Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, talks with Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee John Dyess and Army Reserve Soldiers on the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve. Mayor Rogero presented them with a proclamation commemorating the Army Reserve birthday and spoke to each Soldier in turn, thanking them for their service. Here, Dyess explains the complex life challenges experienced by Warrior Citizens during the past 12 years of persistent conflict.
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.