From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 10/23/2017

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 going. For the past two years, the 108th Training Command’s priority has been READINESS. There have been incredible strides in improving our overall readiness in a number of areas. As you know, we focused on the four pillars of readiness: combat readiness; Soldier readiness; Family readiness; and safety readiness. Additionally, the four pillars of readiness were built upon a foundation of Leader readiness. Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 10/23/2017

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 Command. With all the conferences, Senior Enlisted Leadership Counsels, competitions, Boards, meetings and summits I’m required to attend, there just isn’t enough time and for that I apologize. MG McQueen and I do as many Battlefield Circulation visits as we’re able to fit into our schedules but still don’t get the opportunity to meet each and every one of you. We know you’re doing outstanding things and accomplishing a lot and for that we commend you. Just today I visited with Soldiers from the 95th... Read More...

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Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits
Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits

By Spc. Jeremiah Woods | 10/23/2017

Coral-red dust billows up and rests on several brand-new pairs of brown leather boots as a crowd of new recruits at Fort Jackson, S.C. shuffle into a formation on the Omaha Beach team live-fire range. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Gilbert Dillard Jr., a senior drill sergeant attached to B. Co., 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, barks orders and the recruits respond with an abrupt sharpness they would not have known just a few weeks earlier. Dillard is an Army Reserve Soldier from F. Co. 1st Batallion 321st Infantry Regiment out of Lumberton, N.C., and is currently on active duty as a drill sergeant. From his demeanor ... Read More...

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‘The Tip of the Spear’

By CSM (retired) Milton Hardy | 10/23/2017

Someone once said, starting from the beginning is always best. In the beginning there were Drill Sergeants. The Drill Sergeants came to greet us at the bus. As young Soldiers, we were anxious to meet our new friends. Soon, frankly very soon, we realized they were not our friends. They were our Drill Sergeants. Lesson learned! There is a world of difference. Drill Sergeants are groomed to Coach, Mentor and Train young Soldiers, and sometime not so young Soldiers. Read More...

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The Force of the Future
The Force of the Future

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 10/23/2017

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The Army Reserve held its 2017 Best Warrior Competition (BWC) here over the course of six days, June 11-17. 20 of the most promising warriors from the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) met at Ft. Bragg to vie for the title of best Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) and enlisted Soldier of the Year. Soldiers volunteered to compete regionally, within their respective commands, and those winners moved forward to compete here in the annual USARC BWC. Competitors Sgt. Michael Hughes with the 2-377th and Spc. Robert Lee Davis Jr. with 1-415th Alpha Company, represented the 95th Training Division (IET) and the 108th Training Co... Read More...

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Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule the World’
Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule the World’

Story by Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 10/23/2017

THE ROCK RANCH, Ga. — Nestled on the shores of a lake, just off a rural Georgia highway is the Rock Ranch. It’s here the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation hosts one of its “Girls Who Rule the World” mentoring camp. It’s also where, this year, you will find Drill Sergeants Kate-treena Orellana and Candice Beebe, with 3rd Battalion, 485th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET), 108th Training Command (IET). Designed to enhance the development of young girls, the camp provides a forum highlighting positive self-image, responsible conduct and respect for self and others. To help accomplish this, the foundation reaches out ... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Command Sergeant Major
Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits
‘The Tip of the Spear’
The Force of the Future
Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule the World’
108th Summer Training
Follow the Leader: Cadets Learn What’s Right
A New Star for the 108th Training Command
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 95th Command Sergeant Major
Devoted Chaplain Supports Trainees
Wounded Warrior Adapts and Overcomes
Fort Leonard Wood Welcomes a New Basic Combat Training Battalion
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
98th Training Division Drill Sergeants Become First Few Female Infantry School Graduates
98th Training Division (IET) Inactivates 8 Units
Soldiers Compete in Timberwolf Challenge
Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards Assumes Command of 104th Division (LT)
New Cadets Learn from the best in the Army Reserve
Task Force Wolf Instructors Assist Individual Movement Training During Cadet Initial Entry Training, CST16
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Leads the Way
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey and Distinguished Visitors from the 108th Training Command
Family Programs Youth Track Combats Teen Stress
52-Year-Old Drill Sergeant Inspires Millennials “@” TF Wolf
Around the Command
104th Division (LT) UMT Workshop: Shoulder-To-Shoulder
Suicide Prevention
The Stigma of Mental Health
Anonymous Group Chat Sessions Offer Male Military Sex Assault Victims New Support
108th Griffon Assoc. Continues to March
Make Hendersonville Your ‘Home for the Holidays’
Christmas at the Library Celebration
What’s the ‘Northern Neck?’
Oh No - Mother Nature Played Favorites!
Best Time of Year to Visit Alabama Gulf Coast
Make Your Holiday Memories at Georgia’s Lanier Islands
Visit Pocono Mountains
The Hunt is on in Bradford County
Glascow Barren
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Explore IOWA
Fort Madison: The Place Where Iowa Began
Homeschooling as a Blessing Stability Amidst Change

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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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