From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser, | 12/14/2014

As many of you are aware, we have selected the next 108th Training Command (IET) Command Sergeant Major. Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti has a history of great leadership as a command sergeant major. Since 1998 he has served consistently as a command sergeant major for three battalions, three brigades and the 3d Iraqi Army Division. He also served a one year tour in Djibouti as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and two CONUS based mobilizations. He was a drill sergeant and was the command sergeant major for three units within the 98th Training Division, so he has experience with us. In his civilian role, he is the Captain and Commander of the... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti, | 12/14/2014

I want to start off by telling you how proud and honored I am to be selected as the 108th Training Command (IET) Command Sergeant Major. I have spent the majority of my military career serving in IET units as a drill sergeant, a Drill Sergeant Leader of the Drill Sergeant School, a first sergeant and a command sergeant major. As a command sergeant major, I have had many assignments over the years. Those assignments brought me to several units and countries where I had the pleasure of meeting and working with many outstanding officers, NCOs and Soldiers of our Armed Forces, as well as Armies of other countries. As much as I enjoyed servi... Read More...

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Six Ambitions Every Soldier Needs to Have
Six Ambitions Every Soldier Needs to Have

Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay, | 12/14/2014

Senior Army leadership has identified six focus areas; otherwise known as expectations. These six expectations should be your ambitions – goals that you strive to achieve.  1. Lead, grow as a leader, and grow leaders to serve the Army. Stay on track with your PME. PME is not about what you need for promotion. PME is what you need for professional growth and leader development.  Begin to map your career blending technical assignments with broadening assignments – those assignments that challenge you and make you stretch outside your comfort zone. You cannot grow and develop if you stay within your comfort zone, within the familia... Read More...

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The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton, | 12/14/2014

FORT MILL, S.C. — Reliving lessons learned from past wars is an integral part of officer development. Many of the programs and services we have in today’s Army can be directly attributed to missteps and mistakes made in past conflicts. The important thing though, is that we learn from those failures so the future force will not endure the same hardships as those who came before them. That was the premise the 108th Training Command’s Junior Officer Association kept in mind when they embarked on an emotional trip to the traveling “Wall That Heals” in Fort Mill, South Carolina, October19th, for its semiannual staff ride. Throughout... Read More...

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And the Winner is…
And the Winner is…

Mrs. Deborah Williams, | 12/14/2014

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — For a lineman from Tuttle, Oklahoma and a firefighter from Columbus, Georgia, competing in a four-day test of endurance, stamina, strength and character, meant more than earning the prestigious title of 2014 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year. Most days, Staff Sgt. Christopher Croslin from the 95th Training Division (IET) can be found free-climbing one of the 40-foot, 7,200 volt poles that stretch across the states nearly 70,000 square miles, building or repairing power lines for the Oklahoma electric cooperative. Sgt. 1st Class Alex Montero, from the 98th Training Division (IET), is a firefighter for the C... Read More...

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United States Army Drill Sergeant’s 50th Anniversary
United States Army Drill Sergeant’s 50th Anniversary

Mrs. Deborah Williams, | 12/14/2014

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Drill sergeants, past and present, assembled from across the country, as far away as California and Washington, in celebration of 50 years of the Drill Sergeant Program. They were here to reunite with battle buddies, to exchange stories, and to see what the future of the program holds. Read More...

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Congratulations to our Veteran of the Quarter Dennis Hobbs
Congratulations to our 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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