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Fort Buchanan strives for energy resilience after Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria in September 2017 damaged several solar sites at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Flooded inverters were a common sight in the storm's aftermath. Photograph courtesy of Dmitrii Cordero/Fort Buchanan Directorate of Public Works.
Oct. 18, 2018 - Life on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico changed forever on September 20, 2017. With a barrage of devastating wind and water, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s natural resources and crippled the island’s energy and water systems. One year later, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the unprecedented tragedy, but much of the United States territory and its 3 million residents are finally on the road to 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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