First Army Division West celebrated the Army Reserve’s 106th birthday at the 25th Street Chapel on April 23 to highlight the contributions of “citizen soldiers” to the nation.

“This is the second time Division West has hosted the Army Reserve birthday and this is an initiative that’s really starting to gain traction across the Army Reserve,” said Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Division West’s deputy commander for support, speaking about the Reserve, which was created in 1908.

Division West’s eight brigades also held Army Reserve 106th birthday celebrations at Fort Bliss; Fort McCoy, Wis., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and at 28 Reserve battalions across the western United States.

“As we celebrate this 106th birthday, I want you to reflect upon your leadership, your work relationships, and what you do — not only for this Army — but for this great nation,” Dunn said. “It’s a tough business. We’re here because it’s a labor of love, it’s a brotherhood, we love the challenge, and we just love the opportunity to do what’s right for our country.”

First Army Division West is a multi-component training division which mobilized 214 units and 15,503 soldiers and demobilized 295 units and 19,349 soldiers during 2013. These units ran the gamut from general officer headquarters to small detachments and included missions ranging from sustainment, aviation, engineer, military police, air defense artillery and medical in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and other operations worldwide.

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