From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 01/16/2016

To the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of the 108th Training Command, I thank you for the incredibly warm welcome you extended to me and my Family. Karen, Taylor, Thomas and I were humbled by the level of care and effort you took to make our transition so smooth. Moreover, I thank Maj. Gen. Purser for her extraordinary support in helping me to assume command of arguably the finest training command within the United States Army. Thanks Leslie.              The reputation of the 108th Training Command including the 95th Training Division, 98th Training Division and the 104th Training Division is far reaching and notable. Drawing on nearly ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 01/16/2016

At the last Command Sergeant Major Conference I attended, one of the command sergeants major spoke about the conditions of some of the USAR centers. He also provided pictures to support his findings. Broken equipment piled up, garbage along fence lines in view of the public, kitchens that even a bug wouldn’t want to eat in, work spaces and desks filled with clutter and a bunch of other issues which are not consistent with our Army Values and our way of life. I was relieved that none of these reserve centers belonged to the 108th Training Command or any of our subordinate units, but the bottom line is we are all responsible to ensur... Read More...

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Growing the Warrant Officer Corps
Growing the Warrant Officer Corps

Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 01/16/2016

The USAR Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Russell Smith, has designated warrant officer recruiting as the number one priority for USAR Warrant Officers. As of this writing, the USAR has 1057-TPU and 23-AGR Warrant Officer vacancies. Of those vacancies, 716 are in the ranks of WO1/CW2. Within the 108th Training Command (IET), there are 70 warrant officer vacancies. This number does not account for Warrant Officer Candidates selected for positions within the command but are not yet assigned. While the command generally has between five to ten WOCs per year, not all candidates successfully complete Warrant Officer Candidate S... Read More...

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2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition
2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT JACKSON, S.C.  — In 1972, the Army Reserve selected its first Drill Sergeant of the Year. On Sept. 10, 2015, it chose its 44th. During a ceremony held on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Staff Sgt. Mark Mercer, 95th Training Division (IET), was presented the Ralph E. Haines Jr. award for excellence as the Army Reserve’s top drill sergeant. For four days, Mercer competed in a head-to-head competition with Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET) Drill Sergeant of the Year, for the coveted title. “I think I’m still in shock. It’s just surreal. There are just so many emotions going through my head right no... Read More...

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108th Training Command Welcomes New Leadership
108th Training Command Welcomes New Leadership

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Leadership has countless different definitions used by countless different people. But all would agree that good leadership is essential in terms of success for military units. Leadership was the theme at the 108th Training Command (IET) Change of Command. At a ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve, at Victory Field located on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Sept. 20, 2015, the 108th bid farewell to one great leader in Maj. Gen. Leslie A. Purser and welcomed another in Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen. “The most important thing we do as leaders is grow other leaders. We tak... Read More...

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Defying the Odds, Sele Promoted to Brigadier General
Defying the Odds, Sele Promoted to Brigadier General

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 01/16/2016

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — With close to 198,000 Soldiers in the Army Reserve today, your chances of ever being promoted into one of the Army Reserves’ 115 general officer authorizations is less than a percent of a percent. But when you’re Richard Sele, those are good odds to have! On Oct. 25, 2015, during a ceremony held at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, hosted by Maj. Gen. Daniel Ammerman, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command commanding general, Sele became the Army Reserve’s newest Brigadier General. He takes over for Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty as deputy comm... Read More...

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2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition
108th Training Command Welcomes New Leadership
Defying the Odds, Sele Promoted to Brigadier General
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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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