From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 08/25/2018

108th Training Command Teammates, Recently, I had the opportunity to visit The Veteran’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, N.C.  During the visit, I was honored to be able to meet nearly 200 Veterans, the oldest being 95 years old and the youngest was 23.  All services were represented with men and women wearing hats, vests, and pins denoting their time of service to our Nation.  The Coffee Shop was not only a place to gather, have a cup of Joe and to share stories, but more it was an amazing living museum dating back 243 years.  It was an incredible experience for me to walk among living legends who have passed the torch of service to each o... Read More...

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The Last Article
The Last Article

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 08/25/2018

This is the last article I will be writing as your CSM and as the CSM of the 108th Training Command, the greatest command in the US Army. My tenure and military career will end on 15 July 2018. I will be retiring after forty years of continuous service and I’m proud to say, I enjoyed every bit of it and would do anything to do it all over again. I’m constantly asked if I’m happy to be retiring and I can honestly say “No”! I will definitely miss the outstanding, professional and courageous men and women I had the honor and privilege to serve with over the last four decades. The men and women who stood ready to answer the nation’s call at a mo... Read More...

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108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition
108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Two Soldiers from the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) competed side by side with 34 other Soldiers from commands throughout the world at the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 10-15. Through the week-long competition that included everything from rappelling out of a helicopter to standing before a military board, the two Soldiers found camaraderie and training to be their main takeaways. Spc. Darren O’Dell, the 104th Training Division Soldier of the Year who also claimed the 108th Training Command (IET) SoY title, said he found the USARC-level competition to be mo... Read More...

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Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox
Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox

Story by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Seven U.S. Army Reserve commands tested their Soldiers in a Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 9-13. The five-day, 10-event competition assessed more than 40 Citizen-Soldiers from across the United States to select each command’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Each champion will compete in the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June. Traditionally, the Fort Knox Army Reserve commands (84th Training Command, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and Army Reserve Careers Division) hold their Best Warrior Competitions together. However, this year they coordinated with ... Read More...

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Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story
Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

A good story keeps the reader’s interest. A great story makes the reader feel or act. Regardless of the format—pictures, videos or articles—stories have the power to freeze time and capture a moment of history that can never be recreated. Sure, an event may be reoccurring, but the factors can never be all the same. Take the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition (USARC BWC). It has occurred every year since 2007. Yet, every year is different. There are different competitors, different events and different locations. Each year, two winners are announced: a Soldier of the Year and a Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. That ... Read More...

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‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’
‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 08/25/2018

WEST POINT, NY - The difference between success and failure is a team that is guided by great leadership. In the Army, in order for a platoon of Soldiers to be successful, the role of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) holds great value.  An NCOs’ mission is to fulfill what the Army calls the “backbone” of the Army.  This means that as an NCO, one must take honor in leading, and investing in, the success of Soldiers following their guidance. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3rd Training Battalion, 304th Regiment, 104th Training Division (IET) from Saco, Maine., did just that during the 2018 Sandhurst Competition at the United St... Read More...

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U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the Trail
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the Trail

By Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 08/25/2018

Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve bring a unique set of skills to the Army; they not only serve their country but they also have a civilian lifestyle and occupations that mirror their military skills. Military training of Army Reserve Soldiers is often received once a month on the weekend. However, these “Weekend Warriors” are always ready to respond to the call of duty. Army Reserve Sgt 1st Class Brain Hazzard, Staff Sgt. Karlston Wilson and Staff Sgt. Randy Pittman, 98th Training Division (IET) are prime examples of Citizen Soldiers. Each Soldier has served more than a decade in the Army Reserve and all have civilia... Read More...

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Forever Family
Forever Family

| 08/25/2018

Although there are many reasons people choose to adopt a child, one of the most compelling can be simply because a parent believes that saving a child from growing up without the benefits of a supportive, loving family is reason enough. Sgt. 1st Class Eric Schenck, Senior Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer at the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), and his wife Adrienne have chosen adoption in expanding their family. A grounded and religious Army Reserve family of five, the Schencks have a deep love for children and feel they are answering the call to be a forever family to an orphan. Read More...

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In Honor Of Your Service, We Are Honored To Serve You
In Honor Of Your Service, We Are Honored To Serve You

| 06/04/2018

Leadership, teamwork, strategy, excellence in communications, combined with highly reliable, professionals experienced at achieving efficient and effective operations; these are the terms and phrases often associated with the U.S. military professional. Read More...

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30 Military Transition Tips, brought to you by CVS Health
30 Military Transition Tips, brought to you by CVS Health

David A. Lee | 02/19/2018

Written by David A. Lee, Director of Military Programs at CVS Health  and originally posted on the Thoughts Over Coffee blog.  Going through transition myself as well as working with other transitioning service members I have had an opportunity to see what works and doesn’t work and heard and experienced the frustration associated with leaving the military and finding civilian employment. The following are a list of tips I have developed over the years and will continue to refine as I learn more. Read More...

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