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Army Reserve Soldiers cross the Ohio River during weekend training

Army Reserve Soldiers cross the Ohio River during weekend training

An Army Reserve engineer and military police unit spent a cold weekend on the shores of the Ohio River during their November...
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Brig. Gen. Andrée Carter, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), who presided over the 2nd Psychological Operations Group change of command ceremony on November 5, 2022, shares words of wisdom at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (US Army Photo Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Rayan)

2nd Psychological Operations Group Welcomes New Commander

“The change of command is a traditional ceremony, rich in symbolism and heritage.” With those words, the change of command between...
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Master Sgt. Kisha S. White, military equal opportunity advisor, 75th Innovation Command, U.S. Army Reserve, addresses more than 800 veterans, families, volunteers, and special guests during the closing ceremony of the Wall That Heals - Chambers County exhibit Oct. 30, 2022, in Anahuac, Texas. White, a 29-year Army veteran, was invited by the Vietnam War Memorial Fund to serve as keynote speaker for this event that attracted more than 4,500 visitors over the course of four days. White recognized the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam while thanking veterans from that war for their courage and dedication despite the negative reception many received upon their return to the U.S. (photo courtesy of Wall That Heals - Chambers County)

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Master Sgt. Kisha S. White, military equal opportunity advisor, 75th Innovation Command, U.S. Army Reserve, addresses more than...
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NEWS | May 26, 2020

United States Army Reserve Legal Command mobilizes scores of judge advocates to lead fight against COVID-19

By Maj. Adam Hill

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – The United States Army Reserve Legal Command (USARLC) mobilized over 100 attorneys and paralegals across the United States to provide critical legal support in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are directly supporting the American people right now. We have judge advocates, paralegals and legal administrators who have been mobilized across the country,” said Brig. Gen. Marilyn Chiafullo, USARLC commanding general, during a May 8, 2020, virtual address to her troops.   

USARLC mobilized its Soldiers in the fight against the pandemic with as little as 24-48 hours’ notice. USARLC’s professionals have provided legal support during Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) events for over 3,200 medical personnel during their mobilizations across the country.

USARLC Soldiers provide legal assistance to Army Reserve medical professionals including wills, powers of attorney, COVID-19 financial hardship matters, and mobilization legal briefings on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Posse Comitatus Act and standing rules for the use of force.

Those medical Soldiers made up Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTF), expeditionary and deployable medical staff used to reinforce communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the nation. Those units meet unique medical requirements, including augmenting hospital staffs and supporting nationwide FEMA medical staffs.

Prompt legal assistance to mobilize UAMTFs was necessary for medical professionals to focus on their crucial missions.

“The UAMTFs are the vanguard of the U.S. Army Reserve’s fight against the coronavirus and COVID-19. In order to help mobilize these forces, Army Reserve judge advocates, paralegals and legal administrators have utilized successful force health protection efforts to innovatively conduct over 30 missions across the country and mobilization sites,” said Chiafullo

Mobilized U.S. Army Reserve JAG Soldiers also respond to requests for assistance from civil authorities for domestic emergencies, law enforcement support and numerous other domestic activities during the nationwide emergency.  

“As part of the seamless integration with U.S. Army North, they are providing the key advice and counsel on topics such as mutual aid agreements, authorities on quarantine and isolation, privacy, mortuary affairs and federal ethics rules,” said Chiafullo.

COVID-19 is known as a pandemic that thrives in close combat.

“This is the fight we’re in, and we’re here to win it,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

By remaining mission-focused and adaptable, the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command faces these challenges head-on with the intent to win.