"Citizen Soldiers" celebrate 100 years - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

"Citizen Soldiers" celebrate 100 years

Lawton_From a small group of doctors to an army of more than 200,000 strong, the US Army Reserve celebrated 100 years of service to the nation on Wednesday. The reserves are made up of soldiers who often have the same military commitments as active duty soldiers. They go through basic training along with full-time soldiers, and even get deployed overseas - all while holding down everyday jobs. Since these "citizen soldiers" first formed in 1906, their numbers have grown to the hundreds of thousands - and, they do it all - from combat medicine to combat on the ground.

Seargent Major Mary Fuller says the reserve isn't the same as when she joined. "It's not the 'One weekend of the month, two weeks in the year,' she says. "We're an army of one now." She says the reserve is a good thing. In fact, nearly half of the Army's supporting units , from military police to ground transportation, come from the Army Reserve.

Fuller says they've been through some major changes over the years. "It's a major significant milestone [100 years anniversary] in the Army Reserves history, because we've had such a transition from what we originally started out."

Reserve Sergeant First Class Jeff Garner says the reserve is used to move soldiers and equipment in times of war. This way, the Army doesn't have to reduce active duty soldiers during peacetime - and the reservists get to go back to their civilian jobs after their work is done. "Our active-duty brethren could not sustain themselves without our support," he says.

Garner says he's proud to be a part of such a historic organization. "It just gives you a great sense of pride," he says. "You wake up every morning with a smile on your face, makes you stick your chest out a little bit, walk a little taller..."

For the past 100 years, the Army reserve has stepped in support active duty military during World Wars I and II, and now the War on Terror. There are currently 26,000 Army Reservists on active duty - 7,000 are in Iraq, and nearly 6,000 are serving in Afghanistan.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

    Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:21 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:21:11 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 5:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 21:14:52 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

    Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries.

    Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries.

  • Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

    Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

    Saturday, August 11 2018 2:10 AM EDT2018-08-11 06:10:04 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 5:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 21:14:37 GMT
    (Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File). FILE - In this July, 9, 2018, file photo, plaintiff DeWayne Johnson looks up during a brief break as the Monsanto trial in San Francisco. Monsanto is being accused of hiding the dangers of its popular Roundup pro...(Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File). FILE - In this July, 9, 2018, file photo, plaintiff DeWayne Johnson looks up during a brief break as the Monsanto trial in San Francisco. Monsanto is being accused of hiding the dangers of its popular Roundup pro...

    Lawyers say a jury's $289 million award to a California man who claims Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave him cancer may open the floodgates for legions of people suffering because of the agribusiness giant.

    Lawyers say a jury's $289 million award to a California man who claims Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave him cancer may open the floodgates for legions of people suffering because of the agribusiness giant.

  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Monday, August 13 2018 1:38 AM EDT2018-08-13 05:38:00 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 5:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 21:14:28 GMT
    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

Powered by Frankly