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98th Training Division (IET) From the Command Sergeant Major

Work Life Balance

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd R. Kaim
CSM, 98th Training Division (IET)

Good day Iroquois Soldiers! As we are in the height of our mission season, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and effort you put forth ensuring we provide the Army and Nation the best warfighters in the world. Whether you are a drill sergeant, instructor, direct-support Soldier, or a valued member of a staff, you all play important roles in shaping our Nation’s Army and none of this would be possible without your dedication and effort. 

I would also like to thank each and everyone’s supporting element, your families and friends. Leadership always talks about their importance, and it is true that without that certain someone holding down the “fort” at home raising children, ensuring the bills are paid, or just them being there to talk to, their contributions can never be overstated. 

Leadership asks a lot of the Soldiers and it is definitely not the old model of one weekend a month, two weeks a year. We are asking you to continually give more “Selfless Service,” and I know it can be overwhelming at times. While it is true that if you want to succeed, get ahead, and set yourself apart from your peers, you will need to continue to give more. Just remember it is in the service of the Soldiers you lead! 

Here is what I ask of you, here and now as you are reading this. Find some time for yourself. Time to decompress, time to reflect and be grateful for the people in our lives. You are not alone, and there is no hardship you cannot overcome. Never forget you have an entire Division behind you as ell. You have someone you can call and talk to, and if you feel you don’t, you can call ME!!!! My point is this, Soldier care can be something as simple as having a conversation with your battle buddy, your old friend from the past, or a family member. Whatever that looks like for you, but I am asking you to start the conversation. Through dialog, you might find out they need you, or you might realize you feel better yourself just talking to someone. If you aren’t the extrovert type, then find time to be introspective on your own. Do what relaxes you: read, workout, meditate, go for a walk—whatever it is that helps you put things in perspective. 

Thank your family and friends for being there for you. I realize life is hectic and the demands and pressures of trying to balance family, civilian career, and Army career can seem overwhelming, but we all stand shoulder to shoulder as brothers and sisters in uniform. For this, I am grateful!

“Hardships prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” -C.S. Lewis


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