Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Massachusetts Ambassador Appointed Emeritus

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Massachusetts Ambassador Appointed Emeritus

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DEVENS. Mass., - "I am so thrilled and happy," said Francis "Frank" J. Doherty, U.S. Army Reserve ambassador from Massachusetts when he heard the news of his Emeritus appointment, June 21, 2006.

"I wanted to remain active in the program after my second term was up. There is still so much I can offer the Soldiers and families of Massachusetts, especially during these times," he stated.

Doherty has served as an Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Massachusetts since his initial term began in March 2000. During his sixyear tenure, he has excelled in telling the Army's story throughout the world, traveling extensively overseas and within the continental United States at local community events, state and civic organizations, military events and national conferences.

In an appointment letter, the Chief, Army Reserve (CAR), LTG Jack C. Stultz, writes that as an Ambassador Emeritus, Doherty's role will be as an advisor and consultant to him on the current and future direction of the Army Reserve, and, more importantly, with telling the Army Reserve story to the American people.

In 2005, Doherty attended more than seven unit mobilization and de-mobilization ceremonies, 10 Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen award ceremonies, three Soldier funerals, a unit inactivation, Veterans Day and Memorial Day events, parades, conferences, leadership briefings, training exercises and participated in media training. He also spoke with state representatives on 114 hills that were filed to aid Soldiers and their families, many of which were subsequently passed and are helping Army Reserve Soldiers today.

Doherty has more than 56 years of association with the U.S. Army, a career he started at age 15 in 1950. His military background spans across the active component, National Guard and the Army Reserve. Now, as a retired Army Reserve Soldier, his desire to continue to tell the Army Reserve story in the State of Massachusetts, as well as throughout his travels overseas, has never faltered. …

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