Retired Maj. Gen. Michael Symanski, right, hands a ceremonial saber to Brig. Gen. Joseph Whitlock, left, during a ceremony celebrating the 105th birthday of the Army Reserve Tuesday at Fort Leavenworth. The two men used the saber to cut a birthday cake.
Also pictured is Col. Dawn DeVine, center. DeVine is the assistant chief of staff for the Combined Arms Center Reserve Affairs Office. Symanski is an ambassador to Kansas for the Army Reserve Ambassador Program.
Whitlock is the deputy director for strategy, policy and plans for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. He was the guest speaker for Tuesday's ceremony. He said the Army Reserve receives 6 percent of the Army's budget but makes up almost 20 percent of the total Army.
Tuesday was celebrated as the Army Reserve's birthday because on April 23, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating the Medical Reserve Corps, according to information posted on the Army Reserve website. Whitlock called the Medical Reserve Corps the official predecessor of today's Army Reserve.