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 >>

From the Commanding General

From the Editor: Maj. General Mark McQueen, in advance of his retirement from the Army, accepted the City Manager po sition in Panama City, Florida... More >>

From the Commanding General

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... More >>

From the Commanding General

Teammates! I take this opportunity to congratulate you on the extraordinary performance and service to our Nation that you each demonstrated in 2017.... More >>

From the Commanding General

Team Griffon, This edition of the Griffon provides an extraordinary opportunity for us to do an azimuth check on where we are and where we are g... More >>

From the Commanding General

My first assignment when I was commissioned 35 years ago was to the 1st Armored Division, Ansbach, Germany. During that time, our nation was in the m... More >>

From the Commanding General

To my Teammates of the 108th Training Command, it is my great privilege to share opportunities of your successes with others.  That was no less the c... More >>

From the Commanding General

Recently, Command Sgt. Maj. Riti and I attended the Army Professional Forum (APF).  In attendance was our Army’s senior leadership and command teams.... 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 >>

SGT Devin Crawford 2018 TRADOC Drill Sergeant of the Year

“One Drill Sergeant to represent them all, One Drill Sergeant to train them, One Drill Sergeant to bring them all and in the standards bind them.” ... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

Until I retire and even after that, I will continue to stress the importance of Soldiers getting their Professional Military Education (PME) complete... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

Since my last article, I’ve attended many different events to include the Drill SGT of the Year (DSOY) and Best Warrior Competitions (BWC). Watching ... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

One of the biggest regrets I have is that I don’t have the opportunity to visit every one of the outstanding Soldiers within the 108th Training Comma... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

This past February marked my 39th anniversary of being in the US Army. Never in a million years did I think I would be in this long but again, thirty... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

Today started out good because like almost every day, it started with physical fitness training. I know I say this often in my articles but when you ... More >>

From the Command Sergeant Major

I always try to figure out what I want to write about in the next Griffon. This time it’s easy because Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller of the 108th Tra... 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 >>

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 >>

Drill Sergeant Trail Led Him to Chaplaincy

Lynchburg, Va. — God, family and country is not just a phrase. It has been a way of life for one Army Reserve Soldier that all started at an earl... More >>

Strong Bonds Schedule FY 2016 81st Regional Support Command

Which Venue Should I Register For? Singles Event: Register for if you are not legally married. Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-6... More >>

Unit Ministry Team Cadet Training

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Chaplain (Maj.) Todd Wolf, 104th Training Division (LT) Division Chaplain, conducts role play training with the Unit Ministry Team... More >>

Recruiting Their Own

Army Drill Sergeants train, mentor, and mold the United States’ future warriors, and getting the best qualified, most motivated Drill Sergeants is es... More >>

AUSA Warrior Corner

With the 108th Training Command (IET) partnered with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military T... More >>

From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

When I took command of the 95th Division almost three years ago, I told everyone that I was the most fortunate person in the entire Army Reserve. The... More >>

From the 95th Command Sergeant Major

My, how time flies when you are having fun! It seems like just yesterday when then Brig. Gen. Christian extended me the offer to serve as the 95th Di... More >>

Honoring Those Who Serve(d)

The ground was frozen but the campfire crackled with heat as competitors and spectators gathered in the early morning dawn for the 4th annual Ruck an... More >>

Equal Opportunity Officer Retires with over 33 Years of Service

On October 21 at the 95th Division Memorial located in the 95th Training Division (IET) Headquarters building, Lt. Col. Michael D. Eckart retired fro... More >>

MUTA 8 Done Right

CAMP RAVENNA, Ohio — Soldiers and Drill Sergeants of the 1st Battalion, 390th Regiment (1-390th), 3rd BDE, 95th Division have spent the “inter-mont... More >>

From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Iroquois Warriors, as you read this article, our Division is decisively engaged at the Army Training Centers in Fort Benning and Fort Jackson. Our dr... 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 >>

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 >>

Campus Report: Fall Semester Draws to a Close

The continuous cycle of academia cruises by at a pace that many of us seem to hardly be able to keep up with. Quarters and semesters slip right throu... More >>

U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Trains Future Officers

Fort Knox, Ky. — Several U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeants of Task Force Wolf led 268 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets across Brooks Field... More >>

Choosing a Career in Art and Design

We’ve all heard it: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Indeed, choosing a career is one of the most important decisions yo... More >>

224 YEARS OF SERVICE 108th TC Bids Farewell to Retirees

CHARLOTTE, N.C . — On November 4, 2017, family, friends, and colleagues of six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers came together at 108th Training Command (I... More >>

108th Training Command (IET) Celebrates, Honors 10 Retirees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Retiring from any career field is a monumental accomplishment. They all have ups and downs, but serving in the military for more ... More >>


Charged with supporting two of TRADOC's five core function leads: the Center for Initial Military Training and Cadet Command, the 108th Training Comm... More >>

DSOY 2017

FORT LEONARD WOOD Mo. — After a week of intense competition, the 2017 TRADOC Drill Sergeant and AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year has come to an end... More >>

‘New Kids on the Block’

Charlotte , N.C.  — The 108th Training Command has some new faces aiding in the fight of Army Readiness in combat of Substance Abuse. Ms. Kameika ... 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 >>

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 >>

Why Online Public Schooling Works Well for Military Families

Children thrive academically in a supportive learning environment that’s focused on their strengths and needs. For military families, frequent reloca... More >>

What’s great about homeschooling? CHOICE!

Winter is finally here and for homeschoolers that likely means you’ve got a few weeks or months of homeschooling under your belt. By now you have lik... More >>

Spring Calls for a Little R&R in Gulf Shores

Enjoy spring in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Warmer temperatures, lots of sunshine, turquoise blue waters and care-free days are waiting for you on ... More >>

Panama City Beach for Your Fun Getaway

Panama City Beach ( ) is located in Bay County, Fla., in the Northwest part of the state. The destination is best known ... More >>

Aim Higher For Your Next Vacation Universal’s Three Incredible Theme Parks and New Attractions Take Vacations to a New Level

When it’s time for a family vacation you want to make it the best it can be. Universal Orlando Resort™ makes planning it easy with three incredible t... More >>

World of Speed Presents Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty

With 80-100 vintage and historic race cars, motorcycles, and hydroplanes always on display, World of Speed Motorsports Museum is a must-see destinati... More >>

Taste the Best of Hendersonville at Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend

In Hendersonville, North Carolina, apples reign supreme. A ride along back roads outside of town reveals slopes covered in orchards. Cool nights in s... More >>

National Army Museum Marches to Completion

The National Museum of the United States Army is rapidly taking shape at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Since ground was broken in 2016, Museum construction... More >>

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Headlines Sevierville’s 15th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Mus... More >>

Chattanooga: Trolley Tours, Street Parties, Music Festivals and More

Chattanooga is the Gateway to Tennessee and is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by the spectacular scenic beau... More >>

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