by Airman Ashley Williams
121st Air Refueling Wing
8/10/2015 - RICKENBACKER AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ohio -- More
than 150 members of the Individual Ready Reserve gathered to
participate in a Muster July 31, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard
A Muster is a screening for IRR members to update their personal
information and receive information about the benefits they're entitled
to as an IRR member.
"The IRR members are mandated by law to do an annual screening," said
Tech. Sgt. David Smith, a personnel service technician with the Air
Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colo. "The screening can be by writing
or face-to-face, which is the purpose of this Muster today."
All previous military members, in their first enlistment, are required
to fulfill their remaining military service obligation of eight years in
the IRR. For example, if the military member completed six years of
active military service, the remaining two years would be completed in
"Any IRR member living within 150 miles of Rickenbacker was called here
today to participate," said Tech. Sgt. Smith. "It's a great way for them
to see what's going on and to know their role in the IRR."
The members were split into five chalks and taken through individual
stations for briefings about the benefits in which they're entitled.
Stations available for the members included one with a Veterans Affairs
representative, one with information on IRR responsibilities, ID card
processing and a recruiting assistant for those interested in
"My purpose today is to provide the members with information on what
jobs are available to them," said Senior Airman Bethany Trona-Farler, a
recruiting assistant with the 121st Air Refueling Wing. "Some of the
people that come in are almost halfway there and we want to help them
come back and finish out their careers if they're interested."
Members that showed interest were provided with information to learn
about the Air National Guard and what jobs were available in the state.
"I believe that today was very beneficial because you tend to lose track
of what you're entitled to as a Veteran," said Kara Hurley, an IRR
attendee from Tarlton. "I know a lot of Veterans that need this type of
assistance and the resources out there are just not as easy to get
unless you know who to contact."
Not every base holds a Muster annually, each year a request for
volunteers is sent out and from there the individual bases can decide to
"We were delighted to assist in this important Total Force program,"
said Col. Mark D. Auer, 121st ARW commander. "It was also a wonderful
opportunity to thank them for their years of service and commitment to
be ready if the nation calls again."