The “Custer Division” speaks on its centennial anniversary
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Daniel Jaquint, left, Chief of Staff, 85th Support Command and An-thony Taylor, center, Public Affairs Specialist, 85th Support Command, and Kenneth Clarke, right, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, conduct a live taped interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, June 5, 2017. The inter-view focused on the centennial anniversary of the 85th Support Command but also elaborated on some of the key differences between the reserve, active and National Guard, components of the U.S Army. Jaquint spoke on the three component’s differences mostly in the fact that the Na-tional Guard was managed at the state-level versus the reserve and active force as a federal organization. He shared that active Soldiers wear the uniform every day, as it is their full-time job while the reserve and National Guard were, at a minimum, functioning one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer for their annual training. Jaquint quickly emphasized that no matter which group a Soldier belongs to, active reserve or guard, they are all a part of one Army one fight. Jaquint explained that a reservist rarely only spends one weekend a month wearing the uniform and will generally commit to what is required of them to maintain their readiness, while balancing a family and their civilian lives. Taylor spoke about one of the major differences between the reserve and active is the breadth of knowledge a reservist can offer in their jobs. He shared that many reservists’ civilian careers mirror their Army careers; a doctor or lawyer in the Army Reserve may also be a doctor or lawyer in their civilian capacity. There are currently more than 9,000 Army Reserve Soldiers mobilized and deployed in support of Geographic Combatant Commands, with another 11,000 scheduled for exercises and upcoming missions during the training year. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan/Released)