81st RSC News

Army Reserve Division Brings Sandy Experience To Florence Response

Story by SSG Shawn Morris on 09/26/2018

Nearly six years later, the newly designated 99th Readiness Division prepared to respond once again to a major storm hitting the eastern seaboard as Hurricane Florence made its relentless push westward across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Readiness Divisions Collaborate To Achieve Effects In Army Reserve Readiness

Story by Catherine Carroll on 07/25/2018

The MR2, a revamped approach to the Command Readiness Reviews of past years, was designed as an opportunity for staff collaboration on advancement and improvement and it measures multiple aspects of readiness including training, personnel strength, logistics and medical readiness.

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Army Opens New Reserve Center In McLeansville With A Ceremony

Story by SGT H. Marcus McGill on 02/20/2018

The state-of-the-art building features the latest in training and administrative resources, classrooms and fitness center. Consolidating the facilities benefits the Soldiers. Sergeant Rosalyn Chamberlain, Supply Sergeant for the 396th Medical Company, a tenant unit, said the Soldiers are excited about the new center.

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Army Reserve Center Dedicated In Honor Of Local Fallen Soldier

Story by SGT H. Marcus McGill on 02/20/2018

"We are so grateful our son is being remembered this way," he said. "It means so much to see all of these people come out to celebrate Brandon and to honor his sacrifice."

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A Half Century Of Service

Story by Michael Mascari on 02/20/2018
Ronald Reagan swore in as Governor of California during a tumultuous time when the protests of the Vietnam War began to form, as the United States' involvement escalated. The Doors released their self-titled album, the first AFL-NFL World Championship kicked off the game that would eventually be known as the Super Bowl and Elvis and Priscilla were married. The year was 1967.
It was the Summer of Love, and the year Tim McGraw and Nicole Kidman were born. It was also the year Oscar Sanchez' service career was born.
"It's changed tremendously, the uniforms, the conditionswhen I joined, we were wearing those funny hats, cotton uniforms, and the food was horrible. We stayed in Ft. Knox with holes in the wall, no air-conditioning," Sanchez recalled of his early years.
Sanchez dropped out of school at 16 and was hanging out late when his fortunes changed. He began to get into trouble and his parents gave him an ultimatum: get a job, join the Army, go to school, or leave the house.
As he was coming home after being out all night, he stumbled upon a new building with an Army Recruiting poster that caught his attention. He waited until someone came in with a jacket full of medals. Intrigued, he asked the Soldier about it and found out the Soldier was a recruiter.
Sanchez enlisted as soon as he was 17 into the Army as a tanker, as an E-1, and worked up to the rank of Sergeant 1st Class in just eight years. As his career progressed, he worked in supply, maintenance and ordinance during his enlisted time. He was interested in commissioning but ran into several obstacles, he said. But, he persevered.
After nearly a decade as a Non-Commissioned Officer, he commissioned as an Armor officer and climbed the ranks until he retired in 2000, as a Lieutenant Colonel. His service still wasn't finished, he found a new opportunity.
"I love working with Soldiers. It's my passion. I wanted to make an impact and this was an opportunity, " Sanchez said. "That was the main reason I came back."
With a renewed energy, and his desire to continue his service, Sanchez joined CACI as a defense contractor at United States Army Forces Command Headquarters. After three years, the 81st Regional Readiness Command, (the predecessor to the 81st Regional Support Command) came calling. Sanchez concluded his career with the 81st as the Regional Facilities Operations Specialist.
Because of health reasons, Oscar retired a few months short of fifty years of federal service.
"I'd like to believe I've done some good for the Army. The Army did a lot of good for me."
Having accomplished so much during his lengthy career, Sanchez has advice for those coming into the military or Federal service.
"I always tell young people, you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do. The sky's the limit, provided you put in the effort. Never turn down an educational opportunity, don't forget where you came from, and never believe you are better than others. When you lose focus, that's when it falls apart."
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Great Opportunities

Story by SGT Juan F. Jimenez on 09/13/2017

The opportunity to interact with Army Soldiers, like those represented by the Golden Knights, gives members of communities a chance to see who a Soldier really is.

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