05/26/2020 | By Maj. Gen. Andrew Juknelis Commanding General, 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Commanding General
As George Patton said, “The greatest privilege of citizenship is to be able to freely bear arms for your country.” I sincerely appreciate that you have chosen to do this, representing citizen-Soldiers deployed around the world. I have the utmost respect for your commitment.
We must now maintain our reputation and tradition of immersive, challenging, and real-world training. As you know, we are involved with training relevant to our very national security, right now! This is our way ahead. BE READY! I commit to be with you every step of the way and to lead by example. The success of our efforts will create a legacy felt around the world for generations.
With the country rallying to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the first two months of command in the 108th have certainly been more “exciting” than I was expecting! However, it’s not surprising at all how the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families of the Training Command and our Divisions have risen to the occasion of answering our Nation’s call once again. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization and the United States Army. Upholding the proud tradition of the US Army Reserve, our 108th teammates spanning the entire continental US and overseas territories have been working, volunteering, and supporting local efforts to prevent the spread and combat the virus. To your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, you serve as an example of a patriotic citizen living the Army Values. Thank you. Continue to balance and prioritize your personal fitness, your healthy sustaining family life, and your meaningful employment.
Leaders, now is your chance to exercise mission command and disciplined initiative. You’re expected to know and act within the broad left and right limits of the commander’s intent to make the best decisions for your Soldiers and your units. Volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times often preclude higher headquarters giving detailed instructions covering every possible contingency. You are trusted to work together with your staff and subordinate commanders to make the wise choices in support of your Soldiers, your community, and the country as a whole. You’ve been specially selected for this role. The Chief of Army Reserves and I are counting on your professionalism. Pass this trust on to your junior officers and NCOs and we will, together in our success, use this as a professional developmental learning opportunity. Along with your respect for the Constitution and our institution, it’s just another way that you will serve as an example within your own communities. It’s in how we treat them and in how we treat each other. I know that you will live up to the great expectations that the American people have for their Army Reserve Forces. Please don’t forget to thank them for their support, as well.
Lastly, remember this: Readiness is the key to relevance. The key to success is for individual soldiers to be deployable and responsive to aggregate critical capabilities quickly upon notification. Regardless of your MOS, it’s essential that each Soldier in this formation understand that we are all in Ready Force X.
I am proud to serve with you and I look forward to seeing you on the trail.