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U.S. Army Reserve marks 111th anniversary today

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Today, we join the U.S. Army Reserve in celebrating 111 years of history in service to the Army and nation.

What began April 23, 1908 as a tiny corps of medical professionals held in readiness for duty is today the Army’s global operational reserve force and the most capable, combat-ready and lethal Army Reserve in the history of the nation.

Established by Congress with just 160 doctors and nurses, a somewhat larger Organized Reserve was created under the National Defense Act of 1916. A year later, when America entered World War I, more than 160,000 reserve soldiers were mobilized to help the Army defeat Germany and the Axis powers. By World War II, more than 200,000 had joined the fight, serving on every front.

In Ohio, 5,400-plus Army Reserve soldiers and civilian employees serve from 30 locations across the state with an annual payroll of more than $118 million. Transportation, medical, civil affairs and engineering are some of the key combat service support missions our neighbors perform as soldiers.

The newly renovated Sgt. JH Cooney Army Reserve Center on Mason Road, near the EHOVE Career Center campus, serves as home to the 192nd quartermaster and an area maintenance center.

Through the two world wars, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, the Global War on Terror and countless other crises, operations and emergencies, America’s Army Reserve has never failed to meet the challenges of its time, providing quick access to the mission-critical forces and capabilities the Army needs to initiate, sustain and prevail in major operations.

Today this nation faces new threats, from multiple sources, that challenge U.S. military dominance across every domain, but the Army Reserve again is rising to them, creating a ready force of units and individual soldiers postured to move fast, engage quickly, and win decisively on the battlefields of today and tomorrow.

The world is constantly changing, but one thing is constant: The Army Reserve will remain the dedicated federal reserve of the most decisive and lethal land force in the world — ready to deploy, fight and win, wherever and whenever needed, anywhere around the world.

Our thanks and appreciation to all of these patriotic Americans and the dedicated families, employers and communities that support them.

Happy anniversary, Army Reserve.

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