From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 03/16/2015

Recently I was afforded the opportunity to visit the country of Chile. While serving as the Deputy Department of the Army G2, I developed a professional relationship with their equivalent of our  Chief of Staff of the Army, who was the Chilean Attaché at the time. He invited me to Chile to discuss the processes and procedures we have in the U.S. Army Reserve, and our relevance to the greater Army.  They were trying to glean best practices in an attempt to better support their Reserve Soldiers. I invited Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas, U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj., to join me on the trip given many Allies don’t have a strong NCO... Read More...

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STAND-TO! Female Drill Sergeants
STAND-TO! Female Drill Sergeants

| 03/16/2015

U.S. Army Female Drill Sergeants have trained Soldiers for over 40 years. The first six female candidates to complete the Drill Sergeant School began training Soldiers in 1972, after receiving permission to be included in the Drill Sergeant Program by the Army Chief of Staff. These first females were graduates from the Women's Army Corps and stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama. What is it? Drill Sergeants, as part of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, are responsible for coaching counseling and mentoring thousands of trainees as they transform from civilians to combat-ready Soldiers. Noncommissioned officers who g... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 03/16/2015

After watching one of the NFL teams come from behind and advance to the Super Bowl, the sports announcer made a comment saying, “can you imagine how they must feel, to be part of a winning team like that”. Yes, I do know exactly how that feels because I’ve been part of a winning team for thirty-seven years, The U.S. Army. We are a team that does not accept second place. Every time we are given a mission, task or assignment, we focus on successfully completing it. We’re a team that does not allow obstacles to get in the way of us reaching our goals and objectives. And we’re a team that has more heroes than anyone can count. Read More...

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The Lost Art of Mentorship
The Lost Art of Mentorship

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay | 03/16/2015

If there were a Soldiers’ Yearbook of sorts and if such a yearbook had been published in 1982 when I enlisted in the Army Reserve, I would have been named, “The Soldier Least Likely to Succeed.” I was clueless, aimless and really didn’t have a plan other than to serve a short stint in the military and then get on with my life. In fact, as I remember, that was how I was recruited. Just sign on the line and raise my right hand. “After all,” so I was told, “It’s only one weekend a month and two weeks a year for six years plus two in an inactive status. Think nothing of it because the time would go by quickly.” And so it has. Thirty-four y... Read More...

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Photo essay by: Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton | 03/16/2015

A great number of comparisons have been made in regards to football and war. Two opposing teams line up on the field. Each fighting for a small piece of real estate in a sequence of smaller battles. Each hoping to reach the objective: the end zone. By virtue of the game itself, violence grips every play. Helmets crash together. Soldiers fly through the air in a selfless effort to stop the opponent.  Read More...

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Changing the Game: Army All-American Bowl 2015
Changing the Game: Army All-American Bowl 2015

By Pvt. Travis Terreo | 03/16/2015

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As the players step from the tunnel into the glaring light, they squint, briefly allowing their eyes to adjust. Once they are able, they slowly look around, taking in the sights; the screaming fans, the jumping, yelling cheerleaders and jumbled mass of steel overhead that is the stadium’s dome. This is the 2015 Army All-American Bowl. The Army Bowl is an annual event that brings the nation’s top high school football players and band members together to showcase their skills. Upon arrival, the football players are split into two teams, East and West, though the band members come together as a single unit. Every pa... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
STAND-TO! Female Drill Sergeants
From the Command Sergeant Major
The Lost Art of Mentorship
Changing the Game: Army All-American Bowl 2015
STAND-To! Female Drill Sergeants
Staff Sgt. Margaret Diacheysn
Training Command Leadership Provides Army Reserve Insight to Chilean Army
Drill Sergeant for Life
I Hear you Calling: U.S. Soldiers Mentor Chicago Youths on March Toward Manhood
The Command Visits Puerto Rico
Third Brigade Soldiers Earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge
Boss-lift at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Third Battalion, 415th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET) Holds Best Warrior Competition
Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony
Army Reserve Council on Accreditation Visits the 108th
Unit Ministry Team
A Legendary Symbol of Pride
'Iron Men of Metz' Commemorate 70 Years of Liberation
Families: Our Greatest Resource
Reservist Builds Mentors
Retiring from Service
Drill Sergeant Graduates Ranger School with Top Honors
Clemson University Celebrates Military Appreciation Day
Norwegian Foot March Breaks Record with Over 700 Participants
Hiring our Veterans-Carolinas Healthcare System
Golden Griffons Hold Retirement Ceremony
Change of Responsibility
Do You Want to be a Unit Public Affairs Representative?
Things to Remember
Soldier's Gold Mine
Third Battalion, 415th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET) Changes Command
2014 Griffon Association Summary
10 Leadership Lessons to Live By
Why Military Veterans Should Consider Franchising
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Military Appreciation Days at Myrtle Beach
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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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