I am a sailor. I am a sailor. And I am a Navy
Reserve sailor… I am sailor… In the U.S. Navy Reserve. As citizen sailors,
we have a tradition of service going back
one hundred years. And in 2015, we’re
celebrating our Centennial. We’re celebrating 100
years of existence. And here are some
highlights of our Navy Reserve history told by
Navy Reserve Sailors. March 3, 1915… Congress establishes
the United States Naval Reserve Force. 1916. The Naval Reserve Flying
Corps is established. 1917. The United States
enters World War I. 8000 sailors are in the
Naval Reserve Force. Today’s my first drill in
the Navy Reserve and in 1917, the first women
enter the Naval Reserve Force. The first female… that’s Chief
Yeoman Loretta P. Walsh She paved the way for me. I’m Chief Yeoman
Jeri Lacy. By the beginning of 1918,
the Naval Reserve Force has grown to nearly 90,000
sailors serving on active duty. 1918. Naval Reserve Flying
Corps Lieutenant David S Ingalls is the first and
only Navy Ace during World War I. When the war ends in 1918,
there are 270,000 sailors, including 12,000 women
that make up the Naval Reserve Force. That’s more than
half of the Navy! 1925. The Naval Reserve Force
reorganizes and gets a new name…. The U.S. Naval Reserve. 1926. Six colleges establish
the first Naval Reserve Officer Training units. More than 1000
students enroll. I was an NROTC student. During the 1930’s, the
Naval Air Reserve Force grows and supports
fleet operations. Navy Reserve surface
sailors train with the fleet during
summer cruises. 1939. President Roosevelt
declares state of emergency due to
the war in Europe. The Naval Reserve
begins to mobilize. December 7, 1941 – Reserve
Sailors aboard the USS Ward sink a Japanese
midget submarine just prior to the attack
on Pearl Harbor. This is the first
action of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific War. Fact: During World War II,
84% of Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy are in the
Naval Reserve. 1942. President Roosevelt
signs a bill creating the women’s reserve. Women Accepted for
Volunteer Emergency Service or WAVES enter
the Navy as enlisted and officers. Nearly 100,000 WAVES
serve during World War II. 1944. The Navy begins accepting
African American women for service in the
Naval Reserve. Fact: Five U.S. presidents serve in the
Naval Reserve: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. 1945. World War II ends. The Naval Reserve
begins to demobilize. Over the next year,
3,000,000 sailors are discharged from
active duty. 1950. The Korean War begins. Once again, the Naval
Reserve mobilizes. Fact: 130,000 Reserve
Sailors serve over the next three years. 1958. Four Destroyer Escorts
transfer to the Naval Reserve as
training platforms. The number grows to
30 later this year. 1961. The Berlin Crisis. Forty Naval Reserve
Training Ships and 18 Reserve squadrons
mobilize for 1 year. 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis. Naval Air Reserve aviators
log more than 775 flight hours and 350 hours
of surveillance. 1968. Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion 12 and 22 deploy to South Vietnam. Seabees build aircraft
facilities, roads, and bridges. 1971. The USS Gearing deploys
with a fully integrated crew of active and
reserve sailors. This was the first implementation of this type of deployment
by the United States Navy. 1973. The office of the Navy
Reserve Force Master Chief is established. Richard P. Johnson becomes the first
Navy Reserve Force Master Chief. Fact. Two of your MCPONS were
Navy Reserve Sailors, and we all have served with
and support our Navy Reserve. 1988. Minesweeping specialists,
intelligence personnel, and other Reserve sailors
deploy to the Persian Gulf during international
tensions. 1990. Iraq invades Kuwait. Operations DESERT SHIELD
and DESERT STORM begin. The Navy Reserve
mobilizes. Reserve sailors have major
roles in cargo handling, medical and religious
support, combat construction, control
of shipping and air logistics. 1994, the year
of my commission. The U.S. Navy intervenes in Haiti. Reserve Sailors mobilize
to support Operation Uphold Democracy. 1999. Reserve aviators deploy to
support electronic combat missions over Kosovo in
Operation ALLIED FORCE. 2000. Naval Coastal Warfare
Units provide port security in the Persian
Gulf after the attack on the USS Cole. September 11, 2001. A day that changed
our country forever. The Navy Reserve is
mobilized to support the Global War on Terror. 2001 Operation
Enduring Freedom. Combat operations
begin in Afghanistan. I have served
two tours there. 2003 brings the start of
Operation Iraqi Freedom where I proudly served. Since 2001, Navy Reserve
Sailors have completed more than 70,000
mobilizations in support of contingency operations
around the world. I am one of them. I am one of them. I am one of them. 2005. Admiral Vern Clark, Chief
of Naval Operations, redesignates the reserve
component as the Navy Reserve. All Sailors, active and
reserve are now referred to as United States
Navy Sailors. 2006. HSC-84 provides dedicated
special operations support in Iraq. We conduct the longest
sustained combat deployment of U.S Navy helicopters
in history. 2010. The Haitian Earthquake. Reserve sailors mobilize
to support relief efforts. 2011 Reserve SEAL Teams-17
and 18 provide Special Warfare Boat Operators. They deploy bringing
combat experience to Naval Special Warfare Group 11. On any given week, more
than 20% of the Navy Reserve Force is providing
global operational support. March 3, 2015 The Navy
Reserve celebrates 100 years. 100 years of community 100 years of service 100 years of warfighting Ready then… Ready now… Ready always… We are the Navy Reserve. Ready then. Ready now. Ready always.


  1. The USNR used to have ships and units they commanded. Now it is an individual replacement depot for those without experience in command.

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