So much has happened recently in the world of the 95th Training Division that sometimes, it’s hard to keep up.
We recently held our Division Best Warrior Competition in conjunction with our Leadership Symposium. Having the two events together is a lot of work, but has some great benefits. The command teams get information from the Division Staff and get the opportunity to network with them. Additionally, they get to see some of their competitors in action.
At the end of the event, we held a dining out but with some aspects of a dining in, such as a grog bowl and Mr Vice. We then announced and awarded our winners. Our Commissioned Officer of the Year and our next year’s McArthur Award nominee is 1st Lt. Jessica Romero. Our Drill Sergeant of the Year is Drill Sergeant Jorge Juarez, and he will compete for the Reserve Component Drill Sergeant of the Year at TRADOC in late summer. Our Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Sgt. 1st Class Delbert Rossiter who was 108th Training Command NCO of the Year runner-up. And lastly, our Soldier of the Year is Spc. Brady Benedict, who also became the 108th Training Command’s winner and will go on to compete at USARC level.
During the Leadership Symposium, various staff members briefed the brigade and battalion command teams on various administrative and command issues, such as IPPS-A conversion, DSPAS and tracking drill sergeants as they get ready to go to the academy, and several supply related issues among other briefings and training sessions.
We also took time to watch a movie directly related to the 95th Division called Dear Sirs, which is written about in greater detail in another article. Lastly, we had our quarterly book discussion on the Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. This discussion was invaluable and several Soldiers mentioned that they have new insights into what different people are thinking and the way they may view the world differently.
We also have a new first sergeant coming into our Division. As we welcomed a new HHC First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. Edward Kendall, we also farewelled 1st Sgt. Jenna Russell, who will become a first sergeant at one of the drill sergeant companies.
We also have some key people departing the Division. We said goodbye to our G3, Col. Cook, as I also presided over his promotion to Brigadier General. Col. Hill, my deputy, will also be leaving for Brigade Command within the 91st Division. We all wish them well.
One of the best times recently, was taking the ACFT with the new standards. I’ve talked to numerous people who really liked the ACFT, but felt that the old version was very unfair and not helpful as a tool. This new version with the new gender and age standards, is not only fun, but most of the people who I have spoken to believe it is a more fair and accurate assessment of someone’s physical fitness. I bring this up just to show a bit more about change and the busy factor that we (as well as others) are experiencing right now. Sometimes it’s just great being a Soldier.
Ironman 6 out! Ironmen of Metz. Victory Division.