By Mr. Shawn Morris (99th RSC)July 18, 2016
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The U.S. Army Reserve's new commanding general shared his command vision July 14-17 with senior military leaders here and at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
"The purpose of this entire initial trip is for me to make sure I understand where we are in terms of readiness challenges, opportunities, and capabilities that different platforms represent, and to develop better situational awareness about opportunities and challenges as we build readiness for the future," said Lieutenant General Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Luckey joined base leadership for a first-hand look at the installation's training assets and met with key mission partners to include the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command and Army Support Activity, Fort Dix.
As USARC's commanding general, Luckey leads a community-based force of more than 200,000 Soldiers and Civilians with a "footprint" that includes 50 states, five territories, and more than 30 countries. The Army Reserve is a critical force provider of trained and ready units and Soldiers providing full spectrum capabilities essential for the Army to fight and win wars and respond to homeland emergencies on behalf of the American people.
"The reality is that we're going to build an Army Reserve that is more capable, more ready and more lethal than any federal reserve that America has ever seen, and part of doing that is going to be about me understanding what capabilities are out there in terms of platforms, units and training venues, and also challenges associated with generating readiness," he said.
Both JBMDL and Fort Devens present myriad training capabilities and opportunities for Army Reserve Soldiers. JBMDL is the nation's only tri-service military installation and spans more than 20 miles east to west equaling 42,000 contiguous acres of firing ranges, training areas and facilities. All service branches and components are represented among the base's 80-plus mission partners.
Fort Devens is located 40 miles west of Boston and supports more than 130,000 service members and other personnel annually on 4,800 acres that include 25 firing ranges, 24 training facilities and 26 company-size training areas.
"What we're really talking about is becoming better, more capable, more ready, more lethal and more proficient," Luckey said. "We're going to do this with leadership, we're going to do this with energy, we're going to do this with a spirit of vigorous execution, and it's going to ultimately be about me as the senior leader of the Army Reserve empowering the awesome capabilities, enthusiasm and ethos of this team to achieve the effects that the American people expect us to achieve."