Change is Nothing New

Think about it- the US Army itself was formed on the premise of change. The very reason for our inception was to protect the people of this Great Nat... More >>

Greetings to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 108th Training Command!

I’m jumping TOC!! I’m tearing the camo nets and the sandbags out of my home office and stopping the video calls. I’m finally getting out of the work-... More >>

From the Commanding General

The backbone of the US Army is our Noncommissioned Officer Corps.  From my recent assignment in the Pacific Theater, I can tell you that our Army’s N... More >>

From the Commanding General

It’s been a wild ride for my first six months here at the 108th Training Command (IET). We’ve endured a global pandemic, prepared for the possibility... More >>

From the Commanding General

Soldiers, Civilians, and Families of the 108th, Mei and I are grateful to you for hosting a successful Change of Command and our warm welcome to the ... More >>

From the Commanding General

Greetings Griffon Team! Fall is definitely in the air and our busiest time of year, the summer training season, is complete. Great job by all wh... More >>

From the Commanding General

Greetings Griffon Team! For this edition of The Griffon I decided to share a few of my thoughts about the importance of the mission we perform a... More >>

From the Commanding General

Greetings Griffon Team! I’m thrilled to have my first opportunity to communicate with you through this exceptional magazine, The Griffon. On 15 Octob... More >>

CHANGE: Ready Now...Shaping Tomorrow!

As I reflect on recent events across the Training Command I am reminded how grateful I am for the Full Time Unit Support (FTUS) team that surrounds m... More >>

Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) More than a Uniform

The Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) is an iconic uniform that represents excellence and is an extremely important component of the evolving Army cu... More >>

Drill Sergeant of the Year – Best Warrior More than a Competition ‘Iron sharpens iron as does one Soldier sharpen another.’

I could not be prouder of the Soldiers and NCOs of the 108th Training Command (IET) for the unprecedented performance in the 2020 Drill Sergeant of t... More >>

Winning Matters!

Why is mission command so important? Of the many things we learn from facing the Corona virus, the importance of Mission Command must be number one. ... More >>


Story by Sgt. H. Marcus McGill 81st Readiness Division PAO Photos by Sgt. H. Marcus McGill 81st Readiness Division PAO and Sgt. 1... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

The band of excellence - The Army is a standards based performance oriented institution with 244 years of success on the battlefield. The Army establ... More >>

From the Command Chief Warrant Officer

Warrant Officers. Warrant Officers are commissioned officers. Warrant Officers are technical experts. Warrant Officers are our best recruitment tool ... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

To be given special trust and confidence to serve as a leader in the United States Army is an honor and privilege. I am humbled to “get to be” the Se... More >>

Leaders of Change and Customer Focused

It was great seeing you all in San Antonio recently at our annual Full Time Support Conference. As I mentioned there and I’ll reiterate now; it’s gre... More >>

From the desk of the Chief Executive Officer…

I hope you and your families had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.  We are looking at firming up the location of our annual Full-Time Staff (FT... More >>

From the desk of the CXO...

Dear Soldiers & Families: Please allow me to thank you for all the hard work you have done this past Fiscal Year (FY). It has been a really great ... More >>

The desire to become a Warrant Officer and ‘new’ vacancies

A beautiful fresh Spring season is upon us! The sun actually peaked through the clouds.  How marvelous it seems after the cold, bleak winter we all e... More >>

Warrant Officer challenges, issues 2010 From the desk of the Chief Executive Officer...

It is with great excitement that I begin my new position as Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 108th Training Command.  The journey has been very c... More >>

Farewell and Good Luck!

Since this is my last column I thought it only fitting to let each of you read the comments I made at my retirement ceremony in November. I will have... More >>

Army to focus on motorcycle safety in May

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 1, 2013) — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and while the nationwide campaign sponsored by the National Highway Tra... More >>

The Best of the Best Judges the Rest

FORT DEVENS, Mass. —The fight is on; Soldiers have all but come to fisticuffs and are throwing each other down, and grappling fiercely as they atte... More >>

Strengthening Families in a Turbulent Environment

SEATTLE, Wash. — On March 25, members of the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) and their partners from all over the United States, gathered here ... More >>

Soldiers Gold Mine Nuggets to keep you informed

G1 Nugget ADPAAS Awareness WHAT is ADPAAS? ADPAAS stands for Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System. It is the o... More >>

Secretary of Army sets acquisition reform, outreach as priorities

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 6, 2009) — Secretary of the Army John McHugh gave Pentagon staffers a “preliminary report” today after his firs... More >>

Volunteers lay 15,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Dec. 15, 2009) — Volunteers placed some 15,000 wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 12, as... More >>

Army to increase medevac support, add new CAB, more UAVs

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 7, 2010) — The Army’s top operations officer said yesterday that not only will the Army add a new combat aviati... More >>

Army Reserve seeks to ‘balance the force’ with seasoned Soldiers

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Dec. 14, 2009) -- The Army Reserve has increased its ranks by 20,000 and continues to meet its recruiting goals,... More >>

Spiritual Resilience and Presence at 2021 Cadet Summer Training

Greetings Timberwolves! First, let me introduce myself as I’m relatively new to the division and then I’d like to share a few key experiences I had a... More >>

Spiritual and Mental Resilience in the COVID-19 Environment

Memes abound describing COVID-19 and the year 2020. What we hoped would be 14 to 30 days has turned into seven months as I write this article. It loo... More >>

A Voice of Hope in Crisis

Billy Graham — the internationally-known evangelist who preached the gospel to countless people around the world during his lifetime — offered a clea... More >>

104th Division (LT) UMT Workshop: Shoulder-To-Shoulder

REFORMATION The word reformed is a verb. It is action based. The definition of “reformed” is to make changes in (something, typically a social, ... More >>

The Value of a Chaplain

The U.S. Army Reserve is uniquely composed of service members who often live hours from their home units and sometimes even further from the leaders ... More >>

The More Things Change

I used to believe the old adage, “The more things change the more they remain the same.” As life goes by, I have noticed the potential for cynicism, ... More >>

Echo Mission transforms to adapt to new battlefield

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 th... More >>

Unit Ministry Team provides religious support at Cadet Summer Training mission

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 ... More >>

Griffon Association Actively Looking for Sponsors to Support Soldiers and Families

The Griffon Association is still actively looking for ways to help injured Soldiers, their families and providing scholarships for deserving Army dep... More >>

Why I Became a Drill Sergeant

Becoming a U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeant did not make me who I am. It is because of who I am that I became a drill sergeant. More >>

Meet Your New Commanding General Brig. Gen. Charles S. Sentell III

Charles S. Sentell III was born in July 1966 in Minden, LA. He received his commission in Infantry through ROTC and graduated as the Distinguished Mi... More >>

Meet Your New Command Sergeant Major CSM Robert B. Potts

Command Sergeant Major Robert Potts was born in Bridgeport, TX. He graduated from Hinton High School, in Hinton, Oklahoma and entered the United Stat... More >>

A Star is Born

FORT SILL, Okla. — In a drill hall full of friends, Family, and Soldiers, Col. Charles Sentell III was promoted to Brigadier General on Jan. 26 at ... More >>

From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Iroquois Warriors, are you ready? Command Teams, are your formations ready? As you read this article, our Division is decisively engaged at Army... More >>

Taste of the Future

Being an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant is a mission that is both challenging and rewarding. It is an opportunity to transform America’s youth into well... More >>

On to the World Cup and Pan Am Game Pistol Teams

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, a truck driver with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), secured a spot on both the u... More >>

From the Office of G-6...

Most people know Army Knowledge Online (AKO) as the place for checking their e-mail and storing files. But, did you know AKO is also a Business Proce... More >>

Accountability of operations:  Every leader’s business From the Office of Internal Review...

As commanders and managers, we strive to achieve the command’s missions and goals. We must also provide accountability for our operations.  In orde... More >>

From the Office of Internal Review... From the Office of Internal Review...

We as federal managers, Soldier and Civilian alike, we have an inherent obligation to administer Internal Controls effectively within our organizatio... More >>

Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol dependence (defined as five or more drinks in the same sitting) is a powerful disorder with enormous health consequences. Alcohol dependence ... More >>

Army to end Stop Loss and pay retroactive Stop Loss special pay

The Army will phase out “stop-loss” which mandates that Soldiers remain in the military beyond their service obligation by March, 2011.  Army Reserve... More >>

Post - 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Programs

A lot of excitement is being generated about the new Post – 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Education Benefit. Since service members may qualify for multip... More >>


Military Transitions

Read This Before You Begin a Higher Education Journey

Higher education advocates cite the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) findings that college graduates make, on average, twice as much a ... More >>

TV Tips From the Pros: What You Really Need From Today’s TV Providers

TV’s come a long way in the last decade. The supersonic rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and ever-growing availability of fast, rel... More >>

Workout Recovery: Benefits and Tips Workout Plans Don’t Tell You

There’s no shortage of workouts pushing you to (or beyond) your limit. People are obsessed with working out and working out hard. But after pummeling... More >>

Buy Prescription Glasses Online

An in-person approach to purchasing eyewear may have been the only option years ago, but it has become increasingly more common for consumers to buy ... More >>

Let Us Keep You Safe by Finding and Fixing Safety Recalls

The men and women who serve in the United States Army protect us every day. It’s only fair that we make sure those same men and women are protected w... More >>

Taking Supplements Just Got Easier

When it comes to vitamins, finding a solution that meets all of your needs, but doesn’t involve swallowing heaping spoonfuls of pills like cereal in ... More >>

Finding Success in Life, Business and Golf Marine’s Obsession with Golf Inspires PXG for Heroes Program

In the Marine Corps, “pretty clean is dirty.” PXG takes the same cut-and-dry approach to golf clubs. They either perform or they don’t. They are... More >>

Writing a Resume that Gets Results

The job search process is filled with a multitude of difficulties that are unknown to the average applicant. For instance, what actually goes into th... More >>

All Soldiers are required to have the yearly standard influenza vaccine. From the Surgeons Office...

The vaccine can be provided to you by your personal physician, local pharmacy  both at your cost or thru Logistics Health International using a vouch... More >>

From the Surgeons Office...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is considered an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is comprised of worrisome thoughts plus excessive emotional and physical pa... More >>

Advancing Customer Excellence in 2010 From the Business Transformation Office

I am crossing my fingers that the Griffon and this article will be published prior to the Command’s fulltime conference as an introduction to the Chi... More >>

Advancing Performance Excellence!

”If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing at... More >>

Family Care Plan update (AR 600-20) From the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate...

AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy) has recently been revised with important changes involving Family Care Plans. A Family Care Plan should assist Soldie... More >>

From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Change is inevitable. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. We will always have change. These may be clichés but there is always a mo... More >>

From the 95th Command Sergeant Major

Hello Victory Division! I want to start by thanking Brig. Gen. Kuilan and the selection board for the opportunity to serve as the new 95th Division C... More >>

From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

Hello Timberwolves, This summer, the division command sergeant major and I were able to visit our Cadet Summer Training support at Ft. Knox, Ken... More >>

From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

For this edition of The Griffon, we were given the theme of “Change”. Undoubtedly, we could all write an entire book on the topic. I am not going to ... More >>

95th Training Division Soldiers embrace new ACFT at Fort Sill

FORT SILL, Okla . — Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 95th Training Division embraced the new Army Combat Fitness Test ... More >>

Challenge Yourself to Move...Out of the Comfort Zone

I want to share a little bit about myself in order to establish context for guidance I wholeheartedly recommend; it has been around awhile but doesn’... More >>

Swimmer Saved from Drowning

Thursday, 26 August 2021 — Mayport Naval Station, Florida. Although CENSECFOR routinely trains Navy personnel in how to deal with life-and-death... More >>

The Inevitable Weight Gain Known as the ‘COVID 15’

The year 2020 was a difficult and unprecedented year for humans worldwide. We were mostly stuck inside, forced to change our work locations to our ho... More >>

Culver Military: Educating and training teens for leadership since 1894

Steeped in a heritage that dates back 116 years, Culver Military Academy is a progressive college-preparatory boarding school that uses the military ... More >>

What UMT Has Done For Me

UMT has helped me in more ways than I thought possible. I am in the Air Force Reserves and have a full time job with the Government as a Civil Servic... More >>

Greenville, known as Cotton Capital of the World

Only 45 minutes east of Dallas, Greenville, Texas is the perfect launching pad for fun, relaxation or a little bit of both. Visitors to the Audie M... More >>

5 reasons why YOU should consider online education

With the growing popularity of distance education, online learning is rapidly becoming a convenient option for those seeking to earn a college degree... More >>

FAQ on online college education

What sort of programs or courses can I study online? When you are looking for online college programs, you will find a broad selection of course... More >>

Signs of a “Military-Friendly” University

You’ve probably heard the term “military-friendly” used over and over again while researching which college or university you should attend. A recent... More >>

Riley realizes results from UMT education

Staff Sergeant Timothy M. Riley spent eight years, two months, and six days (not that he was counting) in the U.S. Army working as a Satellite Commun... More >>

Workshops for Warriors Nonprofit School Is the Ticket to a Clearer Transition for our Veterans

For most of us in the US Army community, it’s no secret that the skills many of our service members master in uniform do not transition into the civi... More >>

The new MyCAA

It’s back — a new iteration of the immensely popular MyCAA program for military spouses is being re-started October 25 after a six-month hiatus. Duri... More >>

MyCAA Program for Military spouses

As the mother of five children from ages three to 17, Lorena Howell’s household is frequently a whirlwind of activity. Gregarious and personable, she... More >>

Military spouses take advantage of MyCAA program

In the very near future it is likely that a classroom of eager school children will be spending part of their day having stories read to them by Ezve... More >>

Handling your Office 2010 migration

Microsoft Office 2010 is anticipated to have broad adoption in the upcoming year. Challenges include the need to minimize admin and IT support costs,... More >>

Norwich University offers diversity

Norwich University, located in Northfield, VT, is the birthplace of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and the nation’s oldest private military ... More >>

Medical readiness training exercises provide a win-win situation Looking to the future

Humanitarian assistance exercises have long been a key component of the efforts of U.S. military forces stationed around the world – offering aid to ... More >>

Civilian agencies look to Military technology for future response efforts

Since the H1N1 Virus first emerged this past spring, government and civilian agencies across the world have taken steps to prevent spread of the illn... More >>

13 Scholarships awarded by Griffon Association

There is no question the Covid-19 pandemic has had an overwhelming effect on many parts of American society and organizations. The effect on the 108t... More >>

Homeschooling Travels With You

As a military wife, some of the words I have come to dread are “Honey, I’ve got orders.” Orders mean that chaos is imminent. You suddenly notice all ... More >>

Homeschooling Facts and Trends

There are about 2.3 million home-educated students in the United States as of spring 2016. This is up from one estimate that there were about two mil... More >>

Homeschooling on a Shoestring

Purchasing homeschooling curriculum for your children can be similar to buying a car for your family. Where I live you can spend about $50,000 for a ... More >>

Education Without Limits From a School Without Walls

As a military family you understand, better than anyone, the joys and struggles of the calling. You’ve devoted your lives to serving your country, an... More >>

Felicia Jones – Not Your Average Teen

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, United States Army Reserve commanding general, recently stated in a letter about Family ... More >>

Why Online Public Schooling Can Work for Your Family

On average, children in a military family move six to nine times during their school years necessitating numerous school changes. Continually having ... More >>

Why Online Public Schooling Can Work for Your Family

On average, children in a military family move six to nine times during their school years — necessitating numerous school changes. Continually havin... More >>

Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest Glows

The weather is turning colder, and the days are growing shorter. In Sevierville, Tennessee the winter season will glow with millions of lights and fa... More >>

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival began 95 years ago as an act of charity and thankfulness. And in that manner it continues today. The Christm... More >>

Festive Ways to Experience the Magic of Christmas in Branson, Missouri

The countdown to Christmas is ON in Branson, Missouri. Each year as the trick-or-treaters arrive home and the porch lights dim on Halloween night, th... More >>

ON YOUR NEXT LEAVE, LEAVE REALITY BEHIND. Experience Epic Theme Parks at Universal Orlando Resort.

It seems there’s never enough leave time, so this year more than ever you really want to make every second of your vacation count. New adventures and... More >>

Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Legendary Resort. Timeless Memories. Welcome to paradise! Surrounded by the bluest ocean and miles of white-sandy beaches, the renowned Atlant... More >>

Give the Gift of Experiences to Make Memories in the Heart of NC

Purchasing gifts for loved ones can often be a challenge. Consider giving the gift of experiences this upcoming season. We have compiled a perfect li... More >>

Pull Up a Seat and Stay Awhile in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC

In Western North Carolina, good food and warm hospitality are traditions locals hold dear and graciously extend to visitors. No place shows off those... More >>

CEVA Logistics Truck Driver and U.S. Veteran, Will Honor and Remember Our Fallen Heroes at Arlington National Cemetery for 5th Consecutive Year

David Brewer has been a proud truck driver at CEVA Logistics for 16 years and has already driven more than one million miles across the United States... More >>

Army Reserve Drill Sergeants — I’ve Got Your Back

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Drill sergeants of the 1st Battalion, 518th Regiment,  98th Training Division, are currently in charge of 214 recruits as they... More >>

It’s Our Turn- Meet Team RWB

While you may know us as an organization that focuses on fitness, we aren’t simply building strong bodies. Team RWB is about building strong communit... More >>

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.
  • Our members use The Griffon for prescreened, approved resources and opportunities for themselves and their families.
  • The Griffon is required reading material with a message straight from the General.