Aiming for the future: Reserve Soldiers train for final military mission- retirement

Lt. Col. Wenceslao Angulo, Communication Director, U.S. Army Soldier for Life

More than 200 transitioning Reservists, Guardsmen and "Gray Area" Soldiers spent Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, learning about the perks of being a life member or a Soldier for life during a U.S. Army Reserve Pre-Retirement Training Seminar hosted at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Among this population of Soldier preparing for retirement was Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, who will retire after about 40 years as a commissioned officer with service in both the Active Duty Army and U.S. Army Reserve.

"I know I have to [complete the pre-retirement training], just like [one knows] know [one has to] jump off the high dive as [he or she] climbs the ladder at a swimming pool," Lesniak said. Retirement Services Officers (RSOs), assigned to the 99th Regional Support Command, Fort Dix, N.J., facilitated the training with the mission of ensuring that Reservists across the country are aware of all of their benefits.

"Army Retirement Services helps prepare our Soldiers to be Soldiers for life by ensuring Soldiers, their Families, and 'Gray Area' Soldiers [have as much knowledge of available support and resources as possible to make informed decision before separating from service," said Lt. Col. Orville Jennings, Army Reserve Retirement Services Program Manager.

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