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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

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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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Army Reserve Soldiers provide repatriation funeral honors to long-missing World War II hero

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NEWS | Aug. 15, 2022

Engineers Build Readiness Through Dual Mission Training

By 1st Sgt. Tracy Korff 367th MPAD

Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 716th Engineer Vertical Construction Company, based in Summersville, New Hampshire, performed the dual mission of improving community relations and validating mission operations for an upcoming deployment while participating in Combat Support Training Exercise 86-22-02 here Aug. 13, 2022.

For validation, the company commander highlights a list of tasks he would like the company evaluated on prior to deployment. Since the CSTX is a deployment validating exercise, a platoon from the 716th Eng. Vert. Const. Co., led by 1st Lt. Matthew Gendron and noncommissioned officer in charge Staff Sgt. Bronson Durate were evaluated on key collective tasks such as convoy operations, area defense, and troop leading procedures while building new infrastructure on base.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Joseph, a combat engineer and Observer Coach/Trainer (OC/T) assigned to the 1-310th Brigade Engineer Battalion, was identified to certify the unit and selected the tasks to evaluate them on from the list received by the commander.

“The OC/Ts might choose the tasks, however the ultimate decision on whether the unit is trained and ready to deploy is up to the commander, we just provide feedback,” Joseph said.

"CSTX is 100 percent valuable when preparing for deployment because it gives the commander an assessment of where the unit stands," said Durate. "Attending battle assembly once a month gives you bits and pieces of training, but with eighteen straight days of training the commander can really take a good look at his unit and focus on where improvements need to be made."

In addition to deployment validation the engineers worked closely with Fort McCoy's Directorate of Public Works, Troop Project Coordinator Larry Morrow, to identify projects the unit would complete while training. DPW regularly allocates these tasks to U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers that attend annual training here. The engineers of the 716th built several new structures on Tactical Training Base Liberty, to replace aging structures on the training site. The unit is also using a horizontal engineer platoon element to improve and repair roads around the training areas.

The project serves as a win-win for the Army Reserve and DPW, Ft. McCoy. "The partnership with DPW is very valuable for the Soldiers," said Durate. "It provides the installation with needed new structures while also sharpening Soldiers skills and providing a significant cost savings."

Participating in this type of joint training highlights the U.S. Army Reserve's emphasis on people by building a culture of cohesive teams that are highly trained, disciplined, and fit.