On April 23, the Army Reserve celebrates its 106th anniversary – a proud legacy upheld by nearly 200,000 Soldiers around the world.
My dad is proud to be retired Army Reserve. I’m proud to be an Army brat.
Growing up, I didn’t know the difference between Active Duty, Reserve, or Civilian. To me, it was all the same.
My dad put on his Army uniform on weekends and a few weeks out of the year and served his Reserve duty. Every other day, he went to work for the Army as a GS.
It was all muddled together in my child’s mind.
While I consider myself an Army brat, my childhood was nothing like the life my kids are experiencing as children of an Active Duty Air Force officer.
I asked my dad what he did in the US Army Reserve since I’m still not sure, even now as an adult.
This is his reply:
Retired 1985 with a total of twenty five yrs service with Army and Navy.
Chief Warrant Officer Three, (CW3).
Started when I transferred from Navy to USAR in 1970 as a Corporal E-4 in Logistics. Position as Unit Tech USAR from 1970-1979, civilian GS-7.
In 1975 as a SSgt, E6, I was promoted to warrant officer, WO1. Trained and Operated as Military Intelligence from 1972-1985. Dual MOS’s in log & MI. Worked and trained with 5th and 7th SF Group, and JFK SF Center, FT Bragg, NC, and MI Bn’s located at Ft Campbell, KY and Ft Stewart, GA. Conducted several exercises with units during summer active duty in different areas of mission training.
Also while assigned to helicopter medical unit in 1978 worked with maintenance shop at Ft Benning, GA from Dobbins AFB, GA. Got involved with medivac and UH-1 operations for two yrs.
Other operations I was involved with were, supply/logistics, motor pool, convoys, operational readiness, security, personnel, and setting up training missions like weapons qualifications.
My last few yrs were coordinating with language and counterintelligence operations and training.
We got him a veteran brick at the local memorial.
I never remember a time when I didn’t shop at the PX or commissary.
Our car and my father were saluted at by the gate guards.
I had a military dependent ID from the age of 10 until I turned 24.
Vacations always revolved around military history.
I continue that legacy. History is a huge part of our homeschool. Our entire curriculum revolves around history and literature and the arts. Our travel plans always involve museums and battle sites.
My dad taught me to respect The United States of America.
He taught me to appreciate the military and everything they stand for.
I appreciate my freedom.
I understand the importance of all of this even more since I got to live in the same house for sixteen years instead of moving all over.
The Army Reserve is the best of the military world. All the benefits and none of the negatives.
Happy Birthday, US Army Reserve.
Twice the Citizen, Army Strong!
Thanks, Dad, for your service.