Archive: 2016

Army Reserve leader joins NFL team to honor Vietnam Veterans
December 5, 2016
Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, gets ready to throw a football to New York Jets rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins during a Dec. 4 event sponsored by the Jets. Kok was a guest speaker at the event, which honored roughly 100 Vietnam Veterans.

Soldiers Train to Care for Families of Fallen Soldiers
December 5, 2016
FORT McCOY, Wisconsin (November 30, 2016) – Sgt. 1st Class David Boots, standing, the lead Casualty Notification/Casualty Assistance Officer trainer for the 88th Regional Support Command, talks to a class of 30 Soldiers about the duties of a casualty assistance officer during a three-day training session at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, November 30, 2016. The class serves to certify Casualty Notification and Casualty Assistance Officers across the 19-state region of the 88th RSC.

The 650th RSG runs Reception Staging Onward-Movement Integration at FTX
December 5, 2016
Staff Sgt. Anthony Griswold, 650th Regional Support Group personnel noncommission officer, and Sgt. 1st Class Cecile Christian, 650th personnel NCOIC, work at the Reception Staging Onward-Movement Integration station at the Fort Irwin National Training Center November 17-20, where the 650th RSG and 304th Sustainment Brigade conducted a joint FTX, during a MUTA 8 four-day battle assembly, where collective training events as well as individual readiness focused on medical readiness and firearms qualification.

Army Reserve Soldier makes his way to the big screen
December 5, 2016
Courtesy Photo - IMDB

Reluctant to turn down a good challenge, first sergeant competes in Ironman triathlon
December 2, 2016
1st Sgt. Mitter of the 315th Engineer Battalion, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, crosses the finish line of the Ironman in Tempe, Ariz. on November 20, 2016. The Ironman is a physically demanding triathlon event consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle race and a 26.2 mile run.

Bicycles for Veterans
December 1, 2016
Veterans that reside at La Casa del Veterano (House of Veterans) received a generous donation of bicycles from the Amgen Veterans Employee Network (AVEN) on November 30.

Col. Barra assumes command of the 304th SBDE
December 1, 2016
Brig. Gen. David Elwell, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, traveled to the Fort Irwin National Training Center November 19, for a change of command ceremony, representing the higher command. He passed the colors to Col. Chris Barra, who is the incoming 304th Sustainment Brigade commander, during a joint Field Training Exercise for combat readiness. Combat readiness remains a high priority for U.S. Army Reserve unit throughout the Army.

For the Sake of the Snake: Fort Buchanan Protects Puerto Rican Boa
December 1, 2016
The Puerto Rican Boa is endangered but is critical to the ecological health of the Caribbean island. Fort Buchanan is working to protect the snake from extinction with an ambitious management program. Photo by Eneilis Mulero Oliveras, Fort Buchanan.

New AREC Director Sets Goals for Army Reserve
November 30, 2016
Brig. Gen. John B. Hashem gives a speech to members of Army North (Fifth Army) during a welcoming ceremony for him and his family to Fort Sam Houston and San Antonio at a welcoming ceremony held at the historic quadrangle, November 7. Hashem assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General - Reserve Affairs and Director, Army Reserve Engagement Cell for Army North. He most recently served as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Army Reserve, Washington, D.C. The Army North AREC serves as a conduit to employ Army Reserve capabilities in support of Army North’s operational requirements.

DOD launches confidential peer-support service for Soldiers, Families
November 30, 2016
Interested personnel can learn more about the BeThere Call and Outreach Center at or call 844-357-PEER (7337). (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)