By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Today, we celebrate the United States Army Reserve on its 112th birthday. The USAR is the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal federal reserve force in our nation’s history. This observance is a reminder that our military could not succeed in war without Army Reserve capabilities. The USAR operates in all 50 U.S. states, five territories and 30 countries.
On April 23, 1908, the Medical Reserve Corps was born. This predecessor to the USAR was reorganized after World War One to include enlisted Soldiers and officers, and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps – though other precursors to the USAR date back to the French and Indian War.
In World War II, 100,000 officers and 200,000 enlisted Soldiers answered the call to serve. In the Korean War, nearly 250,000 served. Today, the USAR is home to almost 20 percent of the total Army, and over 30 percent of maneuver support assets trained at Fort Leonard Wood.
USAR Soldiers work with us full-time and part-time to support U.S. military dominance across every spectrum, and train on the same equipment and systems we do to ensure the continued superiority of our force.
The Army Reserve is an important part of our Army Family and our team of teams at Fort Leonard Wood. In an age characterized by the constant presence of asymmetric threats, near-peer enemies, and emerging challenges in multiple domains, the USAR continues to play an important role in national defense, humanitarian outreach and combat operations.
We continue to honor the role of these warrior citizens in the Joint Force. Happy Birthday, United States Army Reserve!
Victory starts here . . . Victory through skill!
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)