From the Commanding General


108th Training Command Teammates,

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit The Veteran’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, N.C.  During the visit, I was honored to be able to meet nearly 200 Veterans, the oldest being 95 years old and the youngest was 23.  All services were represented with men and women wearing hats, vests, and pins denoting their time of service to our Nation.  The Coffee Shop was not only a place to gather, have a cup of Joe and to share stories, but more it was an amazing living museum dating back 243 years.  It was an incredible experience for me to walk among living legends who have passed the torch of service to each of us

Task. Condition. Standard. Each of these three ingredients are fundamental for warriors to be honed and ready to conduct their individual Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

While talking to these American heroes, each would invariably share where they served, who they served with and ultimately what they did, many in austere and contested environments.  They were able to do what they did because of the training they had received.

In this issue of the Griffon, you will note a focus on training.  As I have shared before, a guiding principle of my training philosophy was forged early in my career with an Army poster depicting a National cemetery with hundreds of grave markers, and the caption stating, “let no voice cry out, had I only been trained”.

The United States Army’s mission is to deploy, fight and win the Nation’s wars.  The ability to do this does not come easily, nor is just anyone able to do it.  It takes committed professional warriors who are ready and trained to engage in combat operations. 

In the Army’s 2018 Posture Statement, it states, “Train. Focus training on high-intensity conflict, with emphasis on operating in dense urban terrain, electronically degraded environments, and under constant surveillance. Training must be tough, realistic, iterative, and dynamic. Continuous movement, battlefield innovation, and leverage of combined arms maneuver with the Joint Force, allies, and partners must be its hallmarks. This training will require rapid expansion of our synthetic training environments and deeper distribution of simulations capabilities down to the company level to significantly enhance Soldier and team lethality.”

Within the 108th Training Command, our unit motto is, “First In Training.”. We must not only be the Army’s premiere trainers in building the Army, but we must be trained in our respective field craft. It takes officers and NCOs at echelon to insure we are trained.  I expect officers to assess the readiness of their formations and develop training priorities, plan and schedule the training, and to fully resource the training to achieve the endstate of unit readiness. But to BE trained, to actually do the training, it takes the NCO Corps to conduct the training, to standard. 

Task. Condition. Standard.  Each of these three ingredients are fundamental for warriors to be honed and ready to conduct their individual Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.  Additionally, we must conduct collective training which stresses our units with challenging, realistic and iterative training.  We must build beyond our basic level of competencies and be able to conduct our unit missions.  Moreover, I believe challenging our Soldiers and units with well planned, resourced and executed training will not only reduce our non-participants and unsat participants, it will serve to instill respect and professionalism in our NCO Corps, and ultimately will build the readiness our Army and Nation expects from us.

“First In Training”


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