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Spc. Richardo Lamoso, a 92W – Water Treatment Specialist with the 973rd Quartermaster Company from Ceiba, Puerto Rico, explains how the 1500 Tactical Water Purification System, or TWPS, uses reverse osmosis to create clean, safe water to drink from the murky lake water nearby. Lamoso and the TWPS were integral during the Sep. 2017 category 5 Hurricane Maria that devastated his home island. The 973rd Quartermaster “Water Dogs” used this system to produce about 1.5 million gallons of safe drinking water to the people of Puerto Rico.
Members of the 973rd Quartermaster Company from Ceiba, Puerto Rico, fill four water cells with clean, purified water they created using a 1500 Tactical Water Purification System, or TWPS.
Members of the 973rd Quartermaster Company from Ceiba, Puerto Rico, fill four water cells with clean, purified water they created using a 1500 Tactical Water Purification System, or TWPS. The water was used by to cook, show and hydrate over 400 Soldiers training nearby.
Col. Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico deputy commander (left) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Alexander Green, member of the House Homeland Security Committee, (right), shortly after the Army Reserve-PR presentation, March 2, at Fort Buchanan.
Col Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Deputy Commander, met here with members of a House Homeland Security Committee, Mar 2, who traveled to Puerto Rico to conduct oversight on Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers storm recovery.
Brego takes a break from his duties as a certified therapy dog during Hurricane Maria. The five year old Belgian Malinois was assisting his dad, David Schultz, a Senior Volunteer Advisor with the Army Reserve, with volunteer recovery operations in the aftermath of the 2017 storm that devastated Puerto Rico and the surrounding territories. Brig. Gen. Dustin "Ana" Shultz is the commander of U.S. Army Reserve's 1st Mission Support Command, the largest federal Army Command in the Caribbean, and has more than 5,000 Soldiers all across Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands. (Photo courtesy David Schultz)
Sgt. Jose Ruiz, a Satellite Communications Systems Operator assigned to the 35th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, configures a Phoenix Satellite terminal during the unit's annual training exercise at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug 13, 2018.
Private 1st Class Natacha Altache (front) and Spec. Jose Santiago (back), Nodal Network Systems Operators and Maintainers from Charlie Company, 35th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, configure a communication shelter during the unit's annual training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug 13, 2018.
Twins Bryant Omar and Bryant Yohel Ramos, both specialists assigned to the 390th Transportation Company Seaport Operations in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, embrace a friend during a food and water distribution mission at the Jaime A. Collazo del Rio High School in Morovis, PR, November 7. Omar and Yohel learned that their friend was moving to the mainland after having lost her job due to Hurricane Maria.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 1st Mission Support Command, along with officers from partner federal agencies, load trucks with food and water to deliver to the different communities during Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Lares, Puerto Rico. October 20, 2017.
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wiswell and Spc. Muhammad Hasaan Hashmi, power distribution specialists assigned to Delta Company, 249th Engineering Battalion, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, pull downed power lines out of debris caused by Hurricane Maria to help restore power in the Rio Grande, Puerto Rico area, October 25, 2017. Delta Company has been providing support to local engineers building and rebuilding power lines due to damage caused by Hurricane Maria. The Army Reserve is part of a synchronized Federal emergency response system for immediate assistance. Providing timely and appropriate response to an incident remains one of the Army’s key operational concepts. The Army Reserve’s enabling capabilities remain a key component of this system by maintaining a variety of readily available capabilities including aviation, civil affairs, engineering, medical, supply and logistics that can be committed to Defense Support of Civil Authorities missions. These capabilities help the Army and Army Reserve’s community-based force save lives, prevent human suffering and extensive property damage when domestic disaster threaten the homeland. America’s Army Reserve is the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the Nation. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Anthony Martinez)
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Spc. Jeffrey Lebron and Sgt. Sergio Alvarado, assigned to the 432nd Transportation Company in Ceiba, PR, secure pallets of water that were transported to el Departamento de la Vivienda in San Juan, October 7.
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico clears a road in the mountains of Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, 2017.
Army Reserve - Puerto Rico Soldiers clear debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, 2017.
U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico Soldiers conduct fueling operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, 2017.
U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico Soldiers perform duty at the Ponce Harbor, as they managed, staged and distributed materials to restore the electric grid across the island, in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.
Sgt. Axel Ayala and Sgt. Carolina Ortega, both students attending the Mortuary Affairs Specialist Course, work together to set up one side of the Mobile Integrated Remains Collection Systems, a system that allows Soldiers to provide mortuary service capabilities throughout the world, regardless of terrain or location. The course was held at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, May 12-28.
Staff Sgt. Luis Garcia, the lead instructor for a Mortuary Affairs Specialist Course, explains how to set up the Mobile Integrated Remains Collection Systems. The MIRCS allows Soldiers to provide mortuary service capabilities throughout the world, regardless of terrain or location.
Staff Sgt. Luis Garcia, assigned to 5th Multifunctional Battalion, 94th Training Division – Force Sustainment, 80th Training Command (Total Army School System), instructs 11 students about the requirements of working with remains and personnel effects during a Mortuary Affairs Specialist Course. The two-week class was held at held at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, May 12-28.
Sgt. Brian Vigoya, a student attending a Mortuary Affairs Specialist Course, adjusts the handle of the Mobile Integrated Remains Collection Systems. The MIRCS allows Soldiers to provide mortuary service capabilities throughout the world, regardless of terrain or location.
Soldiers from the 448 Engineering Battalion, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico, clear downed trees and clear debris at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Puerto Nuevo, PR. On Jan. 24, 2018. The 448th has been on continual humanitarian missions since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico. With the Army Reserve emergency mission complete, they can focusing on refitting their own buildings and equipment. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rigo Cisneros
Soldiers from the 448 Engineering Battalion, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico, clear downed trees and clear debris at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Puerto Nuevo, PR. On Jan. 24, 2018. The 448th has been on continual humanitarian missions since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico. With the Army Reserve emergency mission complete, they can focusing on refitting their own buildings and equipment. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rigo Cisneros
Soldiers from the 448 Engineering Battalion, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico, clear downed trees and clear debris at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Puerto Nuevo, PR. On Jan. 24, 2018. The 448th has been on continual humanitarian missions since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico. With the Army Reserve emergency mission complete, they can focusing on refitting their own buildings and equipment. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rigo Cisneros
Soldiers from the 448 Engineering Battalion, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico, clear downed trees and clear debris at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Puerto Nuevo, PR. On Jan. 24, 2018. The 448th has been on continual humanitarian missions since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico. With the Army Reserve emergency mission complete, they can focusing on refitting their own buildings and equipment. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rigo Cisneros
UTUADO, Puerto Rico, Dec. 5, 2017 - A young boy waits for his family to recieve medical care from the 335th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC), U.S. Army Reserve, in Mameyes Abajo, Utuado. The 335th ASMC is providing medical care in Puerto Rico, especially in rural areas, and have been assisting approximately 80 patients per day in Utuado. Photo: Grace Simoneau/FEMA
UTUADO, Puerto Rico, Dec. 5, 2017 - A patient speaks with a psychiatrist with the 335th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC), U.S. Army Reserve. The 335th ASMC is providing medical care in Puerto Rico, especially in rural areas, and have been assisting approximately 80 patients per day in Utuado. Grace Simoneau/FEMA
UTUADO, Puerto Rico, Dec. 5, 2017 - A patient receives a pulse oximetry test from a medical specialist with the 335th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC), U.S. Army Reserve. The 335th ASMC is providing medical care in Puerto Rico, especially in rural areas, and have been assisting approximately 80 patients per day in Utuado. Grace Simoneau/FEMA
UTUADO, Puerto Rico, Dec. 5, 2017 - A patient fills a prescription with a pharmacy specialist with the 335th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC), U.S. Army Reserve. The 335th ASMC is providing medical care in Puerto Rico, especially in rural areas, and have been assisting approximately 80 patients per day in Utuado. Grace Simoneau/FEMA
Brig. Gen. Dustin A. Shultz, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve 1st Mission Support Command, participates in a live radio interview at WAPA Radio, Nov 15, 2017. Since the Army Reserve is prepositioned in the Caribbean region, the PAOs played a fundamental role in coordinating access to radio stations across the island, hours after hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, which allowed the commanding general to deliver important information to all the Soldiers in a critical moment. (U.S. Army photo/released)
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 1st Mission Support Command, the largest federal U.S. Army command in the Caribbean, with headquarters in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, speak to the media about the importance of equipment maintenance during the emergency operations, in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. (U.S. Army photo/released)
HURRICANE MARIA NEWS
Army Reserve-Puerto Rico briefs U.S. House Homeland Security committee members
Col. Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico deputy commander (left) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Alexander Green, member of the House Homeland Security Committee, (right), shortly after the Army Reserve-PR presentation, March 2, at Fort Buchanan.
March 4, 2019 - Col. Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico deputy commander, met here with members of a House Homeland Security Committee, March 2, who traveled to Puerto Rico to conduct oversight on Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers storm recovery.

Through a dog's eyes: Disaster recovery in the face of Hurricane Maria
Brego takes a break from his duties as a certified therapy dog during Hurricane Maria. The five year old Belgian Malinois was assisting his dad, David Schultz, a Senior Volunteer Advisor with the Army Reserve, with volunteer recovery operations in the aftermath of the 2017 storm that devastated Puerto Rico and the surrounding territories. Brig. Gen. Dustin
Oct. 11, 2018 - As a recent Texas transplant, you’d think the biggest challenge I’d face in my move to Puerto Rico would be learning a new language. Instead, after three hurricanes in less than a month, I came away with a new appreciation for Family, community and hard work. The best part is I made friends—and a difference—helping to deliver water, fuel, and food all across the island.

Hometown heroes receive recognition
Maj. Gen. William Shane Lee, the Commander of the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), awarded 37 Soldiers from the 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion the Humanitarian Service Medal.
June 27, 2018 - Maj. Gen. William Shane Lee, the Commander of the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), awarded 37 Soldiers from the 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion the Humanitarian Service Medal on Saturday.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Puerto Rico ready for 2018 hurricane season
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve - Puerto Rico clears a road in the mountains of Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, 2017.
June 11, 2018 - As the 2018 hurricane season begins, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Puerto Rico, who are part of the largest federal U.S. Army command permanently stationed in the Caribbean, are ready to assist civil authorities in case of natural disasters.

Soldiering On: Hurricane Maria survivor competes with Army Reserve's best
Sgt. Carlos Fuentes, a Local Area Network manager representing the 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command competes in the Combat Pistol Excellence in Competition event at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 10, 2018. This year’s Best Warrior Competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Devin Patterson) (Released)
June 11, 2018 - Puerto Rico has been a fixture in the national dialogue ever since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in Sept. 2017. Though recovery efforts continue, many Puerto Ricans are putting their lives back together and pressing forward each day. One individual is U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Carlos Fuentes, who serves as an information technology specialist with the 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. He is one of two Soldiers representing the command this year in the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

Mortuary Affairs: More than remains and personal effects
Sgt. Brian Vigoya, a student attending a Mortuary Affairs Specialist Course, adjusts the handle of the Mobile Integrated Remains Collection Systems. The MIRCS allows Soldiers to provide mortuary service capabilities throughout the world, regardless of terrain or location.
May 30, 2018 - Standing in front of a projector that displays the remains of a deceased man, an Army Reserve instructor is not explaining to his 11 students the gruesomeness of what happened to the man, but the proper way to effectively serve in a unique and honorable job as a mortuary affairs specialist.
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