Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Soldier Readiness Starts at Home

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Soldier Readiness Starts at Home

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Every day, decisions impacting our Soldiers' operational readiness are made at home. Finances, child care, diet and fitness are all choices demonstrating that military readiness is very much a Family matter. Comprised of less than one percent of the population, the well-being of the geographically dispersed Reserve Components also depend on local communities, work, schools- and each other. Those are the connections-and the foundation-that Julie Luckey, an Army Reserve Senior Spouse, hopes to solidify over the next four years.

"There are so many programs out there, and the amount of information can be staggering," said Luckey. "It's hard to know where to start, especially when you don't have an identified support network. It's important to access, understand and share the tools and resources available through both the Army and your local community."

When Luckey learned her husband, Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, had been selected to become the next Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, she was "overwhelmed and humbled." She hopes to turn the cross-country move into an opportunity to have a positive impact on Soldiers and Families. "I've been given four years to try and make a difference, to link America's Army Reserve Families together, and to make sure everyone is aware of the incredible network that exists to support them. Nobody should ever feel alone."

Luckey characterizes the Family's role in support of their Soldier as invaluable, but recognizes that between the demands of children, work and day-to-day responsibilities, the ability of an Army Reserve Family to self-identify as being critical to operational readiness can sometimes "fall into the white space." She feels defining themselves as a member of the Army Reserve is such an important component of their sense of self and of their commitment to duty, honor and Country. …

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