Archive: 80th TC
Tips for Preparing your Child for State Assessments
Mar 14, 2013
Parents can take steps throughout the entire school year to prepare students for state assessments. Based on geographic location, state assessments take place during the Spring and prior to the end of the school year for students in grades three through eight. High School Students take end of the year course assessments. Some states use assessments for grade promotion. Communication, encouragement, independence, and organization are the groundwork for successful state assessment results.
Reserve Soldiers mobilize to bridge instructor gap
Mar 11, 2013
During the week of Jan. 6, 30 Army Reserve Soldiers reported to Fort Leonard Wood as part of the One Army School System. Their mission is to bridge the gap created when TRADOC implemented the new changes to the Program of Instruction for 88Ms, Motor Transport Operator.
From the sage on the stage to the guide on the side
Mar 7, 2013
By October 2013 Army Reserve instructors will shift their traditional lecture styled teaching method to a facilitator approach designed to incorporate students' knowledge, skills, and experiences. The 80th Training Command (Total Army School System), along with the Army Training Support Center, first introduced this strategy to Army Reserve instructors through the new Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course held at the 100th Training Division, Fort Knox Ky., January 2013. The 80th and the ATSC conducted a second course in February for 94th Training Division instructors at Camp Parks, Calif.
Army Reserve names Thomas as 12th command sergeant major
Feb 28, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, announced today, Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr. will become the 12th Command Sgt. Maj. of the United States Army Reserve.
USARC Chief Executive Officer, provides information about furlough and sequestration
Feb 28, 2013
Mr. Addison "Tad" Davis, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Army Reserve, provides information about furlough and sequestration
You Don't Have to Leave the Hooah Behind
Feb 27, 2013
The Army Reserve's Individual Mobilization Augumentee Program lets Soldiers transitioning from the active component or traditional Army Reserve units to continuing serving without the traditional "one weekend a month, two weeks a year". The IMA program lets Soldiers earn pay and credit towards retirement, receive benefits and entitlements, all while maintaining the flexibility to pursue your career and family aspirations without a "drilling reservist" schedule.
The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting
Feb 13, 2013
While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn't provide any additional information.
Fort Knox TASS Training Center course combines civil affairs and psychological operations training
Feb 12, 2013
More than 130 Warrior Citizens participated in a joint Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Field Training Exercise as part of a Military Occupational Specialty reclassification course at the Total Army School System Training Center, Fort Knox, Feb. 4-11, 2013.
CSM James Wills Command Sergeant Major, 80th Training Command
Feb 11, 2013
CSM James Wills enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1984. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia. During his previous 27-years of service, CSM Wills has served in a variety of professionally rewarding and developmental positions across the Army in the operating and generating force.
SAMC inductee talks about his reason for joining the Army Reserve
Feb 7, 2013
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, discusses his reason for joining the Army Reserve, the benefits of joining and his induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Texting fail - Perils of distracted walking
Feb 6, 2013
Thanks to smartphones and the Internet, videos of people walking and texting their way into an embarrassing adventure aren't difficult to find.
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inductee focuses on leading Soldiers instead of selection
Feb 5, 2013
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, was inducted into the United States Army Reserve Command chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, during a ceremony hosted by the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013. The Sierra Leone native, who recently became a United States citizen, referred to his induction into the SAMC as a life changing experience.
Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans relinquishes command of 102nd Training Division (MS)
Feb 3, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 3, 2013) - Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans handed command of the 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support) over to Col. Wayne M. Cavender during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Fort Leonard Wood Museum.
Second time's a charm for SAMC selectee
Feb 2, 2013
The tradition of selecting the most elite noncommissioned officers into the United States Army Reserve chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club continued after a panel of senior NCOs selected Sgt. 1st Class Cavornia Scott during board proceedings at the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013.
From the Director of Army Safety - Measuring Up
Feb 1, 2013
One of the perennial questions in safety is, "How do we measure what we're doing?" Too often, the only metric we have available is how many Soldiers died in accidents during any particular period. We've gotten into the habit of looking at those numbers and attributing our safety programs' success or failure to them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we obviously want the arrow pointing downward on accidental deaths. But, I don't believe it's enough to quantify what we do every day with only a single figure - safety is much bigger and more complex than that.
Potassium, high blood pressure
Jan 31, 2013
Could eating a sweet potato help your heart? Could eating a banana save your life? A number of studies have shown that a diet rich in potassium may be the trick to preventing or even reducing high blood pressure.
500,000 AKO webmail users to move to DOD Enterprise Email in February
Jan 28, 2013
Approximately 500,000 Army AKO webmail users are scheduled to migrate to DOD Enterprise Email starting in February 2013. The group currently uses AKO webmail for their primary Army email, and they are one of the last large Army groups to migrate to DEE.
Reserve Soldiers march in inaugural parade, cherish memorable experience
Jan 25, 2013
When Staff Sgt. Wilnessial Kingdom executed an eyes left and saw the president of the United States during the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 80th Training Command's executive administrative assistant said instantly her eyes filled with tears.
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy earns 3-year reaccreditation, Institution of Excellence status
Jan 24, 2013
Regional Training Site-Maintenance at Fort McCoy has been reaccredited, and, in the process, earned its third-consecutive Institution of Excellence designation. RTS-Maintenance provides vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance training to members of the Army Reserve and other Army branches. Maj. Victor O. McGee, RTS-Maintenance commandant, said the reaccreditation is valid for three years. Prior accreditation/reaccreditation occurred in 2006 and 2009. Every RTS-Maintenance organization must be accredited, McGee said. "The Institution of Excellence designation shows we go above and beyond the call to provide training support to our students."
Powering up the students at Regional Training Site-Maintenance Fort Indiantown Gap
Jan 14, 2013
Compared to other parts of the northeastern United States, Annville Pa. and its surrounding areas were spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy, but the storm created some unique challenges for the instructors and students at Regional Training Site-Maintenance, Fort Indiantown Gap. On Oct. 29, 2012, Sandy's winds knocked down trees and electrical lines causing damage and power outages to a number of facilities on the installation, including the RTS-M, FIG building.
Army Safety 2012- A Year in Review and The Year Ahead
Jan 3, 2013
The significance of safety is one of many critical lessons our Army has learned after 11 years at war. We have learned that lesson well as demonstrated by a 9 percent annual decline in Soldier accidental fatalities. Fiscal2012 was our third safest year on record. This is a great accomplishment for every member of our Force, and one that will sustain us as we transition to the Army of the future.
War hero remembered as Soldiers' friend
Nov 29, 2012
Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. James Lamar Stone ignored hospice caretakers' advice, and attended a Change of Responsibility Ceremony to see his friend Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Darlington transfer his noncommissioned officer duties as the outgoing senior enlisted leader of the 90th Aviation Support Battalion. Less than a month later, Stone's family asked Darlington to eulogize the Korean War hero, who retired from the Army with more than 30 years, of service after he died from prostate cancer at age 89 in Arlington, Texas, Nov. 9, 2012.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Darlington takes over senior NCO duties at the 800th LSB
Nov 19, 2012
The 800th Logistics Support Brigade said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Nickolette Yungandreas and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Darlington as the brigade's top noncommissioned officer during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony in Mustang, Okla., Nov. 17, 2012 Col. Laura Wisch, the brigade commander, administered the ceremony, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills, senior enlisted leader of the 80th Training Command (TASS) was the distinguished guest.
CSM's Corner: 2012 Thanksgiving message to the 80th Training Command Soldiers and families
Nov 19, 2012
Soldiers and families of the 80th Training Command On behalf of the command team and our families, I'd like to thank you for your efforts and your support. We are going through transformation initiatives, mission alignments and focusing on our FGR2 data while running a full-time mission set. My hat is off to you for your commitment and doing all that is possible to keep the plane in the air. While we are turning the corner on FGR2 data, it seems appropriate at this stage of the approaching holiday season to remember that behind every number, percentage, or radio button, there is a Soldier directly impacted. I ask that we focus these next couple of months on our Soldiers and their families in terms of the following: career tracking and counseling, evaluations, APRT, height and weight, Medical and overall key readiness indicators. Let's not turn our focus away from our most precious commodity, people.
Travel planning matters
Nov 13, 2012
If you're driving slowly past the big rigs parked alongside the interstate because of snow and ice, you know you're in a situation.
Night of the driving dead
Nov 6, 2012
Do you have drooping eyelids, persistent yawning or wandering thoughts, or feeling irritable, restless or impatient behind the wheel? Are you having trouble staying in your lane and can't remember the last few miles you drove? How about driving at abnormal speeds, tailgating and ignoring traffic signs?
2012 Veteran's Day Safety Message
Nov 6, 2012
Greetings all Soldiers and Civilians of the 80th Training Command (TASS) The "Veterans Day" was established after World War I to pay tribute to those who serve in that Great War. In 1954, the day's significance was expanded to all servicemen who have worn our Nation's uniform. Friday, 9 November is a Day of Nonscheduled Activity (DONSA) for AGR / Mobilized Soldiers and Liberal Leave Policy Day for Civilians. Monday, 12 November is the Veteran's Day Federal Holiday.
Two Citizen Soldiers celebrate birthdays at Symposium
Nov 5, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2012) -- Command Sgt. Maj. Jenny Bryan said she was somewhat surprised when on her 50th birthday Col. Clarence Combs III, the 80th Training Command's chief of staff, called her to the front of the room then asked nearly 300 participants of the command's Readiness Symposium to sing happy birthday to her.
80th Training Command (TASS) 2012 Readiness Symposium
Nov 2, 2012
The 80th Training Command (TASS) kicked off its Readiness Symposium in Jacksonville Fla., Oct. 31, 2012. The purpose of the five-day event is to improve readiness across the command by addressing issues ranging from Nonparticipants, Unsatisfactory Participants, Flags, Separations and Medical Actions.
80th Training Command selects 2012 Instructors of the Year
Oct 14, 2012
Lt. Col. Michael Morris and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pike won the 80th Training Command Instructor of the Year competition in the officer and enlisted categories, respectively, at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 13, 2012. Morris, an instructor with the 10th Battalion, 80th Regiment, teaches intermediate level education to Army Reserve, National Guard and active duty majors as a gateway for promotion to lieutenant colonel.
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inductees say family members reason for success
Oct 12, 2012
Three Citizen Soldiers inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club each credit their family members with helping them attain membership. The level of commitment required to prepare for, and participate in events like the SAMC makes family support almost mandatory, according to Sgt. 1st Class Martin Rodriguez, acting first sergeant of the 1/104th Military Police Company. Rodriguez said that Nicol Zumpf, his fiancé and mother of his two children, maintained their household while he was away competing in the 80th Training Command's Best Warrior Competition which the command integrated into the SAMC board process, and she also helped him prepare.
80th Training Command Soldier selected for Sergeant Audie Murphy Club
Oct 12, 2012
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, was selected for induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club after board proceedings at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 11, 2012. Gilpin said he was honored when his senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Major Kelly Largent, recognized his leadership abilities and nominated him for the board. "I realized this was a one-time shot at being a part of an elite organization," said Gilpin, the course manager of the battalion's Chaplain Assistant instructor
Hunting: The adventure, and the risk
Oct 1, 2012
Hunters who bag a buck, a bird or nothing at all still agree it's great just to be outdoors.
Cold Weather Considerations
Oct 1, 2012
It's that time of the year when cold weather is upon Afghanistan. For those in theater, everyone should possess a working knowledge and understanding of the basic cold injury prevention methods. Cold weather is no joke back at your home station, and it's certainly a serious matter while performing combat duties in Afghanistan.
Speaking Up For Safety
Oct 1, 2012
In the quest to be the best-trained, best-equipped military in the world, Soldiers and equipment are pushed to the limit during grueling exercises and operations. However, we cannot forget that safety must always be considered and integrated into any activity, both on and off duty.
Safety Sense in the Motor Pool
Oct 1, 2012
Equipment maintenance is a necessary and inherently dangerous task. To ensure the safety of our Soldiers and Civilians in maintenance facilities, we're required to use risk management as well as acknowledge the potential health and safety hazards present in the workplace. We also need to determine where and how personnel are likely to become injured or killed. The path to success starts with the application of the five steps of risk management outlined in Field Manual 5-19.
Off-duty injuries sideline Soldiers
Sep 24, 2012
Quick: Which of these activities injured more Soldiers in 2011: weapons firing, parachuting or off-duty sports?
Army seeks Soldier input with Army Service Uniform survey
Sep 20, 2012
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III is encouraging all active-duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to take the Army Service Uniform survey to help inform the Army's decisions regarding future uniforms and equipment.
3/399th Logistics Support Battalion dominate Lanes Training Competition
Sep 18, 2012
Three Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3/399th Logistics Support Battalion placed first, second and third during the Truck Rodeo portion of the 800th Logistics Support Brigade's Lanes Training Exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., Sept. 14-15, 2012.
Don't forget the house when preparing for winter
Sep 17, 2012
Cold weather is on the horizon, and as members of the Army Family begin their preparations for winter, officials want them to pay special attention to one area in particular - their homes.
Danger 'round the bend
Sep 12, 2012
Accidents involving trains and Soldiers always favor the trains.
Sep 10, 2012
Suicide awareness and prevention video featuring U.S. Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer CW5 Phyllis Wilson.
September 11, 2012--11 years later: Honoring the fallen - moving forward
Sep 10, 2012
For Americans, the date "September 11, 2001" evokes very distinct memories of that specific time in our lives when the world, as we knew it, changed forever. Our memories mark this day far more poignantly than any words ever will.
Army Secretary: Suicide is one of the most challenging issues we face
Sep 10, 2012
Army Secretary John McHugh speaks during the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Press Conference.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month message from the USARC Deputy Commanding General - Operations
Sep 10, 2012
In this video, Maj. Gen. Luis Visot, United States Army Reserve Command Deputy Commanding General - Operations, talks about two key programs supported and promoted by the Army Reserve: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST; and Ask, Care and Escort better known as ACE Training.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month message from the chief of the Army Reserve and the CSM
Sep 10, 2012
Each suicide is a personal tragedy for those affected by the loss of life. Please watch the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month video message from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, the 32nd Chief of Army Reserve and the commander of United States Army Reserve Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz, the command sergeant major of the Army Reserve and United States Army Reserve Command. For Immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For counseling assistance call 1-800-342-9647 or visit www.militaryonesource.mil to schedule a session.
JAG: 13 tips when going to a car dealership
Sep 6, 2012
You see a car dealership's commercial on TV. It has "Old Glory" waving in the sky, images of Soldiers deployed in the background and the salesperson in the commercial proclaims that the dealership salutes the troops. And you think to yourself, "I'll go there to buy a car!"
Resiliency required for successful Soldiers
Sep 6, 2012
Soldiers are not just in the Army -- they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it. Resiliency training for Soldiers is just as essential as any other military training. Discussing theories is important, but working the techniques into practical, every day activities is where the rubber meets the road. "Soldier resiliency is a Soldier's ability to bounce back from adverse situations much wiser, stronger, and better equipped," said Capt. Vincent L. Hardy, the chaplain for 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. "Each experience shows a person a new facet about themselves and it brings out new coping mechanisms. The bottom line is that the information, if utilized, can help a person or family unit bounce back from adversity wiser and stronger." Resiliency training is just one part of the Army's holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention.
Sep 4, 2012
What's the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions distracted driving? Is it someone texting or talking on a cellphone? If so, here are a few Army accident reports that might surprise you:
Three-event APFT retained pending baseline Soldier physical readiness study
Aug 24, 2012
The Army will retain the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, pending a study to determine the best method to measure baseline Soldier physical readiness.
The 80th Training Command names its newest facility after a fallen comrade
Aug 18, 2012
The 80th Training Command memorialized one of its former soldiers with a building dedication at Camp Parks Calif., August 17, 2012. The new facility known as the "SSG Robert Hernandez United States Army Reserve Logistics Training Center (TASS)," is named after an Army Reserve Soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Author donates proceeds to HHC 94th Training Division's Family Readiness Group
Jul 23, 2012
James R. Elstad, author of the novel "Comes the Southern Revolution," donated a portion of the proceeds from his book signing to the Family Readiness Group of the 94th Division's Headquarters Company, Friday, July 20, 2012.
Chaplain: Strong Bonds makes relationships last
Jun 23, 2012
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jeff Haight, a native of Minden, Neb., and member of the 80th Training Command, and his wife, Marci, recently attended a Strong Bonds marriage retreat in Denver. Like many of you, the Haights have faced many challenges in their marriage.