Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, shares a light moment with Army Reserve Soldiers on the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve. Pictured from left to right are, Mayor Rogero, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee John Dyess, 2nd Lt. Michael Sweany and Staff Sgt. Amy Reesman of the 489th Civil Affairs Battalion. Mayor Rogero presented them, along with other Soldiers in attendance, with a proclamation commemorating the Army Reserve birthday and spoke to each Soldier in turn, thanking them for their service.
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.