We recently experienced the cheer of the holidays and the conclusion of another year. For me, this time of year is always special. This time of the year offers me an opportunity to spend time with my Family, enjoy our favorite dishes, and express our gratitude to each other and the many blessings we have received. In the spirit of gratitude and the meaning it has to my life, I want to thank every single Soldier of the 104th for their hard work and dedication. Gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” 

I want to challenge you to maintain a spirit of gratitude, while maintaining a Warrior focus.

Many times our focus is only on the negative (what’s not right), without room for anything else (what is right). However, gratitude empowers you to live outside yourself, your own desires, and to view life with a new positive perspective: what we have, what is right, and how we can move forward. This New Year, I want to challenge you to maintain a spirit of gratitude, while maintaining a Warrior focus. No better example comes to mind than the Soldier’s Creed,

“I am an American Soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert, and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier.”

This past year we accomplished many things; however, the work is not yet finished. For the 104th Division to remain READY, every Soldier must achieve individual readiness. To do so, you must ask yourself:

  1. Am I mentally ready (Motivated, Enthusiastic, GAT…)?
  2. Am I trained and ready (MOSQ, NCOES, OES, ALMS…)?
  3. Am I administratively ready (Current NCOER, OER, Promotion Packet…)?
  4. Am I physically ready (Passing APFT & Height/Weight)?
  5. Am I medically ready (Current on PHA, Dental, Shots…)?

It’s difficult to maintain gratitude while experiencing roadblocks and challenges. However, let’s be grateful for what we have, what we have accomplished today, and let’s push for a better tomorrow. Dora and I extend to everyone in the 104th Division, our warmest wishes for a prosperous and successful New Year!

Timberwolf 6 out!


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