Army Reserve Ambassadors

Army Reserve Ambassadors

U.S. Army Reserve Ambassadors provide strategic outreach, advocacy, and advisory support to Army Reserve units, Soldiers, and Families throughout the Country.

Ambassadors are considered special government employees who represent the Chief of the Army Reserve without salary, wages or related benefits. Their function is similar to civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army, and they carry a protocol status equivalent of a Major General.

Ambassadors build relationships and strive to improve the understanding and knowledge of the Army Reserve within the business and social sectors of communities across America.

They help to educate the public, community leaders, and congressional staff offices about the capabilities and values of the Army Reserve and the Soldiers who live and work in their communities.

Army Reserve Ambassadors can assist you in many ways:

First, by telling the Army Reserve Story to elected officials, military service clubs, community leaders, and social sectors to ensure the AR contributions, value, and resourcing needs are acknowledged and supported.

Second, they support and advance the CAR’s Private-Public Partnership Initiative, which helps sustain our force.

Third, they use their experience and influential status in advocating for Soldiers and Families in a variety of capacities.

Fourth, they partner with USAREC and Cadet Command to ensure the AR gets quality junior leaders for the future.

Finally, Ambassadors provide strategic outreach by opening many doors and often gaining hard-to-get access to important information, services, and benefits to advance and sustain the members of the Army Reserve Family.

Leaders, please reach out to our Ambassadors and invite them to your major organizational and training events such as YTBs, Mobilization and De-Mobilization ceremonies, Yellow Ribbon Events, and Family Support Activities. Together you can increase your community’s awareness, understanding, and support of the Army Reserve.

Army Reserve Ambassador Regional Coordinator
Katherine Bissonette, PhD
608-388- 0331 Colorado

Shawn Graves
James Sherman Idaho

Dianne Nordhaus
Joseph Eyre Illinois

William Hawes
John W. Newman Indiana

Doug Gibbens
Joseph Lampert
John Topper Iowa

Gary Wattnem Kansas

Mick Allen
Michael Symanski Michigan

Mel Bauman
Paul DeSander Minnesota

James Lundell
Thomas Haugo
Steven Carter Missouri

Roger Layman
Danny Baldwin
Bill Hammerschmidt Montana

James Mariska Nebraska

Stephen Tellatin North Dakota

Robert Black Ohio

John Lendrum
Terry Klinker Oregon

Dennis Klein
Curtis Loop
Daniel Hitchcock South Dakota

Robert Perez Utah

Rick Folkerson
Paul Swenson Washington

Fred Aronow
Stan Flemming
Mary Miller Wisconsin

Gerald Meyer
John Gessner
Bill Bissonette Wyoming

Barry Gasdek

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