From the Commanding General

11/21/2018  |  By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen Commanding General, 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Commanding General
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From the Editor: Maj. General Mark McQueen, in advance of his retirement from the Army, accepted the City Manager position in Panama City, Florida. Throwing himself into the job with his trademark compassion, dedication and enthusiasm, Maj. Gen McQueen had only been on the job a few weeks when Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle. Maj. Gen McQueen is all-consumed with the care of his city, and in so, missed his own retirement ceremony, dinner and change of command. Maj. Gen McQueen was able to send a text to his Soldiers to be read at the assumption of command ceremony for Brig. General Leahy, 108th Training Command (IET) incoming commander, and it is those words we have included as his final goodbye to you, his cherished Soldiers:

Each of you are shining examples of what right looks like. Stay strong...Army strong. Maintain your character, your integrity and your discipline. Continue to be the professionals I know you are and our Army needs you to be.

Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 108th Training Command, please know the time I was able to serve alongside each of you has been the highlight of my career. Arguably, you are the most professional and competent Soldiers charged with the extraordinary mission of building the greatest Army in the history of the world. What you do is vital to the defense of our nation, and indeed the free world. And you do succeed in that mission every day, without fail. You demonstrate commitment, not contentment.  

I have been immensely blessed to serve along side stalwart giants within the profession of arms: Brig. General Black, Command Sergeants Major Riti and Priest. Charley Fairbanks, Trent Andrews, my Executive Team ( Maj. Vincent, Staff Sgt. Burnett, Ms. Anderson) Aides: Sergeants 1st Class Griffith and Marr; Col. McCormick and the entire primary and special staff, the finest Division Command Teams (Brigadier Generals Bassford, Davis and Edwards joined by Command Sergeants Major Stumph, Coyle and Phipps). Brigade to Company all, and the tip of the spear, the Soldiers of the 108th Training Command. Thank you for your support and allowing me to serve along side each of you.

Each of you are shining examples of what right looks like. Stay strong...Army strong. Maintain your character, your integrity and your discipline. Continue to be the professionals I know you are and our Army needs you to be.

Finally, I thank Team TRADOC, Brig. General Beagle and Fort Jackson, and Command Sergeant Major Berry and the Drill Sergeant Academy for the unwavering partnership. This we’ll Defend!

My time with the 108th has been brief, but know I will always cherish the memories with you. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Commander. And know that if there is anything I can do for you, professionally or personally, please call upon me as I stand ready to do so.

In closing, words have meaning and the following truly says it all:

Keep Pounding

Shields High

Victory Starts Here

This We’ll Defend

First In Training

Army Strong

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