Values are what being a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier is all about. How do you live these values on and off the field?
The Inspector General - Who's in trouble now? With guest Sgt. Maj. Trevor Sellers
The Double Eagle App is the latest resource for Soldiers, Family members, and Department of the Army Civilians to get up-to-date information about America's Army Reserve. Available now to download for Apple and Android devices.
Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service. The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since 1980. Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. Before that, field testing set to begin this October will allow the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.
Suicides among our ranks affect not only families but also unit readiness and morale - directly hampering the capability, combat-readiness, and lethality of America's Army Reserve.
If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign covers 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.
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Telework Guidance
April 2, 2020 - Army Reserve Commanders are directed to maximize the use of telework in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and sustain unit mission essential operations. Effective immediately, telework guidance should be provided for all personnel in the Army Reserve workplace.

Virtual Battle Assembly
April 2, 2020 - Effective immediately, the CAR/CG authorizes the use of Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Army Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU) Commands. VBAs have been put in place to ensure Soldiers have the maximum means to maintain individual Soldier readiness, build resiliency, and provide stability and security to our Soldiers and families.

Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia retiring after 32 years of service
Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia
April 2, 2020 - Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia, Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Reserve Command, will retire this month from the Army after 32 years of service to the nation.

Former Army chaplain who inspired famed SNL character role continues service providing religious support to local Army Reserve Soldiers
Father Matt Foley, fourth from the left, parish pastor for St. James Catholic Church, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, pauses for a photo with local Soldiers, assigned to the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command, during the unit’s battle assembly weekend training, February 9, 2020. Foley, who was contracted by the command’s chaplain office to provide religious support is a former Army chaplain with numerous deployments. Foley also shared a unique story about his friendship with the late comedian Chris Farley and one of the comedian’s Saturday Night Live skit characters.
(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. David Lietz)
April 1, 2020 - Long time viewers of NBC’s Saturday Night Live show may recall a sketch about a motivational speaker named Matt Foley who lived “in a van down by the river”, played by the late comedian Chris Farley.

Remote Training During COVID-19
Michelle Adams uses a SCATT trainer to practice - at home while wearing pajamas. Simulations devices allow remote Postal Match opportunities and training options when conditions prevent congregating.
March 31, 2020 - For times when circumstances and expense prevent Soldiers from congregating for training, remote training simulators allow inexpensive, yet effective, skill development.

Army seeks retired medical Soldiers to support COVID-19 efforts
Krystal Moore, a licensed practical nurse, takes the temperature of a Soldier during a secondary screening on March 24, 2020, at Madigan Army Medical Center's Winder Clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Winder Clinic has been designated as the JBLM enhanced COVID-19 screening site. (Photo by John Wayne Liston)
March 31, 2020 - More than 14,000 retired Soldiers have already shown interest in returning to active duty after the Army recently reached out to over 800,000 of them to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic response, G-1 officials said Friday.

336th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade conducts virtual battle assembly due to COVID-19 concerns
Capt. Marcel Bedard (left) of the 325th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion participates in a discussion during the 336th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade’s virtual battle assembly from Watertown, Mass., March 21, 2020. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Capt. Marcel Bedard)
March 31, 2020 - The 336th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade successfully piloted the U.S. Army Reserve’s first virtual battle assembly with the participation of more than 500 soldiers from the unit March 21 to 22. The 336th E-MIB Soldiers from across the U.S. connected remotely to participate in the two days of scheduled training.

CY21 U.S. Army Reserve command boards to be conducted this summer
In this 2018 file photo, Lt. Col. Jose Ruiz-Espada, 1-333rd Multifunctional Training Battalion commander, and his Soldiers render a salute during the National Anthem at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, during a commemoration ceremony for the transition of the 1-333rd Battalion from the 94th Training Division-Force Sustainment to the 1st MSC footprint. Headquarters, Department of the Army will conduct several CY21 U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) command boards this summer to fill available command positions with highly capable and motivated leaders. (File photo by Maj. Ebony Gay, 94th TD-FS Public Affairs Office)
March 30, 2020 - Headquarters, Department of the Army will conduct several CY21 U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) command boards this summer to fill available command positions with highly capable and motivated leaders.

Lt. Col. Dana Lonis Women's Hostory Month Interview
Lt. Col. Dana Lonis was interviewed by Sgt. Lacey Rogerson for Women's History Month at United States Military Hospital-Kuwait.
March 29, 2020 - Civility in practice, whether it’s in the military or in your professional practice, even in your regular life is important. Try not to bring people down, if you can’t, then do it respectfully. Always try to bring people up. Her motto to live by: "No matter what your doing do it well, everything is important."

Twice the Life: Fort Buchanan Helps Repurpose Textiles and Increases Waste Diversion
March 27, 2020 - U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, is the only Federal military Installation on the island and in fact, the only military Installation in the Caribbean. Their unique location, coupled with a history of overcoming natural disasters in recent years, makes for a strong, tight-knit community that takes care of each other and their resources. The Fort Buchanan Directorate of Public Works (DPW) is always seeking new sustainable and resilient solutions to bolster their community and environmental stewardship. Their newest initiative, a textile collection program, is strengthening partnerships while diverting waste that would have been sent to landfills.

SFC Veronica Jarrett -- Why I Serve
Do not let the photo intimidate you, Sgt. 1st Class Veronica Jarett is a supportive, approachable and mentoring NCO.  When not advising Soldiers or raising five children you can find SFC Jarrett preparing for the ACFT with her IG teammates or running obstacle course races.
March 27, 2020 - Before joining the military I was living upstate in the city of Rochester, New York. My family and I come from real humble beginnings. My mother was a hard working single woman who did her best to provide for my two younger brothers and me. After high school I made the choice of finding a job instead of pursuing college in order to help assist with my family’s financial needs. My goal was to relieve my mother of her worries and ensure my brothers had a chance for a better future. I realized that working dead end jobs would not get us to far so I decided to take a chance at doing something that could possibly really make a difference. On December 23, 2003 I enlisted into the United States Army Reserve as a 42A. It was really one of the greatest feelings I had ever experienced at the time. What I did not know is how it would have such a major impact on my life.

Reserve Soldiers support medical supply mission during pandemic
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Tiffany Boatner, a human resources specialist with Medical Support Unit-Europe, 7th Mission Support Command, sorts bottles of acetaminophen at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe warehouse in Pirmasens, Germany, March 26, 2020. 7th MSC Soldiers are supporting the shipping and receiving functions in the warehouse to help with the high demand of Army Class VIII medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 26, 2020 - In the midst of a global pandemic, there’s been an increase in demand for supplies at Army hospitals and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Europe are helping to fill that demand. Soldiers from Medical Support Unit-Europe, 7th Mission Support Command, based out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, are supporting the shipping and receiving functions in the warehouse at U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe in Pirmasens for 30 days (or more) to help push Class VIII medical supplies to where they need to go – the hospitals.

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