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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 Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 04/18/2017

To my Teammates of the 108th Training Command, it is my great privilege to share opportunities of your successes with others.  That was no less the case when I was honored by the invitation of an extraordinary leader and partner, CSM Gilmer, the Commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy to speak at the graduation ceremony conducted on March 8, 2017.  There were 91 graduates, 16 from the 108th.  Of the 16, five were on the Commandant’s list.  One stood alone with the trifecta of excellence: Commandant’s List, Distinguished Honor Graduate, and Iron Drill: Female.  That was SSG Brianna Popp.  The following is an excerpt of the remarks ... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 02/07/2017

Recently, Command Sgt. Maj. Riti and I attended the Army Professional Forum (APF).  In attendance was our Army’s senior leadership and command teams.  The APF was an extraordinary opportunity to discuss our Army and the bedrock principle which makes our profession, and indeed our Army, the greatest force the world has ever seen in the history of the world.  It is the foundational principle of trust. As the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley articulated, we are America’s Army: indivisible and that we have a contract with America.  Our contract with the American people rests in the notion that they trust us to be the ready and r... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 10/20/2016

Team 108th, As we a take a collective breath that our busy summer training season has concluded I can honestly say today, more than ever, I am impressed by the efforts of every member of the 108th Training Command. I have been very fortunate to have spent a large portion of the summertime traveling the country witnessing the solid work of our Soldiers helping to shape the Army’s might. Our new Chief of the Army Reserve, LTG Luckey, said that we need to keep the Army Reserve on the “Road to Awesome” with leadership, enthusiastic energy and execution. That means that there are no short cuts to greatness so we must continue to push to our ... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 07/18/2016

This past quarter has been an exceptional one for the entire Command. As a recap: we bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Christian upon completion of a remarkable command tour and welcomed Brig. Gen. Bassford as the new Commanding General, 95th Training Division; we saw a RIP-TOA for Task Force Marshall under the leadership of the 98th Division; we witnessed the 108th birthday of the Army Reserve and the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program; executed the Strategic Planning Update Review with command Teams from all 10 Brigades and higher; over 50 drill sergeants graduated in the past 3 classes many with distinguished and honor graduate status; we con... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 04/28/2016

It has been said the United States Army is the greatest Army the world has ever seen in the history of the world. We have the greatest firepower and lethality; impressive speed of maneuver; communications systems span greater distances; logistics support pushed forward; effective execution of mission command with our Soldiers led by agile and adaptive leaders. The center piece is that our Soldiers are smarter and highly trained. Moreover, our Army is great because it’s a values based organization. We believe in Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. These values are our guiding principles which dri... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 01/16/2016

To the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of the 108th Training Command, I thank you for the incredibly warm welcome you extended to me and my Family. Karen, Taylor, Thomas and I were humbled by the level of care and effort you took to make our transition so smooth. Moreover, I thank Maj. Gen. Purser for her extraordinary support in helping me to assume command of arguably the finest training command within the United States Army. Thanks Leslie.              The reputation of the 108th Training Command including the 95th Training Division, 98th Training Division and the 104th Training Division is far reaching and notable. Drawing on nearly ... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 09/29/2015

To all the exceptional Soldiers and leaders within the 108th Training Command, it’s been my honor and privilege to serve with you over the last two years. My tenure is up and I am headed to an assignment with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA/MRA) .....think Army Reserve Policy at the Department of Army level. Throughout the past two years, I have been continually amazed and humbled by the expertise I have seen in the units within the 108th. Our drill sergeants and ROTC Cadre are totally motivating to me and inspirational to the new recruits and cadets they train. The compliments I have received f... Read More...

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