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The weather is turning colder, and the days are growing shorter. In Sevierville, Tennessee the winter season will glow with millions of lights and family fun around every corner during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 12 through February 21).
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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival began 95 years ago as an act of charity and thankfulness. And in that manner it continues today.
The Christmas Festival tradition began in 1927 when employees of the City of Natchitoches’ utility department decided to give their customers a Christmas present. They erected an 8-foot star made of white lights and placed it downtown so everyone could see and enjoy the wonders, not only of the season, but also of electricity.
The countdown to Christmas is ON in Branson, Missouri. Each year as the trick-or-treaters arrive home and the porch lights dim on Halloween night, the Ozark Mountain destination begins its impressively speedy transformation into one of America’s most Christmassy towns. November kicks off a spectacular two-month Christmas celebration filled with lights, music and joy. A Christmas destination unto itself, Branson’s lineup of Christmas events is truly something to behold, with celebrations (and lights) at literally every turn. Here are a couple of the most magical ways to take in Christmas in Branson:
If a destination with open spaces and exhilarating adventure sounds enticing after a topsy-turvy 2020, immerse yourself in nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Think about it- the US Army itself was formed on the premise of change. The very reason for our inception was to protect the people of this Great Nation as they sought after an idea to become a free and independent one- a change from the way things had been up until the American Revolution. To this day we exist to serve the people, to defend the nation, and to protect its interests. All of which undoubtedly change over time. To remain the world’s premier fighting force, our Soldiers and our Army must also change- continuously- at an unprecedented pace.
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As I reflect on recent events across the Training Command I am reminded how grateful I am for the Full Time Unit Support (FTUS) team that surrounds me. In the past eighteen months, the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) has experienced great change. From the routine of changing leadership, in this case, a new Commanding General in February 2020 followed by three new Deputy Commanding Generals, a new Command Sergeant Major, a new Command Chief Warrant Officer, and a new Chief of Staff. In the downtrace we have new Training Division Commanding Generals, CSM, and Command Executive Officers, along with eight new Brigade Command Teams. To the extreme change, caused by the stress stemming from enduring/navigating a global pandemic.
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Change is inevitable. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. We will always have change. These may be clichÃ©s but there is always a modicum of truth in our clichÃ©s. Discussing change is a timely topic at this time. Both the 95th and 98th Divisions received new Division Commanders and Division Command Sergeant’s Majors. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As you are reading this article, it is likely fall where the seasons are changing from late summer to fall and the leaves are changing colors. Again, change is inevitable. We may all say that we don’t like change but we should actually embrace change. Because through change, we get to see growth and rebirth.
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Hello Victory Division! I want to start by thanking Brig. Gen. Kuilan and the selection board for the opportunity to serve as the new 95th Division CSM. It is an honor to rejoin the 95th team and I look forward to getting out and engaging with our Soldiers, Drill Sergeants and Officers. We have an outstanding pool of hardworking, dedicated talent. People truly are our greatest strength.
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This summer, the division command sergeant major and I were able to visit our Cadet Summer Training support at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. It was amazing to see the Timberwolves in action, leading and developing the next generation of officers. In the execution of our mission, we saw great examples of the Timberwolves demonstrating the Army values for cadets, fellow Timberwolves and the rest of the Army. Here are a few of our observations of the Army values in action:
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For this edition of The Griffon, we were given the theme of “Change”. Undoubtedly, we could all write an entire book on the topic. I am not going to do that but instead offer a short article that might help everyone rethink or at least help with the inevitable.
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Greetings Timberwolves! First, let me introduce myself as I’m relatively new to the division and then I’d like to share a few key experiences I had at Cadet Summer Training this summer.
FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 95th Training Division embraced the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma by conducting back to back diagnostic testing during the July and August battle assembly weekends.
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