From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 08/25/2018

108th Training Command Teammates, Recently, I had the opportunity to visit The Veteran’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, N.C.  During the visit, I was honored to be able to meet nearly 200 Veterans, the oldest being 95 years old and the youngest was 23.  All services were represented with men and women wearing hats, vests, and pins denoting their time of service to our Nation.  The Coffee Shop was not only a place to gather, have a cup of Joe and to share stories, but more it was an amazing living museum dating back 243 years.  It was an incredible experience for me to walk among living legends who have passed the torch of service to each o... Read More...

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The Last Article
The Last Article

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 08/25/2018

This is the last article I will be writing as your CSM and as the CSM of the 108th Training Command, the greatest command in the US Army. My tenure and military career will end on 15 July 2018. I will be retiring after forty years of continuous service and I’m proud to say, I enjoyed every bit of it and would do anything to do it all over again. I’m constantly asked if I’m happy to be retiring and I can honestly say “No”! I will definitely miss the outstanding, professional and courageous men and women I had the honor and privilege to serve with over the last four decades. The men and women who stood ready to answer the nation’s call at a mo... Read More...

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108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition
108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Two Soldiers from the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) competed side by side with 34 other Soldiers from commands throughout the world at the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 10-15. Through the week-long competition that included everything from rappelling out of a helicopter to standing before a military board, the two Soldiers found camaraderie and training to be their main takeaways. Spc. Darren O’Dell, the 104th Training Division Soldier of the Year who also claimed the 108th Training Command (IET) SoY title, said he found the USARC-level competition to be mo... Read More...

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Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox
Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox

Story by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Seven U.S. Army Reserve commands tested their Soldiers in a Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 9-13. The five-day, 10-event competition assessed more than 40 Citizen-Soldiers from across the United States to select each command’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Each champion will compete in the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June. Traditionally, the Fort Knox Army Reserve commands (84th Training Command, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and Army Reserve Careers Division) hold their Best Warrior Competitions together. However, this year they coordinated with ... Read More...

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Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story
Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

A good story keeps the reader’s interest. A great story makes the reader feel or act. Regardless of the format—pictures, videos or articles—stories have the power to freeze time and capture a moment of history that can never be recreated. Sure, an event may be reoccurring, but the factors can never be all the same. Take the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition (USARC BWC). It has occurred every year since 2007. Yet, every year is different. There are different competitors, different events and different locations. Each year, two winners are announced: a Soldier of the Year and a Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. That ... Read More...

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‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’
‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 08/25/2018

WEST POINT, NY - The difference between success and failure is a team that is guided by great leadership. In the Army, in order for a platoon of Soldiers to be successful, the role of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) holds great value.  An NCOs’ mission is to fulfill what the Army calls the “backbone” of the Army.  This means that as an NCO, one must take honor in leading, and investing in, the success of Soldiers following their guidance. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3rd Training Battalion, 304th Regiment, 104th Training Division (IET) from Saco, Maine., did just that during the 2018 Sandhurst Competition at the United St... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
The Last Article
108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition
Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox
Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story
‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the Trail
Forever Family
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
Snowy 6 Mile Bug Line Trail Ruck
2-48th Dragoons Host Change of Command
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the Command Sergeant Major
Army Reserve Soldier takes command of Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning
1BDE Family Day
The warrior within: Strong will fuels female Soldier toward new path
Challenge and Triumph
Honor, Integrity On and Off the Trail
Meaningful training enhances readiness at Fort Jackson
Change of Responsibility 1BDE
Change of Command 2BDE
Change of Command 3BDE
Good Change
Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Soldiers
Timberwolves Give Back to the Community
392nd Stays Sharp
If it ain’t ‘rainin’
Answering the Call
Camaraderie Through Training
Col. Hansen takes command
4-413th (SROTC) Battalion Conducts Successful Readiness Training Exercise
Lt. Col. Reginald T. Eggleston Takes Command of the 4-413th (SROTC)
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Deploy or Get Out Policy Unveiled
Recruiting Initiative
8th Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 24th 2018
How Technology is Making Homeschooling More Accessible
Dragons, Mermaid and Fairies, Oh My!
Apple Country Memories in Hendersonville
Billy Graham Library Brings Inspiration to Guests
Find Adventure in the Town of Mount Pleasant
Take Your Family Vacation to The Next Level at Universal Orlando Resort™
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Reunite and Make Memories in Mesquite
What Can’t You Do in Llano?
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Chattanooga: Civil War, Tennessee Whiskey and Music Galore!
Welcome Home Veterans Celebration
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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.

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