From the Commanding General

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It’s been a wild ride for my first six months here at the 108th Training Command (IET). We’ve endured a global pandemic, prepared for the possibility of deployment, employed response teams and adjusted to the new “normal” of virtual Battle Assemblies and socially distant training. I have to tell you, I have been so proud of the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 108th.

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”— William Samuel Johnson

There have been many changes implemented, many improvements in the post-COVID environment, our Soldiers have come through with flying colors and I’m proud to serve with each and every one of you. From our Drill Sergeants and leaders who scrambled last minute to find training opportunities when missions were cancelled to our full-time staff who carved out home offices to ensure the highest level of support to our Soldiers, you have overcome these challenges and succeeded overwhelmingly.

 

New leadership has come into our ranks, here at home with the appointment of Brig. Gen. Jed Schaertl as the new 108thDCG and at Fort Bragg, Army Reserve Headquarters, we welcome Lt. Gen Jody Daniels as she assumes command of the U.S. Army Reserve. We look forward to working closely with both of these fine officers as we celebrate their promotions and look forward to their many upcoming accomplishments and successes.

Maj. Gen. Andrew Juknelis takes a few moments during his change of command ceremony to address his new unit, the 108th Training Command (IET), Charlotte, N.C. Juknelis expressed his excitement to be back on the “best coast” and his enthusiasm for the new challenges and successes awaiting him here. 

U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M Litchfield

Through the changes and challenges facing us, the 108th Training Command (IET) is uniquely positioned to positively influence the future of not only our Army Reserve, but the Active Duty force and National Guard as well. As Army trainers and instructors, we have a unique opportunity to model what right looks like and make the strongest first impression possible. We show Cadets what true NCO leadership can mean to a leader and we impart the Army values on Civilians making their way to becoming Soldiers. This is not a duty we should take lightly.

I challenge each of you to continue to live by your creed – Soldiers Creed, NCO Creed, Drill Sergeant Creed. Embrace the diversity of our force, the different talents and strengths that make us stronger together than we are apart. Take an extra minute during these tough times to do the right thing – even when it’s not the easy thing. I look forward to what the next six months bring us – First in Training, Army Strong.

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