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 who played critical roles in executing reception and committee missions, Basic Combat Training and One-Station-Unit Training, and training for both ROTC and Military Academy cadets. For the leadership and headquarters teams who did the planning and oversaw the successful execution of this myriad of events, you collectively have much to be proud of. Well-done!

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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 established performance standards to successfully execute the task and collective mission. The band of excellence is about exceeding Army standards, elevating individual and collective performance to ensure our Soldiers are at their most lethal state at the line of departure (LD). The LD may be a forceful airborne operation into unknown location, the parade field at Fort Benning or squad live fire at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). We must stand ready – lethal!

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The Making of a Drill Sergeant:

(This is part 2 of a 3 part story.)

Standing before the academy, she paused and collected her thoughts. Once she walked through the doors, it would be full throttle, game-face action. She’d be challenged, mentally and physically. And she’d have to dig deep and move past her comfort zone.

 

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Smith, George named Army Reserve NCO and Soldier of the Year

After five days of grueling heat, humidity, and very little sleep, nearly 60 U.S. Army Reserve noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers were narrowed down to two at the 2019 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

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Right place, right time:

During the early evening of Aug. 15, Sgt. Roger Williams had left Fort McCoy to go back to his hotel in Sparta, Wis., after wrapping up a day of training at the installation. Little did he know his drive back to the hotel would play a role in saving the lives of a grandfather and his two granddaughters.

 

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Making the Competition

Tucked back in the cubicles, in the Operations section of the 108th Training Command (IET) headquarters is a trio of desks. They house computers, phones, paperwork, office supplies, a few photos, some memorabilia. To most, they are just a few desks. To those who know, this is were the magic happens.

 

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Training the Trainers

As cadre for the 108th Training Command (IET) Best Warrior competition, the Drill Sergeants assigned as instructor trainers knew to expect long hours, limited sleep, and the satisfaction of knowing they helped provide a stressful, competition driven environment designed to identify the best possible Soldier and NCO to represent the command. 

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Band of Excellence

If you Google “Band of Excellence Army,” you may be surprised that Army Doctrine Publication 7-0 Training, comes up as one of the top search results. In paragraph 4-7 of ADP 7-0, it states, “Once the unit attains required task and weapon proficiencies, it strives to maintain these proficiencies within a band of excellence.” It is difficult to maintain our individual band of excellence responsibilities as Soldiers and the competing interests we face as Citizen Soldiers. This feature will discuss some things we can all do to help us as individuals stay in the band of excellence.

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Leadership Essentials

As leaders we learned early and throughout our military education what leadership is and how it should be implemented. Soldiers will follow a good leader anywhere and under any conditions. While many factors decide the outcomes of a successful mission, leadership is often the most important. The perception we receive from our formation as a leader is also very important. 

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Making History Crossing Old Boundaries

It’s been three years since the Army first started accepting women into its infantry, armor, fire support specialist and special operator communities. Before this shift, one option female Soldiers had to positively affect the Combat Arms community, was to become a US Army Drill Sergeant. Drill Sergeants teach new recruits every aspect of Basic Combat Training—which means they have the great responsibility of shaping recruits into the best Soldiers in the world.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

I am honored and privileged to once again be a member of the 108th Training Command (IET) and to command the great Division of Iroquois Warriors. Since many of you may not know me, I’ll take some time in my first article to introduce myself.

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Army Reserve Division welcomes new commander at Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Family, friends and Soldiers from the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) welcomed their new commanding general, Brig. Gen. Tony Wright, and bid a fond farewell to their out-going commander, Brig. Gen. Miles A. Davis, during a Change of Command Ceremony on July 13 at the National Infantry Museum’s Inouye Field.

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Navy Prepares to Deploy (with Army Help)

At McCrady Training Center a container village sits in an open field and acts as an urban warfare training site. Devoid of furniture within its buildings or cars parked nearby, it is a solitary site. Sailors outfitted in full body armor, M4 and M9 weapons stand within the gated compound in the center of the village keeping a watchful eye on the surrounding buildings and field on Aug. 19.

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Airborne Drill

In 2009, Staff Sgt. Goodrich was sitting in college at Central Michigan University thinking about joining the Reserve Officer Training Course program when he enlisted. Instead, he attended basic combat training that summer and became a Military Policeman. He was placed with the 428th MP Company located out of Portage Mich., and mobilized with them to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2012-2013. He had always seen Drill Sergeants across the hall and knew that he wanted to become one. He joined the 3/330th Fox Company in 2014 after completing the Kalamazoo Valley Police Academy. In 2015 he became a police officer and started work for the Marshall, Mich., police department. He then completed the United States Drill Sergeant Academy in the summer of 2015.

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Serving Before She Could Vote —

As stood before the formation, she looked down at her daughter pinning the new rank of major on her uniform. Then, she glanced over at her mother who was beaming with pride.

 

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I Want YOU To Command

Leadership, the lifeblood of an army, makes a difference every day in the United States Army. Since the formation of the Continental Army until today with Soldiers deployed around the globe, Army leaders have accepted the challenges before them.

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

Greetings Timberwolves,

This year’s summer missions have closed and with great success. I want to thank you all again for your participation in what I think was the most successful Cadet Summer Training event so far. Our team at Task Force Wolf, the Trainers and Drill Sergeants did a great job this year. I would also like to thank our team at West Point for their continued success and outstanding professionalism. I want to thank our Soldiers at the Merchant Marine Academy mission, even though it goes away after this year, great job by the team in leaving a lasting ARMY impression on them.

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R-DAY

On one day a year Thayer Hall is transformed from multi floor classroom building to a processing station for newly in processing cadets. That one day is called Reception day or R-day.

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Eyes and Ears

This summer, on 5 August, 25 Soldiers, including an active duty Soldier, one National Guard Soldier and 23 Army Reserve Soldiers, began the 108th Training Command’s Equal Opportunity Leaders Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash.

On 9 August, these EOLC graduates from different areas of the country became the next set of Officers and NCOs with the skills and knowledge to fulfill their duties of implementing the Army’s EO program and objectives in their respective units.

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3-304th Regiment 3rd Battalion COC

The Soldiers of the 3-304th Regiment 3rd Battalion conducted a Change of Command between outgoing commander Lt. Col (P) Brian J. Van De Wal and incoming commander Lt. Col Andrew R. Craven, and Change of Responsibility Ceremony between outgoing CSM Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Pattershall and Command Sgt. Maj. Clint Hale at Trophy Point Amphitheater, West Point, New York, on Saturday, 29 June 2019.

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Why Did You Join?

Everyone has their own reasons for why they joined the military. Is it a family tradition? Patriotism? Love for your country? Accepting a new challenge? Why did you join the military and what does serving mean to you?

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3-414th conducted their Change of Command

3-414th conducted their Change of Command ceremony on August 10th, 2019 at the Allen Reserve Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Distinguished guests, family members, and Soldiers from the 3-414th joined to say farewell and thank you to Lt. Col. John J. Kaikkonen, who served as the 3-414th battalion commander for 26 months. Lt. Col. Kaikkonen is followed by Lt. Col. John L. Hewitt III.

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Stetsons & Spurs

Cavalry (CAV) is alive and well in the US Army Reserve. Headquartered in Madisonville, Ky., the 2nd Squadron, 398th Cavalry Regiment is one of only two CAV squadrons in the Army Reserve. 2-398th CAV is assigned to the 1st Brigade, 98th Division, 108th Training Command. Their mission is to provide Cavalry Drill Sergeants and Instructors to the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On the weekend of 6-8 September, the Cavalry Scouts from the 2-398th Cavalry Squadron conducted a time-honored “Spur Ride” at Fort Knox, Ky. As the original Home of Armor and Cavalry for more than 50 years, Fort Knox is a fitting location.

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A Moment of Appreciation

In a quiet moment prior to relinquishing command of the 98th Training Division (IET), Brig. General Miles Davis found himself standing outside the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, Fort Benning, Georgia, listening to 108th Training Command commanding general list his many accomplishments as she presented him with a well deserved Legion of Merit. Davis was quick to praise his wife for her contributions over the course of his career and present her with a token of his appreciation as well (US Army Reserve photos by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield).

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Who runs the world? Sergeants Major!

It was a powerful sight as these four senior NCO’s, Sergeant Major Terry Patterson, Command Sergeant Major Lorraine Smith, Command Sergeant Major Bethannie Bugbee and Sergeant Major Lynei Woodard, got together for a photo at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, Fort Benning, Georgia during the 98th Training Division change of command and monument dedication weekend US Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M Litchfield

 

 

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Drill Sergeant Candidate Preparation Training

Delta Co, 2/397th, conducted follow-on Drill Sergeant Candidate preparation training coordinated with Ft Knox R2 program to build mental resilience and promote positive mental thinking, build memorization skills, and ensure the overall success of Drill Sergeant Candidates.

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Griffon Association Scholarship Applications Due April 1

Another big three months for the Griffon Association. Both our annual major fundraiser, the Soldiers’ and Families’ Golf Tournament, and the annual picnic took place and were a big success. We invite all who read this article to join us by becoming members to continue this success well into the future. You will see a copy of the most current membership application with this article.

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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. Universal Orlando has the perfect ticket for you. Now members of the military can get four days of sensational theme park fun for less than the price of a 1-day ticket (offer compared to after-tax purchase price of a 2-Park, 1-Day Anytime Season Park-to-Park Ticket purchased at front gate or universalorlando.com)*.

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Escape the Worries of Everyday

If there were ever a destination created with romance and reconnection in mind, it would be the Caribbean — exotic landscapes, untouched beaches and pure waters are simplicity and beauty at its finest.

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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-sand beaches, lush wilderness and secluded islands. Islandology is about being comfortable with your surroundings and enjoying all the simple pleasures that come with a day at the beach or a night under the stars. Before you make the trip with the one you love, make a few plans. For there are many ways to experience our way of life.

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U.S. Army Opening Up the West

(From information researched by Dr. Eugene Watkin, PhD in American History)

In 1808, a small garrison of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry headed up the Mississippi River from what is now Saint Louis. Brigadier General Zebulon Pike had scouted the area from 1805 to 1806 following the Louisiana Purchase. But it wasn’t until 1808, following William Henry Harrison’s Treaty of Saint Louis, that any other U.S. military presence was in the area. They were dispatched to the area to set up a government factory outpost, as established under Article 9 of the 1804 Treat of St. Louis.

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Branson, Missouri

It’s no wonder that Branson, Missouri goes all out to celebrate Christmas. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains and renowned as the live music show capital of the world, at any time of year the city offers its guests the most heartwarming and genuine of welcomes. Come the holidays, those greetings grow more joyous than ever as Branson’s people, its natural treasures, its memorable attractions and live shows, and singular shopping experiences all express the Christmas spirit so exuberantly that abundant goodwill truly reigns toward every man, woman, and child.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina

Everyone dreams of spending the holiday season in an idyllic town trimmed with lights and brimming with merriment. The charming Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville, North Carolina, invites you to make holiday memories this season. No matter where you call home, you’ll feel like a local as the town welcomes you with two months of festive events.

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Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest

With more than 15 million lights along the 25-mile long Parkway in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Winterfest is a magical time to visit the Smokies.

Sevierville and her sister cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg put on their brightest event yet from the Friday before Thanksgiving through President’s Day each year. Beautiful lights and fun special events add to the enjoyment of winter in the Smoky Mountains — as do the Christmas-themed attractions, incredible shopping and holiday shows.

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Cedar Hill: A Slice of Hill Country Near Dallas

The City of Cedar Hill continues to be a powerful draw for those looking to take a hike, bond with nature, or simply walk and shop in an area with the versatility and energy of a city, but the comfort of a small town. A community packed with natural resources, green areas and eco-friendly, sustainable offerings, the city is attracting more and more visitors every year to one of the Dallas area’s hidden gems.

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The Griffon Vol 43.3 Fall 2019

The Griffon Vol 43.3 Fall 2019
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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.

  • 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.