Browsing: Reserve Component

Fifty sailors and recruits took the enlistment oath Wednesday on late night TV’s coolest stage: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The blue curtains swept open to reveal Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, who led the oath for the recruits and sailors as part of the festivities for the Navy Reserve’s 100th anniversary. They also were featured with NBC’s Today Show and with Fox News’ Fox & Friends. The sailors and enlistees weren’t the only ones with a reason to celebrate. Fallon became an honorary member of the U.S. Navy Reserve – with a stenciled ball cap, to boot.…

Former Naval Academy star running back Eric Kettani will continue his pursuit of an NFL roster spot tomorrow night, when the Washington Redskins visit the Tennessee Titans for one of the most exciting three-plus hours of sports a fan can ask for — a preseason football game. It’s been an uncommon career arc for Kettani, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve: Averaging an impressive 5.4 yards per carry at Navy (sixth-best in school history); spending two years on active duty before signing with the New England Patriots, only to have his request for early release denied; securing that release only…

Aiden Whyte wanted a “Star Wars”-themed fifth birthday. His father, a Navy reservist training a few time zones away, couldn’t make it. When Aiden found out a party-crasher dressed as Darth Vader would be making an appearance, he did what any sensible 5-year-old would do: He grabbed his light saber and, with sister Emily (a year older than Aiden and dressed as Princess Leia, of course) in tow, prepared for battle. With the cast set, we take you to a low-budget remake of “The Empire Strikes Back” in Wichita, Kansas: Spoiler alert: Darth Vader is Luke’s father. Specifically, Darth Vader…

Though sailors are trained to execute in high-stress situations, competing at the Olympics still gave Reservist Information Systems Technician 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft a case of the jitters. Uptagrafft fired her first Olympic shot on Sunday at the women’s 10-meter air pistol event. She placed 28th with a score of 378, according to a Defense Department release. Wenjen Guo of China won gold with a score of 488.1. “Once I hit the match button, it hit me that I am at the Olympic Games, and it kind of took me out of my rhythm,” Uptagrafft  said. “It took me a…

U.S. Transportation Command wants reservists trained in the planning and execution of joint military operations to apply to work at its Joint Planning Support Element, headquartered in Norfolk, Va. The JPSE has recently expanded following the 2011 disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command and its Standing Joint Force Headquarters and is expecting “an increase in operational tempo,” according to a March 5 press release. JPSE, which falls under TRANSCOM’s Joint Enabling Capabilities Command or JECC, provides “tailored, ready joint capability packages” aimed at rapidly establishing joint force headquarters. Personnel assigned to JPSE will deploy “to assist joint force commanders in…

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