Greetings to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 108th Training Command!

I’m jumping TOC!! I’m tearing the camo nets and the sandbags out of my home office and stopping the video calls. I’m finally getting out of the work-from-home mode and getting back out to the field!! Don’t be jealous, though, because I’m taking you all with me! This is the time for Best Warrior Competitions, Officer and NCO Leadership Summits, and the Sandhurst Competition at West Point. See you there!

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Exhilaration Destination: Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC

If a destination with open spaces and exhilarating adventure sounds enticing after a topsy-turvy 2020, immerse yourself in nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU)

The Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) is an iconic uniform that represents excellence and is an extremely important component of the evolving Army culture of fitness and Soldier lethality while paying respect to the Soldiers of World War II ~ the “greatest generation”. I have had the pleasure of modeling the AGSU since the beginning of early 2019 as part of the Army Limited User Evolution (LUE) process and I must say that I am a big fan of the AGSU. 

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Are you afraid to fail? I often ask myself that, and I often ask others. The answer can reveal a lot about ourselves and those around us. Life is full of opportunities, and often, some of our greatest challenges also present some of our greatest opportunities. If we are afraid to fail, we will not likely accept the risk and reach for the opportunities we have before us.

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Iroquois Warriors battle for tip of the spear

Land navigation, Army knowledge assessment and essay, confidence course and the new marksmanship tables are just part of what the Iroquois warriors found themselves up against at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 4-8, 2021. 

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Lead from the front

It was quite a day at the 2021 108th Training Command (IET) Best Warrior Competition at Ft. Jackson, S.C., as Command Sgt. Maj. R. Todd Priest and Commanding General Andrew Juknelis spent some time encouraging the competing warriors and recognizing the commitment and sacrifice it took to get to this level of competition.

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Greetings Iron Men of Metz

By the time you read this, I will have completed my first 100 days as your new commander. It’s an honor and a privilege to lead such a distinguished unit, and I have enjoyed getting up to speed on the Division’s accomplishments, meeting the Soldiers, and making my way around the footprint to see you at various training events.

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95th gets new Sr. enlisted advisor

Barely two months after taking command of the 95th Training Division (IET), Brig. Gen. Susie S. Kuilan welcomed her new battle buddy... 

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Brig. Gen. Susie S. Kuilan returns to lead the Iron Men of Metz

Occus Soldiers, friends and family gathered at Fort Sill, Okla., on January 10, 2021, to celebrate with Brig. Gen. Susie S. Kuilan as she made history as the first female commander to lead the 95th Training Division (IET).

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95th Training Division Makes History with First Woman General

Fort Sill’s 95th Training Division, a reserve unit, made history Saturday when Brig. Gen. Susie S. Kuilan became the first woman in history to command the “Iron Man” division.

 

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95th Training Division (IET) Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major at Fort Sill

FORT SILL, Oklahoma (March 18, 2021) — The Army Reserve 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) here welcomed new senior enlisted leadership during a change of responsibility ceremony March 13, 2021, at Vessey Hall.

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95th Training Division Drill Sergeant Spotlight - DS Diane S. Collins 3-378th BN Norman Oklahoma

Staff Sergeant Diane S. Collins, a Syracuse, New York native and Drill Sergeant from 1st BDE 95th Division, Echo Company 3-378th BN, is a recent graduate of the El Reno Police Department located in El Reno, Oklahoma. She is the first female minority in the police department’s history since its establishment in 1889. 

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From the 104th Training Division (LT)Commander

Hello Timberwolves,

On 6 January 2021, a protest in Washington, D.C. turned into an assault on one of our fundamental institutions, the U.S. Capitol. The event shook our country, and the aftermath galvanized the need for change in our military. 

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

“Motivate them.” We are often told as leaders we need to motivate our Soldiers to complete a task or do something that they may not regularly want to do. So how do we accomplish this task? How do we motivate people to act? There are literally thousands of different examples of how to do this on the internet. Many people have built careers teaching this concept of motivation. This seems like a simple task but for those in leadership we know this can be challenging. As often stated, all Soldiers are leaders, more so noncommissioned officers.

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Timberwolves find the leaders of the pack

Fort Knox, Kentucky was the place to be 18-21 March, 2021 as competitors from across the 104th Training Division gatered to compete in the Best Warrios Competition to identify the competitior who would ultimately wind up the leader of the pack and move on to the 108th Training Command (IET) BWC at Fort Jackson, S.C. in April

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Cadet Northern Warfare Competition 2021

Snow, ice, and below-freezing temperatures were no match for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets during the Northern Warfare Challenge that was hosted by the ROTC Eagle Battalion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Equal Opportunity Office Who We Are and What We Do

Who are the new Equal Opportunity Advisors (EOAs)?

Maj. Morgan Wolff: My name is MAJ Morgan Wolff. I am the equal opportunity program leader to Brig. Gen. Rodney Fischer here at the 104thTraining Division (Leader Training). I am new to the Army Reserve, coming from about six years active duty, then nine in the Washington Army National Guard. In my civilian career I am a middle school counselor at Eisenhower Middle School in Everett, Washington.

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4-413th Uses Online Resources to Re-energize Collective Training

Unlike most Army Reserve battalions, the 4-413th Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC) Battalion rarely gets all its Soldiers together in the same place at the same time, but on February 6, they did just that. 

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You Name It, They’ve Got It: 104th Yearly Training Brief Showcases Grit, Tenacity and Resilience

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Timberwolf leaders of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training) gathered in early March to discuss readiness and training that builds the lethal force of the Army.

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4-413th Soldiers Help Cadets Find Their First Units

The officers and noncommissioned officers of the 4-413th Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion spend most of their time serving as instructors, supporting programs at colleges and universities across the country. This usually consists of teaching military science courses, leading practical exercises during lab periods, and supporting field training exercises to teach the leadership and tactical skills necessary for Cadet Summer Training. Additionally, Army Reserve Assistant Professors of Military Science (APMS) also quietly fill a less formal role, that of mentor and guide for soon-to-be-commissioned graduating college seniors.

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2-397th perseveres despite COVID limitations

The idea was intended to be simple. The 2-397th Regiment would host a Yearly Training Brief conference, bringing together all five companies for a weekend-long event. The commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Horning, was a relatively new commander, and five of his first eight months in command had been virtual. He wanted to make this a battalion-wide team-building event.

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Enforcers Return in Person

The Enforcers of the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment (CST), 1st Brigade were able to return to in-person training as of February 2021 after virtual December and January battle assemblies. Alpha Company met at Fort Lee and Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, while Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, and B Company met at the Army Reserve center in Salem, Virginia.

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Preparation and Evaluation

Drill Sergeant Candidate Evaluation: Staff Sgt. Terry Sumner a drill sergeant with Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 398th Regiment, (BCT) tests Drill Sergeant candidates with Fox Company, 1-398th (BCT) BN on Drill and Ceremony as part of the Drill Sergeant preparation prior to the candidates heading to Drill Sergeant school. The company evaluates their candidates on all tasks they will encounter during Drill Sergeant School.

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104th Training Division (Leader Training) Best Warrior Competition Held at Fort Knox

FORT KNOX, Kentucky — The 104th Training Division (Leader Training) Best Warrior Competition culminated March 21 at Palma Hall with the recognition of three of the division’s top Soldiers and the opportunity to compete for the awards at the 108th Training Command.

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4-414 SROTC Helps Cadets Secure Future in United States Army Reserve

Members of 4-414th Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC) cadre serve as mentors to Cadets in many ways. 

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Do you know your PSA? Have you done your DRE?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article includes a frank and sometimes graphic account of a Soldier’s experience with prostate cancer and the medical procedures involved. Due to the personal nature of the article, editing was limited to grammar and spelling.

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104th Drill Sergeants and Instructors Train with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

Drill sergeants and instructors with the 104th Training Division spent a week at Fort Benning, Georgia with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit going over the latest techniques in Basic Rifle Marksmanship.

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Hair Growth Solution as More People Report Hair Loss due to Pandemic Stress

With people reporting hair loss and excessive shedding as a result of anxiety and stress brought about by lockdowns, ScalpMED has offers multi-patented, FDA-approved hair loss treatment products that aim to help both men and women regain their confidence.

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Workout Recovery: Benefits and Tips Workout Plans Don’t Tell You

There’s no shortage of workouts pushing you to (or beyond) your limit. People are obsessed with working out and working out hard. But after pummeling their bodies, many of them just pack up and head home without giving recovery any thought. That’s a mistake.

To reap the benefits of exercise, you need rest. After all, muscle growth doesn’t happen during a workout. It happens afterward, as your body slowly repairs the muscle fibers you’ve assaulted with weights and cables, then grows new ones to meet the demands you’ve made of it.

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Buy Prescription Glasses Online

An in-person approach to purchasing eyewear may have been the only option years ago, but it has become increasingly more common for consumers to buy prescription glasses online. This shift to e-commerce has made the process of finding new frames easier and more accessible – and it’s saving consumers time and money in the process.

If you’re still on the fence about buying glasses online, however, you aren’t alone. That’s why we’re breaking down the benefits of ordering frames from online retailers.

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Let Us Keep You Safe by Finding and Fixing Safety Recalls

The men and women who serve in the United States Army protect us every day. It’s only fair that we make sure those same men and women are protected whenever they get behind the wheel.

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Taking Supplements Just Got Easier

When it comes to vitamins, finding a solution that meets all of your needs, but doesn’t involve swallowing heaping spoonfuls of pills like cereal in the morning, can feel impossible. No one wants to be taking 10 pills every day. That can’t be good for you, right? But how do you know what to take every day, what you should only be taking intermittently, and what ingredients might interact poorly when taken together?

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Finding Success in Life, Business and Golf

In the Marine Corps, “pretty clean is dirty.”

PXG takes the same cut-and-dry approach to golf clubs. They either perform or they don’t. They are either good enough to be called PXG or they are not.

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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 the 2021 Military Freedom Pass, a special Military Promotional Pass that lets you enjoy Universal every day of 2021 starting at $199.99* with no blockout dates. That includes Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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A Cool Summer Retreat in the Heart of NC

Maybe your childhood vacations included a station wagon, PB&J sandwiches, layers of sunscreen, campfire stories, and games of freeze tag with cousins. You can relive these iconic, affordable experiences with your children when you visit the Heart of North Carolina. Randolph County is located directly between Charlotte and Raleigh and loaded with once-in-a- lifetime adventures for your family. Dive into our list of memory-making activities.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains This Summer

After this past year, many families are looking forward to a summer vacation brimming over with opportunities to laugh, play and make plenty of memories. A close car trip from many major bases, Sevierville, Tennessee offers something for every member of the family – and it’s all surrounded by the great outdoors. Here are 5 ways to enjoy Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains together this summer.

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Stay in Louisiana’s Oldest City - Historic Natchitoches!

There’s no place as unique as historic Natchitoches (pronounced “Nack-a-tish”), Louisiana.

Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and it’s a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.

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Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas

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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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The Griffon Vol 45.1 Spring 2021

The Griffon Vol 45.1 Spring 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.