10/20/2016 | Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen Commanding General, 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Commanding General
“As we transition into FY17, we have the enduring mission to produce the ‘trainers of choice’ for the Army. Keep pushing that mission, never forgetting the mission’s importance. Remember, a great foundation is the start of the tallest building. Grab the good Soldiers early and grow their talents and skills to help grow our capabilities.”
The command continues to transform and all the units in the formation will be affected to some degree, but change is good. Our realignment will make the command more adaptive and better able to support our current and expanding mission sets. This change may affect your organization but don’t worry, my guidance is that we will take care of every member of the 108th Team. This change includes a major change to the 104th as all ROTC Professors of Military Science will now fall under our purview; previously, those commanders fell directly under USARC. With this change, our experts in Leader Training, the 104th, now have their role expanding and our subject matter experts can now provide greater influence on the future leaders of our Army. If you take the efforts of the 104th Division and it to the contributions of the 95th and 98th Divisions, there isn’t a Solider or future officer that this command doesn’t impact. We take our mission seriously and to think about this fact warms my heart.
In August we put on a professionally executed retirement ceremony for a tremendous leader, MG(R) David W. Puster, here in Charlotte. MG(R) Puster, a former member of the command staff and brigade commander, lauded the efforts of our Soldiers and was grateful for how well this team put together a ceremony for him on short notice. It was my honor to preside over the ceremony and to thank this leader for his 36 years of stellar service to our Nation. The mark of a great organization is shown in how they put on a ceremony. The 108th Team did not disappoint.
We have a new commander at the 98th Training Division in BG Miles Davis on ground to replace MG Tammy Smith at Fort Benning. He is a welcomed asset to the team and a proven performer who will continue to push the Iroquois Division to new heights. As we transition into FY17, we have the enduring mission to produce the “trainers of choice” for the Army. Keep pushing that mission, never forgetting the mission’s importance. Remember, a great foundation is the start of the tallest building. Grab the good Soldiers early and grow their talents and skills to help grow our capabilities.
We are not an Army of metrics-driven force, but these readiness indicators are important to show the overall health of an organization. This means if we are not pushing all levels of readiness, medical, dental, etc., we are not ready to deploy as a formation when called upon. This can’t happen. Green is good so make it happen in all facets. Leaders, sergeants and above, make sure you are always ready and deployable. The implied task here is that we also help our lower enlisted to do the same, spread the knowledge. Let’s make sure we are mentoring our Soldiers of all ranks, through counseling and positive interactions to help them grow their skills and knowledge for the future. There are great opportunities presented to our Soldiers by the Army, let’s maximize those prospects. Stay engaged and be proactive.
I recently heard someone say something that stuck with me, “A mind is like a parachute, it functions best when open!” I couldn’t agree more. So let’s keep our minds open and pushing towards awesome like the Chief of the Army Reserve said. Take the opportunity each day to make yourself and those around you better. Let’s keep our parachutes open and keep climbing to the high ground, I will see you on top!
First in Training!