81st RSC News

Army Opens New Reserve Center In McLeansville With A Ceremony

Story by SGT 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 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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Tandem Time With Golden Knights

Story by SGT Christopher Osburn on 09/13/2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 08, 2017) -- Approximately 12,000 feet in the sky, Joe Mergo arches his back and smiles as he tumbles from an airplane with the U.S. Army logo on its tail. Mergo doesn't have a cord to pull to open the chute, however. The person in charge of deploying the parachute is, instead, a highly-trained member of a United States Army parachute team, the Golden Knights. After about one minute of free fall the Golden Knight pulls open the chute and the pair ride the wind lazily down to the ground.
Mergo is one of 40 plus individuals invited to jump and attend the Army Reserve Tandem Jump Camp as part of the Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA) program and is taking place at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Richland County, South Carolina, from Sept. 07-09.
"It's a mind over matter thing," said Mergo, the Lexington County Administrator in South Carolina. "But if I had to do it, I was going to jump with the Golden Knights."
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Reserve and the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC), both also coordinated with the Army Recruiting command and focuses on building better relationships between the American public and the Army Reserve.
The Army Reserve maintains an active presence in hundreds of communities across the United States, including 258 centers and 46 shops in the region. The Reserve provides a multitude of educational opportunities as well. This includes the Minuteman Scholarship, the GI Bill, tuition assistance, and technical job training.
The 81st RSC provides base support, equipment readiness and vital customer support functions for the 55,000 Army Reserve Soldiers across the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The Columbia Recruiting Battalion has responsibility for recruiting activities within South Carolina, Western North Carolina and six counties in Northwest Georgia. The battalion is comprised of six companies across the region.
Individual who jump at the event are made honorary ambassadors, becoming delegates who help connect the Army Reserve with the public and spreading information on the opportunities presented by the Reserve.
"Putting my life in a stranger's hands for just that short amount of time is a real eye opener," said Mergo. "The way soldiers place their lives in the hands of other strangers really solidifies the saying Freedom isn't free."
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Celebrating A Centennial Separately, Together

Story by Zachary Mott on 08/10/2017
FORT McCOY, Wisc. 1917 was a good year. It was the year the 88th Division, along with more than 60 other Army divisions, came into existence to assist American allies and join the fight in World War I.
The 88th Division was first constituted August 5, 1917 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. After a century of serving in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism, the "Cloverleaf" division carries on its legacy today as the 88th Regional Support Command. Now, 100 years after it began, the 88th will be celebrating its centennial anniversary August 19 with a ceremony at the 88th RSC headquarters on Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
"That history of persistence, perseverance and excellence lives on in the 88th today as we prepare the most lethal Army Reserve in the history of the nation to deter our adversaries," said Maj. Gen. Patrick Reinert, the commanding general of the 88th RSC.
100-years has filled the 88th with a long list of accomplishments. From battlefield honors dating back to World War I to four Army Community of Excellence awards in the last eight years, the 88th continues to be one of the premier Army Reserve organizations. Also included in the proud history of the 88th are Medal of Honor recipients Capt. Robert E. Roeder and 2nd Lt. Charles W. Shea, both from the 350th Infantry Regiment and both earned during World War II.
"The name, mission and location of the 88th has changed many times over the course of a century, however, the spirit of the Blue Devils is still just as strong as it was when Camp Dodge was bustling with young Doughboys," Reinert said.
In addition to the 88th Division, other notable Army divisions and events can be traced to 1917:
Army divisions: Notably, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 81st, 82nd, 88th and 99th divisions were constituted in 1917 as part of the American military buildup following the Declaration of War on April 6, 1917.
Events: Zimmerman Telegram, February 1917, a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmerman to the German minister of Mexico is intercepted and deciphered. The message offered U.S. territory to Mexico if it joined the side of Germany in the war. Russian Revolution beings in March 1917 with the abdication of Czar Nicholas II and a provisional government established. Declaration of War, April 1917, the United States declares war on Germany. Selective Service Act passes in May 1917 that required all males between 21 and 30 to register their names for possible enrollment into the military. The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary on December 7, 1917.
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