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Solder’s Gold Mine

02/21/2012  | 

 Equal Opportunity Nugget

We are committed to recognizing our US Army 108th Training Command (IET) military and civilian personnel for the contributions and efforts they make to the Army, our Soldiers and their Families. The Department of the Army (DA) Equal Opportunity (EO) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) award programs encourage recognition for excellence in the performance of duties and significant achievements in furthering equal opportunity and diversity goals as we accomplish our mission.

Numerous national organizations have developed outreach recognition programs that also provide an opportunity for us to recognize our personnel in their efforts to promote equal opportunity and diversity. The following organizations are accepting nomination packets for Soldiers and civilians deserving of recognition:

  • Federally Employed Women (FEW) - suspense April 1, 2012
  • National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) - suspense April 1, 2012
  • LATINA Style Distinguished Service Award - suspense April 1, 2012

Nominations will be submitted to the following email address: Nominations packets are due to 108th TC (IET) EO Office - Ms. Moann Benson via email:[email protected] NLT March 27, 2012. Subject line of email will specifically state: NOMINATION FOR 2012 (name of specific award); for example: NOMINATION FOR 2012 FEW Military Recognition Award.

 Equal Opportunity Leader Course

The command is rapidly trying to fill EO leader positions, E-5 (P) – 1LT, at battalion and below to assist commanders in carrying out the EO program, developing a healthy climate, and ensuring fair treatment for all persons based solely on merit, fitness, and capability. If you’re interested in making a difference in your unit and filling this key position contact your chain command and request EO leader training today. Contact Master Sgt. Benson (704) 227-2820 x 4201, the EO Advisor at the Training Command, to coordinate training seats. Provided is a schedule of course dates for this year:

Date Location

Mar 5-12, 2012 Ft. Bragg, N.C.

May 7-14, 2012 Ft. Bragg, N.C.

May 7-14, 2012 Ft Knox, Ky.

Jul 9-16, 2012 Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Aug 6–13, 2012 Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Diversity Starts Here!

 Surgeons Nugget

The Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) is an annual requirement (every 12 months).

The Soldier must first complete the online portion of the PHA at or through AKO, Self Service, My Medical and then click on the PHA link. The Soldier must call Logistics Health Incorporated at 888-697-4299 to schedule their appointment.

Dental examinations are required once a year. The Soldier has two options:

Visit their own dentist at their own expense and submit a DD Dorm 2813 to the 108th TC Surgeons office through their unit. Soldier is authorized a RMA or RST for their time at the appointment.

Request a voucher for the dental examination through their unit or by calling Logistics Health Incorporated at 800-666-2833. The dental exam is paid for by the government and the Soldier is in a paid status for attending. Dental treatment is required whenever the Soldiers dental status shows a dental deficiency. There are two options for dental repair:

  1. Visit their own dentist at their own expense and submit a DD Dorm 2813 to the 108th Training Command (IET) Surgeons office through their unit. Soldier is authorized a RMA or RST for their time at the appointment.
  2. Request a voucher for the dental treatment through their unit or by calling Logistics Health Incorporated at 800-666-2833. The dental exam is paid for by the government and the Soldier is in a paid status for attending.

Seasonal influenza vaccination is mandatory for all military service members and is counted into the Soldiers Medical Readiness from Dec 1st through June 1st. Soldiers can receive the seasonal influenza through multiple routes. In all cases outside of military administration of the influenza, specific documentation must be turned in to the 108th Training Command Surgeon’s office (see below):

  1. Through their private physician at the Soldiers own cost or insurance.
  2. Through the Veterans Administration.
  3. Through a local pharmacy at the Soldiers own cost or insurance.
  4. Through a individual voucher through Logistics Health Incorporated.
  5. Through a group event held at the unit through Logistics Health Incorporated held during BA.

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G2 Nugget
Photocopying of Military Identification Cards

Service members have made reports in the past of incidents regarding the photocopying of military identification cards and common access cards (CAC) by commercial establishments to verify military affiliation or provide government rates for service. The photocopying of US Government Identification is a violation of Title 18, US Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701. Criminal elements and terrorist organizations place U.S. government identifications as a high value logistical element when planning acts against the U.S. military. Although commercial establishments are not prohibited from asking for military/government identification to provide government rates for service, many commercial establishments are unaware of the prohibition on duplication of government identification. Unfortunately, there are no safeguards to ensure that a government identification card won’t be counterfeited or “cloned” based on a photocopy by a commercial establishment. It is recommended that military/DoD personnel and family members provide a state drivers license or other form of photo identification if an establishment insists on a photocopy of the traveler’s identification.

However, this prohibition on photocopying government identification does not apply to medical establishments who are allowed to take a copy for the purpose of filing insurance claims; and other government agencies in the performance of official government business.

As many of you may be aware, beginning in June 2011, Social Security Numbers (SSNs) were removed from CAC and all other military identification. The SSN is being replaced with a DoD Identification Number and a DoD Benefits Number. By the end of this year the SSNs embedded in barcodes on government identification will be removed.

G5 Nugget
Changing the Way We Do Business

With the reduction in Defense Budget the Army is now operating in an era of finite resources. Previous years of growth and frivolous spending have come to an end. The Army’s current force is undergoing a reduction and is currently restructuring. Measures are being implemented to make the Army a more efficient and effective force within these new financial constraints. Recent mandates passed by Congress are being directed across all DOD components to reshape force structure in an effort to make each service more streamlined but also retain its current and projected capability.

The 108th Training Command (IET) Force Development, G5 purpose is to assist our leadership in understanding the environment we currently exist and develop a force structure to meet our current and future missions but also to conform to DA and USARC guidance. Recent USARC mandated TDA structure decrements have forced us to have realistic expectations when requesting changes to our TDAs, especially where we can’t indentify an internal bill-payer. Current impact to the 108th TC (IET) for the past two fiscal years has been a reduction of three TDA requirements/authorizations. The take away from all this is that we should not expect any new TDA growth characteristic of a “no sum gain” environment that we now operate.

For any questions regarding Force Development/Structure, please contact Lt.Col.Mark Smith @ [email protected], 704-227-2820 Ext: 4011.

 G6 Nugget

Update on Use of Government Mobile Devices

Since USARC and the Command G-6 have recently updated policies governing the use of mobile devices, we thought it would be helpful to summarize some of the key points here.

Please keep in mind that government mobile devices are not a substitute for your personal devices. Also, government landline telephones and computers should be used as the primary means of official voice and electronic communications, whenever possible. It’s important to use the devices responsibly, without overburdening the network. It’s especially important to connect them only to other government devices, and none of your personal devices (including USB and Bluetooth connections).

Downloads: If you are unsure of whether an application or file should be downloaded to a government device, then err on the side of caution. Check with your G-6 personnel first. The same applies to visiting non-government websites.

Auto forwarding: Official email (from a .mil address) should not be set up to automatically forward to unofficial email accounts (a address), or to a non-government issued device. The same applies to forwarding personal phone calls or unofficial email to a government device.

Unauthorized Use: Make sure your devices are under your control at all times. You are responsible for using government device(s) for authorized functions and for safeguarding your assigned device(s) from loss, fraud, or unofficial use by unauthorized personnel. For unauthorized or inappropriate use, you could be billed or otherwise held responsible. Finally, keep in mind that the use of all government mobile devices is monitored.

If a government device is lost or stolen, or a security breach occurs, you should notify your G-6 section immediately. This also applies to any device that is recovered after reporting it lost or stolen.

As always, don’t hesitate to see your G6 section for assistance or for clarification on the official policies.

 G7 Nugget

Drill Sergeant Candidates (DSC)

The first four classes of 2012 have kicked off and the number of Soldiers attending the school is rather low. Reports are coming back with DS Candidates reporting to the Drill Sergeant School (DSS) with improper paperwork, insufficient uniforms, APFT failures, and lack of motivation. It is imperative that the leadership take full responsibility for their DS Candidates and conduct the proper PCIs!

The G7 published a read ahead packet in the form of an information paper and was distributed to all divisions. This read ahead packet touched on the administrative and personnel issues that must be addressed before attending DSS. If you have not seen or read this packet contact Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence Wiggins at [email protected]. There is also a checklist provided on the G7 website to assist the leadership:

Do Not Wait! Get your DSCs situated sooner than later and have them set up for success.

Drill Sergeant Leader (DSL) Certification

Each year the 108th Training Command (IET) has sent qualified Soldiers to become Drill Sergeant Leader certified, this year is no different. We are looking for the best of the best and if you think you have what it takes to “outsmart, outlast, and outwit” your contemporaries then you need to sign up.

The command roughly has 45 DSLs. We need more! Why? Because of the various tour opportunities, including the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School at Ft. Jackson, S.C. as well as the 108th Training Command (IET) - the leading training organization in the Army Reserve

 Internal Review

Former Department of Defense Employee Pleads Quilty to Submitting False Travel Claims Totaling Nearly $500,000

WASHINGTON — A former civilian employee of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), a component of the Department of Defense, pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., to making more than $485,000 in false travel claims using the Defense Travel System, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

John R. Brock, 52, of Crofton, Md., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a criminal information charging him with one count of making a false claim against the United States. According to court documents, Brock worked as a budget analyst within the Resources Management Department of the AFIP from 2007 through 2011. As part of his guilty plea Brock admitted that, from September 2008 through April 2011, he submitted 99 false travel vouchers totaling $485,535 for expenses that were never incurred. He admitted that he submitted the claims through the Defense Travel System using the profile of a former AFIP employee.

At sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, Brock faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as supervised release following any prison term. Brock is also subject to criminal forfeiture totaling $485,535.

This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Richard B. Evans of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, and is being investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

 Safety Training

Building a Solid Program

By Chris Black
Safety and Occupational Health Manager

Safety continues to be a relevant part of our day-to-day operations from FOBs in Afghanistan to garrison operations in the United States. Whether in combat or garrison, effective safety programs reduce the potential of training and workplace injuries and accidents and establish habits that transition into our Soldiers off-duty activities. As we transition from a force at war to a force preparing for war, unit commanders’ continued emphasis is essential to sustaining effective safety programs.

Like any program, training is critical to the effective application of risk mitigation in our daily operations. It is import for commanders to continue to stress the importance of completing Army mandated safety training that is associated with the Army’s Safety Program. In FY 12, commanders can focus resources on the following online safety training to reinforce safety basic in their programs: the Commander Safety Course (CSC), Composite Risk Management (CRM), Additional Duty Safety Course (ADSC), and Army Accident Avoidance Course (AAAC). Commanders should set conditions that allows units to achieve and sustain 90 percent or above completion rates in CSC, CRM, and AAAC and ensure all Additional Duty Safety Officers/NCO have completed the ADSC and are on orders. Achieving and sustaining these basic metrics and standards establishes a solid foundation for increased safety awareness and proactive safety culture within a unit.

All detachment commanders and above are required to complete the CSC before assuming command. The CSC is a powerful tool designed to prepare commanders to manage a successful unit safety program that mitigates accidents and positively impacts unit readiness. The eight-hour online course provides instruction on how to organize and manage unit safety programs and spotlights CRM from a command viewpoint. Other topics covered in the course include loss prevention, accident investigation and reporting, workplace and transportation safety, communication of safety messages and family and off-duty safety. Prospective and current commanders can login to the Combat Readiness/Safety Center Distance Learning page at and register in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) using the course number is 2G-F94.V3.1 to complete the CSC.

CRM is the Army’s primary decision-making process for identifying hazards and controlling risks across the full spectrum of Army missions, functions, operations, and activities. CRM training is required for leaders, unit operations planners, supervisors and Soldiers. All Soldiers regardless of rank are required to complete CRM training once during their military career. Soldiers may fulfill this requirement by completing the online CRM Basic Course offered through the Combat Readiness/Safety Center Distance Learning page at using course number 2G-F104_DL to register in ATRRS.

All Army Military Vehicle (AMV), Government Supply Administration (GSA) vehicles, and rental/leased vehicle operators (Soldiers, civilians, and contractors) are required to complete the AAAC course before operating vehicles. The AAAC online training is customized to each person by using risk assessment of driving behavior and habits. The course is intended to motivate people to improve driving skills. Awareness of aggressive driving, defensive driving techniques and avoiding distractions are emphasized through the course. Refresher training must be completed every four years.

Operators can enroll on-line by logging into the Army Leaning Management System (ALMS) at Using your AKO credentials (access and password). Type “Avoid” in the Catalog Search Engine blank and click “GO”. Click “Register” for the course and the system requirements sections and follow the procedures to complete training. Course takes approximately an hour to complete.

Accident prevention is everyone’s responsibility on-duty and off-duty but commanders are ultimately responsible for establishing and maintain an effective and responsive unit safety program. The commanders accomplish this task with assistance from an ADSO/NCO who is a member of the staff that can assist him in developing and implementing safety guidance, policy and CRM application.

Commanders must ensure their current and future ADSO/NCO meets the following conditions:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years retainability upon appointment.
  • Is appointed in writing on additional duty orders.
  • Completes the online Additional Duty Safety Course (ADSC) within 90 days of appointment.
  • Meets the flowing minimum grade requirements: Battalion and higher — Captain or Warrant Officer 2, Company separate Detachment — Staff Sgt or above, and Activity (civilian) — GS-7/Wage grade equivalent.

Selected Officers or NCOs can enroll in the ASDC online at the Combat Readiness/ Safety Center Distance Learning page at using course number 2G-F95_DL to register in ATRRS.

Commanders, leaders and Soldier needing assistance in enrolling in required training can contact Division Safety Managers or Chris Black, Command Safety Manager at 704-342-5152 or [email protected] for assistance.

 SJA Nugget

Estate Planning and SGLI

Benjamin Franklin once said that in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. When that first certainty occurs, members of our military are eligible for a unique low cost group life insurance that the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased over forty years ago. The Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is available to members of the armed services, including Reservists, Guardsmen, cadets and midshipmen of the service academies, as well as commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Currently there are 2.4 million military members covered under SGLI, as is nearly 3,000,000 spouses and children under the Family SGLI.

Soldiers are automatically insured under SGLI for the maximum amount of $400,000 unless an election is filed reducing the insurance by $50,000 increments or canceling it entirely. The cost for SGLI coverage alone is $29 per month for the maximum amount which includes a mandatory $1 charge for Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI). TSGLI provides Soldiers protection against loss due to traumatic injuries and is designed to provide financial assistance to members so their loved ones can be with them during their recovery from their injuries. The coverage ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 depending on the nature of the injury.

A spouse is also covered for $100,000 or for the same amount as the military member’s SGLI if the Soldier’s coverage is less than $100,000. This coverage is automatic unless the Service member declines it. In addition, every dependent child of a Soldier is automatically covered by a $10,000 policy and if a Soldier elects an amount less than the maximum coverage federal law requires notice to the spouse to prevent any injustices and to provide for opportunities for optional planning.

It is worth noting that a Soldier has the sole discretion in choosing the beneficiary. Family members or commanders cannot prevent the financial disbursement going elsewhere if that was the Soldier’s choice. Family members insured under the SGLI, however, do not have that same discretion in that the Soldier is the beneficiary of the spousal’s and of a child’s policy. Military members must also take the time to ensure their SGLI is always updated to reflect their current circumstances because the designations is binding and will be carried out. Therefore, an ex-girlfriend could be awarded the payment in lieu of a spouse if the military member failed up update his SGLI designations.

There is also a myth that legislation exists which entitles dividends to be paid out on SGLI regardless of whether they still have the insurance, and some advertisements offer free assistance in obtaining the dividend. This “free assistance” is often only a sales pitch for other commercial life insurance policies, thus caveat emptor (buyer beware). Federal law dictates that SGLI does not pay dividends and is not assignable.

If you are considering turning down SGLI and using only a commercial insurance policy, you should be aware that some of these commercial policies have a “war clause” or “military service exclusion” that excludes coverage for death caused by “acts of war.” Unlike those commercial policies, Soldiers with SGLI are covered in the event of death due to an “act of war.”

In addition, unlike private group life policies, SGLI cannot be divided by state courts, thus divorce decrees or separation agreements have no effect on original designations. Congress was clear that SGLI disbursements “shall not be liable to attachment, levy, or seizure by or under any legal or equitable process whatever, either before or after receipt by the beneficiary.”

With few exceptions, coverage is continuous every day regardless of duty status, and premiums are automatically deducted from military pay. Among those exceptions, military members may lose entitlement to SGLI if the death occurs during extended absence without leave (AWOL), while serving a term of confinement, refusing to continue service due to “conscientious objector” status, or following the conviction of certain serious crimes. Cause of death, however, is not relevant to the payment of SGLI proceeds short of foul play. Coverage also continues for four months following release from military service, and no premiums are required during this additional period.

In addition, SGLI is also unique in that the premiums are not ever increased as a servicemember. Especially during times of deployments and mobilizations SGLI can provide the peace of mind for those, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “to Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle and For His Widow and His Orphan.” Further information about SGLI is available at

Lt. Col. Bobby Don Gifford is the Staff Judge Advocate for the 95th Training Division and teaches Military Law as an Adjunct Law Professor at Oklahoma City.

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