From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 09/23/2014

There are two areas that I’d like to talk about this quarter that I need your help with. The first is drill sergeant strength. The Army Reserve is in a strength crisis and at the 108th we are also in a crisis as it applies to qualified drill sergeants. As a result, I have made changes at the unit level within the 95th and 98th Divisions in hopes that we get our 500+ drill sergeant candidates to the Drill Sergeant School in accordance with regulatory guidance and policy. First, company commanders will not be selected unless they can remain in position for at least two years. First Sergeants will not remain in position longer than three ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 09/23/2014

While writing this article, my tenure as the 108th Training Command (IET) command sergeant major (CSM) is just about complete. This is the time to say goodbye to all the 108th Training Command Soldiers. I want to thank all the CSMs, NCOs, Soldiers, Officers, and Army civilians of the 108th Training Command, the 95th, 98th and the 104th Divisions for their cooperation and hard work on several accomplishments over the last few years. Among these accomplishments: the 108th Training Command was granted an exception to policy for E-4’s to attend the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School (USADSS) and to be promoted to E-5. This involved a coup... Read More...

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Warrant Officer 101: Answers to the top 4 questions
Warrant Officer 101: Answers to the top 4 questions

| 09/23/2014

Who Are Warrant Officers? By short definition, a warrant officer is a commissioned officer who is a highly specialized expert and trainer in a career field (Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty (WOMOS)). Predominantly, warrant officers are single-specialty officers with career tracks that progress within their field – unlike O-grade commissioned officers who focus on increased levels of command and staff duty positions for professional and career advancement. However, warrant officers can hold command and staff duty positions. For this reason, although warrant officers move forward within a continuum of learning where they ... Read More...

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Reserve Drill Sergeants Exemplify the Professional NCO
Reserve Drill Sergeants Exemplify the Professional NCO

By Staff Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti | 09/23/2014

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Grass still wet from the morning dew, thick fog hovering over the ground, the darkness of the night fighting against the rising sun, a line of drill sergeant’s march out in perfect precision. Once reaching the physical training pit, they immediately assume their grading positions to administer the record Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) for Cadets attending Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) during Cadet Summer Training (CST) held at Fort Knox, Ky. The cadets were silently watching the noncommissioned officers with their distinguishing hats set up for a morning that will greatly affect their future prosp... Read More...

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FTX for 3rd Bn, 415th Regt., 95th Training Division (IET)
FTX for 3rd Bn, 415th Regt., 95th Training Division (IET)

By Warrant Officer Hannah Hill | 09/23/2014

YAKIMA, Wash . — The 3rd Bn, 415thRegt., 95th Training Division (IET), held its annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) on 15-18 May 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash. Seventy-three Soldiers from the battalion’s five companies attended the training. The goal of the event was to maintain and polish drill sergeant skills while training fellow Soldiers to perform basic combat skills. Events included evaluating a casualty, MEDEVAC (9 line), loading and clearing both a M249 and M240B, NBC training, night firing and land navigation. The battalion also conducted a four-mile tactical ruck march. Read More...

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70th Anniversary of D-Day Honors WWII Veterans
70th Anniversary of D-Day Honors WWII Veterans

By Master Sgt. Deborah Williams | 09/23/2014

BEDFORD, Va. — In a special ceremony, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., the 70th Anniversary of D-Day was held to honor WWII Veterans that supported and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France in 1944. During the opening ceremonies there were several flyovers to include a P-51, C47 and a parachute jump by the Golden Knights. The 95th Training Division (IET) was also on hand to assist the WWII Veterans upon their arrival and to help with any additional services as needed, such as handing out water to the Veterans. Read More...

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