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The Best Warrior Competition doesn’t stop if it’s raining. Soldiers from the 84th Training Command, 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), and Army Reserve Aviation Command give their all in adverse weather conditions during the Army Combat Fitness Test.
1st Lt. Cathryn Draicchio, a staff officer at the 84th Training Command, flexes her muscles as she competes for the Best Warrior at Fort Knox, Ky. Some of her hobbies include exercising, hiking, and hanging out with her boyfriend and his dog. See if she has what it takes as we continue to highlight Soldiers in the 84th as they compete to be the best warrior! “Strike Hard”
As part of an annual tribute to all previous presidents, the 84th’s commanding general, Maj. Gen. Edward Merrigan Jr. rendered honors and laid a wreath provided by the White House at Zachary Taylor’s mausoleum on the anniversary of his birthday. “It’s quite an honor to be asked to come here to Louisville on the 238th birthday of Zachary Taylor,” said Merrigan. “Zachary Taylor, our 12th president, was an amazing Soldier and amazing American who served our country his entire life.” Taylor, “Old, Rough and Ready,” grew up in Louisville and served as an Army officer from 1808-1847, advancing to the rank of major general. He was a hero of the Mexican American War (1846-48). Taylor also served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War (1832) and the second of the Seminole Wars in Florida (1835-42). He was sworn into office in 1849 and served as president for 16 months before his death in 1850. For full story please visit: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/434207/maj-gen-edward-merrigan-honors-zachary-taylor
FORT KNOX, Ky. – Maj. Gen. Miguel A. Castellanos relinquished duties as the commanding general of the 84th Training Command, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Brig. Gen. Edward H. Merrigan Jr. during the change of command ceremony held at Brooks Parade Field on Aug. 12.
A 84th Training Command commercial showcasing its mission training complexes that support the development, integration, and synchronization of leader development and mission command solutions to units and Soldiers.
The 84th Training Command Mobilization Force Generation Installation (MFGI) team, directed by deputy commander Brig. Gen. Edward Merrigan, prepares the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) in a series of pre-deployment exercises to enable expedient and rapid troop processing for forward contingent sustainment operations.
Brig. Gen. Edward Merrigan, the deputy commanding general for the 84th Training Command, directs the coordinated efforts between the Mobilization Force Generation Installation at Fort Knox, Ky., the 4th Cav. Reg. and the 645th Regional Support Group (RSG) in support of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Mobilization Exercise (MOBEX). Part of this exercise is to validate unit deployment readiness measures through weapons qualifications to include Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction (PMI), High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT), and individual and crew-served weapons qualifications.
The 84th Training Command's Mission Training Complexes provide cutting edge capabilities and limitless opportunities at platoon level and beyond. Operation Railgun sets the conditions that enable your teams to become proficient in platform gunnery. (Video by Michael Bothur Fort Knox Visual Information)
Sgt. 1st Class Craig Pienkoski, an Army Reserve component career counselor assigned to 4th Infantry Division, is presented a first place trophy for the 2023 RCCC Drill Sergeant Challenge by Maj. Gen. William B. Dyer III at Fort Carson, Colo., Nov. 17, 2023. Pienkoski transitioned 17 Soldiers from active duty to the Army Reserve Component Drill Sergeant Program in 2023. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Doniel Kennedy)
Army “Drill Sergeant Machine” redefines “Be All You Can Be”
By Spc. Doniel Kennedy | Nov. 27, 2023
From films like "Full Metal Jacket" to "Major Payne" or even "Jarhead," Drill Sergeants carry a presence that evoke excitement all over the world. Quite honestly, they are widely considered the backbone of the entire U.S...

Spc. Elihu Wagner, representing the 807th Medical Command, relaxes after a 12-mile ruck march at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, on Sept. 8, 2023. Sixty Soldiers from across the nation traveled to Fort McCoy to compete in the 2023 U.S. Army Reserve Best Squad Competition from September 2-10. The 2023 BSC is an annual competition that brings together the best Soldiers and squads from across the U.S. Army Reserve to earn the title of “Best Warrior” and “Best Squad” among their peers. Competitors are evaluated on their individual and collective ability to adapt to and overcome challenging scenarios and battle-focused events that test their technical and tactical abilities under stress and extreme fatigue. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Alyssa Blom)
Army Reserve Soldier of the Year 2023
By Ronald Bell | Nov. 27, 2023
With his uncle and grandfather serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, another uncle in the Marine Corps and father also serving as a doctor in the Navy. Elihu Wagner was influenced to join the U.S. military...

Spc. Katherin Garcia, a dental specialist with the Medical Readiness Detachment, 60th Troop Command, North Carolina National Guard, conducts an x-ray as a part of Operation Reserve Care on Nov. 4, 2023 at Fort Liberty, N.C. Operation Reserve Care is a cross component mission that provides care to Soldiers from all over and allows them to receive needed care over a weekend. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Nick Vidro, Army Reserve Medical Command)
Soldiers caring for Soldiers: Operation Reserve Care Clinic
By Sgt. Nicholas Vidro | Nov. 22, 2023
Medical Soldiers with the 7458th Medical Operational Readiness Unit, Army Reserve Medical Command ran a weekend clinic as a part of the ongoing Operation Reserve Care Clinic (ORC) on Fort Liberty, North Carolina from November...
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