63rd RSC News

Marching With The Fife And Drums

Story by SGT Kris Wright on 12/15/2017
High school students from the "Mountain Fifes and Drums," of Lake Arrowhead California, march with Soldiers from the 63rd Regional Support Command's Colonial Color Guard team during the 2017 Christmas parade in Covina California. Through explanations of the history of the Army Color Guard, and the Fifes and Drums, and by highlighting one particular mission of the Army Color Guard, this short documentary shows some of the creative, fun ways the U.S. Army entices young men and women to enlist into their nation's Army.
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63rd RSC Cg, Local Nonprofit Honor Veterans

Story by SGT Lena Wakayama on 11/21/2017
SAN BRUNO, Calif. The flags representing various branches of the U.S. military flapped gently in the breeze alongside the POW/MIA and American flags as veterans, family members and supporters look on. Miniature replicas of Old Glory sit tucked in the back of worn caps and wave enthusiastically in the hands of audience members as speakers address the crowd during the Veterans Day observance event hosted by The Avenue of Flags Committee at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA., Nov. 11.
Maj. Gen. Brian E. Alvin, commanding general, 63rd Regional Support Command was invited by the Committee, a nonprofit organization in support of Golden Gate National Cemetery, to be a guest speaker at the event.
"I'm humbled today, to be among so many veterans, community leaders, and those who care so much about our brother and sisters in uniform," he said, nodding toward the men and women seated before him. "I want to recognize that we are not alone today; we are taking a moment with the rest of this great nation of Americans to remember our veterans."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of a 2016 survey, there are approximately 18.5 million veterans in the country. Alvin said that it is imperative that the service and sacrifice of veterans are never overlooked or forgotten.
That recognition took tangible form as Alvin, alongside Mikhail I. Venikov, an Army veteran and founder of the nonprofit organization called Ranger Road, presented lapel pins and decals to members of the audience who had served in the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin was created to present to veterans who served between
Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, according to Kathleen McCall, the director of The Avenue of Flags Committee and the event's master of ceremonies. These pins are presented to Vietnam veterans around the country in similar ceremonies.
The ceremony also included performances by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Band of the West and Color Guard, the Ragazzi Young Men's Ensemble, and Spc. Rebecca Shaw, a bagpiper with the 191st Army Band and bagpiper.
"It is a privilege to be with all of you today, and to thank both the millions of soldiers who served and continue to serve, and the many millions of Americans who make our service possible," Alvin said.
McCall echoed those sentiments as the ceremony closed, saying, "This day is about you and honoring your service, your contributions and sacrifice. We are the nation we are because of you."
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Honoring Veterans To The Sound Of The Army Band

Story by Rosario Urquieta on 11/08/2017

This marks 21st year the city of Pleasanton has held a Veterans parade to honor those that have served our great nation and sacrificed so much for the for the wellbeing of others, and for those that continue to serve here and overseas in the name of freedom . Each year the Veterans parade has a theme to recognize the different fields in the military; the theme for 2017 was medics in the military.

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Independence Day Marching To The Beat Of Music

Story by Rosario Urquieta on 07/19/2017

"Both parades were great, but parades that celebrate the 4th of July seem to be a little more special. It is really nice to experience, to see just how happy and proud the audience is, and just being represent not only the Army Reserve, but our country," said Sgt. Daniel Cech, 191st Army Band, U.S. Army Reserve, "It was really cool seeing the reactions at Disneyland yesterday, and seeing their reactions today at Pacific Palisades. It is an honor to be able to play and perform for our country, and for the Army. It represents everything that we have accomplished in the last 242 years."

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Exercise News Day

Story by SGT Ian Valley on 06/19/2017
Muscatatuck, Ind. U.S. Army Reserve public affairs Soldiers from all across the nation came together this summer to participate in USARC's Exercise News Day, headquartered in Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, located in Southern Indiana.
Exercise News Day is a seven-month event that sends Army Reserve public affairs Soldiers all across that country writing and shooting video stories of Soldiers and units in the Army Reserve. It also acts as a training exercise for the public affairs Soldiers.
"Exercise News Day assists Army Reserve Soldiers in their training by giving them real-life missions all across the nation," said Capt. Monica Leger of the 326th Public Affairs Detachment, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the action planner of Exercise News Day. "They travel to those locations, cover exercises and tell the Army Reserve story."
This exercise spans 34 different locations across the country and involves around 100 Army Reserve Soldiers from 17 different units.
Leger explained that the purpose of the exercise is to give public affairs Soldiers in the Army Reserve real missions so that they can get more experience doing their jobs as they would in a combat zone.
One of the primary missions for the Soldiers training at MUTC is to tell the Army Reserve story through their words, images and video.
"Journalism is an important way to convey the Army Reserve message," said Spc. Ricky Mozer of 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment, based out of Grand Prairie, Texas, and a participant in this years Exercise News Day.
"It is important to go out and cover these Soldier's missions and tell their story," said Mozer. "They take time away from their families and it is important that what they do is recognized."
Leger also says it is important that these stories are told because they want everyone to know that the Army Reserve is a well-trained, combat ready and ready force.
In order to become this force, Soldiers need to go through training that simulates conditions of being on an overseas deployment. In the public affairs world, that includes traveling and finding the stories that are happening within the Army Reserve. Exercise News Day lets these public affairs assets hone their journalism skills.
"The constant movement during Exercise News Day provides Army Reserve Soldiers with real-world training," said Leger.
Leger said the travel is one of the most exciting parts of Exercise News Day.
"There are 34 different exercises," she said. " They are literally spread out all over, going from one location to the next location, telling the Army Reserve Story."
Some of the locations the Army Reserve Soldiers will go to include Hawaii, California, and Minnesota.
Leger says the fast-pace and the travel are similar to what these public affairs soldiers would be doing overseas. By simulating this experience, Army Reserve Soldiers are receiving training that they may not be able to get during their regular battle assembly weekends.
Leger says this year, she wants every Army Reserve Soldier to bring a new energy into their training and get excited about being a citizen-Soldier.
"This year Exercise News Day is focusing on the new messages of the Army reserve," said Leger. "We are lethal, we are combat-ready, we have excitement and excellence in what we do. Exercise News Day allows our Soldiers and the citizens of the United States to here that message and to know what we're capable of."
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Army Reserve Hosts Inaugural Well Being Event

Story by SFC LaTonya Kelly on 06/14/2017

"The combined well-being pilot gains efficiencies in cost reduction and streamlining business processes. There are now more resources available to Strong Bonds Programs and Yellow Ribbon participants are able to physically see other programs in action which are important to their pre and post deployment life cycle," said Brig. Gen. Tracy Smith, deputy commander for Professional Services, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support).

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