From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

10/28/2021  |  By Brig. Gen. Rodney J. Fischer
From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander
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Hello Timberwolves,

This summer, the division command sergeant major and I were able to visit our Cadet Summer Training support at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. It was amazing to see the Timberwolves in action, leading and developing the next generation of officers. In the execution of our mission, we saw great examples of the Timberwolves demonstrating the Army values for cadets, fellow Timberwolves and the rest of the Army. Here are a few of our observations of the Army values in action:

During Cadet Basic Training at Ft. Knox, we saw drill sergeants from 2nd Brigade demonstrating Loyalty to new cadets who received their first formal introduction to the military. The drill sergeants demonstrated their devotion to the Army by providing an example of how they continue to serve in the military despite the competing demands of their civilian careers and families. It is a passion that goes beyond a paycheck. This value is something that cannot be watched on social media. By seeing it live, the new cadets were better able to see the benefits of devoting yourself to a cause greater than you. They saw your devotion and loyalty to Army and our nation. We look for the cadets to take this forward and bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution as they begin their careers.

At the Cadet Basic Training Individual Movement Techniques training, we met a junior Timberwolves officer, who demonstrated Duty, in his role as the committee lead. He carried out his assigned duties as the lead and, he also looked for opportunities for his team to develop additional skills by having them rotate to unfamiliar areas to develop their instructor skills and to gain a better understanding of the overall mission. He served as a great reminder that at these training events, we not only develop and train cadets, but we develop and train each other.

At Cadet Basic Training at West Point, we witnessed the Respect paid to the institution of command during the 3rd Battalion, 304th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, USMA Battalion Change of Command. The outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Andrew Craven, had fulfilled his duty and had done his best. It was now up to the new Commander, Lt. Col. McKinley Wood, to execute Lt. Col. Craven’s summer training support plan. Because Lt. Col. Craven trusted his team, they were able to execute even after he was gone. He had self-respect in knowing that he had put forward his best effort and his respect for his team-built trust.

On the Task Force Wolf team, we saw a great demonstration of Selfless Service from senior NCOs who made it a point to ensure that high performing Soldiers were recognized. This was the easy part. The hard part was the tough conversations that were had off-line late at night to get others focused back on the mission. By being proactive leaders and putting the welfare of their subordinates before their own, they demonstrated their commitment to each team member. No doubt, these Soldiers will remember this and mirror these actions with their subordinates now and in the future.

Integrity was also at the forefront of our summer mission as we operated in a COVID-19 environment. We relied on the integrity of our force to be masked or unmasked in close settings based on vaccination status and the policies at that time. We excelled in this area and avoided large COVID outbreaks, both in our ranks and with the cadets. Thank you for your integrity and vigilance in this area.

At the Ft. Knox confidence course, we saw our Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 399th Regiment, 1st Brigade inspire countless cadets and senior officers to summon the Personal Courage needed to scale obstacles. This will not be the last time in their military careers to overcome fear, physical and morally, but it is a first step. Hopefully, when faced with adversity in the future, they will look back on their time on the confidence course at Cadet Summer Training and continue forward on the right path.

We covered all of the Army values except Honor. Honor is the one Army value that it is difficult to find specific positive example. We sometimes see situations where honor was lacking, and we are left to think about what we would have done differently in an honorable way. A better way of looking at it is that if we live the other Army Values in our careers to their true sense, then we are serving honorably. Let’s continue to do so. Thanks again for a great summer training cycle. We look forward to more great things from the Timberwolves.

Commander, 104th Training Division (LT)
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