FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Brigadier General Tammy Smith, Director, Human Capital Core Enterprise, Office of the Chief Army Reserve (OCAR), presided over a signing ceremony that initiated a partnership between the Army Reserve (AR) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) here recently. The collaboration will develop employment opportunities between the NPCA member organizations, AR Soldiers and their families.

General Smith, Ms. Mimi Rainero-Coles, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NPCA and Vice-President of the Precast Concrete Association of Virginia; Mr. Ty Gable, President of NPCA, and Mr. John Lendrum, President, Norwalk Concrete Industries and Army Reserve Ambassador to Ohio; and Ms. Erin Thede, Director of the AR's Employer Partnership Office all participated in a ceremony that highlighted the value and desirability of AR Soldiers' civilian-acquired skills, military capabilities and leadership to small businesses.

Today's Army Reserve is a key complimentary operational force that sustains and enhances the Total Army capability through employer partnerships and an innovative force that provides strategic depth while meeting the economic and security needs of our nation. Its mission is to provide trained, equipped, and ready soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the full range of military operations.

Founded in 1965, the NCPA is dedicated to expanding the use of quality precast concrete across all markets. It provides industry leadership by promoting the manufacture of quality precast concrete, identifying market opportunities, addressing challenges to the industry, and supporting research, education and developing member success. With nearly 900 member companies, NPCA represents a significant portion of the precast concrete industry in North America.