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Echo Mission transforms to adapt to new battlefield
Echo Mission transforms to adapt to new battlefield

Sgt. Javier Amador | 10/20/2016

Fort Jackson, S.C. — In the hot, humid late afternoon of July 20, a platoon of Basic Combat Training (BCT) Soldiers are conducting a patrol near their command post’s area of operations during their final Field Training Exercise (FTX) deep inside one of Fort Jackson’s isolated training areas. A loud whistle breaks the silence and almost immediately, shouts of “incoming!” echo through their formation. They quickly drop to the ground to minimize their exposure. After the loud bang of the artillery simulation pyrotechnic “impact” has passed, complete chaos overtakes them. There are casualties crying for help as well as status re... Read More...

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Unit Ministry Team provides religious support at Cadet Summer Training mission
Unit Ministry Team provides religious support at Cadet Summer Training mission

CH (MAJ) Erik J. Gramling | 10/20/2016

Fort Knox, Ky. — From late-May to mid-August more than 7,000 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets rotate into and out of FT Knox.   They attend one of two “camps”:  Basic or Advanced.  Basic Camp is for students early in their college careers and focuses on the basics of what it means to be a Soldier and an Army Officer.  One of the goals of Basic Camp is to introduce the Cadets to Army culture through traditional training from Drill Sergeants as well as providing opportunities for them to lead their peers.  Typically this is the point in which a Cadet determines if the Army is for them or not.  Advanced Camp is a pre-commissioni... Read More...

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Drill Sergeant Trail Led Him to Chaplaincy
Drill Sergeant Trail Led Him to Chaplaincy

By 1st Lt. Heather Diffenderfer | 07/18/2016

Lynchburg, Va. — God, family and country is not just a phrase. It has been a way of life for one Army Reserve Soldier that all started at an early age. Immediately after high school, 2nd Lt. Craig Dowdy, 2/317th, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) started serving God. As a missionary for the Word of Life Impact Team, he was able to travel, feed his hunger for religion and even meet his wife, Tiffany. Pursuing further faith-based education after missionary service, Dowdy went on earn undergraduate degrees in both Theology and Pastoral Studies/Missions at Appalachian Bible College. However, that wasn’t enough for Dow... Read More...

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Strong Bonds Schedule FY 2016 81st Regional Support Command

| 01/16/2016

Which Venue Should I Register For? Singles Event: Register for if you are not legally married. Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-6 (must be registered in DEERS). You may NOT bring a significant other or a friend. If you would like to bring a child(ren) age 7 or older, register for the Family venue instead. Couples Event: Register for if you are bringing your spouse (must be enrolled in DEERS). For the maximum benefit of this retreat, we recommend you do not bring children to this event. However, if you cannot find alternative childcare, we provide free childcare for children ages 0-6. If you bring a child 7 or older, y... Read More...

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Unit Ministry Team Cadet Training
Unit Ministry Team Cadet Training

Col. Douglas E. Jones | 09/29/2015

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Chaplain (Maj.) Todd Wolf, 104th Training Division (LT) Division Chaplain, conducts role play training with the Unit Ministry Team’s Cadets during the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at Cadet Summer Training 15, Fort Knox, Kentucky. ASIST is a standardized two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all care giving groups. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and l... Read More...

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Chaplains Corner
Chaplains Corner

| 09/23/2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On July 11, 2014, a total of 16 Soldiers from the 108th Training Command HQ attended the Military Appreciation Luncheon at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. The following were Soldier’s reflections and comments on this event. Read More...

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Peace to all who read these words.
Peace to all who read these words.

By CH (Lt. Col.) Michael Lozano | 06/21/2014

It’s been an interesting first couple of months as the new Deputy Command Chaplain for the 108th Training Command (IET). I’ve had the opportunity to meet Soldiers, civilians and Family members here at the headquarters and I am looking forward to “getting out of the office” and visiting with our subordinate units in the near future. It’s exciting to be back in TPU status after almost seven years of mobilization, with First Army Division East, training Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants for deployment to overseas areas of operations. It was personally and professionally rewarding working with our Active and National Guard components, but it is ... Read More...

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Giving versus Sharing
Giving versus Sharing

By Chaplain (Maj.) Jonathan Edwards | 06/07/2013

As I make a transition from the 104th Training Division to HQ USARC, I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who touched my life and allowed me to minister among them. Thank you to the leaders that shaped my thinking and afforded me the privilege to serve under them. I especially want to thank the Drill Sergeant Corps who taught me valuable lessons of being a Soldier. When asked to share some reflections for this edition of the Griffon, I was led to present the dynamic of giving versus sharing. Some might quickly conclude they are one and the same, if not opposite sides of the same coin. But let’s consider each on its own mer... Read More...

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