From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 07/18/2016

This past quarter has been an exceptional one for the entire Command. As a recap: we bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Christian upon completion of a remarkable command tour and welcomed Brig. Gen. Bassford as the new Commanding General, 95th Training Division; we saw a RIP-TOA for Task Force Marshall under the leadership of the 98th Division; we witnessed the 108th birthday of the Army Reserve and the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program; executed the Strategic Planning Update Review with command Teams from all 10 Brigades and higher; over 50 drill sergeants graduated in the past 3 classes many with distinguished and honor graduate status; we con... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 07/18/2016

Several weeks ago Maj. Gen. McQueen and I attended the Senior Leader’s Conference in which General Miley and Sergeant Major of the Army Daily were guest speakers. Their topic was one that is not new to any of us: Soldier readiness. They reminded us that every single one of us who wears this uniform had raised their hand and taken an oath ‘to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.’ In order to defend this nation, we have to be ready to deploy at any given time. The issue we’re facing is far too many of today’s Soldiers are not ready and an even greater percentage are ‘Non-Deplo... Read More...

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CCWO - WO Career Path
CCWO - WO Career Path

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 07/18/2016

Warrant Officer development is not just for Warrant Officers but also for branch officers – especially commanders – as they mentor, evaluate and recommend leader development training and opportunities. The Warrant Officer (WO) Leader Development Model is a guide that links WO Professional Military Education (PME) to developmental levels and talent management. WO PME is not a rite of passage to promotion; rather, WO PME supports professional and leader development as the WO progresses in their career to become fully integrated as an officer with technical expertise within the Army and their organization. Read More...

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95th Training Division (IET) ‘Welcomes Home’ Its Newest Commander
95th Training Division (IET) ‘Welcomes Home’ Its Newest Commander

By Capt. Adrienne Bryant | 07/18/2016

FORT SILL, Okla. — Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford became the twentieth commander of the 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), headquartered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here on April 16. Bassford assumed the leadership role from Brig. Gen. Daniel Christian, who served as the 95th’s commander since December 2013. Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, Commander of the 108th Training Command (IET), presided over the Change of Command Ceremony held at the 95th Adjutant General Battalion. “Thank you to [Brig. Gen.] Christian for leaving me an organization that is strong, healthy and ready to go” Bassford stated as he took th... Read More...

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford | 07/18/2016

When I was a young lieutenant on active duty, the promotion of a Solider into the NCO ranks was a sacred event. The entire battalion would form up on the parade field for the ceremony, complete with the command’s color guard. Before each promotion took place, the Command Sergeant Major would recite the Creed of the Non-Commissioned Officer to the assembled mass of Soldiers, NCOs and Officers. It was his way of reminding all of us, not just the new Sergeant, of how critically important the non-commissioned officer is to our Army. Read More...

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FirstLight HomeCare Extends Franchise Discount for Vets

| 05/22/2016

Ranked a Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review, national non-medical in-home care provider offers military veterans $10k discount through 2016 CINCINNATI, Ohio. March 31, 2016 –  FirstLight HomeCare , a provider of quality, non-medical in-home care, is extending its deep franchise fee discount for all U.S. military veterans. The company increased its franchise fee discount for veterans in 2015 from $3,000 to $10,000, and due to the success of the program, will continue to offer this savings throughout 2016. The in-home care provider operates 125 locations in 31 states, with 13 territories curr... Read More...

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith | 07/18/2016

A prominent engraving in the National Infantry Museum at Ft Benning, Georgia reminds visitors that in battle “the last 100 yards belongs to the Infantryman.” I believe that the first 100 yards of any Soldier’s journey belongs to Drill Sergeants. There are few greater honors than shaping the warrior spirit and the character of our Army. Division leaders constantly push to achieve readiness metrics, ensuring that Soldiers remain “combat ready” to assume missions on short notice. Focus is laser sharp on medical readiness, physical fitness and keeping weight in check. Time is dedicated on the training schedule for qualification ranges and m... Read More...

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98th Commanding General Inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
98th Commanding General Inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 07/18/2016

There was a moment when she seriously considered getting out of the Army. However, she stayed in and now, she’s an Army Reserve division commander and a National Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame graduate. Looking back to where her military career all started, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commander of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), returned to her alma mater, University of Oregon, for their spring football game and ROTC 100th anniversary celebration on April 30. During the game, Smith was acknowledged for her military accomplishments and inducted into the National Army ROTC Hall of Fame by University... Read More...

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Workshops for Warriors Nonprofit School Is the Ticket to a Clearer Transition for our Veterans
Workshops for Warriors Nonprofit School Is the Ticket to a Clearer Transition for our Veterans

| 08/11/2016

For most of us in the US Army community, it’s no secret that the skills many of our service members master in uniform do not transition into the civilian world. The Military spends 4 months training someone for Military life, but just 4 days training someone for civilian life. Read More...

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Choosing the Correct Career Path

| 07/18/2016

When it comes to determining a career path you must assess what you value the most. What path is going to lead to longevity in a career field as well as a thriving industry with viable employment opportunities? Many may look at the traditional path of a four-year degree or beyond, but for those that learn more effectively in a non-traditional setting or a career-based education model they perhaps feel limited in their options. In addition, utilizing the valuable skill set acquired when serving in the military will lead to further opportunities in the long-term. Read More...

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