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84th commander gets pinned by Chief, AR

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.

Photo: 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. (Photo by Master Sgt. Christina Steiner)
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 event.

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 the ceremony.

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 today …”

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 Provincial Engineer.

 

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