WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 65 Army Reserve ambassadors, including Luis Carreras of Hinesville, met last month at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to focus efforts on how they may continue to promote awareness of the Reserve.
“You are a critical supporting asset to a force of some 200,000 soldiers spanning 20 time-zones and providing essential enabling capabilities to America’s Army,” chief of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey said, speaking to the conference about plans. “We are on a mission to build and sustain the most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal reserve force in the history of the nation. You are on the trek with us, and your sustained and stalwart support is essential.”
Carreras, a Vietnam veteran and retired major who lives near Fort Stewart, said, “This was a great opportunity to meet with peers and discuss initiatives, priorities and expectations as we move forward to support the greatest federal Reserve force the nation has ever known.”
During the conference, ambassadors participated in sessions with senior Army Reserve leaders, and representatives from legislative affairs and soldier support services.
The ambassadors also visited Army Reserve soldiers participating in their annual training.
The ARA Program is one of the Army Reserve’s key outreach programs. ARAs are volunteers with ties to their communities who operate at state and local levels and voluntarily represent the chief of the Army Reserve. They develop awareness and advocacy for the Army Reserve and are bridges to communities.
For information about America’s Army Reserve Ambassador program visit www.usar.army.mil/Featured/Ambassador-Program.