"Red to Green, Total Force on the Move" is the theme for a ceremony Charles L. Cragin, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, will conduct at Fort Dix, N.J., beginning at 1 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, June 20. Cragin will host a joint Reserve component promotion and reenlistment ceremony, and issue the first-ever Total Force "green" identification (ID) cards.
The ceremony will be held in the flight detachment hangar, Building 4433, on Nassau Street. Col. Timothy A. Peterson, Fort Dix commander, will introduce Cragin. News representatives are welcome to cover the ceremony. Invitees include the chiefs of the military service Reserve components and military association leaders. A press availability will follow the Town Hall meeting at about 1:50 p.m.
On Dec. 5, 1997, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced that ID cards for all active duty and Reserve active status U.S. military service members will now be the same color, green. This initiative, to be phased in over a five-year period, is being officially kicked-off with this ceremony. It calls for changing the color of the Reserve active status forces identification card, DD Form 2 (Reserve), from red to green. Reserve active status forces include members of the Selected Reserve, the Individual Ready Reserve, and the active Standby Reserve, a total of 1.5 million servicemen and women.
Only the color of the card held by these members of the Reserve components will change. There will be no associated changes to current service benefits, privileges and entitlements, unless a change in status occurs.
The change responds to a pledge made by Cohen in a recent policy memorandum, calling on the civilian and military leadership of the Department of Defense to eliminate "all residual barriers, both structural and cultural" to effective integration of the Reserve and active components into a "seamless Total Force."
Interested news representatives should call Lt.Col. Terry Jones, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, at (703) 695-3620, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org., or call the Fort Dix Public Affairs Office at (609) 562-5037/4034.