Army Secretary Mark Esper visited Cleveland last week as part of a tour of large cities in the US, where the Army plans to undertake recruitment efforts for the active-duty force as well as the National Guard and the Army Reserve. Esper pointed out that the Reserve and National Guard offer opportunities "for young men and women who want to do more, who want to serve, who want to learn some skills, but don't want to leave the area because of family, friends."
Repairs at storm-ravaged Tyndall and Offutt Air Force bases are causing financial concerns for the Air Force, which may have to reach into its 2020 budget to pay for the work if Congress doesn't approve additional funds. "Without supplemental funding, we're put into the realm of unfavorable alternatives," said John Henderson, the Air Force's assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy.
No troops have been pushed out of the military as part of the "deploy or get out" policy, the Pentagon says. Those removed from the list of nondeployable service members were taken off because they'd updated their statuses, said Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Defense Department spokeswoman.
Army Reserve leaders tested their Battle Assembly skills as part of How to BA Day, a portion of the 2019 Pacific Pride Leadership Workshop at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii. Leaders from the 9th Mission Support Command took part in a challenging series of mental and physical activities that covered many facets of Battle Assembly, including the new Army Combat Fitness Test, aircraft loading and tire changing for Humvees.
Army Reserve troops with Joint Task Force-Bravo are providing medical care to people in remote areas of Central America. The task force has been in operation since 1993, with its primary mission to care for Americans stationed there, but "since we're pretty much healthy, we do these missions where we go out into the communities," said mission planner Capt. Alejandro Castillo.
Missions along the border and storm damage to key East Coast bases have caused a financial burden that poses an "unacceptable risk" to Marine Corps readiness, Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in memos to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Fiscal year 2019 was shaping up to be a "good year," wrote Neller in his memo to Spencer, but the positive start has been "overcome by the negative factors."
A local-federal initiative in Los Angeles County serves military veterans in mental health and addiction crises by attaching two-person teams of fellow vets to the police squads that respond to the situations. The tandems from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Long Beach have made more than 125 emergency runs in a pilot program commended by authorities as a breakthrough in crisis prevention.
Double Eagle, a social networking app for Army Reserve troops, has launched, helping connect troops, their families and the Army's civilian workers with one another and with key resources. The idea for the app came from Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, chief of Army Reserve.