From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser, | 06/26/2015

This year the Army Reserve is faced with the most challenging fiscal situation since before 9-11. Across the USAR, school funding has been reduced by the Army by 35%. Our ability to train our force is challenged. Initially the 108th was given $9 million less than the previous year. With that amount it would have been a challenge to fund everyone for statutory AT. However, we discovered a calculation error and raised it to USARC’s attention, thus receiving additional AT funding, but we still had a shortfall of about $4 million from last year. At the beginning of the FY we began mitigation strategies to stretch funds and we have updated ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti, | 06/26/2015

I recently read an article by Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army. In the article he spoke about the importance of physical fitness training and included his workout. What really caught my attention was that he runs five to seven miles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, rain or shine! By ending the sentence with ‘rain or shine’ is an indication that he does PFT no matter what. He ensures PFT is part of his daily routine and just as important as anything else that may be on his busy schedule. There shouldn’t be any excuses for anyone not doing PFT. Read More...

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Eagle Migration to Support the Force of 2025
Eagle Migration to Support the Force of 2025

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay, | 06/26/2015

This edition marks the two-year anniversary of writing articles for the Griffon. My first article was entitled, “Eagles Rising – Poised for Transition.” The Warrant Officer Continuum of Learning Study had been completed and the study with recommendations had been published. A paradigm shift of WO education, training and leader development was on the horizon. To support these changes, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, USAR Command Chief Warrant Officer, set in place four cornerstones for enhanced WO life-cycle management. Focused recruiting.  This initiative linked recruiting efforts to warrant officer Military Occupational Speci... Read More...

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Training Commands 2015 BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION Hosted by the 104th Training Division (LT)
Training Commands 2015 BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION Hosted by the 104th Training Division (LT)

By Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton, | 06/26/2015

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — The 104th Training Division (LT) played host to the 2015 108th Training Command (IET) combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competition held at Fort Huachuca, Arizona 24-28 March, 2015. At the annual event, candidates from across the command were pushed to their limits in a grueling 4-day competition that tested them both physically and mentally. Events included an obstacle course, small arms qualification and a grueling 12-mile ruck march through the hot Arizona desert. Soldiers were also tested on their abilities to perform numerous Army Warrior Tasks at each station in a round-robin format. ... Read More...

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

By Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Christian, | 06/26/2015

Time passes quickly in uniform. As I write this, I am approaching my thirty-fourth year of service to our great Nation and the eighteen-month mark as commanding general. It is appropriate to take a knee for a moment and reflect on where we are and where we are headed. First, I am deeply honored to serve as your commander and I appreciate the tremendous work done by those who wear the Iron Men of Metz shoulder patch and all who support the Soldiers and civilian employees of our formation. Second, we cannot lose sight of the mission of this organization amidst the noise of our day-to-day efforts. Our enduring mission is preparing America... Read More...

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Maintaining the Standard Among the Best
Maintaining the Standard Among the Best

By Sgt. Felix Fimbres | 06/26/2015

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — When it comes to knowing, maintaining and enforcing the Army standards, drill sergeants are the experts. When the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition organizers wanted fair, strict, and knowledgeable graders for its event they knew exactly where to turn - the drill sergeants of the 2nd battalion of 397th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET), from Lexington, Kentucky. “My drill sergeant’s knowledge of the day-to-day use of warrior tasks and battle drills is paramount,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sunley of the 2nd Battalion of the 397th Regiment. “They also ensure everyone is not only trained the same but grade... Read More...

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How to Prepare for That All-Important Job Interview
How to Prepare for That All-Important Job Interview

By Combined Insurance | 06/01/2015

Finally, your job search is paying off and you have been invited to interview for one or more of the positions for which you have applied. That means it’s time to polish your interview skills. While interviews are generally tough even for the most seasoned of interviewees, they can often be tougher for military veterans who may have been out of civilian life for long periods of time.  Read More...

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Auto Financing: 4 Questions That Could Help Save Thousands
Auto Financing: 4 Questions That Could Help Save Thousands

Content provided courtesy of USAA. | 12/14/2014

If buying a car were only as simple as buying a pack of gum — pick a flavor, plunk down your cash and go on your way. But buying a new vehicle involves enough financial decisions to make your head spin. “Even after you’ve chosen the vehicle itself, the way you handle the purchase can have a significant impact on your long-term financial security,” says J.J. Montanaro, a Certified FinancialL Planner™ with USAA. Read More...

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It’s Our Turn. Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith Team RWB | 12/14/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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The Joys of Pre-deployment

Jenelle Hatzung | 12/14/2014

You know what is harder and more stressful than deployment? PRE-DEPLOYMENT. My husband is leaving soon. OpSec, or operational security, prevents me from giving out any more details than that but he’s heading out for an extended period of time. But what many people don’t realize is that the deployment doesn’t simply begin on a Monday at 9:00 a.m. sharp. This isn’t your average work trip. Deployment begins long before the actual departure with work ups that usually leave our marriage feeling empty and drained. Read More...

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It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB
It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB

Blayne Smith | 10/07/2014

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communities. We understand that engaging and connecting with veterans is often the most critical step to accessing resources, finding new ways to lead, and ultimately making a smooth transition. Read More...

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Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?
Hey Battle, Have You Considered Civic Engagement?

Marvin Cadet | 10/07/2014

In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service reported that one in four adults living in the United States donated their time to an organization through volunteerism. This insight shows that volunteerism is an essential activity for millions of people, nation-wide. Organizations such as The Mission Continues would argue that volunteerism and civic engagement can facilitate the healing process for post 9/11 veterans. Becoming more civically engaged is the name of the game. Civic engagement done well creates a sense of community amongst its participants. The late social worker Sherry Arnstein claims that that there are three wa... Read More...

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