From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 05/05/2018

One of the hallmarks of exceptional organizations is that it learns, grows, refines and develops itself over time. This is certainly the case for the United States Army. Over the past 233 years, the role and purpose of the Army has not changed. It is still the force which was established by our founding fathers to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, to secure the Nation. However, what has changed is how the Army accomplishes its purpose. Over the centuries, many outside factors have changed that have served to make our Army better. Specifically, we have seen significant changes in our doctrine, organizations, train... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 05/05/2018

Until I retire and even after that, I will continue to stress the importance of Soldiers getting their Professional Military Education (PME) completed as well as being Duty MOS Qualified (DMOSQ). Soldiers continue to complain about the difficulties of not being able to get into BLC, ALC and SLC but the truth of the matter is many only want to go to school when it’s convenient for them. You can’t afford to pick and choose when it’s the ‘right time’. Every military school I attended, I was told when I’m going and that was the end of the conversation! It’s imperative that you are completely trained in both your duty MOS and in your leadership c... Read More...

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Role models for life
Role models for life

By Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel | 05/05/2018

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Row upon row of crisp campaign hats sit stacked onstage at the post theatre and the Army’s newest drill sergeants sit at the position of attention waiting to be presented with this iconic symbol of authority during the graduation ceremonies on December 6. The opportunity to wear the drill sergeant hat is earned and not given. The U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy, located at Fort Jackson, accepts only the most qualified Non-Commissioned Officers, and this month hosted its largest ever primarily Army Reserve class. The ceremony took place in the presence of family, friends, and supporters of the Drill Sergeants... Read More...

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The Name They Will Never Forget
The Name They Will Never Forget

SFC Bradford Griffith | 05/05/2018

The Army offers a near infinite number of career paths to the few citizen-volunteers that qualify to serve. The Surgeons at Walter Reed, tank mechanics at Ft. Hood, and Special Forces operators around the world have one thing in common; they all remember the name of their Drill Sergeant.  Without hesitation, they will recall not just the name, but tell you a story about their most memorable Drill Sergeant.  Only the top 10 percent of Non-Commissioned Officers in the Army are selected to attend the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, S.C.  Of those, even fewer will graduate, don the iconic Campaign Hat, and earn th... Read More...

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Drill Sergeant Academy Graduation
Drill Sergeant Academy Graduation

| 05/05/2018

Members of the G-1, 108th Training Command (IET) gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of one of their own as she graduated from the Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, S.C., on December 6. From left to right, Staff Sgt. James, Drill Sergeant (Sgt.) Erin Wood, Mrs. Karen Woods, and CW3 Vandehey.   U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield/released Read More...

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Command Sgt. Maj. Retires After Forty Years of Service
Command Sgt. Maj. Retires After Forty Years of Service

By Capt. Tara Matchulat | 05/05/2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti will retire this summer after serving in the U.S. Army for over forty years.  As the highest enlisted rank that one can achieve, he has served in eight different commands in the position and rank of command sergeant major, the latest with the U.S. Army Reserve 108 Training Command, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Originally hoping to join the Marines in 1978, the U.S. Army lucked out when 17-year-old Riti went to a recruiting station in Yonkers, New York, only to discover the Marine recruiter out to lunch.  Seizing the opportunity, an Army recruiter, talked Riti into enlisti... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Command Sergeant Major
Role models for life
The Name They Will Never Forget
Drill Sergeant Academy Graduation
Command Sgt. Maj. Retires After Forty Years of Service
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Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft
Why I joined the Army
2018 CIAA - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
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The 108th Training Command got its start as part of an elaborate deception prior to Operation Overlord, the D-Day Invasion of France in World War II. The Division was a "phantom" division created on paper and assigned to the First United States Army Group under the command of General George Patton. We were the original Institutional Training (IT) Division and remain one of seven training divisions for the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard. The Griffon is in its 30th publishing year as an award-winning authorized publication written in the interest of the men and women of the 108th Training Command.

  • The Griffon is written and published quarterly in the interest of the 108th National Training Command. It is shipped directly to member's homes and to Training Command bases throughout the U.S.
  • The Griffon is regularly recognized by the Pentagon with their highest rating of Four Stars as one of the largest and most informative authorized publications in the Army.
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  • The Griffon is required reading material with a message straight from the General.

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