From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 02/07/2017

Recently, Command Sgt. Maj. Riti and I attended the Army Professional Forum (APF).  In attendance was our Army’s senior leadership and command teams.  The APF was an extraordinary opportunity to discuss our Army and the bedrock principle which makes our profession, and indeed our Army, the greatest force the world has ever seen in the history of the world.  It is the foundational principle of trust. As the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley articulated, we are America’s Army: indivisible and that we have a contract with America.  Our contract with the American people rests in the notion that they trust us to be the ready and r... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 02/07/2017

I always try to figure out what I want to write about in the next Griffon. This time it’s easy because Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller of the 108th Training Command (IET) recently won the Best Warrior Competition for the entire Army. Earlier this month he was honored at the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, DC where he was recognized for ‘being the best of the best’. Competition is not easy and you have to be mentally and physically ready to compete among the best warriors the Army and Army Reserve has to offer. It was an honor for him to stand beside Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Dan Dailey and Command Sgt. Maj. Wills as he accepted this ... Read More...

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From the Command Chief Warrant Officer
From the Command Chief Warrant Officer

By Chief Warrant Officer Edward Salazar | 02/07/2017

On November 10, 2016, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, I had the privilege to welcome 25 school trained Adjutant General Warrant Officers to the Warrant Officer cohort, as their graduation guest speaker.  These Warrant Officers completed the eight week course and are now prepared to return to the Army, United States Army Reserve, and National Guard to do great things for their units and commands. Upon their day of graduation, they are now qualified in the grade they serve, and the way they proceed will shape their careers for years to come.  I entrust all Technical Warrant Officers to recognize their enlisted roots when it comes to... Read More...

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford | 02/07/2017

The 95th Division that we have all known for the last few years is transforming into something new. We are shifting to a new structure and gaining some new missions. Some of our battalions will be folding the colors and fading away into history. We will be gaining new battalions with no previous ties to the 95th. Throughout it all, however, our focus on providing top-quality Drill Sergeants to support training at Army Training Centers remains unchanged, as does our commitment to excellence. These changes are the result of a process called “Reformation.” Reformation is the Army Reserve’s way of reallocating its structure to support multi... Read More...

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Miles Davis | 02/07/2017

To the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of the 98th Training Division, I want thank each and every one of you for the warm welcome you extended to me and my Family during the Promotion Ceremony and Assumption of Command. We were so humbled by the efforts you took to ensure our smooth transition and welcome us back into the Iroquois family.  It is truly an honor and privilege to once again a part of the 98th Training Division – I couldn’t have asked for a better assignment!  By the time this issue is out you should have all seen the updated Division Mission and Vision Statements, my Command Philosophy, and the “98th Division Road to War”... Read More...

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98th Training Division (IET) Welcomes New Commander
98th Training Division (IET) Welcomes New Commander

Story and Photos by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 02/07/2017

September 11th is a day of remembrance for many, but for one Army Reserve Soldier, it is now also a day of honor and new beginnings. In front of family, friends, Soldiers and mentors, Col. Miles A. Davis, a resident of Livonia, Michigan, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and assumed command of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), in two separate ceremonies Sept. 11, 2016, at Fort Benning’s National Infantry Museum. Davis, an Infantry officer who is known as a decisive leader, focused on readiness and stood out among his peers, said Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, commander of the 108th Training Command (IET),... Read More...

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major
From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

By 104th Command Sgt. Maj. Peter T. Trotter | 02/07/2017

As the 108th Training Command begins FY17 with a great deal of uncertainty implementing Reformation, the 104th Division is leaning forward to minimize the impact of significant changes to its structure and mission.  This entails analyzing and strategizing how to best deal with both current and impending challenges and issues pertaining to personnel and training readiness, structure, command, and other relevant issues.  In early November we implemented the first step in this plan by holding two workshops to prepare, train, and collaborate with key personnel across the Division. Read More...

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BCT overcomes fears and builds confidence
BCT overcomes fears and builds confidence

Story and photos by Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 02/07/2017

Army Basic Combat Training transforms civilians to Soldiers from day one. It embodies the definition of a Soldier. BCT instills discipline, self-confidence, teamwork and the Warrior Ethos. For 43 years Fort Jackson, the largest of the four BCT locations in TRADOC, has given Soldiers their first taste of life in the Army, across the world. This life-changing experience is one no Soldier will ever forget. BCT provides Soldiers with the opportunity to overcome their fears and build confidence over a course of 10 weeks. During training, Soldiers are tested physically and mentally both in and out of the classroom. Training events such as the... Read More...

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Army Advantage Eventually Rewards Aviator
Army Advantage Eventually Rewards Aviator

By Paul Koscak | 02/07/2017

Sometimes it takes time to apply those unique military skills in a civilian job. For James Hasburgh, it took more than a decade. Nevertheless, his experience keeping tanks and trucks rolling as an Army fuel and electrical specialist ultimately proved valuable for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations. His benefits, however, began immediately. Hasburgh, an air interdiction agent, is a CBP helicopter instructor and his arrival was a long but adventurous journey. instructor. Read More...

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Ball State Supports Soldier-Students Through Peer Tutoring, Study Sessions
Ball State Supports Soldier-Students Through Peer Tutoring, Study Sessions

| 02/07/2017

During his first year as assistant director of financial aid and scholarships for veterans’ affairs at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Michael Black began to acquaint himself thoroughly with its many student support services. His goal? To help student veterans achieve their goals — “in any way possible.” Black found that for his many online students, these services were available electronically. In this interview, Black and Jim Mills, assistant director of Ball State’s Learning Center, talk about the importance of using peer tutoring, study skills strategies, and supplemental study sessions that are available. Read More...

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