From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser, | 06/26/2015

This year the Army Reserve is faced with the most challenging fiscal situation since before 9-11. Across the USAR, school funding has been reduced by the Army by 35%. Our ability to train our force is challenged. Initially the 108th was given $9 million less than the previous year. With that amount it would have been a challenge to fund everyone for statutory AT. However, we discovered a calculation error and raised it to USARC’s attention, thus receiving additional AT funding, but we still had a shortfall of about $4 million from last year. At the beginning of the FY we began mitigation strategies to stretch funds and we have updated ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti, | 06/26/2015

I recently read an article by Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army. In the article he spoke about the importance of physical fitness training and included his workout. What really caught my attention was that he runs five to seven miles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, rain or shine! By ending the sentence with ‘rain or shine’ is an indication that he does PFT no matter what. He ensures PFT is part of his daily routine and just as important as anything else that may be on his busy schedule. There shouldn’t be any excuses for anyone not doing PFT. Read More...

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Eagle Migration to Support the Force of 2025
Eagle Migration to Support the Force of 2025

By Chief Warrant Officer Karen Kay, | 06/26/2015

This edition marks the two-year anniversary of writing articles for the Griffon. My first article was entitled, “Eagles Rising – Poised for Transition.” The Warrant Officer Continuum of Learning Study had been completed and the study with recommendations had been published. A paradigm shift of WO education, training and leader development was on the horizon. To support these changes, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, USAR Command Chief Warrant Officer, set in place four cornerstones for enhanced WO life-cycle management. Focused recruiting.  This initiative linked recruiting efforts to warrant officer Military Occupational Speci... Read More...

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Training Commands 2015 BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION Hosted by the 104th Training Division (LT)
Training Commands 2015 BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION Hosted by the 104th Training Division (LT)

By Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton, | 06/26/2015

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — The 104th Training Division (LT) played host to the 2015 108th Training Command (IET) combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competition held at Fort Huachuca, Arizona 24-28 March, 2015. At the annual event, candidates from across the command were pushed to their limits in a grueling 4-day competition that tested them both physically and mentally. Events included an obstacle course, small arms qualification and a grueling 12-mile ruck march through the hot Arizona desert. Soldiers were also tested on their abilities to perform numerous Army Warrior Tasks at each station in a round-robin format. ... Read More...

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Christian, | 06/26/2015

Time passes quickly in uniform. As I write this, I am approaching my thirty-fourth year of service to our great Nation and the eighteen-month mark as commanding general. It is appropriate to take a knee for a moment and reflect on where we are and where we are headed. First, I am deeply honored to serve as your commander and I appreciate the tremendous work done by those who wear the Iron Men of Metz shoulder patch and all who support the Soldiers and civilian employees of our formation. Second, we cannot lose sight of the mission of this organization amidst the noise of our day-to-day efforts. Our enduring mission is preparing America... Read More...

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Maintaining the Standard Among the Best
Maintaining the Standard Among the Best

By Sgt. Felix Fimbres | 06/26/2015

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — When it comes to knowing, maintaining and enforcing the Army standards, drill sergeants are the experts. When the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition organizers wanted fair, strict, and knowledgeable graders for its event they knew exactly where to turn - the drill sergeants of the 2nd battalion of 397th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET), from Lexington, Kentucky. “My drill sergeant’s knowledge of the day-to-day use of warrior tasks and battle drills is paramount,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sunley of the 2nd Battalion of the 397th Regiment. “They also ensure everyone is not only trained the same but grade... Read More...

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From the Commanding General
From the Command Sergeant Major
Eagle Migration to Support the Force of 2025
Training Commands 2015 BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION Hosted by the 104th Training Division (LT)
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
Maintaining the Standard Among the Best
Soldier Spotlight - Spc. Mary Doupis
Soldier Spotlight - Staff Sgt. John Lueke
Noncommissioned Officer to Officer
Precious But Not Promised
Task Force Marshall: ‘One team. One fight!’
Historic Plattsburgh ROTC Program to Close
CONUS Replacement Center Prepares Service Members and Civilians
Sgt. 1st Class Jordany Urbano
Soldier Heals With Music and Service to Community
Mentorship on the Hardwood
Sgt. 1st Class Christina Martinelli
Tulsa Battalion Bids Farewell to a Fallen Comrade
A Path in Life: Becoming a Drill Sergeant
Sandhurst 2015: Cadets Ascend Through Teamwork
Senior Leaders Experience History on Revolutionary War Battlefield
Echo Company Incorporates Reserve Component Soldiers into ‘Integration’
Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes
Clemson ROTC Cadets Sink and Swim in Water Survival Test
Training Command Descends on Fort Jackson for Field Training Exercise
Devil’s Brigade
Army Reserve Commander Strives for Mirror Image
Memorializing the Hardships of the Past
Drill Sergeants Judge JROTC Drill Competition
United States Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program:
98th Training Division Under New Responsibility
Honor Flight Veterans Receive First Class Welcome
Two Sides of the Same Coin:
Annual Field Training Exercise Conducted by 1-354th
Clemson ROTC Cadets Hone Leadership Skills at FTX
The Drill Sergeant Journey
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Leaving our Legacy
Do You Want to be a Unit Public Affairs Representative?
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Top Five Reasons to Enter-to-Win a Franchise
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Curriculum Modifications: A Brain-Based Perspective
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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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