From the Commanding General

Greetings Griffon Team!

For this edition of The Griffon I decided to share a few of my thoughts about the importance of the mission we perform as a team, and how much our Army and our nation are depending on us to be ready – individually and collectively. I’ll discuss readiness in the context of current global threats, while also reflecting on the great Soldiers who came before us, as we recognize the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion this year.

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From the Command Chief Warrant Officer

Warrant Officers. Warrant Officers are commissioned officers. Warrant Officers are technical experts. Warrant Officers are our best recruitment tool for recruiting Warrant Officers. With that said, Warrant Officers are part of the command and belong to the unit Commander. Commanders lead their command and warrant officers are an integral part of the command. Most Warrant Officers are recruited from enlisted Soldiers from within the command. No one knows the enlisted Soldiers better than the senior enlisted Soldiers of the command.

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Why I Became a Drill Sergeant

Becoming a U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeant did not make me who I am. It is because of who I am that I became a drill sergeant.

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Meet Your New Commanding General Brig. Gen. Charles S. Sentell III

Charles S. Sentell III was born in July 1966 in Minden, LA. He received his commission in Infantry through ROTC and graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate from Davidson College in North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1989.

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Meet Your New Command Sergeant Major CSM Robert B. Potts

Command Sergeant Major Robert Potts was born in Bridgeport, TX. He graduated from Hinton High School, in Hinton, Oklahoma and entered the United States Army in January 1996. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC in May 1996.

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A Star is Born

FORT SILL, Okla. — In a drill hall full of friends, Family, and Soldiers, Col. Charles Sentell III was promoted to Brigadier General on Jan. 26 at Fort Sill, Okla., in a ceremony presided by the Commanding General of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Maj. Gen. Kate Leahy.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Iroquois Warriors, are you ready? Command Teams, are your formations ready?

As you read this article, our Division is decisively engaged at Army Training Centers in both Fort Benning and Fort Jackson, conducting the expanded 22-week Infantry One Station Unit Training, Cavalry One Station Unit Training, enhanced Basic Combat Training (such as the Forge), Chaplain Basic Officer Leaders Course, Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training, and preparing for Summer Surge and the Iroquois Challenge. 

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Taste of the Future

Being an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant is a mission that is both challenging and rewarding. It is an opportunity to transform America’s youth into well-disciplined Soldiers, not only for the U.S. Army, but for our society as well.

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On to the World Cup and Pan Am Game Pistol Teams

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, a truck driver with the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), secured a spot on both the upcoming two World Cup and Pan American Game Teams for the Women’s 25m Pistol event after successfully competing in the 2019 USA Shooting Pistol Spring Selection at Fort Benning, Georgia March 27-30.

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Finding Your Hedgehog

According to the book “From good to great,” by Jim Collins, that shiny pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? The rare combination of passion, skills and something that pays the bills? The happy middle is called a hedgehog concept, and is described as a balance that every working adult on the planet earth is attempting to achieve. Maj. Michelle Lunato has found her Hedgehog.

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We are Task Force Marshall

Tucked behind Fort Jackson, S.C., the McCrady Training Center is home to a small group of 98th Training Division Drill Sergeants preparing Navy Sailors for combat. This is Task Force Marshall.​

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1st Battalion, 389th Promotions and Awards

Promotions and awards were the flavor of the day when the 1st Battalion, 389th Regiment gathered to recognize the hard work of some of their Soldiers and Drill Sergeants.

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98th Honored at War Memorial in New York

Soldiers of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), past and present, were honored during a plaque dedication ceremony at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York on January 5, 2019.​

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Selflessly Serving

On October 13th, 2018, U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants and Soldiers from Delta Troop, 2-398th Calvary Regiment (Armor), 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee volunteered their time and took the initiative to clean up an overgrown cemetery (Worthington Cemetery) that is close to the Army Reserve Center in Oak Ridge. 

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From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

Who inspired you? Who was that one influential person that offered to share their knowledge in order to increase your chances of success?

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

Timberwolves, let me start with saying thank you for serving this great nation. Continue to live the Army Values in uniform as well as your personal life. You volunteered to do something that 98% of Americans did not. You volunteered to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Think about that for a minute; you weren’t drafted, you signed up for this. For that, I have the utmost respect for all of you. I know we ask a lot of you, you sacrifice time away from your families, your careers and your friends. So how do we minimize the time away?

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Prepped by the Best

Air Assault School is a difficult, prestigious school and Drill Sergeants of C Co 2/397th are working to assist Soldiers in their bid for the coveted wings. The pre-Air Assault training course at Fort Knox, Ky., is a preparatory measure conducted to ready Soldiers for the upcoming 10-day school. 

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AMU Train the Trainer

Tweny-one Drill Sergeants and Instructors from 2nd BDE 104th Division (LT) participated in the “Train the Trainer” course at the Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning, GA. The AMU spent 5 days training Drill Sergeants and Instructors on proper weapon qualification procedures. Soldiers were taught how to rationalize improving their sight picture, breathing and trigger squeeze. While Soldiers initially began the training with briefings and instruction, they were told that the best practice comes from range time and

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2nd BDE Prayer Breakfast

“In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure...” Prior to takeoff on a flight, flight attendants prepare passengers for possible dangers, encouraging them to “make sure to fasten the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting a travel companion.” The message is that taking care of your own need for oxygen allows you to help someone else.

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Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament Sept. 30

The Griffon Association enjoyed another successful year. In 2018, we again lived up to our motto of “Be a Patriot, Help a Soldier,” by providing targeted donations, financial grants and scholarships to qualified recipients. Giving back to Soldiers, their families and Veterans is really a continuation of the oath we took to serve many years ago. Some of our successes included the following:

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Homeschooling Travels With You

As a military wife, some of the words I have come to dread are “Honey, I’ve got orders.” Orders mean that chaos is imminent. You suddenly notice all of the clutter that has accumulated over the years and you are determined to clear it out before the packing process begins. 

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Live Every Day Like a Soldier

The challenge soldiers face every day is how to make an impact when there is so much to be done, there is not enough time or resources to accomplish everything, and the environment to accomplish the missions is changing, dangerous, and unknown. These challenges of peril, time constraints, and change are not unlike what we face daily in all our lives regardless of age, occupation, socioeconomic status, and geography.

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This Could Be Your Best Vacation Ever

There’s a reason TripAdvisor travelers voted Universal’s Islands of Adventure the world’s #1 amusement park for the fourth year in a row. And while only one theme park can be voted the best, Universal’s other two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, also present a whole new level of family fun. 

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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 exotic wildlife. 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 your family makes the trip, make a few plans. For there are many ways to experience our way of life.

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Your Next Vacation Just Got a Little More Interesting

The Alabama Gulf Coast’s expansive, sugar-white beaches and sparkling water are reason enough for a summer getaway, but with all the activities new to the area this summer, you might want to stay an extra day.

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Find Your Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure in Hendersonville, North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville, North Carolina, combines Southern hospitality, a vibrant downtown, thriving arts scene and outdoor recreation to create one of the most welcoming destinations in the Southeastern United States.

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Summer in the Lowcountry

Just east of Charleston along the South Carolina coastline, you’ll find the lively and charming town of Mount Pleasant. Founded in 1680, this Lowcountry town is minutes away from Historic Charleston and only a short bike ride to some of the area’s finest beaches. Here, the landscape is painted as much by its cool, summer breezes as it is by the people and businesses that inhabit it. Whether you’re looking for a weekend respite, an adventurous getaway, or simply a quick bite, there’s something for everyone in Mount Pleasant.

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The Serenity and Beauty of County of Kent

Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and just knew that you would come back again and again? The County of Kent, on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, is that place, and is less than a two-hour drive from Philadelphia or Washington D.C.

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Plan Your Next Reunion in Mesquite

Find the coveted Texan experience in Mesquite, Texas. Just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, bring the family and reunite with old friends where real authentic Texas culture is thriving. 

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Chattanooga — Civil War, Distilleries and Music Galore!

Chattanooga is a gateway to Tennessee and is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by the spectacular scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau. You will enjoy a newly revitalized riverfront city, first class attractions, great Southern hospitality, rich Civil War history, outdoor adventures and locally owned restaurants & cafes, a thriving music scene with plenty of annual festivals and events that offer year-round fun.

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Clarksville, Tennessee Honors Veterans with 5 Day Celebration in September

Clarksville, Tenn. is a community that appreciates veterans. 

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A Spring Escape Aboard Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

As if the unseasonably warm temperatures, budding trees, and blooming flowers weren’t enough, a sure sign that spring is coming is the start of Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad’s 2019 season.

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World of Speed Motorsports Museum

World of Speed Motorsports Museum celebrates its fourth anniversary this April and while the museum pulls in visitors from across the state and country, as well as from around the globe, the majority of the United States still doesn’t know much about the Museum, located just outside of Portland, Oregon.

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Preparing Future Leaders and Innovators

You stand tall and dedicate your life to serving our country. No doubt you’d want the same dedication and pride from the university you choose to attend.

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Open Doors to a Fullfilling Career at DMU

It’s no news that earning a master’s degree can open more doors and new windows in your career. It may be more years of school and it may be more expensive than the four-year undergrad degree. But in today’s competitive market, it can be the difference between a promotion and falling behind.

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How Art and Design School Could Be Your Next Step

Transitioning from military to civilian life is not an easy process, especially when it comes to shifting professional industries. Former members of the military with an interest in art and design careers may find it particularly challenging since the two roles seem worlds apart.

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The Griffon Issue 43.1 Spring 2019

The Griffon Issue 43.1 Spring 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.
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  • The Griffon is required reading material with a message straight from the General.