108th Soldiers Continue to Go Above and Beyond
For this article I’d simply like to recognize a few of our Soldiers who’ve recently gone above and beyond, standing out amongst their peers at some of the most prestigious events in the U.S. Army Reserve. Each of these servicemembers have represented themselves, the 108th Training Command, and the U.S. Army Reserve with exemplary grit, manner, and in true Griffon style.
Spc. Brady Benedict, 95th Training Division (Drill Sergeant Candidate)
2022 U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the Year Winner & 2022 108th TC (IET) Soldier of the Year Winner
Outstanding job!! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Spc. Benedict during both events, and I can tell you the USAR & 108th both got it right. A true pleasure to speak with, Spc. Benedict is the consummate professional with a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. He’s the Soldier you want at your side in the toughest of times, and I couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments. I know that all of us are looking forward to seeing him compete in the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year as the U.S. Army Reserve’s Top Soldier! Hooah Spc. Benedict!
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Parler, 98th Training Division (Drill Sergeant):
2022 108th TC (IET)
NCO of the Year Winner
I met Staff Sgt. Parler out at one of the Best Warrior Competition ranges, and during the awards dinner. A true professional and confident NCO with a positive attitude, Staff Sgt. Parler represented the 108th TC well throughout the competition, earning the title as the 108th TC’s Top NCO.
Sgt. 1st Class Delbert Rossiter, 95th Training Division (Senior Drill Sergeant):
2022 USAR Soldier
of the Year Competitor
When Staff Sgt. Parler was unable to attend the USAR event, Sgt. 1st Class Rossiter immediately stepped up to represent the command as our NCO competitor. Sgt. 1st Class Rossiter is a seasoned and experienced drill sergeant with a can-do attitude and calm demeanor. But what I found most impressive about Sgt. 1st Class Rossiter was the reason he entered the Best Warrior Competition events from the start—to support one of his Soldiers, Spc. Benedict. True NCO leadership is alive and well, and Sgt. 1st Class Rossiter is the embodiment.
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Latham, 95th Training Division (Drill Sergeant):
Ranger School Graduate
Staff Sgt. Latham, 2020 USAR NCO of the Year, was afforded the opportunity to attend U.S. Army Ranger School in 2022. No doubt one of the most grueling courses in the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Latham represented the U.S. Army Reserve and the 108th TC and rose to the challenge, successfully completing the course and earning the coveted Ranger Tab in June! Outstanding job!
Capt. Christopher Young, 95th Training Division and Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Turnipseed, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy (AGR DSL):
Both earned the Expert Soldier Badge in the first-ever U.S. Army Reserve ESB Competition at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
I would also like to recognize all the fantastic NCOs and Soldiers who answered the call to support all the above events. I received numerous compliments on their professionalism, and all agreed the events were made possible by our team’s tireless effort and initiative. All these events must be validated prior to execution, which means the Soldiers must be true subject matter experts. If you’ve never been involved in a supporting role, I can promise you that you will not regret it.
These events are a great opportunity for high-speed Soldiers who want to challenge themselves to be a part of something bigger than themselves, whether as a competitor or in support. Once again, the 108th Training Command absolutely set the bar. We are what right looks like! Keep pressing!!