As we mark the 98th anniversary of the Navy Reserve, I want to thank all Navy Reserve Sailors who are serving our nation at home and abroad, and the families, employers and communities who support them.
Since the Reserve Force’s establishment on March 3, 1915, Reserve Sailors have contributed significantly to our national defense in every major conflict. Over the last decade, nearly 70,000 Sailors have been mobilized, providing both ready units and individual augmentees to support Navy and Joint Force efforts in combat operations, humanitarian and disaster relief missions around the world.
Navy Reservists, serving in all geographic regions of the country, offer unique skill sets and insights from their civilian careers that enrich the diversity of our Navy. The responsiveness, continued readiness and demonstrated commitment to service of our Reserve Sailors are critical elements that enable our Navy to accomplish its mission. From your support of homeland defense, to deploying forward, your contributions to the Total Force prove that you are ready, relevant, and aligned to the Navy’s mission and Core Values.
As we look forward, there is a bright future for the Navy Reserve, with increasing opportunities for Sailors to participate in emerging mission areas. I encourage you to “be ready” when called to serve. I thank each of you, your families and supporting employers for serving our navy and our Nation with Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun discusses
the Navy Reserve’s current operations and its impact in the Fleet.