Change is Nothing New

Think about it- the US Army itself was formed on the premise of change. The very reason for our inception was to protect the people of this Great Nation as they sought after an idea to become a free and independent one- a change from the way things had been up until the American Revolution. To this day we exist to serve the people, to defend the nation, and to protect its interests. All of which undoubtedly change over time. To remain the world’s premier fighting force, our Soldiers and our Army must also change- continuously- at an unprecedented pace.

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CHANGE: Ready Now...Shaping Tomorrow!

As I reflect on recent events across the Training Command I am reminded how grateful I am for the Full Time Unit Support (FTUS) team that surrounds me. In the past eighteen months, the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) has experienced great change. From the routine of changing leadership, in this case, a new Commanding General in February 2020 followed by three new Deputy Commanding Generals, a new Command Sergeant Major, a new Command Chief Warrant Officer, and a new Chief of Staff. In the downtrace we have new Training Division Commanding Generals, CSM, and Command Executive Officers, along with eight new Brigade Command Teams. To the extreme change, caused by the stress stemming from enduring/navigating a global pandemic.

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Change is inevitable. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. We will always have change. These may be clichés but there is always a modicum of truth in our clichés. Discussing change is a timely topic at this time. Both the 95th and 98th Divisions received new Division Commanders and Division Command Sergeant’s Majors. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As you are reading this article, it is likely fall where the seasons are changing from late summer to fall and the leaves are changing colors. Again, change is inevitable. We may all say that we don’t like change but we should actually embrace change. Because through change, we get to see growth and rebirth.

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From the 95th Command Sergeant Major

Hello Victory Division! I want to start by thanking Brig. Gen. Kuilan and the selection board for the opportunity to serve as the new 95th Division CSM. It is an honor to rejoin the 95th team and I look forward to getting out and engaging with our Soldiers, Drill Sergeants and Officers. We have an outstanding pool of hardworking, dedicated talent. People truly are our greatest strength.

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From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

Hello Timberwolves,

This summer, the division command sergeant major and I were able to visit our Cadet Summer Training support at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. It was amazing to see the Timberwolves in action, leading and developing the next generation of officers. In the execution of our mission, we saw great examples of the Timberwolves demonstrating the Army values for cadets, fellow Timberwolves and the rest of the Army. Here are a few of our observations of the Army values in action:

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

For this edition of The Griffon, we were given the theme of “Change”. Undoubtedly, we could all write an entire book on the topic. I am not going to do that but instead offer a short article that might help everyone rethink or at least help with the inevitable.

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Spiritual Resilience and Presence at 2021 Cadet Summer Training

Greetings Timberwolves! First, let me introduce myself as I’m relatively new to the division and then I’d like to share a few key experiences I had at Cadet Summer Training this summer.

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95th Training Division Soldiers embrace new ACFT at Fort Sill

FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 95th Training Division embraced the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma by conducting back to back diagnostic testing during the July and August battle assembly weekends.

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Civilian Service Appreciation

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Challenge Yourself to Move...Out of the Comfort Zone

I want to share a little bit about myself in order to establish context for guidance I wholeheartedly recommend; it has been around awhile but doesn’t appear to be out of style, as it has helped me to move out of my comfort zone and contribute something of importance to my community.

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Swimmer Saved from Drowning

Thursday, 26 August 2021 — Mayport Naval Station, Florida.

Although CENSECFOR routinely trains Navy personnel in how to deal with life-and-death situations, it’s not every day that our instructors directly save someone’s life - especially a 55-year-old civilian swimmer’s life at a recreational beach. But this is exactly what occurred on Thursday, 26 August near Boardwalk #1 at Mayport Naval Station, Florida.

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The Inevitable Weight Gain Known as the ‘COVID 15’

The year 2020 was a difficult and unprecedented year for humans worldwide. We were mostly stuck inside, forced to change our work locations to our homes, if possible, wear masks, and socially distance from others for over a year. Once vibrant, recreational public places largely shut down such as COVID-19 swept across the globe impacting every community. The virus has caused millions worldwide to lose loved ones and created a new reality that the invisible is deadly and we should take it seriously.

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Who We Are and What We Do: G8 Office, 104th Training Division (Leader Training)

The G8: My name is Colonel Michell R. Pascua-Gordon (“PG” for short). I am the assistant chief of staff-G8 of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training). I was born in the Philippines and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. I enlisted into the Hawaii Army National Guard as a personnel management specialist. I am a graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a second lieutenant, in the ordnance branch, May 2001. Throughout my 26 years of serving in all three components of the Army, I have gained knowledge, skills, and experiences that I am able to contribute. I am also a military technician in the U.S. Army Reserve. I am honored and privileged to be a part of the Timberwolves and work with the team.

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People First, Strength in Diversity

On 17 June 2021, the Secretary of the Army signed Army Directive (AD) 2021-22 (Army Service by Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria). This new policy supports Department of Defense Instruction 1300.28, In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members, and reaffirms the Army’s commitment to People First, Strength in Diversity, and treating all Soldiers with dignity and respect while ensuring good order and discipline. Let’s take a closer look at what the policy entails.

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Ready and Resilient

FORT KNOX, Ky. — As I watched cadets hastily exit the gas chamber, pained expressions on their faces, snot running down their nose, I could not help but smile. It was good to see training return. Throughout the last year and a half, COVID-19 has caused unprecedented obstacles, particularly to military training. Between the travel shutdowns and gathering limits, most of the Army Reserve, including the 3rd Battalion, 414th Regiment, Cadet Summer Training (CST) were forced to conduct virtual battle assemblies in 2020 and into 2021. With cadets no longer able to gather en masse, COVID forced the Army to re-envision how it conducted CST. Enter Operation Agile Leader. This allowed for cadets to receive localized training near their campuses during the height of the COVID outbreak. However, with cases receding and the vaccine readily available for military personnel, 2021 saw cadets once again able to congregate at Fort Knox for training.

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New Battalion Commander Goes From Being Pushed to Pushing at USMA

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Lt. Col. McKinley Wood toured the U.S. Military Academy, his alma mater, with his chain of command.

His reception day (R-Day to the cadets) was 20 years ago, before he stepped on the battlefield as an armor lieutenant. Before his significant awards and citations, and before he knew that the 3rd Battalion, 304th Regiment, provided a broad range of support for the cadets and the school.

This R-day during the summer of 2021 was different. The fresh class of cadets were now being aided by McKinley’s Soldiers in the halls that first introduced them to the Army way of life. Another section of his battalion was also busy with the summer training of more seasoned cadets.

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U.S. Military Academy Resources Support Army Reserve Missions

Incorporating innovative ideas and programs from around the Army to the 104th Training Division is a hallmark of the division’s legacy in helping to prepare the Army’s future leaders and Soldiers.

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Behind the Scenes: A Supply NCO Shares His Experiences and Insights

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Are you a soldier who is in the supply field? I would like to share a little bit about myself and recent supply school experience with you.

I have been in the military for seven years as a 92Y (unit supply specialist). I started as a 92Y because I understood that the Army wasn’t going anywhere without supply. This is culture shock coming from active duty to the Army Reserve. The way we conduct inventories are different.

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Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest Glows

The weather is turning colder, and the days are growing shorter. In Sevierville, Tennessee the winter season will glow with millions of lights and family fun around every corner during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 12 through February 21).

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Natchitoches Christmas Festival

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival began 95 years ago as an act of charity and thankfulness. And in that manner it continues today.

The Christmas Festival tradition began in 1927 when employees of the City of Natchitoches’ utility department decided to give their customers a Christmas present. They erected an 8-foot star made of white lights and placed it downtown so everyone could see and enjoy the wonders, not only of the season, but also of electricity.

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Festive Ways to Experience the Magic of Christmas in Branson, Missouri

The countdown to Christmas is ON in Branson, Missouri. Each year as the trick-or-treaters arrive home and the porch lights dim on Halloween night, the Ozark Mountain destination begins its impressively speedy transformation into one of America’s most Christmassy towns. November kicks off a spectacular two-month Christmas celebration filled with lights, music and joy. A Christmas destination unto itself, Branson’s lineup of Christmas events is truly something to behold, with celebrations (and lights) at literally every turn. Here are a couple of the most magical ways to take in Christmas in Branson:

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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 you can experience all the jaw-dropping moments with a special ticket offer for military members, family and friends that lets you enjoy Universal all year for only $199.99 with no blockout dates*. That includes Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This ticket is purchased exclusively at your authorized military ticket and travel office.

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Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Legendary Resort. Timeless Memories.

Welcome to paradise! Surrounded by the bluest ocean and miles of white-sandy beaches, the renowned Atlantis Paradise Island sits just offshore from the island of New Providence in The Bahamas. With world-class accommodations and bespoke service, Atlantis connects visitors to the Bahamian culture offering an array of truly remarkable experiences.

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Give the Gift of Experiences to Make Memories in the Heart of NC

Purchasing gifts for loved ones can often be a challenge. Consider giving the gift of experiences this upcoming season. We have compiled a perfect list for all ages of experiences that are unique to our area. When you think of a gift you may think about why you’d give someone a gift, it may be to show appreciation for their friendship, it could be an item they need, or it could be an activity that makes them happy. Make memories and by trying something new with your loved ones in the Heart of N.C. from this list of family-friendly adventures.

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Pull Up a Seat and Stay Awhile in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC

In Western North Carolina, good food and warm hospitality are traditions locals hold dear and graciously extend to visitors. No place shows off those Southern hallmarks better than the small town of Hendersonville.

A vibrant downtown — anchored by a curvilinear Main Street lined with shops, flowering planters and public art — is surrounded by quaint communities and acres of natural forest and farmland. The area’s rich agricultural heritage shows up in restaurants that source directly from local farmers. Some restaurants carry on regional culinary traditions, such as smoking barbecue over hardwood coals, while others incorporate influences from faraway places.

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Read This Before You Begin a Higher Education Journey

Higher education advocates cite the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) findings that college graduates make, on average, twice as much a week as a high school graduate and have a 50 percent lower unemployment rate. In January 2021, the United States Federal Reserve reported that there was $1.57 Trillion in outstanding student loan debt among 45 million borrowers with a 11 percent, and rising, student loan default rate. Higher education can be a pathway for a long and successful life and career, but it can also be a pathway for ruinous lifelong debt.

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CEVA Logistics Truck Driver and U.S. Veteran, Will Honor and Remember Our Fallen Heroes at Arlington National Cemetery for 5th Consecutive Year

David Brewer has been a proud truck driver at CEVA Logistics for 16 years and has already driven more than one million miles across the United States. Today, his daily routes and deliveries include the East Coast around Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina.

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TV Tips From the Pros:

TV’s come a long way in the last decade. The supersonic rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and ever-growing availability of fast, reliable broadband, has spawned a new golden age of television, convincing many consumers to cut the cord for good. At the same time, viewing behavior has fundamentally changed, with more and more people watching TV both on their phones and on demand. In other words, at their own pace and on their own schedules.

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The Griffon Vol 45.3 Fall 2021

The Griffon Vol 45.3 Fall 2021
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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.