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NEWS | April 10, 2020

Army Reserve deputy commanding general visits Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

By Courtesy Story

The deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve visited Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (more commonly known as Camp Parks), April 8, 2020, to speak with more than 170 Army Reserve Soldiers called to duty to support the fight against COVID-19

Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper traveled from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to this Bay Area installation to personally share a message from Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command. The Soldiers at Camp Parks are standing up two of the 15 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces that will be used in the fight against COVID-19 here in the United States.

“These Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are actually making history,” said Roper. “They're doing something that has never been done before. [The Army Reserve] has aggregated capabilities in a rapid fashion, and we're deploying it right here in the homeland.” 

Roper remarked that the fight against COVID-19 is a different kind of fight and mission for the Army Reserve.

“Our mission is normally to do battle with a foreign enemy, and now our mission is to save American lives, it is something we take great pride in. These great Americans will bring their civilian-acquired skills coupled with their military training to provide services at the point of need.

“I am extremely proud of these Soldiers,” said Roper. “Their dedication and professionalism is obvious. Even more than that, they are eager to deploy and serve the people of the United States of America.”

PRFTA command staff and tenant units are providing UAMTF Soldiers, who began arriving at PRFTA April 3, support through training classrooms on the installation, barracks, and extended hours at PRFTA's dining facility and AAFES outlet.

“We are extremely honored to be supporting the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer L. Nolan, PRFTA’s garrison commander. “Our motto is ‘Gateway to Readiness,’ and we take great pride in supporting these amazing medical professionals. These fearless, dedicated heroes are truly an inspiration to us all.”

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area is a premier academic institution, military intelligence facility, and battlefield simulation center that supports military readiness for both the Army Reserve and the entire Joint Force. Additionally, Parks proactively plans for future military deployments and natural disasters by ensuring that the installation footprint and facilities are capable of housing, feeding, and caring for those who serve. Camp Parks is a sub-installation of Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, California.