From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 04/28/2016

It has been said the United States Army is the greatest Army the world has ever seen in the history of the world. We have the greatest firepower and lethality; impressive speed of maneuver; communications systems span greater distances; logistics support pushed forward; effective execution of mission command with our Soldiers led by agile and adaptive leaders. The center piece is that our Soldiers are smarter and highly trained. Moreover, our Army is great because it’s a values based organization. We believe in Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. These values are our guiding principles which dri... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 04/28/2016

I was thinking about what I would write for my next Griffon article when I received an e-mail from Mrs. Paula James, the SHARP Program Manager for the 108th Training Command. Paula reminded me that April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. So I decided this was the topic I would write an article on since it is one of the top issues the Army faces today. Army Values have been instilled in each and every one of us since we joined the Army and is really nothing new. Since we were young, our parents have taught us right from wrong, how to behave and how to show respect to others. They taught us mannerisms and all about telling th... Read More...

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A Good Tool for Leadership and Leader-Building Tool Kit
A Good Tool for Leadership and Leader-Building Tool Kit

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 04/28/2016

Who We Are — Trusted Army Professionals Honorable Servants of the National — Professionals of Character Army Experts — Competent Professionals Stewards of the Profession — Committed Professionals Why We Serve Love of Country — Family Preserve the Peace — Prevent, Shape, Win Defend the American People and Values How We Serve Ethically — Army Ethic — With Character Effectively — Teamwork — with Competence Efficiently — Stewardship — With Commitment Read More...

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Iraqi Freedom Veteran Receives Purple Heart
Iraqi Freedom Veteran Receives Purple Heart

By Capt. Adrienne Bryant | 04/28/2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In a long-awaited presentation, on Feb. 7 2016, the Army awarded the Purple Heart Medal to an Iraqi Freedom Veteran for a concussion and traumatic brain injury sustained 10 years earlier. Sgt.1st Class Joshua Clark, a native of Elkhart, Ind., then a sergeant, was assigned to 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and deployed to Iraq in 2006. Clark, was knocked unconscious on Jan. 25, 2006, from the blast wave caused by a secondary IED detonation next to his vehicle. Clark’s unit was securing a military convoy that had been struck by a... Read More...

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The Army is Looking for Hundreds of NCOs for Drill Sergeant Duty
The Army is Looking for Hundreds of NCOs for Drill Sergeant Duty

By Michelle Tan | 04/28/2016

The Army is looking for hundreds of drill sergeants to serve on active duty and in the Army Reserve. The search is two-pronged: the Army needs more female drill sergeants as it prepares to open more jobs to women and tries to recruit more women into the service, while the Army Reserve only has 60 percent of the drill sergeants it needs. As many as 1,274 authorized positions — active and Reserve — are unfilled. “The Army is looking for a few good trainers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian, commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy. “We don’t have the requisite number of female drill sergeants in the formation t... Read More...

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FirstLight HomeCare Extends Franchise Discount for Vets

| 05/22/2016

Ranked a Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review, national non-medical in-home care provider offers military veterans $10k discount through 2016 CINCINNATI, Ohio. March 31, 2016 –  FirstLight HomeCare , a provider of quality, non-medical in-home care, is extending its deep franchise fee discount for all U.S. military veterans. The company increased its franchise fee discount for veterans in 2015 from $3,000 to $10,000, and due to the success of the program, will continue to offer this savings throughout 2016. The in-home care provider operates 125 locations in 31 states, with 13 territories curr... Read More...

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FirstLight HomeCare Extends Franchise Discount for Vets

| 05/22/2016

Ranked a Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review, national non-medical in-home care provider offers military veterans $10k discount through 2016 CINCINNATI, Ohio. March 31, 2016 –  FirstLight HomeCare , a provider of quality, non-medical in-home care, is extending its deep franchise fee discount for all U.S. military veterans. The company increased its franchise fee discount for veterans in 2015 from $3,000 to $10,000, and due to the success of the program, will continue to offer this savings throughout 2016. The in-home care provider operates 125 locations in 31 states, with 13 territories curr... Read More...

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Tips to Transition from Active Military Service to a Civilian Career
Tips to Transition from Active Military Service to a Civilian Career

By Jim Lose | 04/28/2016

Translating your Military Experience in an Interview For any professional career candidate, prepping for a job interview can be complicated. But for my clients — military officers transitioning from the service to the business world — the obstacles can be even greater. For these professionals, there is added challenge of translation. The vast majority of the veterans I work with are high-achieving people who will become powerful assets to the civilian economy. They have the skills, the work ethic and the ability to thrive under pressure. I know that. My candidates know that. Potential employers need to know that too. To make the most... Read More...

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Translating your Military Experience in an Interview
Translating your Military Experience in an Interview

by Jim Lose, Executive Senior Partner - Military Transition Division | 02/02/2016

For any professional career candidate, prepping for a job interview can be complicated. But for my clients—military officers transitioning from the service to the business world—the obstacles can be even greater. For these professionals, there is added challenge of translation. Read More...

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Fields of Green: 5 Routes Toward a New Career

| 01/16/2016

This content is provided courtesy of USAA. Whether you’re transitioning from military to civilian life or have decided to change career fields, your main goal is to find a stable, good-paying job as quickly as you can. A strategic way to do that is to choose a job in one of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields. Positions in quickly growing sectors are tough for employers to fill quickly enough to meet demand — which means employee salaries can be quite competitive. In addition, “jobs in some of these fields may draw on skills you gained in the military or a previous career, and that’s helpful if you need to find a new position quick... Read More...

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Start 2016 with a New Business in Franchising
Start 2016 with a New Business in Franchising

Tim Courtney | 01/16/2016

The New Year is all about fresh starts, whether it is making resolutions or starting a new business. Franchising is a popular career for those in the armed forces, whether starting while active duty or after retirement, because military skills translate well into franchise ownership. Here are five reasons why January is an optimal time for those currently serving in the military to open their own business, specifically a travel franchise.  Read More...

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Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1
Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to take effect August 1

By C. Todd Lopez | 12/17/2015

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 17, 2013) -— Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service. “This policy was drafted in 2009 and takes effect Aug. 1, 2013. It is important that we inform Soldiers of this existing policy regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” said Lt. Col. Mark Viney, chief of the Enlisted Professional Development Branch, Army G-1. Read More...

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