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  • 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.

  • Suicide Awareness

    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 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.

  • Dangerous distractions

    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.


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