From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

05/05/2018   By Brig. Gen. B.G. Edwards Commanding, 104th Training Division (LT)
 

Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) remains the largest commissioning source for officers in the U.S. Army and at its core is leader training.  The 104th Division (Leader Training) plays a significant role in meeting our Army’s leadership development requirements by training tomorrow’s leaders today.  The Timberwolf Division supports nearly 270 ROTC programs across America every day.  Every year, we assist with producing nearly 6000 new Lieutenants for the U.S. Army and over 600 for the United States Army Reserve.  This past December, I had the honor and privilege to promote three of America’s finest cadets to the rank of Second Lieutenant from one of these outstanding ROTC programs.  These newly commissioned officers completed 4 years of undergraduate studies at California State University at Fullerton while balancing the rigors of a highly intense ROTC program with real life events to include family, friends, and extra-curricular obligations.  These leaders are highly educated, well trained, and motivated warriors who are fully prepared to enter the Army.

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“An ideal Army leader has strong intellect, physical presence, professional competence, high moral character, and serves as a role model.” FM 6-22The 104th Division is...“training tomorrow’s leaders today” — BG Edwards

As a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, they will be expected to lead, make hard decisions, and accomplish the mission.  This is a great responsibility and one that can only be possible with the right foundation.  The foundation of these leadership skills begins with a solid ROTC program.  Successful ROTC programs train their future leaders to be agile, adaptable, flexible, mentally/physically resilient, and competent.  These traits are encased in the armor of warrior ethos and guided by the Army Values.  But ROTC is just the start.  These new leaders will continue to learn and grow as they progress through their respective leadership lanes from the study of doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures, as well from coaching, mentoring, and most importantly: training.  Moreover, they learn from their success and failures throughout their career.  While on this journey, they must never forget the portion of the sacred cadet creed that states, “mission first and people always”.  These new leaders must learn to balance successful mission accomplishment with how they treat and care for organizational members.  This delicate balance between “risk to mission and risk to force” will confront these leaders at every decision point along their leadership path to mission success.  Taking care of people involves creating and sustaining a positive climate through open communications, trust, cohesion, and teamwork.  All of which are traits of successful organizations.

Seeing the excitement and anticipation of these soon to be lieutenants was inspirational.  It gave me a sense of hope, pride, and confidence that our junior leaders are well trained and ready to make a positive impact in the Army.  While at California State University at Fullerton, an MS2 cadet approached me and asked the following question: “Sir, did you have any fears entering the Army as a brand new lieutenant.”  My answer to him was, “No!” I strongly feel that I was fully prepared to enter this profession because of the level of training I received in my ROTC program.  And my message to him, “you too are ready.”  Along the way, I had leaders who invested time, energy, and resources to make me the best leader that I can be.  As leaders, it is our responsibility to contribute to the building of new leaders and to set forth the standards that will be practiced by others to follow.

The oath the newly commissioned officers made that morning is one that should not to be taken lightly as it is an oath of commitment, loyalty, service, duty dedication, honor, respect, integrity, and personal courage.  It is an oath that binds the Officer Corp and is an oath to command the most professional, educated, motivated, and best Army in the world.  So stand tall and salute those who lead the way!

-— Timberwolf 06, Out

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The Griffon Spring 2018

Vol. 42.1 | Spring 2018

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