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Roger Layman, Army Reserve Ambassador to Missouri, cuts the birthday cake celebrating 114 years of the Army Reserve during a ceremony April 19 in the Engineer foyer of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence building. After Layman spoke at the event, Brig. Gen. Susie Kuilan, commanding general for the 95th Training Division, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, noted that Army Reserve drill sergeants fill critical positions at Fort Leonard Wood.
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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On April 23, we celebrate the 114th birthday of the Army Reserve and commemorate their service to our nation and the Army.

The Medical Reserve Corps, the progenitor of the Army Reserve, was created in 1908. In 1916, the Medical Reserve Corps was re-designated as the Officer’s Reserve Corps, Enlisted Reserve Corps and the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.

Army Reserve Soldiers have been instrumental to the success of our nation and our military, in combat operations abroad and in the homeland. They mobilized nearly 90,000 officers during World War I, including nearly 30,000 medical doctors. Reserve Soldiers have served in all wars and conflicts since, including War World II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Since 2001, more than 300,000 Reserve Soldiers have deployed in support of protecting our country’s interests abroad in every theater of operations.

Today, the Army Reserve continues to be a critical asset to the Department of Defense, with 15,000 troops supporting missions around the world, from deterrence operations in Kuwait to civil affairs missions in Africa. A key factor to their continued success is their pride in being warrior-citizens. Reserve Soldiers balance civilian careers while ensuring their military readiness by training to the same standard as active-component Soldiers.

Reserve Soldiers are vital members of our team at Fort Leonard Wood, and we are incredibly proud of the leadership and dedication they demonstrate each and every day.

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!