From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 05/05/2018

One of the hallmarks of exceptional organizations is that it learns, grows, refines and develops itself over time. This is certainly the case for the United States Army. Over the past 233 years, the role and purpose of the Army has not changed. It is still the force which was established by our founding fathers to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, to secure the Nation. However, what has changed is how the Army accomplishes its purpose. Over the centuries, many outside factors have changed that have served to make our Army better. Specifically, we have seen significant changes in our doctrine, organizations, train... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 05/05/2018

Until I retire and even after that, I will continue to stress the importance of Soldiers getting their Professional Military Education (PME) completed as well as being Duty MOS Qualified (DMOSQ). Soldiers continue to complain about the difficulties of not being able to get into BLC, ALC and SLC but the truth of the matter is many only want to go to school when it’s convenient for them. You can’t afford to pick and choose when it’s the ‘right time’. Every military school I attended, I was told when I’m going and that was the end of the conversation! It’s imperative that you are completely trained in both your duty MOS and in your leadership c... Read More...

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Role models for life
Role models for life

By Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel | 05/05/2018

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Row upon row of crisp campaign hats sit stacked onstage at the post theatre and the Army’s newest drill sergeants sit at the position of attention waiting to be presented with this iconic symbol of authority during the graduation ceremonies on December 6. The opportunity to wear the drill sergeant hat is earned and not given. The U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy, located at Fort Jackson, accepts only the most qualified Non-Commissioned Officers, and this month hosted its largest ever primarily Army Reserve class. The ceremony took place in the presence of family, friends, and supporters of the Drill Sergeants... Read More...

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The Name They Will Never Forget
The Name They Will Never Forget

SFC Bradford Griffith | 05/05/2018

The Army offers a near infinite number of career paths to the few citizen-volunteers that qualify to serve. The Surgeons at Walter Reed, tank mechanics at Ft. Hood, and Special Forces operators around the world have one thing in common; they all remember the name of their Drill Sergeant.  Without hesitation, they will recall not just the name, but tell you a story about their most memorable Drill Sergeant.  Only the top 10 percent of Non-Commissioned Officers in the Army are selected to attend the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, S.C.  Of those, even fewer will graduate, don the iconic Campaign Hat, and earn th... Read More...

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Drill Sergeant Academy Graduation
Drill Sergeant Academy Graduation

| 05/05/2018

Members of the G-1, 108th Training Command (IET) gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of one of their own as she graduated from the Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, S.C., on December 6. From left to right, Staff Sgt. James, Drill Sergeant (Sgt.) Erin Wood, Mrs. Karen Woods, and CW3 Vandehey.   U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield/released Read More...

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Command Sgt. Maj. Retires After Forty Years of Service
Command Sgt. Maj. Retires After Forty Years of Service

By Capt. Tara Matchulat | 05/05/2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti will retire this summer after serving in the U.S. Army for over forty years.  As the highest enlisted rank that one can achieve, he has served in eight different commands in the position and rank of command sergeant major, the latest with the U.S. Army Reserve 108 Training Command, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Originally hoping to join the Marines in 1978, the U.S. Army lucked out when 17-year-old Riti went to a recruiting station in Yonkers, New York, only to discover the Marine recruiter out to lunch.  Seizing the opportunity, an Army recruiter, talked Riti into enlisti... Read More...

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Marksmanship team shares Army experience with All-American Bowl guests
Marksmanship team shares Army experience with All-American Bowl guests

By Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 05/05/2018

The United States Army Marksmanship Unit showcased the very best of their skills for VIP guests and Soldiers during Bowl Week for the 2018 US Army All-American Bowl at the San Antonio Gun Club, Jan. 4. Since 1956, the USAMU has gained respect around the world for winning hundreds of individual and team competitions, including 40 World Championships and 20 Olympic medals. The team consists of the Army’s top trap and skeet shooters who track, aim, and shoot at 5-inch clay targets using 12-gauge shotguns. “Today we will be meeting and engaging with participants of the Army All-American Bowl here,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Richmond, ... Read More...

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Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft
Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft
98th Training Division Soldier Earns Spot on Team USA

| 05/05/2018

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, motor transport operator, Bravo Company, 4/518th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), earned a spot on Team USA and will compete in Women's 10m Air Pistol at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships later this summer, which is an event she earned a Bronze Medal in during the 2011 Pan American Games. Uptagrafft, who is a 2012 Olypian, is also vying for a spot on Team USA to compete in the Women's 25m Sport Pistol, an event she was the National Champion of in 2016 and earned Gold Medals in during the 2003 and 2007... Read More...

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50 Heroes, $50,000: Tractor Supply, Farmer Veteran Coalition Award Grants to 50 Veterans for Farm Projects
50 Heroes, $50,000: Tractor Supply, Farmer Veteran Coalition Award Grants to 50 Veterans for Farm Projects

| 05/09/2018

Veterans beginning careers in agriculture to spend grant money on May 19 Armed Forces Day   B RENTWOOD, Tenn., April 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tractor Supply Company will honor 50 veteran farmers nationwide during an Armed Forces Day shopping event Saturday, May 19 in partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). The rural retailer will donate $50,000 in awards through FVC’s Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund, a grant program that offers assistance to veterans in the early stages of their farming operations, culminating in a one-day shopping event across the country. Read More...

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29 Steps to Get Through Transition

Written by David A. Lee | 05/05/2018

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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