Karl Dean, second from left, the Mayor of Nashville and Davidson county, receives a challenge coin from Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee John Dyess, far right, on April 24. Also pictured are Capt. Justin Carmack, far left, of the 861st Quartermaster Company and 1st Sgt. Wade Shoemaker, also of the 861st. The Army Reserve Soldiers were in Dean's office to commemorate the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve.
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.