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RMKS/1.  AS WE MARK THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAVY RESERVE ON
3 MARCH 2012, I EXTEND MY HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NAVY RESERVE 
SAILORS WHO ARE SERVING OUR NATION AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND TO THE FAMILIES, 
EMPLOYERS, AND COMMUNITIES WHO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT WHICH ENABLES ALL OF US TO 
SERVE.

2.  FROM ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1915 TO TODAY'S CRITICAL OPERATIONS AROUND THE 
GLOBE, THE NAVY RESERVE HAS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY IN EVERY MAJOR CONFLICT 
AND CONTINUES TO PLACE WARFIGHTING FIRST.
TODAY MORE THAN 5,000 NAVY RESERVE SAILORS ARE OPERATING FORWARD FULFILLING 
KEY COMBAT SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS.  NAVY RESERVE SAILORS HAVE CARRIED OUT MORE 
THAN 66,800 OF OUR 102,000 INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTEE ASSIGNMENTS - AN AMAZING 
CONTRIBUTION TO ONGOING OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS.

3.  TO OUR NAVY RESERVE SAILORS, YOUR FLEXIBILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS ARE AN 
ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF:  WARFIGHTING FIRST, OPERATING FORWARD AND BEING READY.  
YOUR SELFLESS DEDICATION AND CONTRIBUTIONS PROVIDE STRATEGIC FLEXIBILITY AND 
OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES INTEGRAL TO OUR MISSION.  I THANK EACH OF YOU, YOUR 
FAMILIES, AND SUPPORTING EMPLOYERS FOR SERVING OUR NAVY AND OUR NATION WITH 
HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT.

4.  HAPPY 97TH ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!

5.  RELEASED BY ADMIRAL JONATHAN W. GREENERT, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.//

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