Army Reserve Commanding General visits ARMEDCOM

By Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott | Army Reserve Medical Command | Sept. 15, 2016

September 13, 2016 — PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2016) -- The Eighth Commanding General of U.S. Army Reserve Command, Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, made his first visit to Army Reserve Medical Command since assuming duties as the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command on 30 June 2016.

ARMEDCOM, commanded by Maj. Gen. Mary E. Link, is the key medical asset to Army Reserve readiness, providing enhanced medical skills that serve as a force multiplier to the total force. The command also provides mobilization and deployment support to active military treatment facilities and contingencies and under-resourced communities in the U. S. 

During his trip, Luckey met with ARMEDCOM leadership and staff to better understand their command and the capabilities the major subordinate command brings to the Army Reserve and to the nation.

Luckey stressed the importance of shaping the thoughts of the senior leadership of the Army and how to leverage Army Reserve capabilities. “This is where you can help educate me about your capabilities and how [ARMEDCOM] can help.  How do you see your role fitting into the big picture and what can I do to better support you so you can do what you need to do?”

Since becoming the commander of the U.S. Army Reserve, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Luckey has focused on making the Army Reserve the “the most capable, combat-ready, lethal federal reserve force America has ever seen.” 

While meeting with ARMEDCOM staff, Luckey affirmed the important role the medical command plays as he prioritizes readiness throughout his organization. “I wanted you to know that you are a huge part of the capability and capacity of America’s Army.  Though I know you know that, I wanted to reaffirm that personally by being here” said Luckey. “So I’m here to learn, but I’m also here to tell you how much I appreciate you.”

In defining the Army Reserve relationship to the total force, Luckey said the Army Reserve “brings in skills that are either developed or sustained out in the private or commercial sector and we keep them on the team on a part-time basis because that’s good for the total Army team.  It’s a good deal for them and their families, and I think it’s good for America.”

Following briefings with the leadership from ARMEDCOM and Army Reserve Medical Management Center, Luckey toured the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, meeting with Soldiers from ARMEDCOM and other units throughout the building, discussing concerns and sharing his guidance. “We are going to get after it with leadership, energy and execution.  I’m very focused on where the problems can be solved; where they need to be solved,” Luckey said. 

Before departing, Luckey acknowledged ARMEDCOM Soldiers and their contribution to the well-being of the organization. “I appreciate the work you are doing in support of America’s Army.  We’ve got a lot of talent, and we are going to be awesome. I look forward to seeing all of you on the high ground. Twice the Citizen!!”

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