By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
On Monday, we will celebrate the 110th birthday of the United States Army Reserve — a critical member of our total Army team of teams. Through multiple wars and countless operations, crises and emergencies, Reserve Soldiers have never failed to answer our nation’s call.
The Army Reserve was established by Congress in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals and evolved into a larger organized Reserve under the National Defense Act of 1916.
Today, with nearly 200,000 citizen-Soldiers spread across all 50 states and five U.S. territories, the Army Reserve accounts for almost half of the total Army’s maneuver support branches.
We wouldn’t be the capable Army we are today without the dedicated men and women in the Army Reserves. We are ready now, shaping tomorrow, forging the most combat-ready force in our nation’s history. Reserve Soldiers provide invaluable civilian-experience and talent that make our force more capable, decisive and lethal.
Here at Fort Leonard Wood, we achieve “victory through skill” because of each and every Soldier and Army component, especially the 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support). Thank you for your service, and we are proud to serve with you.
Happy 110th birthday, Army Reserve.
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)