Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

History Made: Leaders of Army Reserve, National Guard Don Third Star in Historic First

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

History Made: Leaders of Army Reserve, National Guard Don Third Star in Historic First

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WASHINGTON (June 13, 2001)-Hundreds of Army Reservists and Army National Guardsmen saw history made on the eve of the Army's 226th birthday.

Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Plewes had the three stars of his new rank pinned on by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki and by Plewes' wife, Elizabeth, during a June ceremony held in the Pentagon courtyard. He is the first three-star Chief, Army Reserve, in the Army Reserve's 93-year history.

Also promoted to three-star rank during this ceremony was the Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz. He is the National Guard's first threestar Director.

"It's a great day for the Army and a great day for the Plewes and Schultz families as we recognize the achievements of these two general officers and promote them to Lieutenant General," Shinseki said. "The Army is privileged to have great officers like Tom Plewes, Chief of The Army Reserve, and Roger Schultz, Director of The Army National Guard, leading our magnificent citizen soldiers."

"Two years ago, we made a bold declaration - - that we were "The Army - - totally integrated, with a unity of purpose - - no longer the total Army, no longer the one Army." We acknowledged our components and their unique strengths and made it clear that we would "march into the 21 st century as The Army," Shinseki said. "Today, that's exactly what we're doing, and today's ceremony is symbolic of the unity our Army has demonstrated over the past two years, serving "on point" for the Nation."

Shinseki also reminded the audience that there were good examples of The Army unity from the Army's past.

The Chief of Staff discussed how much the Army and the Nation relies on its reserve components and how much they - like their active Army counterparts - are on point around the globe in places like Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, South America, the Philippines and Korea. In all, there are 64 countries to which Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers have deployed in the last two years.

The Army Chief of Staff highlighted a few things from the careers of both Plewes and Shultz before ordering their promotion orders read. He praised Plewes for his efforts to ensure Army Reserve soldiers understand and internalize the Army Vision and the Army Reserve's role in Army Transformation.

Shinseki also noted Plewes' leadership during the many achievements attained by the Army Reserve in recent years, exceeding recruiting goals, raising readiness to its highest levels in history, making itself into a force that looks like America and becoming more relevant - and busier - than ever.

The Army's newest lieutenant general, Thomas Plewes, general thanked Shinseki for his continuous support of the Army Reserve. He also thanked Congress for its commitment to citizen soldiers and gave special thanks to several Members of Congress who had been instrumental in making the long-standing dream of threestar reserve chiefs a reality. …

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