“The American military could not have achieved success without its reserve components,” said Gen. David Rodriguez, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). “People will always be our most important asset.”
Rodriguez spoke at the Guard/Reserve Breakfast on Oct. 10. The breakfast preceded the formal opening of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting 2011.
He stated that 59,000 Army guardsmen and reservists will be mobilized this year.
Rodriguez credited the reserve components with building relationships with militaries around the word.
“It is done very, very quietly,” he said.
Rodriguez said it was important that the active and reserve components “have a shared vision of the future” in a time of fiscal constraints and a history of rapid depletion of forces when conflicts end. The shared vision includes training for the full range of combat operations and it must be “component neutral.”
“We must maintain the reserve component as an operational force and draw on the civilian skills those soldiers possess.” Rodriguez said. “We cannot afford to squander a decade of experience. I believe Congress and the public will support us.”