Army Reserve's Centennial Birthday April 23rd

Wednesday April 23, 2008

Today is the 100th anniversary of the United States Army Reserve, which began modestly when Congress created the now little-known Medical Reserve Corps. Composed in 1908 of just 160 civilian physicians, this small corps quickly proved a powerful concept: that a reserve force of volunteers that brings its civilian skills onto the battlefield and helps secure the peace afterward, is one of the most dynamic tools in America's arsenal.

The 21st century Army Reserve provides half of the Army's combat support, a quarter of its mobilization expansion capability, and much of the Army's high-skill personnel. Army Reserve Soldiers have played a vital role in every American military and humanitarian mission of the past 100 years. Indeed, our present day military operations could not be successful without their expertise in combat, and within medical, transportation, civil affairs and other units composed primarily of Reserve Soldiers.

At the bedrock of the Army Reserve is a mutually beneficial partnership with the American people. Citizens, Families and employers - our communities- come together to bear the burden of service and sacrifice. For many Americans, military service is thought of as an "over there" proposition, somehow removed from the daily rhythms of life. In truth, Army Reserve Soldiers are an integral part of nearly every community and profession in America. We need not look further than our own local hospitals and fire departments to find those who are dedicated to protecting our freedoms, both here and abroad.

Just as those first 160 physicians volunteered to meet the needs of 1908, today's Army Reserve Soldier is a skilled civilian who chooses to serve in times of conflict and need. It's a simple concept based upon patriotism and commitment to country that with the continued support of this nation, and especially our Families and employers, will ensure the Army Reserve is ready for the next 100 years.

Army Reserve Web site

Senior leadership message

Commentary: Army Reserve celebrates 100 years of constants and change


- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor


The Army Community Relations Calendar

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  • Army Reserve marks first 100 years (ARNews)
  • 100 re-enlist today for Reserve centennial (AT)
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  • DOD: Stop-loss up 43 percent in past year (AT)
  • General: More dwell time as growth goals met (AT)
  • Silver Star goes to family of MIA staff sgt. (AT)
  • Kopin wins microdisplay deal for Army night-vision program (BJ)


  • Al-Qaida no. 2 says group still targeting the West (Forbes)
  • Sadr City residents caught in the middle of Iraq showdown (LCS)
  • Al-Qaeda in Iraq thought responsible (SDT)
  • U.S. Soldier arrested in Mexico with several weapons in car (HC)


  • Overstretched Army focuses on its teeth (NPR)
  • Army engineer charged with passing secrets to Israel in '80s (DH)
  • Bill: Stop selling Playboy, Penthouse on base (AT)
  • Riley surge brigade returning this month (AT)
  • U.S., South Korea agree to pause drawdown (S&S)
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  • China says U.S. spying allegations groundless (KT | Story)
  • U.S. tracks Mugabe's arms shipment (TA | Story)
  • Western forces 'in Basra raids' (BBC | Story)
  • U.S. man held on Israel spy charge (BBC | Story)
  • We don't need any guidance on Iran: India to U.S. (TOI | Story)
  • 'U.S. to support Pak anti-terror efforts' (DT | Story)


  • Petraeus gives high marks to Maliki's anti-terror offensive (MKSV)
  • Interview: The political counter-insurgent (DR)
  • When he's away (N2G)
  • (Related to last article in INTEREST ): A little something special for her on Mother's Day (KDIH)

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"As we mark 100 years of service to America, we must also remember the service and sacrifice of our fellow Soldiers who have given their lives for our freedoms. We will always be grateful."

--Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief, Army Reserve, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command

LTG Stultz' 100th anniversary message


"Every time I go back to my island, I go to the school I used to teach in and tell the children some of the things the Army has done for me. I think they appreciate the information I give them, and some of them are actually joining the military. I know that by serving in the Army I am helping my country of Samoa be a better place, because the United States always tries to fight for little people who get overlooked - just like my tiny island."

-Staff Sgt. Maranata Temese

Samoan teacher becomes U.S. Soldier


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