By Sgt. 1st Class Darleen G. Adkins, PAO NCO, 104th Training Division (Leader Training)
OINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Leaders, who collectively represent nearly 2,000 Soldiers from nine battalions, two brigades and the Division Headquarters, attended the 104th Training Division (Leader Training) Yearly Training Brief and Mission Back Brief March 4-5.
Each morning kicked off with a creative physical training session outside the Staff Sgt. Coby G. Schwab Reserve Center. Visiting leaders, alongside Timberwolf full-time and TPU Soldiers, went through rigorous, Army Combat Fitness Test themed lanes in the field adjacent to the building. With a high operational tempo for the short weekend, leaders quickly cleaned up afterwards, ate and gathered back in the Division Headquarters command for Friday’s opening remarks by Brig. Gen. Rodney Fischer and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Pierce, the command team of the 104th.
After the introductory comments, each brigade commander briefed the critical components for their Fiscal Year 2023 missions as well as back briefed key 2022 events. This kind of face-to-face forum, enabled the division commanding general and command sergeant major to facilitate lively dialogue among brigade, battalion and division leadership and staff, as well as provide feedback to leaders in order to ensure their training priorities and readiness objectives are in alignment with higher echelons that lead to successful unit execution.
Also invited to the table, albeit virtually, was a special guest with unique skills and knowledge of mission executions: retired Col. John Antal, who was a prior member of the U.S. Army Science Board working on warfighting solutions for the Secretary of the Army.
Antal works as a speaker and author, previously serving as an operations officer, commander and special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He shared his expertise with the attendees through a presentation titled, “Disruptors of Warfare.” Participants engaged Antal with thoughtful follow-up questions that lasted, including his talk, nearly two hours.
The 104th provides leader training support to United States Army Cadet Command and the United States Army Military Academy by providing trained and ready drill sergeants, instructors and cadre as well as associate professors of military science to select Reserve Officer Training Corps at universities across the nation to build future leaders of the Army.