Karl Dean, second from left, the Mayor of Nashville and Davidson county, holds a proclamation to commemorate the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve on April 24. He is joined by Col. Robert Haste, commander of the 38th Regional Support Group of Charleston, W.V., left, and Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee John Dyess and Doug Gilbert, far right, the Employer Partnership field representative Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Alabama.
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.