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Retired Army Reserve Ambassador receives honorary recognition

Retired Army Reserve Ambassador receives honorary recognition

Retired Army Reserve Ambassador Mary Miller received the "Order of the 88th" from Maj. Gen. Matthew Baker, commanding general of...
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88th Readiness Division commander featured speaker at Milwaukee ESGR breakfast

PHOTOS: 88th Readiness Division commander featured speaker at Milwaukee ...

Maj. Gen. Matthew Baker, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 88th Readiness Division, was the featured guest speaker at...
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U.S. Army Reserve Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents participate in their annual training ‘Guardian Shield’ during May, 2023, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. CID is made up of professional, federal law enforcement officers who investigate felony crimes. CID Special Agents are commonly in suits and plain clothes as they conduct their investigations. Military Police officers are uniformed officers who may perform traffic duties on base, law and order policing, or detainee and detention operations abroad. Annual trainings like GS23 are essential to mission success not only for classroom and weapons qualifications, but also for agents to network and leverage experience from multiple law enforcement backgrounds.

U.S. Army Reserve holds last iteration of 'Guardian Shield'

U.S. Army Support Activity Fort Dix recently hosted the U.S. Army Reserve 200th Military Police Command’s annual exercise,...
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NEWS | Jan. 9, 2023

The view from the top: Joining Army Reserve offers unique opportunities

By Spc. Maximilian Huth 318th Theater Public Affairs Support Element

The Army is not for everyone. The lifestyle and responsibilities are difficult to adjust to.

“At first, I didn’t want to join the Army at all,” said U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Samantha Ortiz, a supply specialist with the 327th Military Police Battalion. “I was so against it like, ‘No, that’s not for me.’”

However, working three jobs and being uncertain how to make rent or afford groceries pushed her to make the leap. After meeting an Army recruiter outside of a store, she weighed her options and enlisted in the Army Reserve.

“I didn’t have anything going for myself,” Ortiz said. “I graduated early when I was 16 from my high school, and I was also emancipated. I really didn’t know what to do, and I knew that I was falling into really bad habits.”

Basic training and advanced individual training was a tough start. no one in her family had previously served or prepared her for what the Army entailed. The rigor helped make Ortiz not only a better Soldier, but a better person, too.

“I definitely do think it instilled a work ethic and discipline, also adding a lot of experience that I needed for the future,” Ortiz said. “Because without my transition into the Army, I would have never learned anything that I did, and I would have most likely still been in the same place.”

Not even six months into arriving at her unit, she was assigned to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation effort at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. While stationed there through the winter months, she gained insight on her situation.

“You really got to connect with all the [Afghanis] out there and hear their background, and it kind of just makes you think, 'I'm really lucky to be here,' ” she said.

Currently at 19, Ortiz holds a position as a Logistics Management Specialist for the Department of Defense and is looking to be promoted to sergeant.

Reflecting on her life now, joining the Army Reserve was one of the best decisions that she had ever made.

“I feel like without it, I wouldn't be where I am right now. I wouldn't have this job. I wouldn't have the opportunities that I had to travel and everything.”