From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 09/29/2015

To all the exceptional Soldiers and leaders within the 108th Training Command, it’s been my honor and privilege to serve with you over the last two years. My tenure is up and I am headed to an assignment with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA/MRA) .....think Army Reserve Policy at the Department of Army level. Throughout the past two years, I have been continually amazed and humbled by the expertise I have seen in the units within the 108th. Our drill sergeants and ROTC Cadre are totally motivating to me and inspirational to the new recruits and cadets they train. The compliments I have received f... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 09/29/2015

It’s always good to start off with something positive and it doesn’t get any better than being the command sergeant major of the greatest command in the U.S. Army. Since I’ve been assigned to the 108th Training Command I’ve observed our Soldiers performing their assigned missions with great proficiency. I’ve also received many comments commending our drill sergeants and the work they’re doing at every one of the Army Training Centers, Task Force Marshall, the CRC and their contributions at Task Force Wolf where they train cadets to become tomorrow’s leaders as officers in this great Army of ours. Long arduous hours, technical and tactic... Read More...

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Striving for Excellence
Striving for Excellence

Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 09/29/2015

When I attended the Warrant Officer Candidate School, I was in the Purple Class. Our class motto was, “Purple Eagles striving for excellence, Sir!” The motto became one of the fundamental building blocks of my career. Striving for excellence is different than striving for perfection. It’s good to strive for perfection, but perfection generally pertains to one area or one thing and seems to have an end state – the stopping point of when you believe you have reached the point of perfection. Except that perfection is never really achieved. Perfection isn’t lasting. What is perfect today may not apply tomorrow. There will be someone who com... Read More...

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Survivability is Key at Chaplain Basic
Survivability is Key at Chaplain Basic

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 09/29/2015

FORT JACKSON, S.C. ­— In April of 1775 a cleric from New England named William Emerson ministered to the minutemen at the Battle of Concord on the North Bridge, thus officially becoming the first chaplain of the Revolutionary War. A few months later on July 29, the Chaplain Corps was formally recognized by the Continental Congress at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today, more than 3,000 Army chaplains, representing 140 different religious organizations, serve as religious leaders to Soldiers and their Families, in peacetime and in combat. Though their role as chaplain distinguishes them from combatants, nearly 300 members of the ... Read More...

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Familiar Faces Carry the Load for the 104th
Familiar Faces Carry the Load for the 104th

Master Sgt. Deborah Williams | 09/29/2015

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Observe a training mission run by the 104th Training Division’s 3rd Bn., 321st Inf. Regt. and  you’ll see a couple of familiar faces at the forefront of just about every class. Those ‘go-to’ guys are none other than Staff Sgt. Jim Ott, and Army Reserve Drill Sergeant, Staff Sgt. William Adsitt: two seasoned Veterans in the unit, well versed in just about every Army Warrior Task imaginable, from basic rifle marksmanship to chemical and biological weapons defense. “Today we are supporting the 12th Legal Operations Detachment, but next month you will find us teaching at the Chaplain School,” said Ott, who has be... Read More...

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

Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Christian | 09/29/2015

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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From the Commanding General
From the Command Sergeant Major
Striving for Excellence
Survivability is Key at Chaplain Basic
Familiar Faces Carry the Load for the 104th
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
Army Reserve to Support Cadet Summer Training
CONUS Replacement Center Soldier Wins Soldier of the Year
Training Command Ramps Up for Mission to Middle East
Army Reserve Sits at Front Door of the Future Force
Joint Service Summit: Instructors Find Inspiration at Summit
Alpha Company, 1-354th Conducts Training Support
Sgt. Tyree Brown: The Cycle of Leadership
Leaders Past and Present Build Leaders of the Future
West Point Welcomes Future Cadets on R-Day
Technology Keeps Family Tradition Alive at Army Oath of Enlistment
Drill Sergeants Hope to Show Leadership Skills
Training Command Launches Company Level Leader Development Program
Current and Former 108th Command Soldiers Give Back to Their Community by Performing Military Honors
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Sgt. Michael Beck: Teaching Confidence to Future Leaders
History: Cadets Train for Leadership at Fort Knox
Support Drive For Homeless Veterans
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Upstate South Carolina Experts Pool Talents, Knowledge for Combat Veterans
Iacovelli Comes Back to 2-98th as Commander
Reserve Soldier Honored for His Contributions to Law Enforcement and His Community
Legal Operations Supported by the Timberwolves
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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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