108th Griffon Association — fulfilling its mission

06/07/2013  | 
The Griffon

Soldiers and Family enjoy the Griffon Association’s annual membership picnic held this year at Kings Mountain National Military Park. It was attended by two former division commanders and division command sergeant majors. Photo courtesy Tom Phlegar

The 108th Griffon Association, an auxiliary support organization for the 108th Training Command, composed primarily of past and some present members is fulfilling its charter and objectives which are:

  • Social contact media for past and present members.
  • Provide scholarships for members and dependents for all units of the entire 108th Training Command
  • Provide assistance to in need soldiers who have developed financial hardships due to deployment, training injuries or other service related matters.
  • Assist the command with needs where appropriated funds cannot be used.

So far this year the association has provided direct assistance to two soldiers who suffered active duty and/or training injuries that resulted in financial difficulties when bureaucratic procedures caused a delay of benefits. This assistance relieved much stress and enabled them to continue as normal as possible. The surgeon’s office at command Headquarters was and is most proficient in obtaining these benefits but the association stepping in helped to cover their expenses until those benefits began.

1SG McGuinness presents $500 check to MSG Winchester on behalf of an injured 108th soldier in need.


A request from the Family Readiness Group at Command Hq. for monetary assistance to send packages to deployed soldiers was received. This is an area where non appropriated funds are needed and the 108th Griffon Assoc. unhesitatingly provided these funds. This is not the first time this has occurred and we will continue as long as our soldiers are deployed and in need of a friendly care package from home.

Scholarships in the amount of $1000 have been awarded in the past and this year is no exception. This year four $1000 scholarships for post secondary education will be awarded assuming the applications are received. Any soldier or civilian, to include dependants through grandchildren, presently assigned to the 108th Training Command and its subordinate units, (95th Div, 98th Div, and 104th Div), are eligible. If none are awarded for the fall semester, the spring semester will be considered. Click here for the scholarship application.

Social gatherings, to renew old friendships and instigate new relationships, is an integral function of the association. Accordingly, this past April, a gathering at the Kings Mountain National Military Park was held. In addition to the delicious Bar-B-Que dinner, a guided tour of the battlefield was conducted by a park ranger. Everyone left with a better understanding of the battle, the sacrifices of the soldiers involved, and the important results of that very important Revolutionary War battle.

This fall the third annual golf tournament will be held on 23 September, 2013 at the Pine Island Country Club to partially help fund the activities described above. Golfers, we need you. See the details in other parts of the Griffon.

Membership is the key to any organization and the 108th Griffon Association is no exception. For only $10 per year or $108 for a lifetime membership, your dues to this 501c3 tax deductible organization will be funneled, (approximately 99%), back to all elements of the 108th Tng. Cmd. Please consider supporting this small but highly effective and devoted organization as a means of staying connected and going that extra mile. As an extra perk, those who have left the organization will receive a complimentary copy of the Griffon Newspaper. What better way to stay connected. All uniformed and civilian past and present members of the 108th Tng. Cmd. and its subordinate units who have served honorably are eligible. Click here for an application for membership.

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