Roughly 400 Army Reserve troops are at Foot Hood, Texas, to participate in the Dragon Fire gunnery training exercise. It includes a gunnery skills test, battle space training using computer simulations, weapons familiarization in both day and night environments, and live-fire qualification.
The Army has decided against discharging an immigrant reservist originally from Brazil who filed a lawsuit over his separation last month. It is unclear if the decision regarding Lucas Calixto, who is expected to be reinstated this week, will carry over to other such discharges of immigrants who enlisted through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program.
A Senate hearing on disability benefits for almost 90,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their service is planned for Aug. 1. The hearing of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee comes after the House passed a measure on the benefits last month.
Army Reserve troops from Charlie Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment led a medevac class at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., this month as part of the Global Medic exercise. "With supplying water to various areas throughout the Global Medic training exercise, I have no doubt we could be greeted with such a scenario where we'll need to act," said Spc. Zhahid Salinas.
ROTC cadets took part in the Field Leaders Reaction Course at Fort Knox, Ky., as part of the Army's 31-day Basic Camp. Noncommissioned officers with the Army Reserve's 104th Training Division led the obstacle course, meant to foster leadership and teamwork skills.
Army Reserve medics participated in Walking Shield, a nine-day exercise in Bena, Minn., providing free medical and dental services to the community. The exercise offers troops "an opportunity to see chronic illnesses they wouldn't normally see in otherwise healthy active soldiers," Maj. Omar Nava said.
The Veterans Affairs Department's efforts to curb suicide among veterans are hampered by personnel shortages at VA facilities and overprescribing of opioids, according to an American Legion report. The report notes that staffing shortages could lead to lower quality care and haphazard use of opioids as treatments.