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 >>

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 >>


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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Finding Your Hedgehog

According to the book “From good to great,” by Jim Collins, that shiny pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? The rare combination of passion, skills a... 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

Nine Tips to Improve Your School Transition

It’s the letter that military families can dread. Just as they get acclimated to their latest post and develop roots in the community, the orders com... More >>

Online Degree Options with Placement Rates That Will Put You to Work

If you’re investing time and money in an online bachelor’s degree that syncs with your military life, do the homework before you enroll. More >>

TDP Helps Maintain Overall Health, Dental Readiness

Research increasingly shows connections between good oral health and one’s overall wellbeing. This information is changing the way dentists and ... More >>

104th Infantry Division World War II Veteran Mr. Leo Thoennes Joins the Puget Sound Honor Flight

  Last April, 47 veterans from World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War, joined the Puget Sound Honor Flight on a trip to Washington, D.C. The P... More >>

In Honor Of Your Service, We Are Honored To Serve You

Leadership, teamwork, strategy, excellence in communications, combined with highly reliable, professionals experienced at achieving efficient and ef... More >>

30 Military Transition Tips, brought to you by CVS Health

Written by David A. Lee, Director of Military Programs at CVS Health  and originally posted on the Thoughts Over Coffee blog.  Going thro... More >>

Homeschooling as a Blessing Stability Amidst Change

You scan your new living room as you watch the movers bringing box after box in the door. “This one is so much smaller than my last,” you think silen... More >>

What’s Your Next Mission?

If you’re transitioning from military service and have an interest in the freight transportation industry, you should consider a career at Estes Expr... 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 >>

SPOTLIGHT on: Staff Sgt. Erik F. Jessup

Born March 15 in Charleston, S.C., Staff Sgt. Erik Jessup enlisted in the US Army on December 3, 2003 and left for Basic Training just over a month l... More >>

Development at the Top

They descended on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, a conglomerate of the highest-ranking enlisted members of the 108th Training Command. They weren’t there... More >>

From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Mission Command is designed for times exactly like these. As I write this, we are still early in the COVID-19 epidemic and response within the United... More >>

Support Awards Presented

On January 29, 2020 during the Lake Chelan Community Hospital employee forum, Command Sgt. Maj. Thaddeus J. Bishop, 3rd Battalion, 414th Regiment, 1s... More >>

Ramos Recognized

Sgt. 1st Class Ramos, Army Reserve Component Career Counselor, receives an Army Certificate of Achievement from Maj. General Kate Leahy, commander, 1... More >>

Finding a Purpose and Giving it Back

At 18 years old, she was looking for direction and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. Now, 21 years later, she has no regrets and is even more motivated t... More >>

From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Greetings Iron Men of Metz! This is my first opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! I hope that you had plenty of time to spen... More >>

Power of Positivity: Can Do Attitude

Success and failure begin from the same place and that place is in your mind. So, you have a you want to be successful or do you want to ... 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 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 >>

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 >>

Surround Yourself with Beauty in Franklin County

Explore and enjoy the beauty of Franklin County Pa., just north of the Mason Dixon Line and midway along the Great Appalachian Valley.  More >>

Passport Creates a Custom Itinerary Along the Cheers! Trail in Hendersonville

Western North Carolina has long been a spot for creatives. The Blue Ridge Mountains possess a certain draw, attracting artists, musicians, entreprene... More >>

Visit Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore

Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and just knew that you would come back again and again? The County of Kent, on Maryl... More >>

The Best Kept Secret in Washington, D.C.

Directly across the street from the renowned Army and Navy Club of Washington DC, is the Barr Building of Farragut Square, a rather dour, gothic edif... More >>


It’s time to head outside for fun in the Great Smoky Mountains.  More >>

Got Leave? Three Incredible Theme Parks and an Epic New Roller Coaster Make Universal Orlando Resort the Perfect Getaway.

You work hard all year in service to our country. So, when it’s time for some well-earned leave, you want to be able to play just as hard as you work... More >>

Escape the Worries of Everyday Fall Back to the Only Resorts Made for 2 People in Love

If there were ever a destination created with romance and reconnection in mind, it would be the Caribbean — exotic landscapes, untouched beaches and ... More >>

Islandology is Your Guide to Island Life on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

In Southwest Florida, Islandology is always within reach. It’s our way of life. You won’t find high-rises and big crowds, you’ll find endless white-s... 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.