From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 03/16/2015

Recently I was afforded the opportunity to visit the country of Chile. While serving as the Deputy Department of the Army G2, I developed a professional relationship with their equivalent of our  Chief of Staff of the Army, who was the Chilean Attaché at the time. He invited me to Chile to discuss the processes and procedures we have in the U.S. Army Reserve, and our relevance to the greater Army.  They were trying to glean best practices in an attempt to better support their Reserve Soldiers. I invited Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas, U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj., to join me on the trip given many Allies don’t have a strong NCO... Read More...

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STAND-TO! Female Drill Sergeants
STAND-TO! Female Drill Sergeants

| 03/16/2015

U.S. Army Female Drill Sergeants have trained Soldiers for over 40 years. The first six female candidates to complete the Drill Sergeant School began training Soldiers in 1972, after receiving permission to be included in the Drill Sergeant Program by the Army Chief of Staff. These first females were graduates from the Women's Army Corps and stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama. What is it? Drill Sergeants, as part of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, are responsible for coaching counseling and mentoring thousands of trainees as they transform from civilians to combat-ready Soldiers. Noncommissioned officers who g... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 03/16/2015

After watching one of the NFL teams come from behind and advance to the Super Bowl, the sports announcer made a comment saying, “can you imagine how they must feel, to be part of a winning team like that”. Yes, I do know exactly how that feels because I’ve been part of a winning team for thirty-seven years, The U.S. Army. We are a team that does not accept second place. Every time we are given a mission, task or assignment, we focus on successfully completing it. We’re a team that does not allow obstacles to get in the way of us reaching our goals and objectives. And we’re a team that has more heroes than anyone can count. Read More...

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The Lost Art of Mentorship
The Lost Art of Mentorship

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 03/16/2015

If there were a Soldiers’ Yearbook of sorts and if such a yearbook had been published in 1982 when I enlisted in the Army Reserve, I would have been named, “The Soldier Least Likely to Succeed.” I was clueless, aimless and really didn’t have a plan other than to serve a short stint in the military and then get on with my life. In fact, as I remember, that was how I was recruited. Just sign on the line and raise my right hand. “After all,” so I was told, “It’s only one weekend a month and two weeks a year for six years plus two in an inactive status. Think nothing of it because the time would go by quickly.” And so it has. Thirty-four y... Read More...

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FOOTBALL ARMY STRONG!
FOOTBALL ARMY STRONG!

Photo essay by: Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 03/16/2015

A great number of comparisons have been made in regards to football and war. Two opposing teams line up on the field. Each fighting for a small piece of real estate in a sequence of smaller battles. Each hoping to reach the objective: the end zone. By virtue of the game itself, violence grips every play. Helmets crash together. Soldiers fly through the air in a selfless effort to stop the opponent.  Read More...

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Changing the Game: Army All-American Bowl 2015
Changing the Game: Army All-American Bowl 2015

By Pvt. Travis Terreo | 03/16/2015

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As the players step from the tunnel into the glaring light, they squint, briefly allowing their eyes to adjust. Once they are able, they slowly look around, taking in the sights; the screaming fans, the jumping, yelling cheerleaders and jumbled mass of steel overhead that is the stadium’s dome. This is the 2015 Army All-American Bowl. The Army Bowl is an annual event that brings the nation’s top high school football players and band members together to showcase their skills. Upon arrival, the football players are split into two teams, East and West, though the band members come together as a single unit. Every pa... Read More...

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Congratulations to GEO Groups Veteran of the Quarter, Dennis Hobbs
Congratulations to GEO Groups Veteran of the Quarter, Dennis Hobbs

| 12/19/2014

Dennis Hobbs, Correctional Officer at South Bay Correctional Facility located in South Bay, FL served his country with great honor and pride in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. Upon graduating High School in 1987, Dennis immediately joined the service and attended boot camp and “A” school in Great Lakes, IL. His training included firefighting, ship rescue/flooding, and special training as a ship electrician. Read More...

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Auto Financing: 4 Questions That Could Help Save Thousands
Auto Financing: 4 Questions That Could Help Save Thousands

Content provided courtesy of USAA. | 12/14/2014

If buying a car were only as simple as buying a pack of gum — pick a flavor, plunk down your cash and go on your way. But buying a new vehicle involves enough financial decisions to make your head spin. “Even after you’ve chosen the vehicle itself, the way you handle the purchase can have a significant impact on your long-term financial security,” says J.J. Montanaro, a Certified FinancialL Planner™ with USAA. Read More...

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It’s Our Turn. Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith Team RWB | 12/14/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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The Joys of Pre-deployment

Jenelle Hatzung | 12/14/2014

You know what is harder and more stressful than deployment? PRE-DEPLOYMENT. My husband is leaving soon. OpSec, or operational security, prevents me from giving out any more details than that but he’s heading out for an extended period of time. But what many people don’t realize is that the deployment doesn’t simply begin on a Monday at 9:00 a.m. sharp. This isn’t your average work trip. Deployment begins long before the actual departure with work ups that usually leave our marriage feeling empty and drained. Read More...

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It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB
It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith | 10/07/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?
Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?

Marvin Cadet | 10/07/2014

In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service reported that one in four adults living in the United States donated their time to an organization through volunteerism. This insight shows that volunteerism is an essential activity for millions of people, nation-wide. Organizations such as The Mission Continues would argue that volunteerism and civic engagement can facilitate the healing process for post 9/11 veterans. Becoming more civically engaged is the name of the game. Civic engagement done well creates a sense of community amongst its participants. The late social worker Sherry Arnstein claims that that there are three wa... Read More...

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