Army Reserves celebrate 105 years of service to the nation Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Story and photo by Robert Johnson
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With its roots dating back to colonial times when citizens would put away their plows and come to the aid of their country, the Army Reserve became an official part of the nation’s defense on April 23, 1908.
In celebration of the Army Reserve’s 105th birthday, from left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Ivan Brown, representing the oldest Reservist present, Sgt. Maj. Timothy Gates, MSCoE G3 Operations sergeant major, and Pvt. Jeremy Pacheco, representing the youngest member, cut the birthday cake in Lincoln Hall Atrium on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Army Reserve members and guests celebrated the Reserve’s birthday in the Lincoln Hall atrium.

The celebration opened with a reading of the Reserve’s history by Col. Brad Duffey, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence chief of staff-Army Reserve.

The Army Reserve has its roots going back to the French and Indian War. Citizens would be called upon to fight, and at the end of the conflict, they would be sent home, Duffey said. There was no need for a large standing Army.

“At the turn of the century, America emerged as a world power, and the needs of the Army changed,” Duffey said. “There was a need for a force that could be called upon — trained and ready — to support the active Army.

On April 23, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill that created the Medical Reserve Corps and the birth of the modern Army Reserve. The Organized Reserved was established 12 years later.

Over the years, the Army Reserve has become more than a force of last resort, but an integral part of our nation’s defense, Duffey said.

The key speaker for the event was Brig. Gen. Troy Kok, 11th Aviation commander.

Kok spoke on the importance of the Army Reserve today and the importance of maintaining a strong, trained Reserve.

“Today, the Army Reserve comprises only 6 percent of the total Army budget, but represents 20 percent of the total force,” Kok said.

“In addition, since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 200,000 Citizen-Soldiers have been deployed in support of our nation’s military. Today’s Army Reserve is the part of the best trained, best led, most capable military force in the world,” Kok said.

“We can do and will do what is asked of us today, tomorrow and into the future,” Kok said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the oldest and the youngest Army Reservists in attendance cut the birthday cake. Sgt. 1st Class Ivan Brown, 7th Battalion, 104th Transportation, from Harrisburg, Penn., represented the oldest, while Pvt. Jeremy Pacheco, 386th Engineer Battalion, Las Vegas, Nev., was the youngest.

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