The 104th Training Division (LT) G3 Operations, Plans, and Training Team has a new member, Master Sgt. Vaughn Wyer. Wyer has a heart for Soldiers and a willingness to learn that is refreshing and encouraging to observe.
He began his military career September 1990 in the active component, serving five years before his time in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) and a small break in service. Upon his re-entry in the military in 2000, he gained 14 years of experience in Aviation as well as two Military Occupational Specialties: 12X (General Engineering Supervisor) and 15Z (Aircraft Maintenance Sr. Sgt).
Wyer takes humbled gratification in knowing he may have impacted his Soldier’s development and well-being, believing that it isn’t only the successes that matter when mentoring NCOs, but failures also. In his perspective, failure is often a stepping stone to success, and relationships forged while helping other NCOs are strengthened as a result.
Before joining the G3 at Division he served as a 1st Sgt. for the 3/414th, beginning with Bravo Company, located in Vancouver, Wa., and concluding as the Alpha Company 1st Sgt., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa. This was not, however, the first time he donned the 1st Sgt. hat.
Wyer served as a 1st Sgt. for the 1/413th Logistics Support Battalion, 95th Training Division a Logistics Command in 2016 prior to their disbandment and was 1SG for Detachment 1, 96th Sustainment Brigade, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a deployment. Each of these prior experiences gave him a glimpse into what was to come.
Even though you may hear him say the role of 1SG initially gave him pause, he demonstrated his servant minded perspective throughout each of his tenures.
According to Wyer, “being a 1st Sgt. challenges you to overcome your selfishness…” and in fact, he believes being a 1st Sgt. made him a better Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). For him, holding that position for Reserve Soldiers is a privilege. He sees Reserve Soldiers as individuals making a conscious choice to be involved when it isn’t something that will solely support their family’s livelihood. Because of this, he deeply feels they deserve his support, his respect, and his best.
Wyer takes humbled gratification in knowing he may have impacted his Soldier’s development and well-being, believing that it isn’t only the successes that matter when mentoring NCOs, but failures also. In his perspective, failure is often a stepping stone to success, and relationships forged while helping other NCOs are strengthened as a result. He recalls fondly a particular experience when one such Soldier approached him and thanked him for the impact he had had not only on the Soldier, but the Soldier’s Family as well.
With his new role in the G3 addressing training and planning, Wyer has a new way to impact Soldiers. Excited about this opportunity and experience, Wyer hopes to bring his personal commitment to the unique structure and challenges of the 104th by expanding the Division’s outreach and support scheme.
The 104th is unlike any other command in the Army Reserve, something Wyer understands fully and the creativity and interpersonal management it takes for the success of the mission is something he holds dear. Last summer, Wyer volunteered to support Task Force Wolf through the entirety of Cadet Summer Training (CST) in order to gain insight to the inner workings of training, and the mission focus needed for the command. This commitment was rewarded and he now endeavors to forge ahead with a hands-on approach to developing the systems to manage our shortcomings and maintain our successes.
Welcome to the team, MSG Wyer!