Year in Photos 2018

Army Public Affairs

With nearly 40 Public Affairs units (Public Affairs Detachments, Mobile Public Affairs Detachments, Broadcast Operation Detachments, and Press Camp Headquarters) and Public Affairs professionals in our 7 Geographic and 22 Functional commands, the U.S. Army Reserve has one of the largest military news-gathering entities in the Army.

The Year in Photos 2018 only scratches the surface of the outstanding work of these Public Affairs professionals. Take a look through the images to see what America's Army Reserve accomplished last year.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers of the 468th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting), 368th Engineer Battalion, 302d Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command based in Danvers, Mass., respond to a multi-vehicle accident during a Joint Training Exercise hosted by the Homestead-Miami Speedway and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department in Miami, Florida. Jan. 11, 2018. This JTE focused on building response capabilities and the seamless transition between the local first responders and the follow-on support provided by the National Guard and Active Army Soldiers. (U. S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood)
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 449th Mobility Augmentation Company, 478th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, based in Fort Thomas, Ky., fire an inert Mine Clearing Line Charge during a GATE III or section gunnery and Engineer Qualification Table X11 validation exercise on Fort Knox, Ky., Feb. 12, 2018. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood)
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Matthew Gouge in the 450th Mobility Augmentation Company, 478th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, based in Fort Thomas, Ky., provides security while fellow Soldiers clear a "minefield" during a GATE III or section gunnery and Engineer Qualification Table X11 validation exercise on Fort Knox, Ky., Feb. 12, 2018. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood).
Kerry A. Welch, a representative from the USO at Fort Hood, Texas gets a high five from his dog Lucy at the Robert Gray Airfield Feb. 25, in front of nearly 100 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 300th Chemical Company, 485th Chemical Battalion, 415th Chemical Brigade, 76th Division (Operational Response). The group of Soldiers are deploying to Southwest Asia for the next 12 months in support of U.S. Central Command and the War on Terrorism. The Soldiers have spent the past couple of months conducting a variety of training exercises at Fort Hood to build, hone and maintain their capabilities, readiness and lethality. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers fire a M240B machine gun during night qualifications during Operation Cold Steel II, at Fort McCoy, Wis., March 20, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Devona Felgar/301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)
An Army Reserve Soldier with the 468th Engineer Detachment, based in Danvers, Massachusetts, cuts through a concrete opening to enter a confined space during a collapsed subway extrication at the Army Reserve’s Guardian Response 18 exercise, April 11, 2018. More than 4,500 Soldiers from across the country participated in GR18, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear catastrophe. The training audience brought a range of life-saving capabilities such as medical response, decontamination, technical rescue, patient evacuation, communications and logistics support to move people, equipment and supplies by land and air. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Anthony L. Taylor)
U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Spc. Joe Sohler fires blank ammunition downrange as part of training to become a convoy protection platform crew during Operation Cold Steel II at Fort McCoy, Wis., hosted by the 416th Theater Engineer Command, April 27, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Devona Felgar/301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Raul Quinones looks for a passing lane during a May 21, 2018 practice at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Quinones, a Motor Transport Operator with the 217th Transportation Company, 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) based in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has been a member of the All-Army Soccer team since 2012. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Timothy L. Hale)(Released)
Sgt. Camille Edward, a healthcare specialist with 352nd Combat Support Hospital, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), climbs the wall obstacle at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Command's Best Warrior Competition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 10-15. More than 35 Soldiers representing seven Geographic Commands and 22 Functional Commands, will spend the week competing in a variety of challenges including firing weapons, land navigation, the Army Physical Fitness Test, and various mystery events. These challenges will ultimately test their capabilities, combat-readiness, and lethality. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Task Force Ultimate participate in crew-served weapon familiarization training during Operation Cold Steel II, in preparation for the arrival of troop list units, Fort Dix, N.J., June 30, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure that America’s Army Reserve units and soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Tracy McKithern/982nd Combat Camera Company Airborne)
Army Reserve soldiers practice lifesaving skills in Manhattan, New York, July, 10, 2018. These Soldiers are part of a national response element that works with civil authorities to provide manpower, vehicles, and equipment to perform medical services as well as chemical, biological, and radiological clean up — essential skills in the event of a disaster or attack. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres)
A U.S. Army Reserve combat engineer Soldier with the 350th Engineer Company, from Bell, California, throws a grappling hook to clear the area for trip wires and land mines at a combined arms breach during a Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, July 22, 2018. This rotation of CSTX runs through the month of July, training thousands of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from a variety of functions to include military police, medical, chemical, logistics, transportation and more. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
LTG Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, fires an M2 machine gun during Task Force Ultimate, Operation Cold Steel II, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), July 25, 2018 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve's crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America's Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere around the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Brianna Saville/416th Theater Engineer Command)
U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Kenneth Collins, 376th Engineer Firefighter Detachment, pulls himself from a confined space familiarization tube at Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 86-18-02 at Fort McCoy, Wis., August 13, 2018. This is the second CSTX of the summer for the 86th Training Division. The CSTX exercise is a large-scale training event where units experience tactical training scenarios specifically designed to replicate real-world missions. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Spc. John Russell)
A Soldier with the 387th Quartermaster Company negotiates an obstacle a part of the Mortuary Affairs Exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 17, 2018. Other Reserve units participating in the annual training included the 673rd, 246th and 1019th Quartermaster Companies. The 642nd Regional Support Group oversaw the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte, 642nd Regional Support Group)
Soldiers and civilians gathered at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Sept. 11 in remembrance of the lives lost 17 years ago and to recognize three non-commissioned officers selected to be inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. The ceremony began with a moment of silence followed by drumbeats for every life lost. Afterward, Sgt. Maj. Stephen Haynes was recognized as an honorary inductee, while Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Matos, Jr. and Staff Sgt. Elizabeth A. Caffey were awarded with Army Commendation Medals for their selection into the club.
FORT HOOD, TX (October 11, 2018) - Soldiers in the 1-158 Assault Helicopter Battalion run flight operations via the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. These are Army Reserve Soldiers that were mobilized, and are currently stationed at Fort Hood before deploying. U.S. Army photo courtesy of Spc. Jacob Ruiz
Soldiers with E Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, assist local volunteers and government agencies in distributing essential disaster relief supplies at the Ada Gym, Saipan, Oct. 28, 2018 following the destruction left by Super Typhoon Yutu.
Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Walker, command sergeant major, 450th Chemical Battalion, 209th Regional Support Group, 76th Operational Response Command, pauses to check his phone after making it to the top of the "Living Room" trail in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 3. The climb, led by Brig. Gen. Doug Cherry, commanding general, 76th ORC and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Darlington, command sergeant major, 76th ORC was part of a team-building event at the annual Commander's Conference for brigade and battalion commanders and sergeant's major. The trail ascents more than 1,000 feet in approximately 2.4 miles, taking hikers to an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet while providing breath-taking views of the Salt Lake Valley. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
1st Lt. Spencer Fusselman (Chaplain candidate) and his Unit Ministry Dog, Capt. Blue, from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, kneel to pray at the Red Cross building during Operation Cold Steel III at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov 12, 2018. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Sofia) Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world.
A U.S. Navy Sailor with Naval Beach Unit 7 based out of Sasebo, Japan, directs a 9th Mission Support Command military tactical vehicle off a Navy Landing Craft Utility to a port in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 18, 2018. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and other units from within U.S. Indo-Pacific Command assigned to Task Force-West are providing Department of Defense support to the CNMI’s civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
Sgt. Kenny Tabula, 411th Engineer Battalion, fires his MK 19 grenade launcher while safety officers, Sgt. Angelyn Cayton and Sgt. Valentino Sigrah provide guidance at Schofield Barracks during Operation Pacific Steel on Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Edwin T. Basa)
Airborne Jump Masters and Soldiers jump from an aircraft during familiarization day Nov. 28, 2018 at Fort Bragg, N.C. in preparation for U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command's 21st annual Operation Toy Drop. Operation Toy Drop is a combined airborne training event comprising airborne paratroopers from 14 partner nations. Each year, participating units and observers contribute toys that are distributed to various North Carolina charities.
Army Reserve Soldiers practice navigating through snowy terrain during winter warfare training at Fort McCoy Wisconsin, December 8, 2018. Soldiers learn a variety of skills that will keep them alive in extreme environments. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres)
A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 961st Transportation Company, based in Ft. Wadsworth, N.Y., fired an M2 machine gun at enemy troop silhouettes during Operation Cold Steel III, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operation Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 1, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Sofia)
New Jersey Army National Guard 3-12th Field Artillery Regiment Soldiers fire ceremonial rounds for the U.S. Army Reserve 99th Readiness Division change of command ceremony, Dec. 16 at Doughboy Gym, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The 99th DIV(R) is headquartered on JBMDL, which is the second-largest employer in New Jersey, second only to the state government. More than 40,000 active-duty and reserve-component service members, civilian employees and family members work and reside on the base. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Bethany Huff/99th Readiness Division)
A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from the 535th Military Police Battalion participate in a field train exercise at Camp Butner, North Carolina, Dec. 8, 2018. The 535th MP Battalion and its down-trace units conducted a situational training exercise (STX) on Army Warrior Tasks (AWT) and battle drills during a two-day field training exercise. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Elizabeth Taylor)