From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 04/18/2017

To my Teammates of the 108th Training Command, it is my great privilege to share opportunities of your successes with others.  That was no less the case when I was honored by the invitation of an extraordinary leader and partner, CSM Gilmer, the Commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy to speak at the graduation ceremony conducted on March 8, 2017.  There were 91 graduates, 16 from the 108th.  Of the 16, five were on the Commandant’s list.  One stood alone with the trifecta of excellence: Commandant’s List, Distinguished Honor Graduate, and Iron Drill: Female.  That was SSG Brianna Popp.  The following is an excerpt of the remarks ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 04/18/2017

Today started out good because like almost every day, it started with physical fitness training. I know I say this often in my articles but when you start your day off with PT, it’s going to be a great day because PT sets the tone of the day. Today started out good because like almost every day, it started with physical fitness training. I know I say this often in my articles but when you start your day off with PT, it’s going to be a great day because PT sets the tone of the day. As my battle buddy MG McQueen and I travel around visiting our units, I’m seeing a number of Soldiers in our formations who are not presenting a professi... Read More...

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Taking Up the Army Challenge
Taking Up the Army Challenge

By Chief Warrant Officer Edward Salazar | 04/18/2017

Serving our country in the Armed Forces is a challenge in itself.  The life of a United States Armed Forces service member is unlike most other forms of employment.  Although other businesses have contracts, the contract you sign or oath you take with the Armed Forces says something about your character on the day you sign, and will ultimately say something about who you become as the years go by.  Simply serving in the Armed Forces is no longer enough, we all have a responsibility to be ready to fight when called upon.  In 1982 when I first enlisted, I knew there would be hard work to do, but I never realized just how much it means to ... Read More...

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Female Drill Sergeants Play Vital Role
Female Drill Sergeants Play Vital Role

Photos and Story by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 04/18/2017

The drill sergeant hat is an icon in the Army that creates vivid images. When people see a Soldier wearing it, they immediately feel respect because they know it is a job that is earned, not given. The hat that comes to mind for most, is the male drill sergeant hat, the brown round. However, the female drill sergeant hat holds just as much responsibility. It just hasn’t been around as long, or as much, but it certainly has history. Read More...

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Task Force Marshall Change of Command
Task Force Marshall Change of Command

By Stephanie A. Hargett | 04/18/2017

CAMP MCCRADY, S.C. — Soldiers and Sailors gathered at Camp McCrady, Eastover, S.C., for the Task Force Marshall transfer of authority ceremony Jan. 5, 2017.  The Task Force Marshall training mission formed in 2004, and the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) took on the responsibility to provide a task force for the U.S. Army Reserve. Made up of a a battalion size element of drill sergeants along with civilians counterparts, the 108th Soldiers provide a 12 day basic skills refresher course to mobilized Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers. Read More...

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It Takes a Village
It Takes a Village

By Lisa M Litchfield | 04/18/2017

For many, Valentine’s Day is a swirl of red and pink decorations, candies, flowers, cards and meals that celebrate loving relationships and intimate bonds. For the families involved in Survivor Outreach Services in Rochester, New York, this day is just one more reminder of what they have lost. Supported by Family Programs staff, two chaplains and each other, the survivors came together February 11 to create projects memorializing their journey as part of the Operation Love Letter event. Started in Orlando, Fl., Operation Love Letter is a program created to honor fallen Soldiers, their surviving family members and the bonds they sti... Read More...

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Task Force Marshall
Task Force Marshall

Photos by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 04/18/2017

Task Force Marshall, a battalion size element of 108th Training Command (IET) drill sergeants and civilians provide a three week basic skills refresher course to include basic rifle marksmanship and first aid instruction to U.S. Navy individual augmentees who are being deployed to many parts of the world. In between training cycles, the cadre comes together to maintain their required training and work on team building to strengthen unit cohesion. Soldiers of Task Force Marshall gathered at the Teamwork Development Course at Fort Jackson on Mar. 8, and together they concurred the obstacles. At the TDC the cadre was split into two teams a... Read More...

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98th NCO Earns Top Honors at Drill Sergeant Academy
98th NCO Earns Top Honors at Drill Sergeant Academy

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 04/18/2017

Earning the title of drill sergeant is an accomplishment not all Soldiers can achieve. However, Army Reservist, Staff Sgt. Briana Popp, did just that and more. After completing the challenging nine-week drill sergeant course at The Drill Sergeant Academy, Popp was presented her drill sergeant badge and campaign hat alongside 90 others noncommissioned officers during a graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 8, 2017. Popp stood out among her peers when all the scores were tallied, and snagged two additional titles: Iron Female and Distinguished Honor Graduate. The Iron Female and Iron Male titles are given to the drill serg... Read More...

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13 Tips for Your Next Move or PCS
13 Tips for Your Next Move or PCS

| 04/18/2017

(Information Courtesy of USAA) Moving is a lot more than getting your stuff from point A to point B — it’s a major life event. USAA provides an extensive PCS Guide to help your relocation go as smoothly as possible. Here are some highlights: Start saving.  Even if the military or another employer covers some of the costs, moving can set you back thousands of dollars. Shipping charges, temporary housing and startup fees at your new residence add up. As soon as you receive your orders, set aside cash each month to cover out-of-pocket costs. Read More...

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5 Ways to Maximize Military Benefits and Save Money
5 Ways to Maximize Military Benefits and Save Money

| 04/18/2017

(Information Courtesy of USAA) Between basic training, PCSing and deployment, joining the military presents some unique financial challenges in the first few years of service. But there are also great benefits. “There are a range of products and services that can really be used as you move through your military career,” says JJ Montanaro, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at USAA and veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. Read More...

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