From the 98th Training Division (IET) Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd R. Kaim
CSM, 98th Training Division (IET)

I would like to pose a question to all Soldiers, and it is: Are you mission capable? Whether you are an individual Soldier, leader, officer, enlisted or NCO, you need to understand what it means to be mission capable. 

When we look at world events and understand how we as an institution are postured to meet our mission, and deal with ever changing threats, it means getting back to basic Soldier and unit capabilities. 

If called upon at a moment’s notice, or within 30 days, are you ready to go support at our Army Training Centers or perform any duty across the globe? Will you and your family be taken care of, or will you be scrambling to gather documents to update your records. We have all been there before, and the excuse of, we will do it at Soldier Readiness Processing, is not the answer. We have an obligation and duty to ourselves, our families, and the Soldiers we lead, to maintain a level of readiness across the board from administrative, medical, training, and fitness so that when called upon, we are ready—not give me 30, 60, 90 days and I’ll get ready. 

From a leader perspective is your unit mission capable or mission ineffective? What am I doing as a leader to ensure I am providing that unit capability to big Army? Coming out of the division yearly training briefs, leaders laid out their plans to get after all the items mentioned above. So now is the time to plan and execute on your intent. 

We should be focused on these obligations year-round, but now more than ever, I ask that you use this time to refocus and reengage at all levels to ensure we are providing mission capable Soldiers and units in support of the Army’s efforts. 

We have made great progress in the past year, and I can only expect we will continue to drive forward to greater success and continue to build a strong competitive team. I am proud to serve with each and every one of you. 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” –Maya Angelou  

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