Seven reserve component units receive awards at Pentagon ceremony

WASHINGTON – The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, has selected the seven top 2017 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness programs.  This selection recognizes these programs for their outstanding support of family readiness, which directly supports the reserve component unit’s mission readiness.

An awards presentation ceremony hosted by Wilkie will occur at 10 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

The Reserve Family Readiness Award recognizes the National Guard and Reserve units, one from each of the seven reserve components, with the very best military family support program.  Representatives from each of the winning units will attend the award ceremony and receive a commemorative plaque and framed certificate from Wilkie.  Each unit will also receive a certificate of recognition and award from the Military Officers Association of America.

The 2017 DoD Reserve Family Readiness Award winners are:

  • Army National Guard – 153rd Engineer Battalion, Huron, South Dakota
    Unit Commander:  Capt. William Domagall
  • S. Army Reserve – 98th Division (Initial Entry Training), Fort Benning, Georgia
    Unit Commander:  Col. Timothy Pulley
  • S. Marine Corps Reserve – Combat Logistics Battalion 451, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Unit Commander:  Lt. Col. Christopher Cannon
  • S. Navy Reserve – Navy Operational Support Center Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
    Unit Commander:  Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Stallworth
  • Air National Guard – 117th Air Refueling Wing, Birmingham, Alabama
    Unit Commander:  Col. Clifford James
  • S. Air Force Reserve – 919th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
    Unit Commander:  Lt. Col. Kay Beigh
  • S. Coast Guard Reserve – Port Security Unit 305, Fort Eustis, Virginia
    Unit Commander:  Cmdr. Michael McCarthy

Established in 2000 the DoD Reserve Family Readiness Awards programs recognizes the top unit in each of the seven reserve components, which area vital link in the support networks for reserve component families.  The DoD and our Nation rely on National Guard and Reserve service members to support and serve in critical missions worldwide.  Family readiness is a key component of mission readiness, and robust family readiness programs enhance the ability to sustain and deploy National Guard and Reserve units.