Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Patriotism Never Retires

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Patriotism Never Retires

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Alert eyes, a smooth calm demeanor, and a deep voice greet you when you get your security badge for the 94th Regional Readiness Command (RRC) Headquarters building from the acting Provost Marshall Officer (PMO), MSG Robert Risner, physical security specialist and senior mobilization NCO for the 94th.

After 30 'good years' over a span of 37 years, Risner will retire on paper, but his spirit will remain on call, and his patriotism strong.

"It is not one weekend a month, and two weeks in the summer. It is the potential to be called up at any time to fill the needs of the Army world-wide," said Risner of the commitment needed to fulfill the Army service.

"Commitment is the number one virtue you need to have. It is not about what the Army can do for me, but what can I do for the Army," said Risner of his dedication to duty.

Risner monitors the Global Command and Control System (GCCS), commonly called 'Geeks,' acting as the first-line of notification in the command for units being alerted for mobilization and deployment. In addition he monitors the world situation.

As the acting provost marshal and physical security specialist, Risner has been responsible for the force protection budget for the 94th RRC. This entails prioritizing access security projects at Reserve centers throughout New England. "Since 9/11, there has been a huge emphasis placed on physical security and anti-terrorism issues," said Risner.

"Everyone in some way owes this country for the freedoms we enjoy. I do not care how they contribute, but they should contribute," said Risner.

Risner's roots in the military are significant, and indicate why his patriotism is deep.

"My whole family is green," said Risner.

During World War II, Wesley, Risner's father, served in the Army as a major and a PMO in Iceland for three years where he met Inga, Risner's mother, who worked for the U.S. Army as a chief interpreter during that time, according to Risner. …

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