From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 04/04/2014

Webster defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness; an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. I’ve often wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of challenges, while others seem to fall apart? People that are able to keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks. Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover. I can’t overstate the importance of resilience among our Soldiers, civilians and Family members. The term has come into the Army lexicon as a way to e... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major...
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By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 04/04/2014

My tenure at the 108th Training Command (IET) is winding down and I would like to finish my last few articles with remembering our fallen Soldiers. I had the honor to serve in the 3rd Iraqi Infantry Division with Master Sgt. Paul Karpowich, Lt. Col. Terrence Crowe and Sgt. 1st Class Robert V. Derenda in Iraq from 2004 – 2005. In this article I want to remember Derenda. Robert “Bob” Derenda was a native of Cheektowaga, N.Y., near Buffalo, N.Y., Bob entered the Army in 1986 and served five years active duty and then in 1991 he joined the U.S. Army Reserve in Buffalo, as a drill sergeant where he drilled for the next 10 years. He then joine... Read More...

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4th Brigade kicks off Drill Sergeant Preparation Program
4th Brigade kicks off Drill Sergeant Preparation Program

By Capt. Kelly A. Herring | 04/04/2014

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Drill Sergeant Candidates from 4th Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET), participated in the inaugural Brigade Drill Sergeant Preparation Program Dec. 6-8. The Drill Sergeant Preparation Program is designed to standardize candidate knowledge and produce equal candidates that will have the knowledge and tools to succeed at Drill Sergeant School. The 37 Drill Sergeant Candidates completed an administrative and medical review, Army Physical Fitness Test (graded to Drill Sergeant School standards), and practiced pitching Drill Sergeant “Modules” in topics such as rendering a salute and standing at the position of atte... Read More...

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Last U.S. Army Reserve Cavalry Unit
Last U.S. Army Reserve Cavalry Unit

By Sgt. David McLean | 04/04/2014

LEWISBURG, Ky. — Stetsons and spurs are the signature items of the U.S. Calvary. They no longer mount and ride horses, but instead take to the ground and sky in vehicles that make them an essential force multiplier. The Troopers of the 2-398th Cavalry Regiment have another signature item of distinction; they are the last Cavalry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve. The last is not to be the least, as this squadron has a vital mission to train Soldiers. They will be taking over the One Station Unit Training (OSUT) mission for the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., during part of the 2014 summer cycle. With the warm, Georgia summer ... Read More...

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Military Advisory Group (MAG) Duties in Afghanistan
Military Advisory Group (MAG) Duties in Afghanistan

By Col. Todd Arnold and Col. Jesse White | 04/04/2014

FORT DIX, N.J. — The “Army of Two”—Col. Todd Arnold, 98th Training Division (IET), and Col. Jesse White, Task Force Panther, Detachment 106, reported for duty at Fort Dix, N.J. on October 1, 2013 and for nine months served in Afghanistan as advisory members for the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Command under the Military Advisory Group (MAG). The Advisory Team was responsible for the transition of the Afghan National Army General Staff- Adjutant (G1) and Plans (G5) section-- ensuring the organizations would be self-sufficient and prepared for the future role of Afghanistan in regional security missions and international r... Read More...

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Modern Army Combatives Program
Modern Army Combatives Program
MACP - Level 1

By Capt. Gabriel Nunez | 04/04/2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — This December Battle Assembly consisted of Combatives Level 1 Certification, lead by Staff Sgt. C. Denney, NCOIC, and Sgt. Benavente, assistant NCOIC, along with Delta Company Drill Sergeants. The highly motivated class from the 6252nd U.S. Army Hospital (USAH), 315th MP Bn, 7214th Medical Support Unit (MSU), and 7230th MSU made it all possible for this event to happen. Delta Company 2/413th Regiment held this event 12-15 December 2013 at Admiral Baker Road, Reserve Center, San Diego, Calif. The course had 24 Soldiers who gave 110% starting with warm ups, then body positions, drills, and strikes. Read More...

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Coming Home: How do I Find a Job?

Angie Pattengale | 10/24/2013

Have you ever wondered, as a U.S. military serviceman or woman, “what’s waiting for me when I come home to stay”?  Many active duty service members struggle with this question, often times as it relates to employment. The biggest blessing awaiting your return may be the greetings of loved ones and missed comforts; but if long range career goals haven’t been thought through, this could turn into a stressful time. Read More...

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TMC Transportation's Kyle Lee Named Trucking's Top Rookie
TMC Transportations Kyle Lee Named Truckings Top Rookie

| 10/11/2013

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 27, 2013  – TMC Transportation is proud to announce that company driver Kyle Lee was recently named Trucking’s Top Rookie at the 2013 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas. Lee was chosen for the award by an expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations. As the Top Rookie, Lee wins more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. He will be featured in an array of industry publications and in an interview with RedEye Radio’s Eric Harley. Read More...

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Information interviews key in job hunt

| 06/07/2013

(This content is provided courtesy of USAA. This is the second in a three-part series about the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian employment.) Transitioning out of the Army after five years of active duty, I was completely unprepared for how to land a civilian job commensurate with my military experience. Oh sure, I could put together a resume that outlined my Army duties and blast it to dozens of unknown companies for positions I knew nothing about. But of the 100 or more resumes I sent, I landed only one interview. Read More...

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6 reasons military and civilian salaries don’t line up

| 06/07/2013

(This content is provided courtesy of USAA.) I always believed that life after the military would be greener — greener as in the piles of money to be made. As a junior captain, transitioning out of the Army after five years, my salary and benefits were nothing to scoff at. But I was optimistic that I would bank significantly more in corporate America. Read More...

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Eagle Rising — Poised for Transition
Eagle Rising — Poised for Transition

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 06/07/2013

By definition, transformation is a dramatic change in form or appearance; transition is a process or period of changing from one state or condition to another. The definitions are similar yet distinct. The Army and the Army Reserve are in a perpetual state of transformation and transition. One follows the other like the changing of seasons. As an example, when I enlisted in the USAR, females had just begun to join the ranks. The female latrine at my first unit of assignment was a transformed broom closet located in a far, dark corner of the reserve center. Since that time, female Soldiers have transitioned through the ranks into leadership p... Read More...

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Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1
Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1

By C. Todd Lopez | 06/07/2013

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 17, 2013) -— Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service. “This policy was drafted in 2009 and takes effect Aug. 1, 2013. It is important that we inform Soldiers of this existing policy regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” said Lt. Col. Mark Viney, chief of the Enlisted Professional Development Branch, Army G-1. Read More...

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