Army Reserve NCOs prepare cadets for leadership success
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Shelton, an instructor with the 104th Training Division, double checks the equipment of a basket stretcher before cadets utilize it during the Field Leaders Reaction Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 11, 2018. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, with the 104th Training Division, led events at the U.S. Army’s Basic Camp in order to develop and reinforce Army values in cadets. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dalton Smith)
July 17, 2018 - Through dirt and sweat, squads of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets overcame physical and mental obstacles to test their leadership and teamwork abilities at the Field Leaders Reaction Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Behind the lens: Ghost writers tell the story
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment out of Nashville, Tennessee interview a Soldier during the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Command's Best Warrior Competition (SARC BWC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 10-15. The 11-person team of public affairs Soldiers covered the USARC BWC not only to document the event but to fulfill their annual training requirements. (U.S. Army Reserve Courtesy photo/released)
June 26, 2018 - A good story keeps the reader’s interest. A great story makes the reader feel or act. Regardless of the format—pictures, videos or articles—stories have the power to freeze time and capture a moment of history that can never be recreated.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the trail
Drill sergeants and noncommissioned officers from the 98th Training Division (IET) assisted with grading and support of the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 11, 2018. - (photo by U.S. Army Reserve Courtesy photo/released)
June 26, 2018 - Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve bring a unique set of skills to the Army, as they not only serve their country but they also have a civilian lifestyle and occupations that mirror their military skills.

Urban assault course boosts morale
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Michael Mangan, a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with the 439th Quartermaster Company, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, clear a room during the shoot-house event at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 11, 2018. This year’s Best Warrior Competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya) (Released)
June 15, 2018 - The U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior urban assault course not only challenged competitors physically and mentally, but it also served as a morale booster during the 2018 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Honor, integrity on and off the trail
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Louis Rodriguez, a senior drill sergeant with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) out of Sacramento California, watches over a Soldier on the Zero Range during the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg June 10. More than 35 Soldiers representing seven Geographic Commands and 22 Functional Commands, will spend the week competing in a variety of challenges including firing weapons, land navigation, the Army Physical Fitness Test, and various mystery events. These challenges will ultimately test their capabilities, combat-readiness, and lethality. The Army Reserve’s top Soldier and NCO of the Year and will compete against winners from the major Army commands in October at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/Released)
June 13, 2018 - When most people think of drill sergeants, they think of disciplined instructors, intimidating stares and squared-away, by-the-book Soldiers. While these rigid images may all be true, it is only one side of the iconic job in today’s Army Reserve.

Doubling Down: U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers compete for more than Best Warrior honors
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. William S. Laws, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist with the 318th Chemical Company, 490th Chemical Battalion, 415th Chemical Brigade, 76th Operational Response Command, competes in the swimming event of the German Armed Forces Badge at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 10, 2018. This year's Best Warrior competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Rachel A. Leis)
June 12, 2018 - This year, top performers in America’s Ready Reserve have a special opportunity to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge while participating in the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Logisticians can pave career path with free credentialing program
Spc. Robin Trinidad (right), an automated logistics specialist from the 103rd Quartermaster Company in Houston, inspects a cooler Feb. 17, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., used to preserve perishable foods in the field. The Los Angeles native and his Army Reserve company are supporting field exercises during a base field exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Hubbard, 204th PAD)
May 9, 2018 - Two nationally recognized credentials are available free of charge to Soldiers holding select quartermaster military occupational specialties. The Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician documents can be earned by enlisted 92A automated logistical specialists and 92Y unit supply specialists, as well as warrant officer 920A supply systems technicians and 920B property accounting technicians.

Army Reserve Soldier takes command of Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Andrew V. Burns (left), 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), holds the unit colors of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, during a Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia April 25. Burns, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, is the first Army Reserve Soldier in more than 30 years to take command of the active duty Infantry Officer Leaders Course. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
May 9, 2018 - U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Andrew V. Burns, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), has

Seven commands hold Combined Best Warrior
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Thomas Lucas, 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), manuevers through the obstacle course at the Combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year Competitions at Fort Knox, Kentucky April 9-13. Eight U.S. Army Reserve Commands combined resources to not only be efficient, but to provide the competitors a more challenging competition. The commands involved were: 84th Training Command, 108th Training Command, 88th Readiness Division, 81st Readiness Division, 63rd Readiness Division, U.S. Army Reserve Aviation Command, U.S. Army Reserve Careers Division, and the U.S. Army Reserve Military Intelligence Command. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
April 27, 2018 - Seven U.S. Army Reserve commands tested their Soldiers in a Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 9-13.

First Sgt. uses drill sergeant lessons as new CEO
U.S. Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Lorraine Smith, first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) at Fort Benning, Georgia, was recently announced the Chief Executive Officer for the Monroe County Hospital, a Navicent Health Partner. The former Army Reserve drill sergeant attributes her new promotion to some skills learned while in uniform and on the trail. (Courtesy Photo)
April 4, 2018 - Juggling the responsibilities of both a civilian career and a military career just got a little tougher—and more rewarding—for Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Lorraine Smith. The former drill sergeant, who is now a first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), just became the Chief Executive Officer for the Monroe County Hospital, a Navicent Health Partner, and attributes the new promotion to some skills learned while in uniform and on the trail.

Army Reserve Soldiers advance skills through competition
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Augustine Ohaeri, a drill sergeant with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) that is headquartered out of Fort Benning, Georgia, competes in a pistol match during the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia March 11-18, 2018. Each year, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit hosts the All Army competition to develop marksmanship skills, recognize superior marksmanship skill levels and advance Army lethality. The competition is open to cadets and Soldiers from the active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve. This year’s competition had 18 cadets, 108 active duty, 60 National Guard and 48 Reserve Soldiers competing for various titles.
April 3, 2018 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers don't always get the opportunity to go to the weapons range. However, a few Citizen-Soldiers took it upon themselves to not only go to the range, but to compete in several marksmanship matches all for the sake of advancing their skills.

94th TD continues CONUS Replacement Center mission
(Right) Col. Paul Garcia, commander of 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Adrian Jackson, incoming commander of the 7th Personnel Service Battalion, 95th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 94th Training Division, 80th Training Command, at the Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 1, 2017.
Dec. 1, 2017 - When U.S. Army Soldiers deploy, there’s more to getting ready than simply packing bags and cutting orders. From family care plans and financial paperwork, to issuing equipment and protective gear, the staff at the Continental United States Replacement Center help prepare all those who are deploying.

Training mission transfers to new leadership
Lt. Col. Karl Painter, former commander of Task Force Marshall, passes the unit colors to Col. Fernando Guadalupe, Leader Training Brigade commander, during a transfer of authority ceremony for the unit tasked with training Navy individual augmentees for deployment to the Middle East Oct. 20 at Camp McCrady, S.C.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Lt. Col. Karl Painter and Command Sgt. Maj. Johnathan Bentley transferred the authority of Task Force Marshall to Lt. Col. Travis Quesenberry and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas K. Watts in a ceremony Oct. 30 at Camp McCrady in Eastover, S.C.

CSM Huddle marches onward wearing gas masks, carrying rucksacks
Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Owens, U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major of the 200th Military Police Command, leads a team-building ruck march while wearing gas masks along with command sergeants major from his brigades and battalions during a
Sept. 18, 2017 - Fishermen, joggers and bikers turned their heads as they watched a group of Soldiers march by wearing gas masks, carrying 40-pound rucks on their shoulders.

Devoted 108th chaplain supports trainees
U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Maj.) Christopher Laughlin, a 108th Training Command chaplain, prays with with trainees August 24, 2017, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Laughlin is mobilized in support of the Army’s end strength increase which is designed to increase troop strength by 9,000 Soldiers this fiscal year. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Christopher Lindborg).
Aug. 28, 2017 - U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Maj.) Christopher Laughlin, a 108th Training Command chaplain, understands the influence chaplains have on Soldiers.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier leads the way
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Gregory Girard, a trainer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), 104th Training Division (Leader Training), 108th Training Command, from Saco, Maine, reviews the weapon clearing procedure for the M240B machine gun for the incoming cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2017. Instructors from the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment have been tasked with training incoming cadets at West Point for over 30 years. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Carlos J. Garcia)
Aug. 7, 2017 - Hi-yah! An Army Reserve Soldier teaches incoming cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York to always karate chop the safety on the M240B machine gun.

Echo Mission helps train Ft. Jackson recruits
New recruits with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., prepare for a land navigation course on the land navigation range at Fort Jackson, Aug. 3, 2017. Army Reserve drill sergeants work with active duty drill sergeants at Fort Jackson to counter the influx of new recruits that occurs during the summer months. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Jeremiah Woods)
Aug. 7, 2017 - Coral-red dust billows up and rests on several brand-new pairs of brown leather boots as a crowd of new recruits at Fort Jackson, S.C. shuffle into a formation on the Omaha Beach team live-fire range.

Task Force Wolf taps Army Reserve to train future leaders
U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants observe apprehensive and disoriented Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets experiencing their initial immersion into military order and discipline – also known as “Shark Week” – after a 4 a.m. wake-up call on their first day of Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 4, 2017. Task Force Wolf utilizes Army Reserve drill sergeants and training experts to develop future commissioned officers, with many of them choosing to serve in the Army Reserve.  [U.S. Army photo by Army Capt. Loyal Auterson, U.S. Army Reserve Command-Public Affairs Office // RELEASED //]
July 10, 2017 - Qualified and experienced U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are in high demand as America’s highly sophisticated, lethal, full-spectrum Army Reserve evolves to take on a greater role supporting the demands of the active duty Army.

New BCT battalion activates at Fort Leonard Wood
Col. Daryl Hood, 3rd Chemical Brigade commander, left, holds the guidon while Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Gonzales unfurls the colors for the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment during the battalion activation ceremony Friday. The battalion was activated to support an increase to the installation's Basic Combat Training mission. 

(Photo Credit: Mr. Stephen Standifird (Leonard Wood)
June 26, 2017 - Fort Leonard Wood and the 3rd Chemical Brigade activated the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment in a ceremony Friday on Gammon Field.

Joint Training Enhances Unit Readiness
Drill sergeants from the 1st Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment load crew-served and automatic weapons on a familiarization range at Fort Devens, MA June 3, 2017.
June 5, 2017 - The drill sergeants trained 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.

Task Force Marshall Drill Sergeant Earns Expert Infantry Badge
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Clint Myers, a Kingsport, Tennessee native, stands with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Gordon after receiving his Expert Infantry Badge at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C. on March 31, 2017. Myers earned the prestigious EIB after completing the two-week preparation course and grueling 5-day competition, which Gordon encouraged him to do. Myers started his EIB journey along with 122 other Soldiers. Upon completion of the competition, only 17 Soldiers earned the EIB, and Myers was the only Reserve Soldier among them. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Chaplain (Capt.) Caleb Wright/released)
June 5, 2017 - Dawn had not yet broken. A group of exhausted noncommissioned officers gathered near Hilton Field on Fort Jackson, South Carolina. They shared some light chatter, but the eyes of the NCOs spoke much louder.

Career, Family and a Legion of Merit, All Compliments of the Army
Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Jane Decker, the last division personnel sergeant major for the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), looks back at her unit photo from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. in 1974. Decker was originally part of the Women’s Army Corps. A few years later, Decker transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and served over 40 years as a Citizen-Soldier. The Spencerport, New York resident was awarded a Legion of Merit during a 98th Alumni Luncheon on April 20, 2017 in Rochester, New York. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/Released)
May 31, 2017 - She joined the Army because she didn’t have anything to do and could not afford to go to college. Now, looking back on 43 years, that decision gave her a career, but also amazing friends and mentors, a loving family and even, a Legion of Merit.

98th Training Division JAG Selected as Military Judge
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Robert J. Gleason, the judge advocate general for the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), was recently selected by the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General to become a military judge. In his civilian capacity, Gleason is the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Charolette, N.C., where he also resides. The Citizen-Soldier has served in the Army Reserve for 25 years and said he looks forward to his new position as a military judge. “What can be better than representing the United States of America, and have the opportunity to do that every day, and have the opportunity to do the right thing. Not every job you can say that, but in this job, you do.” (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/Released)
May 31, 2017 - Most people want to avoid courtrooms, thinking of them in a negative light. But for one Army Reserve Soldier, the courtroom is a second home and the place where he serves his country.

Veterans Gather in New York for Alumni Luncheon
Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Ret.) Charlie Price, who served as a Tuskegee Airman and with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), sits with Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Eugene Porter, who was the first division command sergeant major for the 98th Training Division (IET), after the 98th Alumni Luncheon on April 20, 2017 in Rochester, New York. Price, 94, and Porter, 91, said they enjoy coming to the luncheons for the camaraderie. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/Released)
May 31, 2017 - Over 100 veterans gathered together for a 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) Alumni Luncheon on April 20, 2017.

WWII Veteran Reminisces
William Dellinger, a 96-year-old veteran and native of Charlotte North Carolina reminisces on events during WWII, things he’s seen and the life he has lead, at his home Wednesday, Nov 2. Dellinger poses with his dress uniform. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel, 108th Training Command)
March 29, 2017 - Few of the sixteen million Americans that joined allies across the globe remain to tell the tale of World War II. William 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.

98th NCO Earns Top Honors at Drill Sergeant Academy
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Briana Popp donned her drill sergeant hat during a graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C. March 8, 2017. Popp earned the titles of Iron Female and Distinguished Honor Graduate and will be a drill sergeant with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training). Popp was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate in the past six cycles and happened to graduate in March, which is Women's History Month. Coincidentally, Popp's graduation day was International Women's Day as well. Popp is married to active duty drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Victor James Popp, Echo Company, 2-19 Infantry Battalion, 198th Infantry Brigade, at Fort Benning. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
March 20, 2017 - Earning the title of drill sergeant is an accomplishment not all Soldiers can achieve. However, Army Reserve Soldier, Staff Sgt. Briana Popp, did just that and more.

Female Drill Sergeant Hat Changes Army, Lives
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Briana Popp stands before her class during her graduation from the Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, S.C. March 8, 2017. Popp earned the titles of Iron Female and Distinguished Honor Graduate and will be a drill sergeant with the 98th Training Division (IET). Popp was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate in the past six cycles and happened to graduate in March, which is Women's History Month. Coincidentally, Popp's graduation day was International Women's Day as well.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
March 20, 2017 - The drill sergeant hat is an icon in the Army that creates vivid images. When people see a Soldier wearing it, they immediately feel respect because they know it is a job that is earned, not given.

Retired Veteran Helps Others Find Peace Through Horses
Austin Jones, a Boy Scout with Troop 69 out of Columbus, Gal., pets
March 20, 2017 - Life can be full of stress that is unavoidable. From the irritation of dealing with road-raging drivers to the anxiety of coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, it can be a lot to handle.

The American Dream
Pvt. Diego Garcia, an Army Reserve Soldier in basic combat training with Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., takes aim at his target at the hand grenade assault course, Oct. 19. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Hargett/ released)
Nov. 18, 2016 - Throughout its 240-year history, the United States has been known as the Great American Melting Pot. With a diverse population of more than 320 million, its citizens represent just about every nation and culture on the planet. And its Military is no different.

Panthers and Servicemembers go head to head in virtual challenge
Soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors, gather with the Carolina Panthers during the Pro vs. GI Joe video game challege in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 7, 2016. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett/ released)
Nov. 15, 2016 - Tension filled the air as servicemembers anxiously awaited the arrival of NFL players into Bank of

BCT overcomes fears and builds confidence
Basic Combat Training Soldiers from Company A, 34th Infantry Regiment, complete the five walls obstacle at the confidence course during their fifth week of training at Fort Jackson, S.C., Oct 19. The confidence course promotes team building and confidence in soldiers individually. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel, 108th Training Command)
Nov. 7, 2016 - Army Basic Combat Training transforms civilians to Soldiers from day one. It embodies the definition

Facing adversity: a Soldier’s journey
Veteran Reginald
Nov. 7, 2016 - “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere,” - Frank A. Clark

The Minuteman Scholarship
ROTC students shake hands with Ambassador Isabelle Slifer after taken the oath of office for joining the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard.
Sept. 15, 2016 - Today, four students received their oath of office at George Mason University and accepted their ROTC Minuteman Scholarship to attend school full time.

98th Training Division (IET) Welcomes New Commander
Soldiers from the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) take a moment of silence in honor of the 15th anniversary of September 11th during an assumption of command ceremony for Brig. Gen. Miles Davis at National Infantry Museum on Fort Benning, Georgia.
Sept. 12, 2016 - September 11th is a day of remembrance for many. For one Army Reservist, it is now also a day of honor and new beginnings.

Seasoned I Corps aviators take flight with an old friend one last time
U.S. Army I Corps officers Col. Michael Harvey, Chief Warrant Officer Jim Israel, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rian Demery pose in front of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior at an airfield in Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 29, 2016. Together the men have 70 years of experience flying for the Army - and all three of them flew the OH-58. The helicopter belonged to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, the last squadron of OH-58's. Once the 1-17th's current rotation is over the Army will retire all OH-58's from its fleet. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)
Sept. 6, 2016 - Three I Corps officers with a combined 70 years of experience as Army aviators spent an afternoon with one of the last OH-58D Kiowa Warriors still on active duty – a helicopter each man spent countless hours behind the controls of.

Army Reserve drill sergeants – I’ve got your back
FORT JACKSON, S.C. – Non-commissioned officers of the 1st Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment ensure that the Soldiers of Foxtrot Company have properly tied their Swiss Seat rappelling knot before they go down Victory Tower on Aug 23, 2016.  Foxtrot Company currently has drill sergeants from both active duty and the reserve conducting training at Fort Jackson, S.C.  (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Michael Adetula, 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment)
Aug. 29, 2016 - Drill sergeants of the 1st Battalion, 518th Regiment, 98th Training Division, are currently in charge of 214 recruits as they conduct a cycle of basic combat training in support of the Foxtrot Company Mission from Aug. 10 – Oct. 27, 2016 as part of the U.S. Army Reserve.

‘Shock and awe’ sets the tone for Soldiers in Basic Combat Training
New Soldiers arriving for their first day of Basic Combat Training, Aug. 19, with Company F, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment on Fort Jackson, S.C. are
Aug. 24, 2016 - ‘Rapid dominance’ was a concept adapted as doctrine first authored by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade of the United States’ National Defense University in 1996.

3297th USAH cases colors during deactivation ceremony
Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Allen, 3297th United States Army Hospital Battalion command sergeant major, passes the battalion colors to Col. James H. Murphy, 297th United States Army Hospital Battalion commander, so they may be properly rolled and cased during the battalion's Color Casing Ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 20. The unit will be officially deactivated Sept. 15 and will transition to become the 7409th U.S. Army Troop Medical Clinic. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)
Aug. 24, 2016 - Army Reserve Soldiers with the 3297th United States Army Hospital, Army Reserve Medical Command, gathered one last time at its battalion headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the colors were cased during a deactivation ceremony here, Aug. 20.

Senior leaders forum helps educate educators
Sgt. 1st Class Bill Keever, Arizona State University ROTC assistant primary military science instructor, asks a question about career progression, during a senior leader seminar held at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., Aug. 6. Sixty-seven Military Science Instructors from 150 Universities spread throughout 26 states were present during the seminar as part of an annual training development event designed to tap into senior leader mentoring and motivational techniques as well as provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices. The event was hosted by the 104th Training Division's 4th Battalion, 414th Regiment (SROTC). (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Aug. 15, 2016 - Close to 70 Military Science Instructors from 150 Universities spread throughout 26 states came together at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Aug. 6 for a Senior Leader seminar hosted by the 104th Training Division’s 4th Battalion, 414th Regiment (SROTC).

108th holds retirement ceremony for General Officer
Maj. Gen. (ret.) David Puster along with Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti108th Training Command (IET) command sgt. maj., cases his two-star flag during his retirement ceremony at the 108th Training Command (IET) headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 13. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Aug. 15, 2016 - The 108th Training Command (IET) honored Maj. Gen. David W. Puster for completing more than 30 years of military service with a retirement ceremony held Aug. 13 at it's command headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ceremony, which is traditionally held outdoors, took place in the command's drill hall due to sweltering temperatures outside.

Task Force Wolf Instructors assist Individual Movement Training during Cadet Initial Entry Training, CST16
Task Force Wolf, Army Reserve instructor Staff Sgt. Tyler Martin instructs Frantz Pierre, a Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) candidate from Marion Military Institute in Northern Alabama, on the Individual Movement Training (IMT) lane at Christensen Range, during Cadet Summer Training (CST16), at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, July 11. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released)
July 27, 2016 - “He said ‘set.’ it’s your turn to move, right?” A Cadet nods.

Echo Mission transforms to adapt to new battlefield
Basic Combat Training (BCT) Soldiers acting as their Command Post's (CP) Quick Reaction Force (QRF) run toward a simulated casualty being carried by members of his squad to provide protection as well as assist in his evacuation July 20, during their BCT Company's final field training exercise (FTX)  at Fort Jackson, S.C. before their graduation.  The final FTX allows the Soldiers to apply all of their training under the most rigorous and stressful conditions similar to real combat operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador)
July 25, 2016 - All the while, their instructors, Army drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Jack Lee, Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade and Army Reserve drill sergeant, Sgt. Leah Anderson of Company D, 518th Battalion, 2nd Headquarters Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) watch the events unfold, leaving everything in the hands of the BCT Soldiers as they go through their FTX facing these challenges and more.

Fundamentals are key for Soldiers in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson
Soldiers in Basic Combat Training with Company B, 2nd Battallion, 60th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., use dime and washer drills to work on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship before heading up to the range to zero their personal weapons, July 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)
July 18, 2016 - Soldiers in basic combat training with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina braved the stifling summer heat working on the fundamentals of marksmanship on the zero range, July 14.

Task Force Wolf Soldier mentors leadership on Field Leaders Reaction Course
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Vanqualis N. Battles, native of Greensboro, Florida, and Task Force Wolf instructor from Bravo Company, 4th Regiment of the 518th Training Support Battalion, 104th Training Division (LT), mentors Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) candidates on  the Wall Banger, the third obstacle on the Field Leaders Reaction Course (FLRC), during Cadet Summer Training (CST16), at Ft. Knox, Kentucky June 25. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released)
July 11, 2016 - “This is my obstacle,” a sergeant states with his emphasis on ownership to a herd of eager Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) candidates approaching the third obstacle on the Field Leaders Reaction Course (FLRC) nestled deep in the Kentucky woods.

West Point journey begins with R-day
Future Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., scurry across a bridge to their next in-procesing station during R-day, June 27. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)
June 29, 2016 - “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before

Army Reserve names newest Drill Sergeants
After a ceremony held at the Fort Jackson, S.C. Post Theater on June 22, graduates of the Drill Sergeant Course, class 008-16, take time to reacquaint with their friends and family members. Candidates at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy spend a total of 63 training days learning the art of inspiring, motivating, and mentoring new Soldiers in Basic Combat Training. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)
June 28, 2016 - Eight Soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command (IET) became the latest members of the U.S. Army’s elite training corps, the Drill Sergeant corps, at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson’s Post Theater, June 22.

Brig. Gen. Smith Relinquishes Command of the 98th Training Division (IET)
Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen, commander of the 108th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), takes the colors from Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commander of the 98th Training Division (IET), during a Relinquishment of Command Ceremony at Brave Rifles Parade Field on June 26. Smith, who has been in command of the Army Reserve division headquartered at Fort Benning since November 2015, will move to Korea to become the Deputy Commanding General of Sustainment for Eighth Army.
June 27, 2016 - Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith relinquished command of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) during a ceremony at Brave Rifles Parade Field on June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Smith, who took command of the Army Reserve division headquartered at Fort Benning in November of 2015, exercised command and control of four brigades located throughout twelve states in the eastern U.S. as well as Puerto Rico.

Task Force Wolf supports future leaders in FT Knox Cadet Summer Training mission
An Army Reserve instructor, attached to Task Force Wolf, monitors a cadet leadership course candidate on the confidence course during Cadet Summer Training at the U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Knox, Ky., June 11. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson/ Released)
June 16, 2016 - Army Reserve Soldiers and the U.S. Army Cadet Command work together to train the Army’s future leaders during two training opportunities this summer with annual Cadet Summer Training.

Victory Tower lays the foundation for Basic Combat Training
Staff Sgt. Trevin Sparks, a drill sergeant with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C. watches as Soldiers in their first full week of Basic Combat Training cross a pit on top of the 40-foot high Victory Tower, June 8.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)
June 10, 2016 - Since 1973, new recruits in what is now called Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina have been challenging and conquering the 40-foot monster known as Victory Tower in their first week of training.

UNC at Charlotte reflects on history and future of ROTC
Cadets in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ROTC program encourage each other along the route during a 5k fun run marking the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program, April 23, 2016. The ROTC program annually generates about 70 percent of the nation's Military officers. The ROTC program was officially created under the Defense Act of 1916 signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/released)
April 26, 2016 - The Army’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or ROTC, as we know it was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson with the signing of the National Defense Act of 1916.

Soldier sings her way to victory
Spc. Kayla Bundy, 1st Bn., 414th Inf. Reg., 95th Training Division (IET), gets a bit of help removing her boots after completing a 10-mile forced march during the 2016 108th Training Command (IET) Best Warrior competition held at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 21. This year's Best Warrior competition determined the top NCO and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the 108th Training Command (IET) at the Army Reserve Drill Sgt. of the Year competition later this year at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bundy was selected to represent the 108th in the junior enlisted competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/released)
April 20, 2016 - One by one, boot by bloodied boot, warrior after warrior came across the finish line: body heat escaping their sweat drenched clothing in the form of steam against the cold of an early spring morning.

95th Training Division (IET) “Welcomes Home” Its Newest Commander
Brig. Gen. Daniel Christian seen smiling after relinquishing command of the 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) at Fort Sill, Okla., Apr. 16 at the 95th Adjutant General Battalion. Command Sgt. Maj. John Stumph looks on while Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, Commanding General of the 108th Training Command (IET) headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., hands the division colors to Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford symbolizing the passing of the responsibility of the mission and care of the Soldiers of the 95th TD. Photo by Capt. Adrienne Bryant 95th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs Officer
April 19, 2016 - Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford became the twentieth commander of the 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), headquartered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here on Apr. 16. Bassford assumed the leadership role from Brig. Gen. Daniel Christian, who served as the 95th's commander since December 2013. Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, Commander of the 108th Training Command (IET), presided over the change of command ceremony held at the 95th Adjutant General Battalion.

NC A&T State University commemorates 100 years of ROTC with Hall of Fame Induction ceremony
Brig. Gen. Richard Sele, 108th Training Command Deputy Commanding General (center), is joined by retired Lt. Cols. James Davis (left) and Dianne Fisher (right) at the North Carolina A&T State University ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Greensboro, N.C., Apr. 14, 2016. The event was held at the Alumni Center as a part of the centennial celebration of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/released)
April 15, 2016 - This year college campuses all across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program and North Carolina A&T State University is no exception.

Army Reserve Mentors and Evaluates Cadets at 2016 Sandhurst
Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada brief a United States Military Academy (USMA) Cadet scorekeeper on where their next checkpoint will be during the annual Sandhurst Competition held at the United States Military Academy Apr. 8-9, 2016. The Sandhurst Competition is an annual event held at the United States Military Academy (USMA) where the cadets of  military academies from around the world compete in a variety of Soldier skills in which Non-Commissioned Officers of Companies A and B of the 3rd Bn., 304th Inf. Reg. (USMA) both mentor and evaluate the Cadets on their performance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador) (released)
April 11, 2016 - Non-Commissioned Officers are known as the backbone of the Army. They are master trainers; passing on lessons learned in combat as well as their years of experience to the Soldiers entrusted to them. It’s a mission they carry out with true dedication to all those entrusted to their care.

Cadets from around the globe square off at 2016 Sandhurst competition
A team from the United States Military Academy's Corps of Cadets make the 6 mile trek across the Appalachain Mountain range to their second station,rifle marksmanship,  during the first day of competition at the 2016 Sandhurst competition held at West Point, N.Y., April 8, 2016. The rifle marksmanship station was the second of 13 stations at this years competition. In all, 60 teams of cadets from military acdemies in 13 countries are competiting for the coveted British officer's sword. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/released)
April 11, 2016 - Rain subsided, the temperature plummeted and jubilation turned to determination as teams of Military Cadets made their way to historic Washington Hall for the start of the 2016 Sandhurst competition held on the United States Military Academy campus at West Point, New York, April 8-9.

Drill Sergeant Trail Led Him to Chaplaincy
Lt. Col. Matthew Patterson, battalion commander, 3rd Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), administers the Oath of Office to Staff Sgt. Craig Dowdy during his commissioning ceremony on Jan. 10, 2016.(Courtesy photo)
April 4, 2016 - God, family and country is not just a phrase. It has been a way of life for one Army Reserve Soldier that all started at an early age.

Applying History to the Future
Command Sgt. Maj. James P. Wills, interim command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, and Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen, commander of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), thank Elise Partin, City of Cayce mayor, for greeting their Army Reserve Soldiers at a tour of Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Cayce, S.C. on March 24. The tour was part of the command's combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)
March 29, 2016 - Citizen-Soldiers have been around in some form or another for generations. Since the onset of the Civil War, everyday citizens have put on a uniform to defend their homeland and though their names, uniforms and missions have changed over the years, one thing has remained the same – their passion for their country.

108th Training Command Soldiers Compete for Best Warrior and Brown Round Crowns
Sgt. 1st Class Blake Skola, 1st Bn., 354th Inf. Reg., 95th Training Div., drops his pack and prepares to sip some Gatorade following a grueling, 12-mile ruck march during the 108th Training Command's 2016 Drill Sgt. of the Year competition at Fort Jackson, S.C. March 22.
Organizers of the event incorporated a route that included long hills and several miles of sand to increase the difficulty of the march.
March 28, 2016 - Drill sergeants, non-commissioned officers (NCOs), and junior enlisted Soldiers from battalions all across the U.S. Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command (IET) rallied to compete for the titles of Drill Sergeant of the Year, Soldier of the Year, and NCO of the Year at the 2016 Best Warrior competition held at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, March 20-25th.

Army Reserve competition defines best warriors
Spc. Christopher L. Ubias, practical nursing specialist, 5502nd U.S. Army Hospital, of Denver, Colorado, rides a zip line to the ground during a team building exercise, March 8, 2016 at The Army Reserve Medical Command's 2016 Best Warrior competition at Fort Gordon, Ga. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton 108th Training Command- Initial Entry Training Public Affairs)
March 24, 2016 - The Army Reserve Medical Command brought their top noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from all

Mentorship Opportunities for Female Reserve Veterans
Stephen Austin, assistant chief of Army Reserve, and Sidney Goodfriend, founder and chairman of American Corporate Partners, sign a partnership agreement at the Pentagon in Washington March 21. The partnership launched the new Women’s Veteran Mentoring Program initiative.
March 22, 2016 - A new partnership was signed into effect between the Army Reserve’s Private Public Partnership Office (P3O) and American Corporate Partners’ (ACP) Women’s Veteran Mentoring Program, March 21, at the Pentagon.

95th Training Division (IET) Iraqi Freedom veteran receives Purple Heart
Brig. Gen. Daniel Christian, commanding general of the 95th Training Division (IET) at Fort Sill, Okla., pins a Purple Heart on Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Clark, senior drill sergeant with the 1/330th Infantry Regiment stationed in Fort Wayne, Ind., during a ceremony here Feb. 7. (Photo by Capt. Adrienne Bryant)
Feb. 25, 2016 - In a long-awaited presentation, Feb. 7, 2016, the Army awarded the Purple Heart Medal to an Iraqi Freedom veteran for a concussion and traumatic brain injury sustained 10 years earlier. Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Clark, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, then a sergeant, was assigned to first Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and deployed to Iraq in 2006.

98th Training Division hosts Future Soldier event
Daniel Forguer searches for terrain features on a map of Fort Jackson during Future Soldier Day hosted by 1st Battalion, 518th Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division (IET), at the Reserve Center in Asheville, N.C., Feb. 20, 2016. Forguer has not yet enlisted and is undecided on his military occupational specialty but says he is leaning towards becoming a supply specialist with the Army Reserve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Feb. 22, 2016 - Ten drill sergeants and prospective drill sergeants from the 98th Training Div. (IET) spent an unseasonably warm winter day in Asheville, North Carolina, teaching basic Army Warrior Tasks to close to 40 future Soldiers, Feb. 20, 2016.

Victory Forge tests Soldiers' resiliency
Facing a wind chill below freezing, a Soldier in basic combat training with C Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., struggles to evacuate a casualty by using a firemen's carry at Victory Forge, Feb. 10, 2016. During Victory Forge, Soldiers’ mental and physical abilities are tested to the limits. They are evaluated on everything they’ve learned in the prior eight weeks of training; from basic first aid to security and reconnaissance patrols. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Feb. 19, 2016 - Facing a wind chill below freezing, Soldiers in basic combat training with C Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, had their skills and resiliency challenged at Victory Forge, Feb. 9-12, 2016.

Learning from the past to ensure victory in the future
H. Allen Skinner, the command historian for the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC), explains the tactical lessons to be learned from the mistakes that were made during the Battle of Guilford County Courthouse, whose site is now a National Park located in Greensboro, N.C., during a staff ride taken by the staff sections and Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (IET) on Feb 6. The staff rides are training events used by staff members of the unit to learn important lessons from the past in order to ensure success in future conflicts. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador)
Feb. 19, 2016 - As one looks upon the site of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, the first impression on the senses is how quiet and peaceful the park is. For the Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), the entrance to the park on the cold, brisk morning of Feb. 6, 2016, gave little indication that it was once the site of one of the most bloody and pivotal battles of the Revolutionary War.

Soldiers’ resiliency tested at Victory Forge
Facing a wind chill below freezing, a Soldier in basic combat training with C Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, S.C., struggles to evacuate a casualty by using a firemen's carry at Victory Forge, Feb. 10, 2016. During Victory Forge, Soldiers’ mental and physical abilities are tested to the limits. They are evaluated on everything they’ve learned in the prior eight weeks of training; from basic first aid to security and reconnaissance patrols. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Feb. 16, 2016 - Facing a wind chill below freezing, Soldiers in basic combat training with C Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, had their skills and resiliency challenged at Victory Forge, Feb. 9-12, 2016.

Clemson University dedicates Memorial Stadium flagpole to WWII hero
U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon (retired), a WWII veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March, greets cadets of Clemson University's Reserve Officers Training Corps at the base of a flagpole that had just been named in his honor, Nov. 21, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)
Feb. 8, 2016 - The Clemson Tigers football team went into their home game against Wake Forest Nov. 21 undefeated and ranked number one in the nation, but for a few moments before kickoff all attention was turned away from the field, and onto a dapper 98 year-old gentleman sitting amid a crowd of news cameras and admirers at the foot of the Memorial Stadium flagpole, which was being permanently dedicated to him.

Clemson ROTC cadets test their mettle with water survival training
U.S. Army Master Sgt. Joe Medrano, a senior military instructor for Clemson University’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps program from Presidio, Texas, watches as a cadet drops - blindfolded and carrying an M16 - from a 5-meter diving board into a pool during the Combat Water Survival Test, Jan. 28, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)
Feb. 8, 2016 - U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets were tested on their stamina and personal courage with the Combat Water Survival Test at Clemson University Thursday.

A partnership forged
Probationary firefighters in their second week of training at the New York City Fire Academy on Russell Island in New York City, perform a drill known as motivation alley in which pairs of two firefighters must travel 100 feet down a road from a kneeling position carrying a charged 1¾-inch fire hose to put out a mock flame, Jan. 6, 2016. Drill sergeant leaders from the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy on Fort Jackson, S.C., were at the Fire Academy Jan. 4-8, to observe training as part of a collaboration between the Fire Department of New York and the Center for Initial Military Training providing lessons learned and offering alternate training methods for new recruits. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Jan. 19, 2016 - True success can only be achieved through teamwork and collaboration. That has been the fundamental driving force behind business and organizations for centuries and it is no different for the Army today.

Livin’ the dream
Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET) Drill Sergeant of the Year and firefighter for the city of Ithaca, prepares his gear in preparation for the night at Central Station in Ithaca, N.Y., Dec. 16, 2015. Vidler has worked as a firefighter with the Ithaca Fire Department for two years now. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Dec. 31, 2015 - A lot can be said for first impressions. When I first met Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler at a pit in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, during the 108th Training Command’s combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competition, he struck me as the kind of Soldier who will stop at nothing to get the job done.

Civilian and military service go hand in hand for Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year
2015 Army Reserve Drill Sgt. of the Year, Staff Sgt. Mark Mercer, 95th Training Division (IET), examines an X-ray of a patient's elbow at an orthopedic clinic in Edmond, Okla., Dec. 7, 2015. Mercer began his career in the Army Reserve as an X-ray technician and earned his civilian certification as a nationally recognized X-ray technician through his training with the Army in advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston on Joint Base San Antonio. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Dec. 8, 2015 - How do you envision your drill sergeant? As a stern, totalitarian figure; barking out orders with an inaudible loud snarl, ready to pounce on your every misstep.

Drill Sergeant Academy hosts JROTC cadets
Cadets from the Navy Junior ROTC program at South Point High School in North Carolina stand at attention while waiting on a drill sergeant with the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy to take them on a guided tour of the Academy grounds at Fort Jackson, S.C., Nov. 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Nov. 30, 2015 - The United States Military coined it. The Army’s Drill Sergeant Academy lives it.

Soldier engages community through game
Staff Sgt. Gretta Smith, an executive administrative assistant with the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) kicks the ball during a practice kickball game Nov. 15, 2015, at Clanton Park in Charlotte, N.C. Smith plays with an all-female kickball team which is part of the “Ladies under the Lights” kickball league as a way of interacting with her community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador)
Nov. 23, 2015 - The ball bounced slightly as it made its way toward Staff Sgt. Gretta Smith who at just the right time connects with her right foot, sending it sailing through the air. Immediately, she's off, sprinting her way to first base only to be denied by a teammate who handily catches the ball. With that, everyone on the team breaks out in smiles and laughter and the next player moves into kicking position.

Family with tradition of service to country marks new milestone
Retired Brig. Gen. Blake Williams delivers his remarks during the promotion ceremony for his son, Maj. Mark Williams on Oct. 18, 2015. Blake Williams and his sons, Mark Williams and Capt. Ryan Williams (not shown) have over four decades of service in the Army Reserve. Blake Williams previously served in the 108th Training Command (IET), the same unit both his sons are currently assigned to. (Photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs)
Nov. 15, 2015 - A family with over four decades of service to our country marked an important milestone on Oct. 18, when Capt. Mark Williams, one of three men in his family who have served or are continuing to serve our country was promoted to the rank of major by his father, retired Brig. Gen. Blake Williams.

Reserved for a challenge
A participant pushes a sled while racing through the Army Reserve Fitness Challenge during day one of the 2015 Tough Mudder at Palm Bay Fla., Nov. 8. A team of drill sergeants was present motivating and critiquing the participants as they took on the challenge. The drill sergeants guaranteed that competitors got a feel of how it’s like working under stress and urgency by yelling commands and creating a stressful environment while ensuring the competitors navigated the course using proper Army technique. The timed challenge was comprised of five Army themed exercises in which volunteers competed for prizes and spots on the daily leaderboard.
Nov. 7, 2015 - One … Two … Two …“Do them correctly and they will start counting! All the way up, all the way down!” barked Sgt. 1st Class Russ Hansen, Echo Company, 485th Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division.

108th hosts pilot workshop for Project Arrive Ready
Master Sgt. Sandra Cook, U.S. Army Reserve Command House Services Branch noncommissioned officer in charge, speaks to a group of Soldiers from the 108th Training Command (IET) who will serve as medical readiness coordinators for their units about line of duty reports during a two-day pilot workshop known as Project Arrive Ready in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 3, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Nov. 5, 2015 - In recent comments at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army, Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, took the time to reinforce his top three priorities for the Army. "Readiness is my number one priority," Milley said. "And as long as I'm Chief of Staff of the Army there's not going to be another one." That said, it appears the Army Reserve took that priority to heart.

108th Training Command drill sergeants mold future leaders at Clemson University
Army Reserve drill sergeant, Sgt. Larry Davis, of Greer, S.C., of 1st Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 2nd Bde., 98th Training Div. (IET), teaches a group of Clemson University Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets how to pull apart a Browning M2 .50-caliber machine gun as part of a leadership training exercise in the Clemson Forest, Oct. 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar)
Oct. 27, 2015 - Twenty drill sergeants, prospective drill sergeants, and officers from the Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command (IET) traveled to Clemson University and spent a perfect Autumn day teaching future Army leaders some of the essential skills they will need as Soldiers.

Defying the odds, Sele promoted to brigadier general
Brig. Gen. Richard Sele, 108th Training Command (IET) deputy commanding general, gives his grandaughter a kiss while presenting a bouquet of yellow roses to his daughter for her contributions, and patience, to the Army as a family member. Sele was promoted to the rank of Brig. Gen. during a ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Daniel Ammerman, United States Army Civil Affairs and Pychological Operations Command commanding general, at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C., Oct. 25, 2015. Sele, a longtime civil affairs Soldier, takes over for Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty as the deputy commanding general of the 108th, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Oct. 27, 2015 - With close to 198,000 Soldiers in the Army Reserve today, your chances of ever being promoted into one of the Army Reserves’ 115 general officer authorizations is less than a percent of a percent. But when you’re Richard Sele, those are good odds to have!

Fore!
Barry Moore, 108th Training Command (IET) supervisory logistics management specialist, misses the ball completely, while participating in the 5th annual Griffon Association golf tournament at the Pine Island Country Club, in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 28, 2015. More than 50 Soldiers, veterans and family members participated in the event to raise money for educational scholarships and charity. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 30, 2015 - On Sept. 28, 2015, Soldiers and family members of the 108th Training Command’s Griffon Association took to the rain soaked course at Pine Island to engage in a friendly competition while raising money for charity at the same time.

98th Div. drill sergeants teach D&C to future Army leaders
Army Reserve drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Blake Howell of Belton, S.C., inspects the arm and hand positions of Clemson University Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets while teaching them the proper way to salute during a drill and ceremony lab conducted by drill sergeants from the division on Clemson’s Bowman Field, Sept. 3, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar)
Sept. 24, 2015 - More than 100 Clemson University Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at the very beginning of their Army careers got a close-up and personal look at authentic military bearing with a visit from a group of seasoned drill sergeants from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 98th Division (Initial Entry Training) Sept. 3.

Remain calm, all is well
With Headquarters Standardization only months away and Reformation to begin by Oct. 1, 2016, leadership in the 108th Training Command (IET) are urging patience. The command staff is working toward a solution to reduce their ranks by the mandated 10 percent while still remaining fully mission capable to meet all of TRADOC mission requirements, at a minimal displacement to Soldiers.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 24, 2015 - “It’s just like Kevin Bacon said in 'Animal House,' 'remain calm, all is well,'” said Col. Robert Ashby, deputy chief of Staff, G5, 108th Training Command (IET). “There’s no reason for units to have a mass exodus. We are doing everything we can, especially for instructors and drill sergeants, to ensure those Soldiers have a position.” That’s the message 108th leadership wants to convey as the command barrels forward toward Headquarters Standardization and Reformation.

Let’s go racin’ boys
Sgt. 1st Class Erica Adderley safely shuttles a cart with disabled persons from the ADA lot to their trackside seats before the start of the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C., Sept. 6, 2015. Thirty Army Reserve Soldiers and their family members from the 108th Training Command (IET) and 415th Chemical Brigade gave up their Labor Day weekend to lend a helping hand to those in need for the race weekend. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 24, 2015 - DARLINGTON, S.C. - ‘It’ has transformed over the years from just a sport to a way of life. ‘It’ has but two simple rules: drive fast, turn left. ‘It’ has its own language: echoed by thousands in just three heart-pumping words: boogity, boogity, boogity! And fans across America argue ‘it’ is the real Great American pastime.

Army Reserve names top drill sergeant
Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year contestant, Staff Sgt. Mark Mercer, 95th Training Division (IET), teaches a Basic Combat Training Soldier inspection arms by the numbers during the third day of the four-day TRADOC Drill Sergeant of the Year competition held at Fort Jackson, S.C., Sept. 7-10, 2015. Mercer is in a head-to-head competition with Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET), for the title of Army Reserve's top drill sergeant. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 24, 2015 - In 1972, the Army Reserve selected its first Drill Sergeant of the Year. On Sept. 10, 2015, it chose its 44th.

Army icon turns 51
Drill sergeants, both past and present, traveled across the country for the 51st anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant program held at Fort Jackson, S.C., Sept. 11, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 24, 2015 - FORT JACKSON, S.C. - From time to time, when you reflect upon your military service there are many people, places and events you may have forgotten. But the one person you will never forget is your drill sergeant.

108th Training Command welcomes new leadership
Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (IET) stand ready before the start of the change of command ceremony between Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser, outgoing commander and Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen, incoming commander, at Victory Field on Fort Jackson, S.C., Sept. 20, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
Sept. 24, 2015 - FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Leadership has countless different definitions used by countless different people. But all would agree that good leadership is essential in terms of success for military units. Leadership was the theme at the 108th Training Command (IET) change of command.

Training Command ramps up for mission to Middle East
Soldiers from the 108th Training Command (IET), U.S. Army Reserve, ramp up to travel to the Middle East for a mission under the direction of CENTCOM. The 108th has been tapped to perform a training mission for Facilities Security Forces, who protect infrastructure in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
July 31, 2015 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In his written statement to the National Commission on the Future of the Army, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief of Army Reserve, said, “In an era of persistent conflict and global engagement, with multiple strategically imperative operations ongoing around the globe, protecting and defending the national security interests of the United States requires the full engagement of the Total Army – Active, Army Reserve and Army National Guard.”

Leaders past and present build leaders of the future
Cadets of the 7th Regiment, Combat Leader Course negotiate the rapelling tower Saturday, July 11 at Fort Knox, Ky. The rappelling tower exercise is used to help cadets overcome fear, instill them with confidence and to build empathy for their subordinates in challenging circumstances. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Javier Amador)
July 24, 2015 - FORT KNOX, Ky. - Thousands of Reserve and active duty officers, noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers assembled at Fort Knox for the second time since the program moved from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to execute the largest annual leader training event in the Army; Cadet Summer Training.

West Point welcomes future cadets on R-day
Before reporting to the Company 1st Sgt. on R-day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, future cadets must first prove they have mastered the skill by reporting to a Cow, or Cadet in his third year at the Academy. About 1,300 future Cadets report each year to the Academy on R-day which is typically held on the last Monday in June. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
July 13, 2015 - In 2014, close to 21 million students enrolled in the more than 5,000 undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Of that, only 4,591 attend a renowned school over looking the Hudson River in New York.

Clemson University research project preserves veterans’ stories for the ages
Retired U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert A. Henderson, 95, a Pearl Harbor survivor, does pull-ups in his home gym May 28, 2015. He attributes his longevity and health to discipline, integrity, faith in God, and being faithful in marraige (he and his wife will celebrate 70 years together this year). He works out three times a week, rain or shine, doing pull-ups, curls, bench presses, rowers, and running on his treadmill.
July 13, 2015 - Clemson University research project archives Veterans' stories from WWII to OEF - told in their own words.

Survivability is key at Chaplain Basic
Officers in the Chaplain's Basic Officer Leaders Course put their faith in their protective gear to the test in the CBRN chamber. The 104th Training Division (LT) facilitated the training at the facility. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
July 13, 2015 - In April of 1775 a cleric from New England named William Emerson ministered to the minutemen at the Battle of Concord on the North Bridge, thus officially becoming the first chaplain of the Revolutionary War.

Army Reserve commander strives for mirror image
Army Reserve drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET), negotiates the mud obstacle during the third day of competition at the 108th Training Command (IET) combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competition held at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Vidler is one of five drill sergeants competing for the top honor in this year's competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)
June 8, 2015 - Flying Monkeys

Chevrons for coach: How a first sergeant uses his military experience as a wrestling coach
Army 1st Sgt. Joshua Engel, first sergeant for the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Headquarters Company, living in Iron Ridge, Wis., used his military experience to become the head wrestling coach for Dodgeland High School, which is the same high school he attended growing up. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)
March 13, 2015 - DARIEN, Ill.  –  When he first applied for the wrestling coaching job at his former high school, 1st
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