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    New Army Ambassador appointed to Montana

    New Army Ambassador Appointed to Montana

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Corey Beal | James Mariska was appointed an Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Montana on...... read more read more



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    88th Readiness Division

    FORT MCCOY, Wis. — James Mariska was appointed an Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Montana March 21 by the Chief of the Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley.

    Mariska joins more than 100 Army Reserve Ambassadors throughout country to help promote awareness and understanding of Army Reserve units and soldiers within their assigned states. Army Reserve Ambassadors are a two-star equivalent and represent the Chief of the Army Reserve without salary, wages or related benefits. Army Reserve Ambassadors develop awareness and advocacy with community leaders and are vitally important bridges to communities across the nation.

    Mariska lives in Billings, Mont., and is a retired Army colonel, having served as both enlisted and officer for 34 years. He also retired as a financial adviser and banker in 2006 and has Bachelor Degrees in both Science and Finance from the University of Montana.

    Some of Mariska’s Army honors include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon w/ Bronze Star. His civic duties include being a trustee for the University of Montana Foundation and also a member of the Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT) Service Academy Selection Board.

    As an Army Reserve Ambassador, Mariska will help educate local and state businesses, as well as government and social sectors on the Army Reserve’s mission, significant contributions and resource needs. Mariska can be reached by email at

    Please contact the 88th Regional Support Command Army Reserve Ambassador coordinator, Dr. Katherine M. Bissonette at 608-388-0331 or for more information on the Army Reserve Ambassador Program.



    Date Taken: 03.21.2014
    Date Posted: 04.23.2014 14:22
    Story ID: 127261
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US
    Hometown: BILLINGS, MT, US

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