From the Commanding General

08/13/2019  |  By Maj. Gen. Kate Leahy Commanding General, 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Commanding General
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Greetings Griffon Team!

With Summer 2019 in our rear-view mirror, we’ve reached the end of what is definitely the busiest time of year for our Command. This summer was no exception, with increased numbers of basic combat training missions and expanded support to Cadet Command’s summer training. It was great to get out and see our drill sergeants and ROTC cadre “in action.” 

In order to recruit and retain the most qualified people possible, the Army will increase the number of recruiters, drill sergeants, and instructors in the Generating Force. All of the above is good news for the 108th Training Command, as it clearly signals the relevance and criticality of the mission we perform.

Also, it takes a huge amount of planning and coordination by the administrative and operational support staff at the headquarters’ levels to make the missions happen. Through your individual and collective efforts, the 108th Training Command continues to be instrumental in transforming citizen volunteers into our Army’s newest Soldiers, and preparing college students and Military Academy Cadets for commissioning as junior officers. Neither Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) nor U.S. Army Cadet Command could perform these essential missions without the 108th. Job well done Team!

As we roll into a new fiscal year, 2020 is certainly shaping up to be exciting on many fronts. Army end strength in all three components (Active, Army Reserve, and National Guard), is on track to increase. As described in the Army Strategy, we will institute a new physical training regimen and introduce the new Combat Fitness Test, Army-wide, in order to ensure all Soldiers are better prepared for the demanding battlefield environment of the future. In order to recruit and retain the most qualified people possible, the Army will increase the number of recruiters, drill sergeants, and instructors in the Generating Force. All of the above is good news for the 108th Training Command, as it clearly signals the relevance and criticality of the mission we perform.

As reflected above, these are busy times. I’m well-aware that the majority of you balance your military duties with demanding Civilian careers and family obligations...which is no easy task. If this balancing act starts to feel overwhelming, there are a myriad of resources available within and outside of our Command which every Soldier is eligible to tap into. These include alerting your immediate supervisor or command team to your challenges so they can assist, talking with your battle buddy, or reaching out to one of our unit Chaplains. To our Civilian team mates, the majority of these resources are available to you as well. For Soldiers, the services offered via Military One Source are just a phone call away, at 800-342-9647. Reaching out for help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness. Bottom line for every member of our 108th Family: you are a valued member of our Griffon Team, the Army Reserve, and the Army, and you are not alone.

Thanks to each of you, Soldiers and Civilian employees alike, for your dedication to our mission. The Army and our fellow citizens are counting on us to train Soldiers to be ready and win if called upon. Also, a special thanks to all of our Families, whose love and support enable us to continue to serve. First in Training! Army Strong!

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