Army Reserve chief visits Hawaii Soldiers

| April 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command, addresses 9th MSC Soldiers and civilians in his first-ever town hall meeting held for Hawaii-based Reserve Soldiers, April 8. Upon opening the floor for a question-and-answer session, Talley addressed such topics as sequestration and cutbacks in the Reserve component.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command, addresses 9th MSC Soldiers and civilians in his first-ever town hall meeting held for Hawaii-based Reserve Soldiers, April 8. Upon opening the floor for a question-and-answer session, Talley addressed such topics as sequestration and cutbacks in the Reserve component.

Talley makes inaugural island tour

Story and photos by
Sgt. Elizabeth Cole
305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 9th Mission Support Command

HONOLULU — The Chief of the Army Reserve was greeted with a warm aloha as he visited Army Reserve Soldiers, families and civilians, here, April 4-11.

Talley

Talley

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and his wife, Linda, were introduced to hundreds of Reservists in their first-ever meetings with the Hawaii-based Soldiers since taking command.

Talley was also joined by Command Sgt. Maj. James Lambert, interim command sergeant major, Army Reserve, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, command chief warrant officer, U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Talley was visiting Hawaii as part of a Pacific engagement tour, during which he conducted town hall meetings with Soldiers of the 9th Mission Support Command, U.S. Army-Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command.

Throughout the week, he addressed hot topics for Soldiers, such as the future of the Reserve, sequestration and cutbacks, and the integration of multiple-component units.

Despite Soldiers’ concerns, Talley was able to instill confidence and explained that the prevailing sentiment of the country’s leaders is that the Army Reserve is sized just right and isn’t in need of cutbacks.

Both Lambert and Wilson made further comments to the Soldiers on the subject and encouraged them to maintain a high level of discipline to ensure career sustainment, in case a decrease in troops was to ever occur.

Talley (right) speaks with Kevin Tran, unit administrator, U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group-Pacific, about his work in the unit after holding a first-ever town hall meeting for the Hawaii-based Reserve Soldiers.

Talley (right) speaks with Kevin Tran, unit administrator, U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group-Pacific, about his work in the unit after holding a first-ever town hall meeting for the Hawaii-based Reserve Soldiers.

Talley said he is using his command time to implement improvements that will benefit all Soldiers, across every component, from the Reserves and National Guard to active duty.

“What I am trying to do is find where we can grow the capability and where it would be most beneficial for all,” said Talley.

Talley added that leaders are trying to make better use of multi-component units by combining forces and streamlining military activities.

“The processes in how we track our Soldiers and process their pay weren’t integrated before, but that is all changing,” said Talley. “Gen. Odierno believes multi-compo units are the way of the future, and I believe we’ll see more and more in the days to come.”

Talley’s resounding message to all the Soldiers was to keep a positive outlook on the future and to continue to do their best.

“It’s a good time to be a part of our Army, and it’s a great time to be a part of our Army Reserve,” said Talley.

In his position, Talley oversees all Army Reserve troops in the continental U.S. and has administrative control over Reserve troops overseas, with a total strength of 205,000 Soldiers and more than 12,000 civilians.

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