10/20/2016 | Story and photos Sgt. Karen Sampson and Col. Stephen Tremblay
Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) candidates arrive to Life Support Area (LSA) Pickett for a four-day field exercise during Cadet Summer Training (CST16)at U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Knox, Ky., June 20. LSA Pickett and it’s Mayor Cell are run by Army Reserve Soldiers from downtrace units under the 104th Training Division. U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released
Fort, Knox, Ky. —The brilliant hand-stitched colors of the Task Force Wolf flag took residence outside the Rankin building at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in early May preparing to receive Army Reserve assets to support U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Cadet Summer Training (CST16).
Brig. Gen. Darrell Guthrie, Commander, 104th Training Division (Leader Training) and Deputy Commanding General, Army Reserve Support and Accessions for Cadet Command stated “the primary mission of 104th Division is to support Cadet Command’s development of the Total Army’s future leaders.”
Task Force Wolf provides administrative, logistics, communications, and coordinates the efforts of various Army Reserve units who are supporting the Cadet Command’s mission. Army Reserve units provide Drill Sergeants for the Basic Course, Instructors, Chaplains, cross cultural competency trainers, and life support for more than 9,000 cadets, who attend CST.
With the move of Cadet Summer Training to Ft. Knox in 2014, Task Force Wolf is now a fixture in the conduct of CST. As such, the Officers and noncommissioned of the Timberwolves Division are already planning ahead to support Cadet Summer Training 2017.
Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) candidates received instruction from command leadership from Army Reserve Task Force Wolf, Brig. Gen. Darrell Guthrie, Commander of the 104th Training Division on Christensen grenade range during Cadet summer Training (CST16), at U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Knox, Ky., July 7. U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released
These 104th Division Soldiers, instructors and drill sergeants are steadfast, influential and vigorously engaged in the development and training of future Army leaders. As Brig. Gen. Guthrie stated during a recent staff call, “...the support and training of cadets is the most important mission we (USAR) have and it’s the largest exercise conducted by the Army”. We are directly supporting Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, stated intent of producing 2nd Lieutenants, who are ready to “Win in a Complex World”.
This year the Timberwolves Division and Task Force Wolf ran 12 committee sites supporting basic Soldier skills training during this annual training opportunity. By the end of CST 2016, Task Force Wolf and Army Soldiers will have successfully trained over nine thousand Cadets through their committees training lanes.
104th Training Division’s (LT) Brig. Gen Darrell Guthrie and 2nd Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training Drill Sergeants from Task Force Wolf discuss ways to improve training for Cadets during Cadet Summer Training (CST16), at U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, July 7. U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released
The nearly 1,020 Army Reserve Soldiers conducted religious services, provided human resources, planning, and logistical support, conducted postal operations, and provided transportation, laundry and bath services. Task Force Wolf instructors also supported basic warrior skill instruction in patrolling basics, rifle marksmanship, hand grenade employment, tactical movement, rappelling, confidence course instruction, land navigation and CBRN training. In addition, Cadets worked with civil affairs and military information support operations Soldiers to learn the basics of cultural cross competency, village assessment, and key leader engagement.
The 104th Training Division (LT) and Task Force Wolf are already leaning forward to enhance their instruction skills for CST 2017. CST 2017 will also bring an enhanced focus on training new cadets at the Basic Course, which will be conducted by drill sergeants newly assigned to the Timberwolves Division and open a new page in the history of the 104th.