Maj. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, right, and Pvt. Jose Gonzalez, center, celebrate the U.S. Army Reserve’s 107th birthday with a cake cutting during a ceremony in Morelli Auditorium April 23.
Phillips is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve and Gonzalez is an advanced individual trainee with the 1st battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment, 128th Aviation Brigade.
The Army Reserve has evolved over the past decade into an operational reserve for total Army capabilities. It can quickly task organize into force packages that can be tailored to support a full range of missions like homeland response and theater security cooperation. These missions also include training, equipping and partnering with host nation military forces and overseas contingency operations.
“We provide nearly 70 percent of the logistics capabilities, 60 percent of medical capabilities, 77 percent of the civil affairs capabilities and 30 percent of the engineer capabilities required by the Army and joint force. These are, of course, only a few of the skills and abilities that they use to meet our nation’s requirements at home and abroad,” said Phillips.
Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, TRADOC deputy commanding general, also attended the event, recognizing citizen Soldiers as a highly educated force, holding 75 percent of doctorates and 50 percent of master’s degrees throughout the Total Army, Mangum said. “Coupled with their technical proficiency, Army Reserve Soldiers are able to tackle new and recurring challenges to our safety, security and democracy,” he said.