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88th Readiness Division commander recognizes Soldiers at Army Reserve facility in Illinois
As part of a larger tour of the Chicagoland region, Maj. Gen. Matthew Baker, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 88th Readiness Division, visited the Area Maintenance Support Activity (AMSA) 45 at Joliet Local Training Area in Elwood, Ill. on May 23 to tour the facility and talk to several of the Soldiers working on site. Many of the Soldiers in the facility were Military Technicians, federal service employees who also hold dual status as members of the Army Reserve. Becoming a Military Technician allows Soldiers to experience the best of two worlds by taking advantage of the opportunity to become a Citizen Soldier in the US Army Reserve Military Technician program. This enables Soldiers to receive full civil service benefits and military reserve benefits. Maj. Gen. Baker presented the Commanding General’s Blue Devil Award to Sgt. Juan Pantoja and Sgt. Matt Baikie for their continued outstanding performance. Both are MilTech employees at the facility.

Photo by: Christopher Hanson |  VIRIN: 230523-O-GQ656-138.JPG