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Provider command staff briefs incoming replacements

Brig. Gen. Mark Corson, the commanding general of the 103rd Sustainment Command
(Expeditionary) and a Maryville, Mo., native, and Command Sgt. Maj. LeRoy Haugland, the senior enlisted adviser with the 103rd ESC and a Cresco, Iowa, native, attend a command staff meeting for the 13th ESC and the 103rd ESC Feb 13, 2010 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The 103rd is scheduled to take over sustainment command operations in July.
(Photo Credit: Spc. Michael Camacho)

United States Army Reserve Mission
The Army Reserve's mission, under Title 10 of the U.S. Code, is to provide trained, equipped, and
ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in The Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team.

•Enabling the Army to do more with fewer resources, by providing a flexible, well-trained,
complementary force that can expand and contract to meet the specific needs and challenges of each new mission.

•Training Soldiers at the highest possible level in one of nearly 200 specific skills in order to support the Army on any air, land or sea mission. 

•Maintaining a force that can mobilize rapidly and skillfully at any moment to respond to a crisis or situation, or to defend America's interests at home and abroad.  

•Building a stronger Army by drawing on the strength, support and success of all the diverse backgrounds and communities across America represented by the Soldiers in the Army Reserve.

•Anticipating the ever-evolving needs of today's modern Army and helping it transform into a smaller, faster, stronger force while continuing to protect the nation's interests.

•Implementing national objectives.

•Keeping the Army mobile, efficient and complete by providing specialized technological and troop support when and where it's needed most.

•Supporting national policies.

•Preserving the peace and security, and providing for the defense of the United States, the Territories, Commonwealths and Possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States.

•Overcoming aggressive acts from nations and terrorist groups that imperil the peace and security of the United States.

•Giving back to the community by providing civil support, i.e. food, shelter, safe drinking water and medical attention to our citizens during emergencies and natural disasters.

The United States Army Reserve's Command Structure
At the top of the Army Reserve’s chain of command is a three-star General with two distinct roles.

The first is Chief, Army Reserve (CAR). The CAR reports to the Chief of Staff of the Army and represents the Army Reserve in policy and planning discussions with the Army, the Department of Defense and Congress. The CAR is responsible for all Army Reserve Soldiers, even those who report directly to the Army.

The General’s second role is Commanding General (CG) of the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC). The CG of USARC reports to Army Forces Command and is responsible for the staffing, training and readiness of most Army Reserve units in the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR)
The Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) has a staff of functional advisors who develop and execute Army Reserve plans, policies and programs, plus administer Army Reserve personnel, operations and funding. These advisors are part of OCAR, which is located in the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC)
USARC commands all Army Reserve units. USARC is responsible for the staffing, training, management and deployment of its units to ensure their readiness for Army missions.

As part of the Army’s transformation, the Army Reserve is reorganizing to better serve the Army’s operational needs instead of the strategic force in reserve of past decades. This reorganization is taking place now, and will not be complete until late 2009.

During this time, commands and units will transition from the legacy force structure to the future force structure. In addition, new units will be established under the future force which consists of three main categories of units.

    Operational & Functional Commands

    Training Commands

    Support Commands


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