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On April 23, 2021, the Army Reserve will celebrate 113 years of history in service to the Army and the Nation. This year’s birthday theme is “Celebrating the Courage of the Army Reserve Soldier.” Beginning as a small corps of medical professionals, it has evolved into what is the best trained, best equipped, and most ready Army Reserve in our Nation’s history.
For over a century, at home and abroad, operation and emergency, the dedication and courage of Army Reserve Soldiers have never failed to meet the challenges of the time.
· With nearly 200,000 Soldiers and Civilians located throughout 50 states, 5 U.S. Territories and 23 Countries, the Army Reserve comprises nearly 20 percent of the Army’s total force, half its total maneuver support, and a quarter of its force mobilization capacity.
· The Army Reserve provides quick access to the trained and ready units and Soldiers the Army needs to fight and win on the battlefield and respond in the homeland in times of crisis or natural disaster.
· The Army Reserve offers more than 120 job opportunities, in fields ranging from Logistics and Military Intelligence to Civil Affairs, Engineering, Cyber, Medical, Legal, Aviation, and many more.
Today, Army Reserve priorities include People, who accomplish the critical work necessary to ensure victory; Readiness, through individual and collective training and junior leader development to retain Soldiers and attract new talent; and the Modernization needed to support next-generation capabilities and multi-domain operations – integrating space and cyber operations with land, sea, and air domains and Strengthening Alliances and Partnerships that enable Soldiers to maintain healthy dual civilian-military career progression, meaningful Army Reserve service, and strong, supportive Families and communities.
On Thursday, April 15, join Command Sergeant Major Andrew Lombardo, Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, as he talks about the significance of this 113th birthday and how the Soldiers are preparing to serve, lead, and shape the future. The Army Reserve is ready today and preparing the force for the demands of tomorrow.
Command Sergeant Major, Andrew J. Lombardo
Through every war, operation emergency, here and abroad, ARMY Reserve soldiers have never failed to meet the challenges of their time. Today, The ARMY Reserve is the best trained, best equipped and most ready U-S ARMY Reserve in history. Here to talk about the history, vision, mission and priorities of the U-S ARMY Reserve is Command Sergeant Major Andrew Lombardo, The 14TH Command Sergeant Major of the U-S ARMY Reserve.
Command Sergeant Major Andrew James Lombardo has been selected as the 14th Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, effective April 3, 2020. As the CSM of the Army Reserve, CSM Lombardo is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Army Reserve on all enlisted matters.
CSM Lombardo enlisted in the United States Army in 1985. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he graduated from the U.S. Army Military Police School. He completed a two year Active Duty commitment with the United States Military Academy Military Police Company at West Point, New York. After being released from Active Duty, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in Long Island, New York, where he served in every noncommissioned officer leadership position. CSM Lombardo assignments include Division CSM of the 200th Military Police Command, Division CSM of the 99th Readiness Division (RD), Division CSM of the 100th Training Division (Leader Development), CSM of the 333rd Military Police Brigade, CSM of the 306th Military Police Battalion, CSM of the 301st Regional Support Group, and CSM of the 1079th Garrison Support Unit.
During his 34 years of distinguished military service, he served in six overseas deployments including Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Joint Guard Bosnia, Operation Joint Guardian Kosovo, twice in service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
He was selected as Honor Graduate from PLDC, BNCOC, and the First Sergeants course. He is a 2006 graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy. In 2015, CSM Lombardo graduated from both the Army Force Management School and the National Defense University Reserve Component National Security Course. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Business Army Leader Strategic Broadening Program, and was selected as Honor Graduate from the United States Army War College Nominative Leader Course 17-03. Most recently, in 2019, CSM Lombardo completed the National Defense University Keystone 19-02 Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course in joint and combined studies.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th award), the Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (with two Campaign Stars), Air Assault Badge, the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency in Gold (Schützenschnur Gold), and the Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award).
CSM Lombardo earned a Master of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville. He is a 2007 Honor Graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute and a 2016 graduate of the Naval Post-Graduate Institute Executive Leaders Course. CSM Lombardo is a New York State licensed Emergency Medical Technician and a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician. In his civilian career, he serves as Police Executive holding the rank of Deputy Inspector with the New York City Police Department.
He is a native New Yorker. When not working, he enjoys running marathons, hiking, diving, motorcycling, traveling, and spending time with his wife Elizabeth, an accomplished attorney
Sergeant James Witkowski:
Sgt. James Witkowski, 729thTransportation Company, and 100 fellow Soldiers were transporting supplies through a village in Iraq, October 2005. Insurgents attacked the convoy with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and armor-piercing rounds. Through the mile-long ambush, he returned .50-caliber machine gun fire. When a grenade landed inside his turret, Witkowski made the split-second decision to shield his comrades, taking the full brunt of the detonation with his body and saving the lives of three Soldiers. His actions enabled the convoy to clear away with only minor injuries. Witkowski was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for courage under fire.
Specialist Justice McBain
The Army Reserve recognizes Wisconsin Soldier for his heroics during off-duty hours
Spc. Justice McBain, an Army Reserve Soldier, received the Soldier’s Medal, the Army’s highest award for heroism outside combat Sunday.
McBain was presented with the Soldier’s Medal for heroic actions back in 2019 following a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities on Interstate 94 in Racine, Wisconsin. McBain saved the lives of a civilian and Wisconsin Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Kelvin Yde.
When McBain arrived on the scene of accident, he found Yde pinned between his seat and the steering wheel with the front windshield collapsed. Without hesitation, McBain sprang into action by moving the windshield over to the side, he cut Yde’s seatbelt, and extracted Yde from the car with the assistance other motorists. All of this occurring while a fire from the semi-truck involved in the incident began to spread amongst the other vehicles involved with the crash.
Before rescuing Yde, McBain assisted an individual in another vehicle by helping her get out of the passenger side of the vehicle because flames were present on the driver’s side.
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