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B eing ready as a Reserve Soldier means nding the balance between Family, civilian career and military commitments. Once that balance is established, theres no telling what can be accomplished. Hear what senior leadership has to say about it on page 4From the Top. Join us in congratulating the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year Spc. John Mundey and NCO of the Year Sgt. Chase Craig, for their victory as 2018s most capable, combat-ready and lethal competitors among 36 Soldiers from across U.S. Army Reserve commandsPage 29. They will represent our team at the Department of the Armys Best Warrior Competition in October. On page 10, hear straight from the dogs mouth about his dad, David Shultz, and other volunteers in Puerto Rico who brought some much-needed relief to those affected by Hurricane Maria. Chemical biological radiological and nuclear teams have the daunting duty to perform in some of the most dreadful conditions. Soldiers assigned to the 468th Engineer Detachment (Fireghting Headquarters), 84th Training Command and 78th Training Division train to not only survive in those austere conditions but also to help save lives and mitigate damage. Learn some of the ways they train to do so on pages 14. Another Soldier helping to prevent the loss of life, Col. Brad Wenstrup, a combat surgeon and a Representative from Ohio, braved gunre to provide his teammate with life-saving medical care on an Alexandria, Virginia balleld. Wenstrup went on to receive the Soldiers Medal for his actions, read about the harrowing account on page 12. In this issue, you will nd a card that will help you to help us grow the team. While out in your communities, take the time, share your story and share the contact information provided on the card. Together we can keep Americas Army Reserve on the Road to Awesome! Melissa Russell Editor-in-Chief rf r fn trb editors note
co n t e n t s rf f ntb WARRIOR CITIZEN n tbnr A biohazard explosion at the Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by a multi-car crash and panic. Add to that a nuclear detonation scenario, trench rescues, urban search and rescue operations, vehicle and subway extrications and a mass casualty decontamination line. These are the types of real-world disaster scenarios that the Army Reserve must stay trained and ready for, to save lives and protect our homeland. STORY AND PHOTOS BY: SGT. 1ST CLASS CLINTON WOOD, 412TH THEATER ENGINEER COMMAND MASTER SGT. ANTHONY L TAYLOR, 318TH PRESS CAMP HEADQUARTERS 14 in this issue n tbt ttbtt tt btt people n bbtt n t communities b bttttbtb tttt btbttt f Sgt. Ammie Acosta, an Information Technology Specialist with the Army Reserves 301st Information Operations Group, Fort Totten, New York, poses during a photo shoot for the Army Reserves upcoming Part Time Soldier Full Time Success campaign. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION, COURTESY AMRG
co n t e n t s f rr r It requires a strong network of capabilities and resources to successfully get thousands of Soldiers through the readiness process and on to where they are needed on a weekly basis. Army Reserve Medical Command is at the forefront of this preparation. BY LT. COL. ANGELA WALLACE, ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL COMMAND Raymond Moran, retired Army infantryman and recruiter, reects on sixty-ve years of service. BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE 26 20 38 30 Through the cold, snow and thick mud, a small team of Soldiers with the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) worked into the night to accomplish something they had never done before build a secondary tactical operations center or jump TOC to establish and maintain communications with the main TOC, which was one mile away. BY BY SGT. KAYLA BENSON, 364TH EXPEDITIONARY SUSTAINMENT COMMAND 34 PHOTO BY SGT. FRED BROWN/ 356TH BROADCAST OPERATIONS DETACHMENT PHOTO BY SGT. KAYLA BENSON, 364TH EXPEDITIONARY SUSTAINMENT COMMAND PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND
ttbt from the top from the top F amily and employer support directly impacts the Army Reserves ability to build and sustain readiness. When not deployed, the civilian sector accounts for more than 90 percent of a reserve component Soldiers career, making balancetime in uniform and time spent managing civilian careers and Family life critical to mission readiness. For two decades, battle-tested Warrior Citizens have proven this balance is achievable. Army Reserve Soldiers have served in an operational capacity since 2001 more than 300,000 Soldiers have been mobilized and deployed to not just Iraq and Afghanistan, but to missions across the globe. As the character of warfare becomes increasingly complex, reserve forces that are prepared to ght and win on short timelines have become critical to mission success on the modern battleeld. Effectively balancing civilian and military careers preserves a historically symbiotic relationship. The Army Reserve provides 78 percent of the sustainment capabilities for the Total Army. A ready force meets the Readiness Means a Life in Balance
Armys demand for specialized, high-demand capabilities honed in the civilian sector, and trained and ready Army Reserve Soldiers bring values and discipline engrained in the Armys culture back to the workplace. Were working hard to alleviate that tension between being ready enough to be relevant, but not so ready that you cant maintain healthy Family relationships, keep good civilian jobs, and pursue your education goals, said Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command. BALANCE Presented with two or more demanding requirements, how does the Army Reserve preserve balance and support its Soldiers, ensuring they experience the best of both worlds? Providing solutions is important enough that sustaining the support of Families and employers is among Luckeys top priorities. Families are the bedrock of an all-volunteer force. For the Army Reserve Families who support their Soldiers, its important to understand, access and share the tools and resources available through both the The Army Reserve relies heavily on the Families and communities that support its Soldiers, as well as the persistent willingness of Americas of whom provide the Army and combatant commanders with years of civilian experience and LT. GEN. CHARLES D. LUCKEY CHIEF OF ARMY RESERVE AND COMMANDING GENERAL, U.S. ARMY RESERVE COMMAND. Sgt. Ammie Acosta, left, is an Information Technology Specialist with the Army Reserves 301st Information Operations Group, Fort Totten, New York, is part of the Army Reserve's upcoming Part Time SoldierFull Time Success campaign. Readiness Means a Life in Balance PHOTO BY SGT. JOHN L. CARKEET IV, 143RD SUSTAINMENT COMMAND (EXPEDITIONARY) PHOTO COURTESY AMRG At top: Two youths check out the interior of a Humvee and try on Army Combat Helmets for size, under the watchful eye of Sgt. Todd Fritz, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Mission Support Element, 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) April 14, 2018, at Blue Jacket Park in Orlando, Florida.
r from the top from the top ttbt Army and their local community, said Luckey. A deep connection to the private sector also gives the Army Reserve a substantial edge in understanding and leveraging cutting-edge technology advances and capabilities for the good of the nation. Our job is to maintain these relationships and continue building networks and creating connections for Families and employers in communities, continued Luckey. I also have condence that every leader in Americas Army Reserve will use their judgement to ensure Soldiers have the exibility they need to balance competing requirements. That means maintaining an open dialogue with Soldiers whenor ideally beforeconicts arise. FAMILIES Nurturing and caring for Families is at the core of Army values and its ethos. Army Reserve Families are geographically-dispersed, often far from the Army installations that function as cities, providing housing and servicesand a sense of belonging. In order to enhance support and promote a common culture, the Army Reserve is empowering the Readiness Divisions to allow Army Reserve Families to access the support they need closer to where they live. This is about getting after each of my prioritiesreadiness, taking care of Soldiers The Army Reserve serves the people of the United States, but in turn needs the support of employers and communities in order to do Citizen Soldiers are experienced professionals LT. GEN. CHARLES D. LUCKEY CHIEF OF ARMY RESERVE AND COMMANDING GENERAL, U.S. ARMY RESERVE COMMAND. At top: Army Reserve Soldiers participate in an Army Reserve Commercial shoot. Right: Luke Hofman smiles while in the arms of his mother, Staff Sgt. Alicia Hofman, formerly with the 303rd Military Police Company, of Jackson, Michigan, during an annual Happy Alive Day picnic in Stockbridge, Michigan, June 16, 2018. PHOTO BY SGT. TIMOTHY YAO, U.S. ARMY RESERVE COMMAND PHOTO BY PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND
PHOTO BY PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND btbt and Families, and the future force, said Luckey. My intent is for our Readiness Divisions to take on more of a force provider role. This command and control model provides the regional commander with the authority and inherent exibility to maximize readiness and efciencies, synchronizing programs and delivery models to ensure resources and services are where they belong closest to the customer. Pharisse Berry, Family Programs director for the U.S. Army Reserve Command, is moving forward to ensure Army Reserve Families have access to a broad array of programs. We oversee the vast majority of programs that impact Family readiness, said Berry. Our role is to provide policy, guidance and resources for execution by the Readiness Divisions and Mission Support Commands. Family Programs serves and supports more than 400,000 Soldiers and Family members. That includes Child and Youth Services, Survivor Outreach Services, training, accreditation support, volunteer support, Yellow Ribbon program support, Army Family Action Plan program support, and Fort Family Outreach and Support Center, which operates 16 hours a day, year-round. With overnight hours supported by Military OneSource, outreach and Soldier service are available 24 hours a day. Also on the horizon is the Department of Defenses Building Healthy Military Communities pilot program, which is taking a collaborative and regional approach to enhancing the readiness, resiliency and wellness of all service members and their Families. The aim is to better understand and address unique readiness and well-being challenges facing geographically dispersed service members, their Families, and communities in which they live. Julie Luckey, spouse of the commanding general, had been looking for out-of-the-box solutions to connecting the military population to other Families and local resources when she learned of the BHMC initiative. Currently, many of our Reserve and Guard service and Family members dont have access to traditional installation-based services, Julie Luckey said. BHMC recognizes that issues t BY CAPT. ALAN MOSS, 412TH THEATER ENGINEER COMMAND The Building Healthy Military Communities pilot program, already underway, is addressing the unique challenges service members of all components face in their efforts to access resources that promote and enhance military and Family readiness. Navy Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, the BHMC director, is optimistic a seven-state pilot program will help leaders better understand challenges and obstacles to accessing resources that impact force readiness, well-being, and resiliency. This is an outstanding team effort, said Elenberg. Julie Luckey, and all of our stakeholders across services and components, play an integral role in the development of a comprehensive plan to mitigate any gaps in programs and services. Closing those gaps and helping service members better use existing capabilities will build the total force tness improving the readiness and lethality of the force. This will not only increase the size of the ready force, it will reduce the number of service members who have to return early from a deployment. Elenberg said Luckey was the impetus behind incorporating a town hall approach to soliciting feedback events were held in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. She brought up the concept of using town hall meetings to get a better picture of the challenges facing service members and their Families, even going so far as taking me to a town hall to see how effective they could be. Elenberg said. This has better allowed us to gain the perspective of the Family members. We need not just the leaders perspectives, not just the partners perspectives, we need the Family perspective to ensure we have a rounded out, 360 degree perspective of the problems and challenges that are out there. Elenberg further credited Pharisse Berry, Family Programs director for the U.S. Army Reserve Command, with making the BHMC town hall meetings happen. He has brought his expertise, knowledge, and energy to bear on the program, and really ensured that weve been able to make the town hall concept happen. The Building Healthy Military Communities program looks at the eight domains within total force tness (social, physical, environmental, medical and dental, spiritual, nutritional, psychological, and behavioral), as well as economic challenges. Learn more at https://cms.jointservicessupport.org/BHMC U.S. Navy Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, director of Joint Force Fitness at the Department of Defense, talks to spouses of military service members during a town hall meeting hosted at Fort Meade, Maryland, June 13, 2018, to discuss problems and concerns military Families face regularly, particularly in the reserve and National Guard components. EDITORS NOTE: Maj. William Geddes Strategic Communications, contributed to this story.
b from the top Fort Family Outreach and Support Center: Fort Family Outreach and Support Center provides live, relevant, and responsive information, and unit and communitybased solutions for you and your Family. Contact us 16 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at http://arfp.org or via the Fort Family phone number at 1-844-ONE-FAMY or 1-844-663-3269 Military OneSource: You're part of a military Family that numbers in the millions. You share common experiences, values and feelings of being in this together. Thats community. To support and bolster your own Family, lean on your military community including Military OneSourceget answers and guidance from those who have been there, done that. https://www. militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships Child and Youth Services: Army Families often include Army kids. Army MWR helps you stay mission ready with resources you need to support them. Learn about childcare, school-age services, tutoring, youth sports and more. https://www.armymwr.com/ programs-and-services/family-assist Yellow Ribbon Program: Yellow Ribbon events are a great resource for information on health care, education and training opportunities, nancial, and legal benets. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote well-beingyours and your Familys by connecting you with resources throughout your deployment cycle. https://www.yellowribbonevents.org/ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve: Dont take your employers support for granted! Many employment challenges can be avoided by being candid with your employer about your obligations as a member of one of the reserve components. Contact us at www.esgr.mil, or 1-800-336-4590 P3: Through the Army Reserves Private Public Partnership (P3), you and your unit can gain access to unique opportunities that allow you to apply your expertise and leadership skills to real world projects that correlate with your military experience. Enhance your military and civilian career and build leader and individual readiness through P3 www.usar.army.mil/P3 A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital receives legal assistance during the 88th Readiness Division Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Pre-deployment event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 16, 2018. ttbt PHOTO BY CATHERINE CARROLL, 88TH READINESS DIVISION
affecting service members are often linked with Family concerns and challenges which, in turn, impact readiness. Ready Soldiers build ready units. BHMC is a very effective platform from which to assess the needs of service and Family members from across all components, she added. It also serves to connect the military population to other Families and resources in their local communities. EMPLOYERS Building and sustaining a force of technically procient and highly skilled Soldiers and units ready to deploy at a moments notice without negatively impacting the Soldiers civilian job and nancial security is a challenge the Army Reserve is facing head on. We are reaching out to employers, universities, Congress and centers of inuence, said Erin Thede, director of the Army Reserves Private Public Partnership program. This is all part of an ongoing effort to develop, integrate, and direct partner relations for the Army Reserve so that we can ensure balance for our Soldiers and their employers. Private Public Partnership, or P3, functions as an entry point for Army Reserve senior leaders to access resources and information on emerging technologies, industries, and academic and private institutions to make informed decisions about the future of the force. P3 seeks to transform how America's Army Reserve and corporate America attracts and retains talentfocusing on long-term partnerships with not-for-prot, for-prot, and academic organizations. It also strives to enhance overall Soldier readiness by collaborating with organizations that focus on physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, nancial, and Family wellness. The P3 team consists of specialists who are dedicated to providing career advancement support and offers the following services: Assistance with nding civilian employment opportunities Resume development and interview preparation tips Access to exclusive career opportunities and hiring events P3 helps to further develop Soldiers through degree programs, credentialing and licensing opportunitiespartnering with colleges, universities and other learning outlets to offer the following benets: Access to training, credentialing and licensing opportunities offered in the military and civilian sectors Access to internship and apprenticeship opportunities for the veteran/ military community Cost-effective methods for learning development According to Thede, the balance achieved through these partnerships will help ensure Soldiers and leaders dont have to choose between military service and their civilian profession and life. P3 and Family Programs, are also providing behind-the-scenes support to regional outreach events at the Readiness Division level, said Thede. While units continue to build capacity by focusing on increasing Soldier readiness, P3 and Family Programs are focused on increasing readiness on the home front. Soldier readiness plus Family readiness equals mission readiness. Below: Soldiers deploy from helicopter after completing a mystery event of the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 14, 2018. PHOTO BY SPC. TYNISHA DANIEL, 108TH TRAINING COMMAND PHOTO BY SGT. JOHN L. CARKEET IV, 143RD SUSTAINMENT COMMAND (EXPEDITIONARY) Above: Spc. Mario Casatelli, Jr., culinary specialist, Mission Support Element, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), shakes hands with Florida Gov. Rick Scott May 4, 2018, at Westgate Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.
tn FORT BUCHANNAN, PUERTO RICO Im Brego and Im a Belgian Malinois. Im ve years old and I had special training so I get to wear a cool camouage vest, which now has a lot of Army patches on it Anyway, it took us a few days to get to Fort BuchannanHurricane Harvey really hit Houston hard. Some good news was that Army Reserve Soldiers got to help out with the recovery and they rescued hundreds of people there, including (Im happy to report) 170 pets and animals. Wed barely unpacked when Hurricane Irma hit. That wasnt too bad, but I started to get anxious two weeks later when Hurricane Maria showed uptrees fell down, the power went out and almost everyone lost access to clean water. MomBrig. Gen. Dustin Ana Shultzwent straight to work, checking on the troops and coordinating with the government to support the community what a way to meet everyone! Dad says she has mission control hereshes the commander of U.S. Army Reserves 1st Mission Support Command, the largest federal Army Command in the Caribbean, and has more than 5,000 Soldiers all across Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands, too. It's a big responsibility, but we were all looking forward to getting to know the Soldiers and everyone in the community. Dad was transitioning too, he used to be a police ofcer, and then an assistant pastor, and then a full-time stay-at-home parent/home school teacher, but now hes a Senior Volunteer Advisor, which means he gets to meet with and nd ways to help Army Reserve Families. His name is David, and hes my hero. At rst, Dad volunteered to make meals at the community center while Mom was at work, it was the only place for food, so I had to stay in my crate. It was pretty dark in there with the windows covered up I dont like to complain, ttttttttb people As a recent Texas transplant, youd think the biggest challenge Id face in my move to Puerto Rico would be learning a new language. Instead, after three hurricanes in less than a month, I came away with a new appreciation for Family, community and hard work. The best part is I made friendsand a differencehelping to deliver water, fuel and food all across the island.
but REALLY hate being alone. Then he found out they needed drivers to deliver generators around base and keeping them fueled. And guess what?! He needed a co-pilot! There was so much to do. We and some other spouses delivered fuel around Fort Buchannan with two pickup trucks. We made the rounds every day. Some nice families started waiting outside to say hello to methat was the best part of my day! Dad said we helped around 70 families on Fort Buchannan. My job was to be available for hugs, and Dad and Mom both said I was really good at my job. When we heard about some people in the community who needed help too, FEMA gave us food and water to deliver to residents in remote areas. The roads were pretty bad so Mom had some of her engineer Soldiers help clear the roadsmore friends for meand we followed. We got to deliver food and water to more than 200 families! Its been months now, and things are just starting to get back to normal. Theres a long way to go, but if I learned anything, its that there are a lot of good people out there. Dad says you can always make a difference, sometimes by being in charge, like Mom, and sometimes by volunteering and nding ways to help out where you can, like my Dad and all of the other volunteers. As for me, I have a new pack: new Soldiers, new friends and a new community things are really looking up. tt We helped around 70 families on Fort Buchannan. My job was to be available for hugs, and Dad and Mom both said I was really good at my job. BREGO SHULTZ 1ST MISSION SUPPORT COMMAND Opposite lower left: Spending time with Dad, Mom and Soldiers from the 1st MSC at the 210th Brigade headquarters in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Left: A volunteer takes a resiliency break from loading food and water onto LMTVs before heading out to one of Puerto Ricos mountain communities.
t WASHINGTON, DC Its the battleeld scenario that every Soldier trains for. For Col. Brad Wenstrup, a combat veteran who served 14 months as chief surgeon at the Abu Ghraib prison hospital, years of training kicked in when the gunre erupted. In an instant, he was faced with casualties and more than a dozen lives at risk, including his own. My time in the Army Reserve has provided me the ability to remain calm, said Wenstrup. I needed to stay calm. I knew what I needed to do, and I knew that I could do it. It was far from the battleeld on that early morning of June 14, 2017, and Wenstrup, a Representative from Ohio in his civilian life, had joined fellow members of the Congressional Republican Baseball Team in Alexandria, Virginia for a practice game. It was on this otherwise idyllic morning that a man, armed with a rie and a handgun, walked up to third base and opened re on the players. Standing at second base, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was the rst struck. He fell to the ground, unable to move, as his body went into shock. As I lay on the ground, I could hear the gunre going back and forth, but I couldnt see the shooter, said Scalise. tbt people Above: Members of the Republican baseball team pose for a picture during a ceremony April 26, 2018 at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. Wenstrup received the Soldier's Medal for providing life-saving treatment to Representative Steve Scalises gunshot wounds with minimal rst aid equipment, June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia. Right: Then Maj. Brad Wenstrup, Chief of Surgery at the Abu Ghraib Hospital, Iraq, plays with Tabark Addul Rahman, a.k.a. Baby Tabitha, Oct. 30, 2005. PHOTO BY MAJ. LISA FLYNN, 344TH COMBAT SUPPORT HOSPITAL
Despite the barrage of bullets, Wenstrup remained on the eld. As Capitol Police and Scalises security detail engaged the gunman, the shooter, undaunted, continued ring toward the dugout. Wenstrup knew that Scalise needed help, but the shooter was blocking his access. This guy was just ring down my lane. I knew not to be stupid and get hurt. Who would help then? said Wenstrup. I didn't have cover, but time was of the essence. Once the shooter was subdued, Wenstrup rushed to Scalises aid. His initial assessment and immediate treatment of the gunshot wound was, by many accounts, life-saving. I heard the words shooter down, and in seconds Brad Wenstrup was by my side, asking me where my injury was, said Scalise. I call him my hero. I am here today because of Brad Wenstrup. There is no doubt. For heroism above and beyond the call of duty, and for personifying the Army Values Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Seless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage Army Reserve Soldier, Representative from Ohio's 2nd District, podiatrist, Bronze Star recipient and baseball player, Brad Wenstrup, received the Army's highest award for heroism outside of combat, the Soldier's Medal. The ceremony took place at the nations capital on April 26, 2018. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, presented award, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Representative Steve Scalise addressed the audience. No one is more deserving of this kind of recognition, not only for what you did on that day, but for what you do every day to answer the call to serve, said Speaker of the House Ryan. Our heroes always say they were at the right place at the right time. But really, they just have the right stuffthe stuff that drives them to run into re, the valor that goes beyond what words can describe. tf n MARK TWAIN (1835), AMERICAN AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST Below: Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley presents the Soldiers Medal to Col. Brad Wenstrup during a ceremony conducted at the U.S. Capitol building, Washington D.C., April 26, 2018.
n Medically Ready is Battle-Ready Whether the mission is opening ports, setting the theater, constituting and operating mobilization-support platforms for the Total Force or supporting maneuver forces in contact with the enemy we will have the mobility, survivability, connectivity and lethality needed to win on the battlefield. LT. GEN. CHARLES LUCKEY CHIEF OF ARMY RESERVE AND COMMANDING GENERAL, U.S. ARMY RESERVE COMMAND FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY
t Medically Ready is Battle-Ready PHOTO BY LT. COL. ANGELA WALLACE, ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL COMMAND
Medical Support Units and Troop Medical Clinics. Col. Jerey Pugh, the 649th Regional Support Group commander, shares his teams experiences conducting their go-to-war mission at the inactive MFGI location. While we are training here at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin were building up to a proof-ofconcept where we are going to run a Soldier Readiness Processing site, Pugh said. Weve timed our annual training for this mission at Fort McCoy so that we can leverage a huge group of Soldiers participating in the Combat Support Training Exercise to run through an actual SRP process. If Fort McCoy were activated as a MFGI location, well have worked through the steps Soldiers must take to complete that process. As for the medical portion of the MFGI mission, Pugh commended Army Medical Command and Blancheld Army Community Hospital for the signicant amount of work done in such a short period of time. If MFGI sites are activated, MEDCOM facilities like BACH provide oversight and support to the medical personnel assigned to the medical SRP and TMC missions. We were very concerned about the timeline and if we would be able to accomplish everything in time to conduct this training, and Fort Campbells medical team said Well have this done, said Pugh. Walking around and talking to the Soldiers, seeing their energy levels and the positive energy they are exuding on a regular basis motivates me. eres no doubt in my mind that, if called upon to support a future MFGI mission, we could make it happen right now. Regional Medic provides Premier Training for Ready Force X units One aer another, patients continue to arrive in waves at the combat support hospital, tasking the hospital sta, who have run out of bed space and the medical personnel needed to manage the treatment of the severe injuries these mock patients have sustained. Communications have been unreliable, and soon the hospital will need to prepare to jump, or move their unit further forward to support the needs of the warghting units entrenched in battle in a contentious combat environment. Above: Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, U.S. Army Reserve Command Commanding General, left, conducts a tour of Soldier Readiness Processing operations guided by Brig. Gen. Tony L. Wright, 88th Readiness Division deputy commanding general, March 11, 2018. Soldier Readiness Processing is a successful proof-of-concept program implemented by several Army Reserve units, with a mission of supporting a more medically ready ghting force. Spc. Travis Stevens, a medical laboratory specialist assigned to 7417th Troop Medical Clinic, runs lab tests during annual training at the Fort Knox, Kentucky TMC on March 14, 2018. ARMEDCOM Soldiers assigned to 7231st Medical Support Unit and 7417th Troop Medical Clinic supported medical Soldier Readiness Processing and Troop Medical Clinic operations. PHOTO BY SGT. CHRISTOPHER BLACK, U.S. ARMY RESERVE PHOTO BY LT. COL. ANGELA WALLACE, ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL COMMAND
f is is the challenge that Army Reserves Ready Force X medical units were faced with during their participation in the 84th Training Commands Combat Support Training Exercise 78-18-03, conducted March 1030, 2018 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Regional Medic is a medical exercise hosted by Medical Readiness and Training Command (MRTC) and was nested within the CSTX, but held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, alongside a eater Opening Exercise held at Fort Eustis and Fort Story, Virginia. e combined exercises within this CSTX involved more than 11,000 service members from nearly 200 units across the country. CSTXs entire training focus supported Ready Force X units, whose preparation revolves around being trained and ready to deploy at a moments notice. Soldier Readiness Processing operations are what our Medical Support Units and Troop Medical Clinics are constructed to support as their mobilization or go-to-war mission Ive been able to see these units f irsthand ref ining their processes and getting things done. MAJ. GEN. MARY LINK ARMEDCOM COMMANDING GENERAL PHOTO BY LT. COL. ANGELA WALLACE, ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL COMMAND Soldiers with the Effects and Enabler Team load up simulated wounded Soldiers to be transported to one of the Combat Support Hospitals participating in the Combat Support Training Exercise 78-18-03, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, March 22, 2018. PHOTO BY SGT. FRED BROWN/ 356TH BROADCAST OPERATIONS DETACHMENT
PHOTO BY SGT. FRED BROWN/ 356TH BROADCAST OPERATIONS DETACHMENT
FORT MCCOY, WIS. In a warehouse just a few miles away from the combat support hospitals, Army Sgt. Cyrus Cajudo, a Practical Nursing Specialist from San Diego, California with 7452nd Medical Backll Battalion, West Medical Area Regional Support Group, applies the nishing moulage to a mannequin in order to simulate a lower leg burn. Moulage is the art of applying realistic mock injuries to simulated wounded personnel for the purpose of training emergency response teams and military medical teams. Cajudo is just one of a dozen Soldiers from varying units that make up the Effects and Enabler Team, working to push out as many simulated wounded Soldiers to the training units as possible. The members of the E&E Team all come from medical military occupational specialties and include many who have been deployed overseas. Cajudo feels this is the reason they were chosen for this important aspect of the exercise. I think its really good if you have a medical background while doing moulage, because they want this as real as it can be, said Cajudo as he adds shards of glass to the charred-looking wound. It really helps make this look as realistic for the medics in the eld as possible. After deploying in 2004 as a Culinary Specialist, Cajudo decided to become a Combat Medic Specialist. After receiving his nursing certicate to become a Vocational Nurse, Cajudo decided to mirror his civilian and military occupations by nally becoming a Practical Nursing Specialist in the Army Reserve. With medical experience from both his military and civilian positions, Cajudo understands the importance of the E&E Teams mission to create the most realistic battle wounds in order to increase the quality of the medical units training during the CSTX. This is the kind of stuff youre going to be seeing out there, if you ever deploy. Thats why we need to take this seriously, said Cajudo. Were having fun creating all these different wounds, but I think we all know how important this is for people wholl be treating these victims. Story and photos by Sgt. Fred Brown, 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment At top: Army Sgt. Cyrus Cajudo, a Practical Nursing Specialist from San Diego, California with 7452nd Medical Backll Battalion, West Medical Area Regional Support Group, creates a charred look on a simulated burn victim during the Combat Support Training Exercise 78-18-03, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, March 22, 2018. Inset: Army Sgt. Cyrus Cajudo, concentrates as he puts the nishing touches on the simulated burn wound during the Combat Support Training Exercise 78-18-03, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, March 22, 2018. rf
r A JOURNEY OF DETERMINATION COMMITMENT & GRIT The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos, and represent the force of the future. Competitors test their knowledge, skills and abilities by conquering urban warfare simulations, demonstrating critical thinking, formal board interviews, physical fitness challenges, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to todays operating environment. All who have tried have distinguished themselves as among the best, having overcome a series of testsnot the least of which are will, endurance, fitness and commitment. But ultimately, only one Soldier and one noncommissioned officer can earn the honor of becoming the 2018 Army Reserve Soldier and 2018 NCO of the Year. And now, we have our winners By Sgt. Anshu Pandeya, 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and Jevon Thomas, 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment THE 2018 ARMY RESERVE BEST WARRIORS PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND
Clockwise from top left: A Soldier res his assigned rie in the kneeling position during the 200th Military Police Command's Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, April 16, 2018. David Gutierrez, a military police Soldier with the 422nd Military Police Company headquartered in Bakerseld, California from Sunland, California bounds to the next position during a training lane at the 200th Military Police Command's Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, April 18, 2018. Spc. John Mundey, a bridge crewmember from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 459th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), 412th Theater Engineer Command, shoots his azimuth to precede to the rst rally point during the land navigation event at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 14, 2018. Sgt. Andrew Chang, a paralegal specialist with the 4th Legal Operations Detachment headquartered in Fort Totten, New York from Fresh Meadows, New York takes up a prone position while wearing a protective gas mask during the 200th Military Police Command's Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, April 18, 2018. PHOTO BY SPC. JOSHUA TALLEY, 372ND MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND
b Warrior Citizens invest hours of personal time preparing for this challenge, balancing Soldier readiness with civilian jobs, education and family. I'm incredibly proud of the determination and grit displayed by our competitors they have proven themselves to be among the best in the Army. COMMAND SGT. MAJ. TED COPELAND U.S. ARMY RESERVE SERGEANT MAJOR Soldiers carry a casualty to a collection point during a training lane at the 200th Military Police Command's Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, April 18, 2018. THE CHALLENGES PHOTO BY PFC. KEELY KEY, 372ND MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. MICHEL SAURET, 200TH MILITARY POLICE COMMAND COMMAND SERGEANTS MAJOR BOARD APPEARANCE Competitors are assessed by their breadth and depth of knowledge on areas such as military leadership and counseling, current events, Army history, tactical communications, survival, battle-focused training, weapons, U.S. government and Constitution, land navigation, the NCO Creed and history, and myriad other focus areas. ESSAY AND WRITTEN EXAM Todays warrior is competent in their Soldier Skill Level and is capable of communicating in a boardroom or on the battleeld. To demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and communication skills, warriors must complete a written exam covering broad topics related to the Army and compose an essay on a surprise topic to be announced when the event begins. PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT Physical tness is a marker of individual readiness. Warriors will take a rigorous Physical Fitness Assessment to assess their individual tness level and warrior spirit. In addition, warriors must meet Army weight standards in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9. WARRIOR TASKS AND BATTLE DRILLS Todays warriors must be well versed in a variety of warrior tasks outside of their primary military occupational specialty. Competitors are expected to be procient in the list of more than 40 warrior tasks and battle drills. Not all will be tested at the Best Warrior Competition; however, competitors wont know which WTBD theyll face until they enter their competition lanes. WEAPONS RANGE The basic weapon of todays Warrior is the rie. Warriors must successfully zero the M4 rie. MYSTERY EVENT(S) Soldiers must be able to react, adapt and overcome a situation quickly and decisively. Warriors will participate in a mystery event designed to see how well they can think on their feet while under both mental and physical stress.
THE 2018 ARMY RESERVE WINNERS Army Reserve Soldier of the Year Spc. John Mundey and NCO of the Year Sgt. Chase Craig distinguished themselves as 2018s most capable, combat-ready, and lethal competitors among 36 Soldiers from U.S. Army Reserve commands across the globe. Military skills ranging from combat medic to musician, and civilian specialties such as law enforcement and laboratory specialist quickly became secondary to grit and prociency as the competition wore on. In rainy weather conditions with temperatures approaching 100 degrees, common warrior taskssuch as marksmanshipand some less common procienciessuch as rappelling from a helicoptertook their toll on the sleep-deprived Soldiers as they counted down more than 40 warrior tasks and drills. e hardest part of the competition was adjusting to sleep, said Mundey. You get into gear, and you get into the right mindset and things start to roll... Mundey is a bridge crew member from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 459th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, 412th eater Engineer Command. He is married, holds a bachelors degree in history, and works for the FBI. Mundey is continuing a tradition of military service, following his grandfather who served in the Army, grandfather who served in the Marines, and father who served in the Navy. His love of competition, as well as his desire to test his skills against the best, drove him to compete. Craig is an observer coach-trainer from Okarche, Oklahoma, with the 3rd Company, 290th Observation and Control Training Battalion, 1st Brigade, 91st Training Division, 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness). Also married, Craig has a 10-month-old daughter and another on the way. He earns a living as a reghter for the Oklahoma City Fire Department while keeping up with his interests of hunting, shing, and being a father. As a CitizenSoldier, Craig believes in setting an example for his country while maintaining a balance in his home and work life. [W]e came out here every day and pushed ourselves. We molded together as a team; it wasnt really a competition, it was more of a brotherhood. I think you can say we made each other better, and at the end of it, Im just excited and proud, Craig said. Mundey and Craig were recognized in a ceremony at the Crown Complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on June 15, 2018. Both will go on to represent the Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Left: Sgt. Chase Craig, an observer coachtrainer from Okarche, Oklahoma, with the 3rd Company, 290th Observation and Control Training Battalion, 91st Training Division, performs a low crawl on the Fort Bragg Air Assault School Obstacle Course. Touching the barbed wire with any part of his body results in disqualication. Left: Spc. John Mundey assembles a weapon at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 14, 2018. Right: When all scores had been calculated after the grueling competition, Sgt. Chase Craig (left), and Spc. John Mundey, received the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Noncommissioned Ofcer and Best Warrior at an awards banquet held at the Crown Plaza at Fayetteville, North Carolina, June 15, 2018. PHOTO BY SGT. ANSHU PANDEYA, 372ND MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT PHOTO BY SGT. 1ST CLASS LISA LITCHFIELD, 108TH TRAINING COMMANDINITIAL ENTRY TRAINING SGT. CHASE CRAIG NCO OF THE YEAR SPC. JOHN MUNDY SOLDIER OF THE YEAR
fn D S C E N T Is the static line routed correctly? Are the risers crossed? Soldiers or heavy cargo? For Soldiers in the 421st Quartermaster Company, attention to detail is less a catch phrase than a lifesaving mission statement.
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FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA Sgt. Todje M. Ferguson of Baltimore, Maryland, a parachute rigger with the 421st Quartermaster Company, checks the static line for a parachute March 10, 2018 at the Army Reserve Center in Fort Valley, Georgia. f
Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. ese parachutes allow members in those airborne units to maintain their own jump status. e number of chutes packed every month vary, but typically, there are more than several hundred per month. Properly packing a single parachute can potentially take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how experienced the rigger is. ere are 13 rigger checks of each chuteincluding inspections prior to its assembly, before it is packed, while it is packed, aer it is packed and a jumpmaster inspection at the aireldbefore it is authorized to be used in a jump. Sgt. David Frady of Warner Robins, Georgia, is one of the full-time parachute riggers. Hes been doing it for eight years and enjoys the complexity, because of the variety of payloads and parachutes they have to manage. eres a lot of information to absorb all the time, since both the equipment and missions change. It can get repetitive, but they always stay busy. You pack 15 a day, and you do it every single day until you meet mission requirements, Frady said. It just becomes the norm. Despite the possibilities for error, accidents remain rare, according to Davis. He added that the parachute riggers with the 421st Quartermaster Co. take the mission personally and have pride in their work. Its still a high risk thing in which were involved, but we do everything we can to keep it safe, he said. A lot of things can go wrong. Everything we do to pack a parachute has to be done by steps. Everything has to be precise. 1ST SGT. RICHARD DAVIS 421ST QUARTERMASTER COMPANY Left: Soldiers of 421st Quartermaster Company perform a static line jump out of a C-130 Hercules over Sylvania, Georgia, January 10, 2017. Below: Spc. Arnesha Noble of Warner Robins, Georgia, a parachute rigger with the 421st Quartermaster Company, signs her name after inspecting a parachute March 10, 2018 at the Army Reserve Center in Fort Valley, Georgia. Right: Staff Sgt. Michael Boatwright of Cleveland, Georgia, a parachute rigger with the 421st Quartermaster Company, unties static lines in preparation for jump rehearsals at the Army Reserve Center in Fort Valley, Georgia. ff
f BUILDING THE JUMP Story and photos by Sgt. Kayla Benson 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Soldiers with the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command use a camouage net to conceal a Tactical Operations Center Coyote in Fort Knox, Kentucky, March 22, 2018, during Combined Situational Training ExerciseBridge.
f BUILDING THE JUMP With each step, feen pairs of combat boots sunk deeper into snow and mud as the small team of 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers hustled to build a secondary tactical operations center or jump tactical operations center, composed of two expanding vans, a generator, two satellite terminals and three HUMVEEs during a Combined Situational Training Exercise in Fort Knox, Kentucky, March 21, 2018. FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY
fr J ump Tactical Operation Center Coyote, the rst of its kind for the 364th, demonstrated the Soldiers ability to react in a new combat environment. eir goal was to establish and maintain communi cations with the main TOC, which was one mile away. Were training to go to an environment that is unfamiliar, explained Capt. Kevin Prevost, a training support ocer with the 364th ESC. Were breaking new ground. is is an idea that kind of sprang out from this exercise. [Brig. Gen. Gregory] Mosser and his sta want us to kind of see what we can do, he said. We are pressing forward, leaning forward in the saddle as they say, to at least attempt to set the equipment up the way it would need to be set up. Despite the cold Kentucky weather and working into the night, the Soldiers successfully stood up and concealed the mobile operations center along the tree line and established 360-degree security. Communication with the main TOC was made by phone, e-mail and radio using a terminal satellite and antenna. Signal [and] comms could be considered the blood of the JTOC. Without them, theres really not much point to the whole thing, said Sgt. Cory J. Seamons, a sustainment automation support management specialist with the 96th Sustainment Brigade, 364th ESC. Communication to the rear, data input [and] output with other units, stockages, ordering and movements all need connectivity to track and move. e jump TOC tested the units capability to not just support operations remotely, but completely resume operations if the main TOC were compromised by enemy re or chemical attack. Sustainment operations are a critical piece on the battleeld, as it includes moving and tracking troops, as well as supplying ammunition, fuel, equipment and life-essentials such as food and water. Being the rst project of its kind for the unit, the Soldiers had to critically assess the situation and determine the best use of the limited amount of equipment and supplies, noting their obstacles, duration of tasks and successes. We were able to expand our current capabilities for the unit and actually prove a concept for future operations, said Sgt. Jordan Smith, satellite communications specialist with the 96th SB. Aer two days in their rst jump location, a team of 364th Soldiers packed up and jumped againthis Above left and center: Master Sgt. John Haag, operational contract support noncommis sioned ofcer in charge with the 96th Sustainment Brigade, inspects a generator for functionality. Inset: Soldiers with the 850th Signal Command prepare an antenna for the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command's Jump Tactical Operations Center.
f time 15 miles from the 364th's main TOC. Even though the jump TOC sta rotated, the teamwork and morale stayed high throughout the process. Dierent people at dierent times have worked on this particular part of the project, so weve had input from all sta sections and all dierent ranks, and people have chipped in to do their part, said Prevost. e jump TOC attracted the attention of several distinguished visitors, including Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general for U.S. Army Reserve Command. ere was a time when we conducted operations in a very dynamic fashion like this, said Luckey. e way you all are thinking about doing this, youre on the right track. Above: Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Leary, transpor tation management and distribution management noncommissioned ofcer in charge with the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, uses a sledge hammer to push the legs of an expanding van into the correct placement. Soldiers with the 850th Signal Company and 96th Sustainment Brigade raise a satellite transportable terminal dish at the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command's Jump Tactical Operations Center Coyote. The jump TOC tested the units capability to not just support operations remotely, but completely resume operations if the main TOC were compromised by enemy re or chemical attack.
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ttt communities WASHINGTON, DC Soldiers and civilians of the Family readiness group from 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) were awarded the 2017 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. March 23, 2018. The award, which was established in 2000, recognizes units that have the best military family support program from each of the seven reserve components. Being acknowledged as the unit with the best Family program across the U.S. Army Reserve is fabulous, said Georgette Morgan, the 98th Training Division Family readiness support assistant, who submitted 1st Brigade for the national award. When I started here back in 2013, there was no FRG [Family readiness group] anything. So in the last year, 1st Brigade has really stepped up and gotten their FRG program together. They didnt put together just any program though, they created a multifaceted program committed to the Soldiers and Families, said Brig. Gen. Miles Davis, commanding general, 98th Training Division (IET). Its truly a program that lives what we are trying to do with Family readiness. They are connected with the Soldiers. They connected with the Families. They understand the needs of the Families and Soldiers, and they have the community tied into the whole organi zation. Its truly an outstanding example of what we want Family readiness to be, said Davis. Getting the Family readiness program from zero to multifaceted was no Soldiers and civilians of the Family readiness group from 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) pose for a photo after being awarded the 2017 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., March 23, 2018. (Courtesy Photo)
f easy task, according to Suzanne Matusiewicz, Family readiness group leader for 1st Brigade. In order to make things like that happen, you have to network, involve yourself in the community and talk to people whove had experience. Matusiewicz, a combat veteran herself, volunteers because she remembers what it was like to deploy as a single Soldier when her units FRG was her only support system. I had very little support, but the support I did have came from the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars]. It came from the USO [United Service Organizations]. It came from schools writing letters. It was the little things that these FRG volunteers and sponsors did for her that made her stay focused on her mission and kept her spirits up. In 1995, we didnt have cell phones. We didnt have computers. We were out in the middle of nowhere, and just to get that package that little gift I still have that card to this day. Now, years later, Matusiewicz is a key player in 1st Brigades DoD-recognized program. She spends hours networking and researching various ideas or benets to help the brigades Soldiers. Shes also been known to travel from her home in Chicago to FRG events in Georgia just because she wants to give back and help the people who are now serving. However, she refuses to take a large portion of the accolades, saying she is just part of a great team. We have a very strong command team thats very pro-Family, and we dont dene Family as your traditional husband, wife and children, said the FRG leader, who has no Family in the brigade she volunteers for. Family is whoever the Soldier says it is. And we welcome everyone. That makes such a big difference. Its the power behind that diverse group that gives this Family program its momentum, said Morgan. Its in the name itselfFamily readiness groupone person cannot do it. Over the years, shes seen people try to do it themselves. But that doesnt ever work in the long run, because that person just breaks. Its just too much. So according to the unit, the key to their success has been teamwork among civilian volunteers, sponsors and Army Reserve Soldiers acting as liaisons between them and the rest of the unit. With a combination of effort and ideas, the award-winning Army Reserve program had everything from a food pantry to individual Families being sponsored for Christmas presents. However, it wasnt all about giving things away and having bake sales. Todays FRG is not what yesterdays FRG was, said Matusiewicz. Its nothing like that. Its about training. Its about educating the Families on what benets are available. For example, 1st Brigade FRG assisted in getting help for displaced Families and Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. They coordinated the building of ramps at homes and listened to what the Soldiers wanted and needed. Of course, volunteers and sponsors can all work really hard, and an FRG can still fail if there is no commander support. That was not the case at 1st Brigade. Their commander, Col. Timothy Pulley, really inserted himself into the FRG, which is really important, according to Morgan. Its a commanders program, and him working closely with their liaison, Staff Sgt. [Christina] Hawkins, and their two volunteers, that is really what pulled them all together. And that is what you need. Whatever the reasons behind 1st Brigades Family program success, the DoD saw something that stood out to prompt recognizing them as the top Army Reserve Family Program. As FRG civilians and service members from the other componentsArmy National Guard, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Guard, Air Reserve and Coast Guard Reservegathered together in the Pentagons Hall of Heroes, The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and host of the ceremony, explained how much the DoD appreciates the Reserve forces and their Families. On behalf of a grateful Secretary of Defense, and hopefully a grateful Nation, I thank you for carrying the torch of freedom and carrying on the legacy that has made the Nation the envy of the world and continues to awe this planet. rn rb nr r nr nr rb nn r r nr nr BRIG. GEN. MILES DAVIS COMMANDING GENERAL, 98TH TRAINING DIVISION (IET)
FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii For more than a half hour on Jan. 13, 2018, many residents and visitors to this tropical paradise worried that their last moments on earth were upon them. The mistakenly-issued inbound ballistic missile alert created widespread panic, and led to the Army Reserve taking a closer look at how they prepare for disaster scenarios. Since then, 9th Mission Support Command, headquartered at Fort Shafter, has been proactive in training and equipping, not just their Soldiers, but their Families as well, in dealing with similar types of scenarios. The 9th MSCs Family Programs ofce conducted a day-and-a-half training for Family Readiness Group volunteers and liaisons from March 9 to 10 at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Army Reserve Complex, Fort Shafter Flats. The training focused on FRG best practices and on crisis and readiness management to better equip their Army reserve Soldiers, their Families and units across the Pacic. Army programs and services enable readiness by helping Soldiers and Families mitigate the unique demands of military life, foster life skills and strengthen resilience, said Brig. Gen. Douglas Anderson, commanding general, 9th MSC. The rst part of the training allowed regional FRGs from Hawaii, Alaska, American Samoa, Korea, Guam and Saipan to discuss area-specic practices and issues affecting their Families. For a senior FRG volunteer, this proved invaluable. I liked the exercises where we had to get into groups and discuss what worked well and what challenges we faced, said Dr. Sheila Woods, a retired command sergeant major with the 9th MSC and now a senior volunteer with the 962nd Quartermaster Company, 9th MSC. This allowed the group to talk through issues and concerns and to hear some best practices from those who are currently active or those seasoned volunteers. The second part of the training concerned crisis and readiness management. Guest speakers from internal and external agencies shared their latest information on their functions and how FRGs could use their different resources. Some of the topics and resources discussed were American Red Cross services, Army Community Services, Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Military One Source. Woods said she enjoyed the small group discussions, where individuals shared their experiences during natural disasters. The groups worked through the most dangerous and the most likely scenarios while brainstorming plans on how to best prepare their Families. It gave the participants rst-hand insight into things that went right and what could have been done better, said Woods, who lived in Hawaii for almost 26 years and now resides in San Antonio. The 40 participants, who represented different units, came to the training with little to no experience in preparing Families for crisis and left the training more prepared. After attending this training, our Families have the tools and resources needed to guide them through the process if faced with a crisis, Woods said. This training gave those who attended a baseline or foundation to build or start from. tbnr tn Family Readiness Support Assistant Hokulani Bailey, seated, with the 9th Mission Support Command, discusses available Army Reserve Family Programs services with a Family Readiness Group volunteer at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex U.S. Army Reserve Center, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii, March 9, 2018. communities ttttttttbt
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