|Story & Photo by Master Sgt. Christina Steiner, 84th
Army Reserve Training Center
FORT KNOX, Ky. — The 84th Training
Command (Unit Readiness) Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley was
personally pinned his new rank by the Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR)
and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command Lt. Gen. Jack C.
Stultz Sept. 26 at Fort Knox, Ky., the dual headquarters of the 84th
Training Command. The 84th also is located at Fort McCoy.
Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz (center),
Chief, Army Reserve, takes a two-star flag from West Point Cadet
Matthew Talley (left). Stultz then gave the flag to newly
promoted Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, 84th Training Command
(Unit Readiness) commander.
Talley took command of the 84th in June. Talley’s effective date of
rank was June 19.
About 150 distinguished visitors from commands under the 84th, Talley’s
guests, and detailed staff from the 84th staff sections attended the
A delegation of 84th personnel at Fort McCoy traveled from the
installation to the ceremony.
The award-winning 100th Army Band, based at Fort Knox, played music for
Talley’s wife, Linda, pinned the major general stars on his Army Combat
Uniform, while Stultz pinned the stars on his beret.
“ … I put (Maj. Gen.) Talley here to be a leader,” said Stultz. “I have
a lot of great managers but I need more leaders … I was looking for
well-rounded individuals in training, operations, deployment and
management … and (Maj. Gen.) Talley was it … I went through the
Secretary of the Army and (his) staff going through the major general
selection list … looking for who had deployment experience … the general
officer board recognized this quality officer … it’s an honor to be here
Following the CAR’s speech, Talley said a few modest words to the
audience: “It’s a humbling experience for me,” he said. “I’m actually
nervous, not by the promotion itself but by the very talented
individuals in the audience … it’s about giving thanks to the wonderful
people God puts here. Being a great leader is about linking that
leadership to other services. Today is about giving thanks for all the
opportunities I’ve been given … the 84th (Training Command) helps
validate what the Army Reserve is all about …”
Talley’s many accomplishments include: battalion and brigade command
positions, two deployments to the Middle East, strategic planner for the
Deputy Directorate for the War on Terrorism, Strategic Plans and Policy
Directorate, Joint Chief of Staff at the Pentagon.
In his 2008 deployment to Iraq, he commanded the 926th Engineer Brigade,
4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the Baghdad