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CONGRATULATING THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE
(Extensions of Remarks - April 25, 2013)

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                  CONGRATULATING THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE

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                           HON. PHIL GINGREY

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 25, 2013

  Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the 
U.S. Army Reserve on their 105th anniversary, and to thank the almost 
201,000 reserve soldiers across the country--including 8,000 from my 
home state of Georgia--for their dedication and service to our great 
nation.
   In 1908, Congress' creation of the Medical Reserve Corps became the 
official predecessor of today's Army Reserve.
   In 1916, the program was transformed into the Organized Reserve 
Corps in order to provide a peacetime resource of trained soldiers for 
use in unexpected conflict. Since then, the Reserve has continued 
evolving in order to meet the needs of our citizens and respond to 
global threats.
   Currently, the Army Reserve makes up almost 20 percent of the total 
U.S. Army, and is comprised of soldiers who are specially trained in 
areas such as engineering, mechanics, and medical expertise.
   Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking the soldiers 
of the United States Army Reserve for their sacrifice and 
congratulating them as they celebrate 105 years of patriotic service.

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