Congratulations to the 108th Training Command Best Warriors

| 08/03/2017

Cover: March 20-24, 2017, 25 Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers and Drill Sergeants of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) gathered at Camp Bullis, Texas, to go all the way in the 2017 Best Warrior Competition. Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 08/03/2017

My first assignment when I was commissioned 35 years ago was to the 1st Armored Division, Ansbach, Germany. During that time, our nation was in the midst of the Cold War; a very contentious time in our Nation’s history to be sure. At that time, the 1st AD was the eastern most forward deployed division in the United States Army. Its mission was to deploy to the Fulda Gap and halt the Soviet and Warsaw Pact nations advance into West Germany. Adding to the complexity, the Army was at a cross-roads in terms of readiness. In the wake of the Vietnam-era, the Army was re-focused on building a values based organization with particular emphasis on tr... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 08/03/2017

This past February marked my 39th anniversary of being in the US Army. Never in a million years did I think I would be in this long but again, thirty-nine years later I’m still wearing the uniform and enjoying every day of being an American Soldier. Like any career or any profession, there are good times and sometimes not so good times. But I can assure you the good times outnumber the not so good times. The men and women that I had the honor and privilege of serving with have filled my military career with great memories. Men and women of great character that exemplify every one of the Army Values and are ready to answer the Nation’s call o... Read More...

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Going All the Way
Going All the Way

By Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Litchfield | 08/03/2017

Joe Namath once said, “if you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?” and from March 20-24, 2017, 25 Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers and Drill Sergeants of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) gathered at Camp Bullis, Texas, to go all the way in the 2017 Best Warrior Competition. The mechanics of the competition were the work of Sgt. 1st Class Brian Blanchard, 1-355th, 95th Training Division (IET) who involved all levels of the command, from company to division in his planning process. Read More...

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Joint Training Enhances Unit Readiness
Joint Training Enhances Unit Readiness

By Sgt. Thomas Belton | 08/03/2017

The drill sergeants train Navy individual augmentees in basic combat skills and serve as an essential part of Task Force Marshall’s mission. Their objectives are to train Ready and Available Joint Service Warriors to augment deploying unit’s missions. “We are here under Task Force Marshall from the 108th Training Command, and part of their mission is to train Reserve component engineering duty officers who deploy with the army combat engineers,” said Ensign David Segala, an engineering duty officer from SURGEMAIN North London. “This training today is for the junior officers to get some additional pointers from the drill instructor unit.... Read More...

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Toys to training: WWII Veteran Reminisces
Toys to training: WWII Veteran Reminisces

By Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel | 08/03/2017

Charlotte , N.C. — Few of the 16 million Americans that joined allies across the globe remain to tell the tale of World War II. John Samuel Dellinger, a 96-year-old veteran and native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was among those who served and sacrificed for their country and loved ones. Now, Nearly 72 years after completing his service to the nation, in a tiny suburb of Charlotte, Dellinger sat down to reminisce on the War, the things he’s seen, and the life he’s led since. Born on July 31, 1920, Dellinger learned at an early age how to carve his own toys, whittling them into a likeness of things he was fond of, including airplanes... Read More...

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The Value of a Chaplain
The Value of a Chaplain

By Chaplain Maj. Lance W. Dixon | 08/03/2017

The U.S. Army Reserve is uniquely composed of service members who often live hours from their home units and sometimes even further from the leaders charged with their well being. Additionally, the men and women of the Army Reserve work full time jobs, have significant responsibilities as mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and yet sacrificially serve their country as citizen soldiers. These men and women come from various backgrounds and bring with them a multitude of personal and emotional struggles. Read More...

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford | 08/03/2017

As you read this, a battalion headquarters and seven companies from the 95th Training Division are on the ground at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri doing the critical work of turning civilian recruits into Soldiers!  The Iron Men of Metz are currently executing the largest reserve training mission since The Surge, over a decade ago! You may remember that back in January, the President signed an order increasing the size of the Army.  To increase the size of the Army, you need more Soldiers.  Those new Soldiers must first, be trained.  That means someone needs to train them.  And therein lies a problem: the active component simply did not ha... Read More...

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What’s Your Next Mission?

| 08/04/2017

If you’re transitioning from military service and have an interest in the freight transportation industry, you should consider a career at Estes Express Lines — especially if you have driver or mechanic experience. Estes is the largest privately-owned less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in North America. We’ve been around for over 85 years, and a big part of that is because we hire and retain the best people. Read More...

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4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents

By Angela Caban | 08/04/2017

The summer season is in full swing. Friends and family are gathering around to enjoy beautiful weather, delicious food, outings, and late night bon fires while enjoying the crisp summer air. As parents we have our hands full juggling life during the summer, whether we are planning beach trips, or staycations, there are always things that parents need to keep in mind when young children are involved. Read More...

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