Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee John Dyess thanks the Mayor of Washington County, Tenn. in Jonesborough for reading a proclamation commemorating the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve and the importance of the warrior citizen. "A good job done by anybody needs to be recognized, and service to this nation is more important, I think now, than ever," Dyess said. "And these people who willingly put on this nation's uniform and go in harm's way for me, my family, yours and our way of life deserve our faith."
Also pictured are, from left to right, 1st Lt. Vinh Dao, Sgt. 1st Class Lynette Blair, Staff Sgt. Joseph Martinez of the 702nd Engineer Company and Ernie Rumsby, president of the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council.
The Army Reserve originally started as the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908, but became an active military branch after World War I. The mission of the US Army Reserve is to provide trained, equipped and ready soldiers but also to help with aid after natural disasters and with civil support.
Today, more than 200,000 Americans are enlisted in the Army Reserve ready for combat when called upon.