Archive: July, 2016

Echo Mission transforms to adapt to new battlefield
July 25, 2016
Basic Combat Training (BCT) Soldiers acting as their Command Post's (CP) Quick Reaction Force (QRF) run toward a simulated casualty being carried by members of his squad to provide protection as well as assist in his evacuation July 20, during their BCT Company's final field training exercise (FTX)  at Fort Jackson, S.C. before their graduation.  The final FTX allows the Soldiers to apply all of their training under the most rigorous and stressful conditions similar to real combat operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador)

The 650th RSG conducts VCTS drivers training
July 25, 2016
Spc. Felicia Anne Smith, 650th Regional Support Group culinary specialist, trains on the Virtual Clearance Training Suite system simulator, at the Taylor Hall U.S. Army Reserve Center in Las Vegas July 15. With this virtual training, Soldiers were guided step by step through the different levels of detection and identification so that they could neutralize explosive hazards. These methods and systems are the future of warfare on the battlefield.

$1.7 million dollars saved with IRTs in Cortland and Chenango, N.Y.
July 25, 2016
Capt. Burke Tervort, with the 48th Combat Support Hospital out of Fort Meade, Md., gives commands to service members in order to set up the veterinary hospital tents in preparation for the Healthy Cortland Innovative Readiness Training event, July 14th, 2016.  Healthy Cortland is one of the IRT events that provides real-world training in a joint civil-military environment while delivering world-class medical care to the people of Cortland County, N.Y., from July 15-24.

IRT brings a different perspective of the military to Chenango County
July 25, 2016
Donna Jones, planning director for Chenango County, reflects on her father's honorable discharge documents and Purple Heart medal received after his service in the Army during WWII.  Jones personal connection to the military is what inspired her to help bring the Innovative Readiness Training event to the Greater Chenango Cares area.  Greater Chenango Cares is one of the IRT events that provide real-world training in a joint civil-military environment while delivering world-class medical care to the people of Chenango County, N.Y., from July 15-24.

Realistic Training Leads to Exceptional Preparedness for Army Reserve Soldiers at Warrior Exercise
July 25, 2016
FORT MCCOY, Wis.—U.S Army Reserve Sgt. Michael Schreckengost, a team leader from the 320th Military Police Company, St. Petersburg, Fla. aims his weapon from the turret of a Humvee during a mass casualty scenario during Warrior Exercise 2016 at Fort McCoy, Wis. More than 92 units from across the U.S Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Active Army are participating in WAREX, the 84th Training Command's third and final Warrior Exercise of the year, hosted by the 86th Training Division. (U.S Army Photo by Sgt. Devin M. Wood)

DOD begins educating service leaders on new retirement system
July 22, 2016
he new retirement system is composed of three components, a tradition defined-benefit plan like that current system, a 401K type defined-contribution plan with a portable retirement account through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and a continuation pay at the mid-career point. Service members currently serving are grandfathered into the current military retirement system. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, all recruits will be automatically enrolled into the BRS. However, Active Duty members with fewer than 12 years of service as of December 31, 2017, and those reserve component members with less than 4,320 points will have until Dec. 31, 2018, to choose to remain in the current system or opt into the blended military retirement system

Army Reserve CSM: “Living is coping”
July 22, 2016
The U.S. Army Reserve Interim Senior Enlisted Leader and Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills answers questions from 7th Mission Support Command Soldiers, during his town hall on NCO Field, July 9, 2016, after the 7th MSC Change of Command ceremony earlier in the day.

7th MSC´s 793rd MCT participates in USARC Yellow Ribbon event
July 21, 2016
Left to right, Master Sgt. Kimberly Ricardo, Sgt. Fabio Gaviria and his spouse and Staff Sgt. Walter Egan, tie fly fishing ties during the 7th Mission Support Command’s 793rd Movement Control Team Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program pre-deployment event held at the Le Grand Westin Hotel, July 16, 2016.

Mud. Sweat. Soldiers.
July 21, 2016
HUGO, Minn. -- Spc. Jamie Walker, an automated logistical specialist with the 322nd Support Maintenance Company, Arden Hills, Minnesota, congratulates participants as they complete the Berlin Wall, one of three obstacles in the 2016 Twin City Tough Mudder provided by the Army Reserve in Hugo, Minnesota, July 16. Army Reserve Soldiers from local units provide support for the two day event. Walker said the participants’ excitement was contagious and hopes to volunteer in future Tough Mudder events. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Claudia Rocha)

U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard Maintain the Strength during Operation Resolute Castle
July 20, 2016
Soldiers from 841st Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve and 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard, July 13th 2016 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria during Operation Resolute Castle, a United States Army Europe led military construction operation that spans from constructing roadways to infrastructure improvements. Soldiers from the Army Reserve and Army National Guard brings a unique set of skills to the Army as they work in a wide variety of civilian occupations. They constantly train to sharpen their skill set and sustain their combat strength during Operation Resolute Castle. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Kimberlee Lewis, 841st Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve)