From the 95th Command Sergeant Major

12/02/2020  |  Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Potts 95th Training Command (LT)
From the 95th Command Sergeant Major
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The 95th Training Division has a long and rich history. We are most renowned for our role in World War II, where we gained our nickname the “Iron Men of Metz.” Our Iron Men fought hard and conquered massive German resistance to capture the fortress city of Metz as part of the Allied push into Germany in 1944. It is this rich history and grit that gives our Soldiers today, in this Division, the honor and pride to serve and follow in the footsteps of the Iron Men who fought so hard before us.

When we do our battlefield circulations and meet Soldiers, one topic we hit on is competition, whether it be individual, squad, platoon, company, battalion, or brigade we promote and encourage healthy competition.The word competition comes from the Latin word competere, which means “to come together or strive together.”

This Division is also well known for its competitive spirit. We have led the Training Command, Army Reserve Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command, and Department of the Army by winning Best Warrior Competitions (BWC) and leaving our mark as the best of the best. How we do this is by encouraging our Soldiers to be competitive and instilling that competitive spirit at all echelons. As leaders, we have to create a competitive environment. To do this, we have to block and tackle for our formations and set positive conditions for them to succeed. Select your Warrior and ensure they have everything they need to be successful. As a leader, you need to be holistic and think about all the aspects of your Warrior, including social, physical, and mental aspects, so that you can get optimal outcomes of performance.

When we do our battlefield circulations and meet Soldiers, one topic we hit on is competition, whether it be individual, squad, platoon, company, battalion, or brigade we promote and encourage healthy competition.

The word competition comes from the Latin word competere, which means “to come together or strive together.” One phrase we use is “iron sharpens iron” this comes from Proverbs 27:17, meaning one man sharpens another by questioning, encouraging, coaching, and challenging each other.

BG Sentell and I are incredibly humbled to lead this great Division. Our Soldiers and their families work hard and sacrifice a ton of energy and time to keep our formations on top. Our teams at all echelons continue to build great programs for our warriors to succeed and win these competitions year after year.

“Winning breeds winning”....John Wooden.

Ironman 7...OUT!

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