From the Commanding General

Soldiers, Civilians, and Families of the 108th, Mei and I are grateful to you for hosting a successful Change of Command and our warm welcome to the 108th Family.

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NEW COMMANDER TAKES REINS OF 108TH TC

Story by Sgt. H. Marcus McGill
81st Readiness Division PAO

Photos by Sgt. H. Marcus McGill
81st Readiness Division PAO and
Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield
108th TC PAO

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maj. Gen. Andrew Juknelis took the reins of the 108th Training Command, Initial Entry Training (IET) Feb. 8, 2020, during a ceremony at the U.S. Reserve Center before Soldiers, friends, family and distinguished guests.

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Development at the Top

They descended on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, a conglomerate of the highest-ranking enlisted members of the 108th Training Command. They weren’t there to run a board, they weren’t there to brief TRADOC, and they weren’t there to train others. They were there to learn.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Mission Command is designed for times exactly like these. As I write this, we are still early in the COVID-19 epidemic and response within the United States and within the Army. Conditions change rapidly and we often need to make decisions with the information we have at hand, and not the information we wish we had. In a very fluid environment, we simply do not have time to wait to make decisions. 

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Finding a Purpose and Giving it Back

At 18 years old, she was looking for direction and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. Now, 21 years later, she has no regrets and is even more motivated to serve.

“I joined the Army to get out of Indiana, and they were even going to pay me to leave,” laughed Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Copeland in reflection. “I just had no drive to go into school. I wanted a purpose, and the Army Reserve gave me a purpose.”

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SPOTLIGHT on: Staff Sgt. Erik F. Jessup

Born March 15 in Charleston, S.C., Staff Sgt. Erik Jessup enlisted in the US Army on December 3, 2003 and left for Basic Training just over a month later. 

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Support Awards Presented

On January 29, 2020 during the Lake Chelan Community Hospital employee forum, Command Sgt. Maj. Thaddeus J. Bishop, 3rd Battalion, 414th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 104th Training Division presented Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve supervisor awards to his Emergency Medical Services supervisors and hospital CEO George Rohrich in front of most of the hospital staff. It was well received by all.

Pictured with CSM Bishop (center) are EMS Director Ray Eickmeyer Medical Services Officer Mistaya Johnston. Bishop is holding Medical Services Officer Kurt Middleton’s award on his behalf.

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Ramos Recognized

Sgt. 1st Class Ramos, Army Reserve Component Career Counselor, receives an Army Certificate of Achievement from Maj. General Kate Leahy, commander, 108th Training Command (IET). Ramos was recognized for his accomplishment as one of the 3rd place RCCC winners in the End Strength Challenge. Congratulations!

 

 

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Greetings Iron Men of Metz! This is my first opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! I hope that you had plenty of time to spend surrounding yourself with friends and family and had ample opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. But now we must get back to what we do best—training!

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Power of Positivity: Can Do Attitude

Success and failure begin from the same place and that place is in your mind. So, you have a choice...do you want to be successful or do you want to fail? The choice is yours.

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Welcome Wyer!

The 104th Training Division (LT) G3 Operations, Plans, and Training Team has a new member, Master Sgt. Vaughn Wyer. Wyer has a heart for Soldiers and a willingness to learn that is refreshing and encouraging to observe.

He began his military career September 1990 in the active component, serving five years before his time in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) and a small break in service. Upon his re-entry in the military in 2000, he gained 14 years of experience in Aviation as well as two Military Occupational Specialties: 12X (General Engineering Supervisor) and 15Z (Aircraft Maintenance Sr. Sgt).

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What is Leadership?

According to the Army’s leadership doctrinal manual, Field Manual (FM) 6-22, Army leadership is “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization.” 

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Small but Mighty

Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, 2nd BDE is located in Culpepper, Va., while a small detachment, a total of nine Soldiers, is located across the country at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This hearty group may be small, but they knock out critical training each month in preparation for their Annual Training at Cadet Summer Training (CST) at Ft. Knox.

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Judgement Day

A rite of passage for Junior Reserve Officer Training is drill competition. For the JROTC drill meet in Shelby County, Tenn., that competition includes being judged by the toughest of critics, US Army Reserve Drill Sergeants.

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Who Were Those Fabulous 104th FRSAs and Where Are They Now?

“At first I was in denial and hoping it wouldn’t happen,” lamented Kelly Countryman, 104th Training Division (LT) Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA), who, along with her colleague Jane Neuharth, will no longer travel to 104th units in different cities and states across the country.

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Cohesion Under Stress

On 7-8 September, A Company, 3rd Regiment, 414th Battalion CST (Cadet Summer Training), conducted a field leadership reaction course (FLRC) at Reserve Allen Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), in efforts to energize creative and critical thinking, team building and camaraderie in a field setting, and to prepare for training year 2020’s CST mission at Fort Knox, Ky. 

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Creating the CST Soldier Support Center

The 3-414 Cadet Summer Training (CST) Battalion is trying something new when it comes to supporting Soldiers administratively. 

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Nightfighter Range

Anyone that has ever run a range will tell you about the immense planning and preparation involved, this particular event being no different. 

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Flexible and Unique

During the six-day Annual Training of 4-414 (SROTC) in January at Fort Carson, Colo., Maj. Jonathan Davis shared his experiences serving with his unit.

 

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Visiting ‘Museum Row’

On 14 December, 2019 the Headquarters of 4th Battalion, 413th Regiment SROTC took the morning off from RTX planning to visit the Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre in Bardstown, KY. 

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Association Contributes to Task Force Marshall

One of the missions of the 108th Griffon Association, which receives little notice or request, is for expenses that do not fall under appropriated funds. Non appropriated funds must be used which often result in personal donations by the members involved with that particular activity.

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Surround Yourself with Beauty in Franklin County

Explore and enjoy the beauty of Franklin County Pa., just north of the Mason Dixon Line and midway along the Great Appalachian Valley. 

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Passport Creates a Custom Itinerary Along the Cheers! Trail in Hendersonville

Western North Carolina has long been a spot for creatives. The Blue Ridge Mountains possess a certain draw, attracting artists, musicians, entrepreneurs. Long-range vistas, deep valleys carved by ancient rivers and spectacular waterfalls illustrate nature’s wonders and inspire people to make something of their own.

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Visit Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore

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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The Best Kept Secret in Washington, D.C.

Directly across the street from the renowned Army and Navy Club of Washington DC, is the Barr Building of Farragut Square, a rather dour, gothic edifice that was home to the National Rifle Association of America from 1901 to 1954. 

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SUMMER ADVENTURE IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

It’s time to head outside for fun in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

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A Voice of Hope in Crisis

Billy Graham — the internationally-known evangelist who preached the gospel to countless people around the world during his lifetime — offered a clear message of hope during times of war to members of the Armed Services.

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The Griffon Vol. 44.1 Spring 2020

The Griffon Vol. 44.1 Spring 2020
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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.