Chief of the Army Reserve visits, launches first public-private partnership in Hawaii

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Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, addresses a packed assembly hall during his town hall meeting, March 6. Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers from Fairbanks, Alaska, and Hilo, Hawaii, participated in the town hall via video teleconference. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, addresses a packed assembly hall during his town hall meeting, March 6. Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers from Fairbanks, Alaska, and Hilo, Hawaii, participated in the town hall via video teleconference. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve visited Oahu-based Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers, here, March 3-7.

The first order of business for Talley was to hold a town hall meeting at the Fort Shafter Flats assembly hall.

He addressed a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 Army Reserve Soldiers, civilians and family members from the 9th MSC, 18th Medical Command, and the Army Reserve Engagement Cell.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, awards the Meritorious Service Medal to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Perry, 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, 9th MSC, during a town hall meeting, March 3. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, awards the Meritorious Service Medal to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Perry, 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, 9th MSC, during a town hall meeting, March 3. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

During the town hall Talley took time to talk to the audience and encouraged them to read Rally Point 32.1, the document that lays out his vision, mission and priorities. He also encouraged all in attendance to become familiar with “Army Reserve at a Glance,” which is a tool for Soldiers across all ranks to share with federal, state and local representatives, employers and community partners.

Talley demonstrated his belief in thanking Soldiers and civilians for their service by presenting United States Army Reserve Command Safety Excellence Awards to the 4960th Multi-functional Training Brigade and the 411th Engineer Battalion.

He then awarded two Meritorious Service Medals to two individuals: Maj. Richard Steele, 9th MSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Perry, 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, 3rd Mobilization Support Group, 9th MSC.

Talley also took time out to re-enlist eight Soldiers.

• Video teleconference

Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers stationed in Hilo, Hawaii, and Fairbanks, Alaska, watched and listened to the town hall via video teleconference.

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, signs a private-public partnership agreement with James Murphy, executive director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity at the Army Reserve Headquarters, March 6. This was the first public-private partnership agreement signed outside of the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, signs a private-public partnership agreement with James Murphy, executive director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity at the Army Reserve Headquarters, March 6. This was the first public-private partnership agreement signed outside of the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve. (Photo by Brian Melanephy, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

After the awards and re-enlistment, Tally fielded questions from Soldiers and civilians in the audience and in remote locations.

Talley’s week was full of visits with local Army leadership, community leaders, JROTC cadets, community partners and 9th MSC Soldiers.

On March 6, Talley presided over the first private-public partnership signing in the State of Hawaii, and the first signing in the Army Reserve outside of the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve.

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, signed an agreement with James Murphy, executive director, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

Three Soldiers were present for the signing: two Soldiers from the Oahu-based 411th Engineer Battalion, and Sgt. 1st Class Cassandra King, Human Resources noncommissioned officer, U.S, Army-Pacific Support Unit, 9th MSC.

King was the 2013 Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year.

When King began volunteering for Habitat, becoming the “Volunteer of the Year” was not on her radar screen.

“I wanted to be a part of providing housing for the less fortunate families of Hawaii,” King said.

Her volunteer efforts with Habitat led to her being the site lead for a recent project on Oahu. Her desire to give back to the community ultimately led to the forging of this partnership signing.

On Dec. 18, 2014, King went to a ceremony where she handed the keys over to a family after being the site lead on the project.

“When I saw the gratitude on their faces, I was totally humbled and overwhelmed with emotion to have taken part in such an awesome project,” King said.

Private-public partnership is one of the pillars of Talley’s Rally Point 32.1. The Army Reserve is a community-based force of citizen-Soldiers. Partnerships with private organizations generate readiness for the Army Reserve and share “best practices.“

The Army Reserve brings together private and public sector skills, training and experiences that benefit the Army Reserve, the community and the nation.

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