From the Commanding General

The backbone of the US Army is our Noncommissioned Officer Corps.  From my recent assignment in the Pacific Theater, I can tell you that our Army’s NCO’s professionalism and technical expertise is the envy of our allies around the world.  They create a force multiplier that does not exist elsewhere.  How lucky we are to be in the 108th Training Command where our business is all about the NCO: recruiting, retention, training, and developing the world-famous Army Drill Sergeant. 

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Drill Sergeant of the Year – Best Warrior More than a Competition

I could not be prouder of the Soldiers and NCOs of the 108th Training Command (IET) for the unprecedented performance in the 2020 Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) and Best Warrior Competitions (BWC). 

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U.S. Army Reserve announces 2020 Best Warrior Competition Winners

Sept. 10, 2020

FORT MCCOY, Wis.— After a week of grueling competition that included firing ranges, 20 miles of foot marching, obstacle courses, and simulated events, the U.S. Army Reserve announced the two winners of the 2020 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition during its awards luncheon at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Sept. 10.

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Underutilized, and Misunderstood!

Can you name three chaplains in your command? How about one? For many of you, your chaplain is someone in another state you have never met.

 

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Inspector General and Command Climate

Greetings 108th Family,

Over the past couple of months the 108th Inspector General office (IGO) has distributed several informational updates on relevant topics in our ‘Did You Know’ series. 

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone is enjoying themselves and taking the time to relax with loved ones and re-energize before the New Year begins. The Holiday Season is supposed to be a great time of the year. Time to relax and reflect on family, friends, and life. However, our culture has transformed this part of the year into an extremely hectic and fast paced time that is often hard to enjoy as we have created it. This should be, and can be, the best time of the year if we will manage it.

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From the 95th Command Sergeant Major

The 95th Training Division has a long and rich history. We are most renowned for our role in World War II, where we gained our nickname the “Iron Men of Metz.” Our Iron Men fought hard and conquered massive German resistance to capture the fortress city of Metz as part of the Allied push into Germany in 1944. It is this rich history and grit that gives our Soldiers today, in this Division, the honor and pride to serve and follow in the footsteps of the Iron Men who fought so hard before us.

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Rising to the next challenge, Sapper-qualified NCO wins Best Warrior for Army Reserve

FORT McCOY, Wis. — Staff Sgt. Benjamin Latham rose from his chair on a cool, overcast September afternoon, and stood among his peers and superiors as they showered him in applause. As his teammates from the notorious “Team 7” chanted their trademark “Luck-y! Luck-y! Luck-y!” Latham approached the stage at the outdoor ceremony for the third time in rapid succession.

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Soldier endures week-long competition to win Army Reserve Best Warrior title

Sept. 10, 2020

FORT McCOY, Wis. — A young Soldier from Sacramento, California, with ambitions of becoming a drill sergeant won the title of Soldier of the Year in the 2020 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, with winners announced at a ceremony Sept. 10.

 

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Mission First and Always

Bravo Company’s mission is to support in-processing basic trainees as they come through Initial Entry Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Even in the event of a national pandemic, that same mission remains. Our Soldiers have stepped up to the considerable new challenges presented by COVID-19 and are not missing a beat.

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Virtually Nothing Can Stop This DSOY Candidate

Every year the Center for Initial Military Training conducts the Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) competition at different TRADOC installations. The competition typically takes place over a four-day period and aims to bring the Army and Army Reserve top Drill Sergeants together for a chance to win the top honor—the Drill Sergeant of the Year award. The competition is physically and mentally demanding, and challenges competitors to push through fatigue, weather and surprise events over the multi-day event.

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Looking S.H.A.R.P at the JBLM Color Run 2020

One of the casualties of the early days of COVID-19 was the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) much anticipated Color/Awareness Fun Run/Walk scheduled for April – S.H.A.R.P. Awareness Month. Thankfully, it was re-scheduled for September and participating members of the 104th Division (LT) Timberwolves full time staff chose the SHARP Program as the “cause” they wanted to highlight.

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From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

Hello Timberwolves,

On 6 August, I assumed command of the 104th Division (Leader Training). It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the Commander of the 104th and to be a member of the Timberwolf team. I look forward to seeing you in action as we execute our mission.

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

I would like to take this opportunity to say how truly honored I am to be selected as the 104th Division CSM. This has been the most humbling experience of my entire life to date. I could never have dreamed 29 years ago that an eighteen-year-old boy stepping off the bus at Parris Island, South Carolina, and placing his feet upon those famous yellow footprints would someday be afforded the honor of such a prestigious position. As I reflect on how I got here, I can sum it up in one phrase that was drilled into me as a young Marine and I still use every time I stand in front of Soldiers, “it’s not about you “ .

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Washingtonian Takes Command

The 104th Headquarters and Headquarters Company Change of Command ceremony took place in July of this year. HHC has a new Commander and his name is Cpt. Collin Ashley. He is a native of Washington State, graduating from Tumwater High School as one of only three students to accomplish both a diploma and an Associate’s Degree before receiving a scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University and going into the ROTC program.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity. What does this really mean to you? To me it means leadership positions are and should be a reflection of the diversity in our ranks. We should take into consideration that we are promoting and assigning someone based on their merit, fitness and the capability to lead others in stressful and non-stressful times. It also means allowing for and giving everyone the same opportunities for these positions, in both the short term and long term.

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Connected ... Virtually

In the middle of a pandemic, stay at home orders, and an oversaturation of news and social media, it is easy to feel isolated and disconnected from a world that we previously knew. Many wonder if we will ever return to what we once knew or if this “New Normal” is really going to become our long-term reality. For many, social interaction now means gathering in video chat rooms or behind protective panes of plastic. Gyms once filled with runners, weight lifters, and those exercising, have become barren wastelands; the equipment left behind now a monument to what once was.

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Even at Home ...Keeping Physically and Mentally Fit Isn’t Out of Reach

As a Master Fitness Trainer for the 104th Division, I feel I can serve our Soldiers by providing a platform to build mental strength through physical fitness. Physical fitness is not just about getting into shape to pass the Amy Combat Fitness Test. Physical fitness assists in attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For the past several months, we have faced difficult challenges such as gym closures, limited or no home workout equipment, daycare closures, working from home or not working at all, and even challenges with healthy grocery store food options.

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104th Training Division (Leader Training) Holds Command Sgt. Maj. Change of Responsibility

FORT KNOX, Kentucky — Observing strict physical and social distancing requirements, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil J. Pierce took over for outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. William C. Phipps as Command Sergeant Major for the 104th Division (LT) in a change of responsibility ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 15 in Waybur Theater. The ceremony is one of time-honored tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility.

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Adapting to the Times; 104th Division (LT) Conducts a Virtual Change of Command Ceremony

The 104th Division (Leader Training) conducted a virtual Change of Command ceremony between outgoing commanding general, Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards II, and incoming commanding general, Brig. Gen. Rodney J. Fischer, on August 6th. Friends, colleagues and leaders from different areas of the country participated in this unprecedented ceremony via an online communications platform.

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4-413TH SROTC BATTALION BIDS FAREWELL TO LTC REGINALD T. EGGLESTON

On Sunday, July 12th, 2020, at 1100 EST, Soldiers and families around the country gathered virtually to attend the 4th Battalion, 413th Regiment Senior ROTC Battalion Change of Command Ceremony between Outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Reginald Eggleston, and Incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Pamela Gilbert. The ceremony, narrated by Cpt. Jordan Chick, included remarks by both commanders as well as the Brigade Commander, Col. Jens Hansen.

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R-Day COVID Style

Col. William Bundy and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Pierce, visited the United States Military Academy, West Point from 11-14 July, to observe the R-Day mission being supported by 3-304. On July 12th, Col. Bundy and Command Sgt. Maj. Pierce visited each station in the reception process utilizing a Brigade Soldier. Additionally, they visited with USMA staff to improve coordination for next year’s mission and beyond.

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4-414 (SROTC) NCOs and Officers Critical to Support of Operation Agile Leader in Task Force Colorado/Wyoming

Just about any Officer who is commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Course recalls their time at Cadet Summer Training (CST). The name and location for CST has changed over the years, but is currently a 5-week course at Fort Knox that Cadets must attend between their Junior and Senior years of college. CST is a time where Cadets are assigned leadership positions and assessed on their leadership performance. The assessments at Cadet Summer Training are used to determine which component and branch the Cadet will serve in once they commission.

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Overcoming A Year Like No Other

Being able to provide skilled and motivated instructors for Operation Agile Leader (OAL), while keeping Soldiers and their family healthy and safe, were the priorities of the 3-414th CST BN moving forward during our expected busy summer season of annual training. After the news of Cadet Summer Training being cancelled and the implementation of OAL, the 3-414th’s annual training consisted of supporting different OAL missions for Cadet Command, and the United States Military Academy (USMA). A major step in the operations process is to constantly go through the cycle of planning, preparing, executing and assessing to see where we stand; areas to improve in the future; how to refocus our actions to align with the mission; and how to consistently keep the priorities 1st Brigade, 104th Division and 3-414th had set forward at the start of this planning process.

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Spiritual and Mental Resilience in the COVID-19 Environment

Memes abound describing COVID-19 and the year 2020. What we hoped would be 14 to 30 days has turned into seven months as I write this article. It looks like we will deal with this virus and its effects for some time yet to come. This likely means continued wearing of masks, not being able to gather in large groups, and spending more time at home than we did before COVID-19. Anyone have cabin fever yet? Anyone feeling a little antsy? You love your family and yet you find yourself a little annoyed, frustrated, or simply wanting a little time away from them? You are not alone.

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July Battle Assembly SAV Visit

The New Command Team of 1/398th REGT, 2/104th DIV Lt. Col. David Stys and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Renfrow along with their battalion staff visited all of their companies during their annual Staff Assistance Visit (SAV) conducted on July BA Weekend.

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Staff Sgt. Ousley-USMA Mission at West Point

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Ousley from Charlie Co., 1/398th REGT, 2/104th, assisted Soldiers during in-processing at the West Point USMA mission June 25, 2020 thru August 11, 2020.

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Operation Hat Press

Photos by SSG Christopher Curtis BN S1,
1st Sgt. Christopher Spencer, F Co., 2-317 and
1st Sgt. Matthew Torrence D Co., 2-317

The 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 104th Division from Lynchburg, VA completed their Operation Hat Press on 18 July 2020. The Battalion hosted 9 Drill Sergeant Candidates in Dublin, VA completing a multitude of administration requirements and training to prepare the Candidates for the Drill Sergeant Academy. COVID-19 requirements were met; temperatures were taken twice daily, Soldiers wore masks and practiced social distancing throughout the training.

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USAR Drill Sergeants of the 2nd Battalion, 397th Regiment Support Georgia Military College (GMC) Cadets at USACC’s Basic Summer Camp (BSC)/Operation Agile Leader (OAL) 29JUL-16AUG 2020

Georgia Military College personnel and Soldiers, U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeants and Military Science Instructors from the surrounding areas came together as the cadre for OAL. Given the two weeks, GMC scheduled a rigorously challenging plan to satisfy as many requirements of BSC as possible. USAR Drill Sergeants stepped in to lead the high OPTEMPO event to keep young Cadets focused on their tasks.

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Newly Created “Career Advocacy Team” Educates and Guides Cadets and ROTC Faculty Through the Reserve Components Accessions Process

Imagine, or recall, being a 22-year-old Army ROTC Cadet about to head into your last year of college and being asked to make a critical decision about what you want to officially do for your military career. Do you want to go Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserve? Which branch do you want – Infantry, Armor, Finance, Chemical, or...?

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Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 399th (CST) Regiment Display the Resiliency of the Army Reserve During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With all of the obstacles presented throughout 2020, the 4-399th Cadet Summer Training Battalion still executed its primary mission of supporting future leaders of character. Soldiers in the 4-399th CST Battalion typically spend a portion of their summer training ROTC Cadets during the Cadet Summer Training (CST), at Fort Knox, Kentucky. These Soldiers normally work throughout the year developing their skills as instructors and safety officers. During CST, they provide a long list of valuable skill sets ranging from Rappel Masters, Range Cadre, and many other support functions.

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Writing a Resume that Gets Results

The job search process is filled with a multitude of difficulties that are unknown to the average applicant. For instance, what actually goes into the making of a good resume? The amount of contradicting information out there is astounding, and it can often make success seem unattainable – especially for someone in the middle of a major career transition. However, the answer is quite simple: all you need are the right keywords, the proper formatting, and a focus on what you bring to the table for your next employer.

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New Employment Opportunity

As businesses and individuals struggle with an uncertain coronavirus-tainted future, Barry Alexander has a clear vision for success. The serial entrepreneur has always been on the cusp of innovation, mainly in aviation, despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Now through his company Aquiline Drones (AD), the veteran airline pilot is offering others the chance to set a course for their future by offering a unique drone pilot training and small business start-up program called “Flight to the Future.”

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Griffon Association Actively Looking for Sponsors to Support Soldiers and Families

The Griffon Association is still actively looking for ways to help injured Soldiers, their families and providing scholarships for deserving Army dependents to continue their higher educations. Despite the pandemic, which forced the cancellation of our biggest fund raiser — the Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament- this year, we were able to solicit some help for our ongoing work from some of our most loyal sponsors and provide scholarships for deserving and exciting young men and women although at a somewhat diminished level.

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Find the Unexpected in Hendersonville, NC

Sometimes when you visit a destination, it’s the natural scenery that sticks with you, majestic mountains, tumbling waterfalls and miles of hiking trails. Hendersonville, North Carolina, has all of those things. Its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, affords visitors mile after mile of beautiful scenery.

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Explore Bryce Canyon Country without the Crowds

Bryce Canyon National Park is a must-see U.S. landmark with millions of visitors each year but do you want to be let in on a little secret? You can experience Bryce Canyon Country without the crowds in fall and winter. Anytime is a good time to be in Bryce Canyon Country, but winter and fall hold a special treat for those who venture here. Learn more about what makes winter and fall so spectacular with a list of things to do for each season.

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ON YOUR NEXT LEAVE, LEAVE REALITY BEHIND

It seems there’s never enough leave time, so this year more than ever you really want to make every second of your vacation count. New adventures and alternate realities. Incredible thrills along with fabulous entertainment and exceptional dining. Amazing theme parks where you’ll find everything you need for an epic vacation. It’s all at Universal Orlando Resort. Now service members and their families can experience all the jaw-dropping Woah moments of Universal with a special Military Promotional Ticket that lets you enjoy five days of fun, starting from less than $42 per day with no blockout dates*. That includes Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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Panama City Beach:

This fall and winter, visitors of all types can discover Panama City Beach’s picture-perfect, Caribbean-like outdoor experiences, from families roadschooling and couples working remotely to girlfriends looking for a rejuvenating getaway. With over 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and mild fall and winter temperatures, travelers will find plenty of adventure on and off the water.

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Winterfest Fun for Everyone in Sevierville

The weather is turning colder, and the days are growing shorter. In Sevierville, Tennessee we celebrate winter with millions of lights and family fun around every corner during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Nov. 13 through Feb. 22).

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Fall in Love with Kent County, Maryland

Many describe the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as breathtaking and relaxing, for there is something that touches the senses when water abounds. Only two hours from Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Annapolis and Northern Virginia, serene and quiet Kent County, Maryland, occupies a scenic peninsula, and is a perfect example of how a getaway destination can enable stress release from our body and minds.

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The Golden Isles of Georgia

Along the Georgia coast, less than five hours from Charlotte, lies a stretch of land like that is like no other. Here you will find centuries-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that line the streets and meet miles of sun-drenched beaches. Vast marshlands, winding rivers, and plentiful natural and outdoor diversions beckon visitors who return for generations. The destination is reminiscent of a bygone era as historic landmarks can be found around every bend.

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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.