Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Navy Reserve Centennial

At the start of the year-long celebration of the United States Navy Reserve Centennial, I want to congratulate this great American institution for 100 years of distinguished service in defense of this country.

In every conflict since World War I, our reserve sailors have served with courage and distinction, making vital contributions to the history of the Navy and our nation.

That tradition continues today. I thank each of our reserve sailors and their families for their service and sacrifice. And I thank all the civilian employers and communities that support our reservists.

The men and women of the Department of Defense celebrate the Navy Reserve’s heritage this year. We salute the reserve sailors serving around the world today. And we commend the Navy Reserve for being ready always.

Release No: NR-068-15
March 03, 2015


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