From the Commanding General

This past quarter has been an exceptional one for the entire Command. As a recap: we bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Christian upon completion of a remarkable command tour and welcomed Brig. Gen. Bassford as the new Commanding General, 95th Training Division; we saw a RIP-TOA for Task Force Marshall under the leadership of the 98th Division; we witnessed the 108th birthday of the Army Reserve and the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program; executed the Strategic Planning Update Review with command Teams from all 10 Brigades and higher; over 50 drill sergeants graduated in the past 3 classes many with distinguished and honor graduate status; we conducted our Command Best Warrior Competition where Sgt. 1st Class Mueller and Spc. Bundy not only won the competition for the Command, but competed and won the USARC Best Warrior Competition; we saw Sgt. 1st Class Derrick on the cover of the Army Times representing the finest NCO Corps in the Army-Drill Sergeants; and we deployed another 20 Soldiers to support the MOI-MAG mission in Saudi Arabia.

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From the Command Sergeant Major

Several weeks ago Maj. Gen. McQueen and I attended the Senior Leader’s Conference in which General Miley and Sergeant Major of the Army Daily were guest speakers. Their topic was one that is not new to any of us: Soldier readiness. They reminded us that every single one of us who wears this uniform had raised their hand and taken an oath ‘to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.’ In order to defend this nation, we have to be ready to deploy at any given time. The issue we’re facing is far too many of today’s Soldiers are not ready and an even greater percentage are ‘Non-Deployable’.

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CCWO - WO Career Path

Warrant Officer development is not just for Warrant Officers but also for branch officers – especially commanders – as they mentor, evaluate and recommend leader development training and opportunities. The Warrant Officer (WO) Leader Development Model is a guide that links WO Professional Military Education (PME) to developmental levels and talent management. WO PME is not a rite of passage to promotion; rather, WO PME supports professional and leader development as the WO progresses in their career to become fully integrated as an officer with technical expertise within the Army and their organization.

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95th Training Division (IET) ‘Welcomes Home’ Its Newest Commander

FORT SILL, Okla. — Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford became the twentieth commander of the 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), headquartered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here on April 16. Bassford assumed the leadership role from Brig. Gen. Daniel Christian, who served as the 95th’s commander since December 2013. Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, Commander of the 108th Training Command (IET), presided over the Change of Command Ceremony held at the 95th Adjutant General Battalion.

“Thank you to [Brig. Gen.] Christian for leaving me an organization that is strong, healthy and ready to go” Bassford stated as he took the stage to address his new command. “I am very grateful to be able to follow him.”

Bassford, a Salem, Virginia native, is joining the 95th following his position as the Deputy Commanding General for the 88th Regional Support Command based in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

When I was a young lieutenant on active duty, the promotion of a Solider into the NCO ranks was a sacred event. The entire battalion would form up on the parade field for the ceremony, complete with the command’s color guard. Before each promotion took place, the Command Sergeant Major would recite the Creed of the Non-Commissioned Officer to the assembled mass of Soldiers, NCOs and Officers. It was his way of reminding all of us, not just the new Sergeant, of how critically important the non-commissioned officer is to our Army.

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FirstLight HomeCare Extends Franchise Discount for Vets

Ranked a Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review,
national non-medical in-home care provider offers military
veterans $10k discount through 2016

CINCINNATI, Ohio. March 31, 2016 – FirstLight HomeCare, a provider of quality,
non-medical in-home care, is extending its deep franchise fee discount for all U.S.
military veterans. The company increased its franchise fee discount for veterans in
2015 from $3,000 to $10,000, and due to the success of the program, will continue to
offer this savings throughout 2016. The in-home care provider operates 125 locations
in 31 states, with 13 territories currently owned by military veterans.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

A prominent engraving in the National Infantry Museum at Ft Benning, Georgia reminds visitors that in battle “the last 100 yards belongs to the Infantryman.” I believe that the first 100 yards of any Soldier’s journey belongs to Drill Sergeants. There are few greater honors than shaping the warrior spirit and the character of our Army.

Division leaders constantly push to achieve readiness metrics, ensuring that Soldiers remain “combat ready” to assume missions on short notice. Focus is laser sharp on medical readiness, physical fitness and keeping weight in check. Time is dedicated on the training schedule for qualification ranges and mandatory training.

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98th Commanding General Inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

There was a moment when she seriously considered getting out of the Army. However, she stayed in and now, she’s an Army Reserve division commander and a National Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame graduate.

Looking back to where her military career all started, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commander of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), returned to her alma mater, University of Oregon, for their spring football game and ROTC 100th anniversary celebration on April 30.

During the game, Smith was acknowledged for her military accomplishments and inducted into the National Army ROTC Hall of Fame by University President Michael Schill.

Smith, a 1986 graduate, said most people are surprised by the amount of officers who hail from the college. “The University of Oregon doesn’t seem like it would be a source for military officers, but it is the values that we grow up with in Oregon that make it a natural transition into the military.”

The university’s ROTC program certainly shows strong statistics for transitioning students into Soldiers with over 3,500 officers commissioned. This includes turning out 47 flag officers. Out of those 47, Smith is the first female general officer.

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Army Reserve Mentors and Evaluates Cadets at 2016 Sandhurst Competition

West Point, N.Y. — Non-Commissioned Officers are known as the backbone of the Army. They are master trainers; passing on lessons learned in combat as well as their years of experience to the Soldiers entrusted to them. It’s a mission they carry out with true dedication to all those entrusted to their care.

Doing what they do best, NCOs of the 104th Training Div. (LT) prepared and evaluated a group of International Military Students competing in this year’s Sandhurst Competition at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York. There, Officer Cadets from military academies around the world are given the opportunity to compete for the top prize, a British officer’s sword presented by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Camberley, United Kingdom to the USMA in 1967.

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From the 104th Training Division (LT) Commander

Only in the Army Reserve would you find someone who owns and operates a five-star restaurant on the Portland, Maine waterfront. When I asked Master Sgt. Haleem, 3/304 (Saco, Maine) “how long he had owned the [Tiqa Pan-Mediterranean Restaurant],” he said “since 2015.” I next asked, “So what did you do before owning the restaurant,” MSG Haleem said, “I was a pension fund manager.” In over 20 years in the Army Reserve, over and over again, I have meet incredibly talented and unique Soldiers in the ranks of the Timberwolves Division – Haleem is just the latest.

Lt. Gen. Talley says the Army Reserve is the Army’s technical enablers and 75 percent of the doctorate degrees and 50 percent of the masters degrees held by Soldiers are held by Army Reserve Soldiers. In sum, we have an incredibly talented force of Citizen-Soldiers.

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Army Reserve drill sergeant provides mentorship both on and off duty

Charlotte, N.C. — Interim Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve, Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills defines mentorship as “the positive influence of leaders, whether up, down, or lateral.”

For more than half a century, the Army has looked to its corps of drill sergeants to provide that mentorship. Whether on an obstacle course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, or a battlefield in the Middle East, drill sergeants have provided a level of expertise to the young Soldiers of America’s premiere fighting force unmatched by any other organization of its kind.

But what stands out for the Army Reserve is the level of mentorship its drill sergeants provide while not only on duty but away from the trail as well.

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Birdville Invitational

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas — The 47th annual Birdville Invitational is a multi-service competition of cadets from 38 high schools within the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, other cities in Texas and neighboring states. The cadets compete in Color Guard, Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, PT, and Air Rifle.

With clear skies and warm weather at the BISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, cadets were graded by drill sergeants from the 2/354th FA, 95th Training Division (IET), Grand Prairie, Texas. Drill sergeants volunteered their time to grade cadets competing for Armed Drill and Unarmed Drill.

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Drill Sergeant Trail Led Him to Chaplaincy

Lynchburg, Va. — God, family and country is not just a phrase. It has been a way of life for one Army Reserve Soldier that all started at an early age.

Immediately after high school, 2nd Lt. Craig Dowdy, 2/317th, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) started serving God. As a missionary for the Word of Life Impact Team, he was able to travel, feed his hunger for religion and even meet his wife, Tiffany.

Pursuing further faith-based education after missionary service, Dowdy went on earn undergraduate degrees in both Theology and Pastoral Studies/Missions at Appalachian Bible College. However, that wasn’t enough for Dowdy as he sought to learn and serve more. So Dowdy made the decision to become a Soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard. The uniform quickly took the young Dowdy, then a specialist and a motor transport operator, to Balad, Iraq, in 2003.

After 15 months in Iraq, Dowdy said he found clarity on life. “Combat gave me an entirely new perspective not only on leadership, but on how I live my life.” Seeing the living conditions in Iraq and how the children were essentially playing in what Americans would consider landfills stuck with Dowdy.

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Learning From the Past to Ensure Victory in the Future

GREENSBORO, N.C. — As one looks on the site of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, the first impression, on the senses, is how quiet and peaceful the park is. For the Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) the entrance to the park on the cold, brisk morning of Feb. 6, gave little indication that it was once the site of one of the most bloody and pivotal battles of the Revolutionary War.

The visit was facilitated by Dr. Jay Boyd and Mr. Allen Skinner, the Command Historians for the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC) and Christopher Ruff, curator for the National Museum, both of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ruff, as well as Jason Baum, a park ranger who works at the Guilford Courthouse National Park, provided an extra air of historical presence by wearing period correct Revolutionary War uniforms. Baum also lent his extensive knowledge of the battle and how its sequence of events unfolded.

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Millennials may need drill sgts beyond basic, Army says

In a push to instill more discipline among its newest soldiers, the Army is looking to its drill sergeants for help.

With their iconic hats and hard-nosed reputations, Army leaders are taking a serious look at whether drill sergeants should make a return to advanced individual training.

The move, if approved, would mark a huge reversal for the Army and mean an end to the service’s lesser-known, underrated AIT platoon sergeants, who do much of the same work as drill sergeants without any of the perks.

The Center for Initial Military Training is conducting research and will present a recommendation to Training and Doctrine Command senior leaders by early summer. If the proposal moves forward, any changes must be approved by senior Army leaders.

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Soldier sings her way to victory

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — One by one, boot by bloodied boot, warrior after warrior came across the finish line: body heat escaping their sweat drenched clothing in the form of steam against the cold of an early spring morning.

Some slumping over from the sheer weight of their rucks. Most grimacing from the pain of the 10-mile force march through a combination of asphalt, grass, gravel and sand. All of them displaying a deafening silence in personal tribute that the ordeal was at long last over. All of them save one; and that one, well she sang!

“And the warden sang, come on somebody, why don’t you run...”

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Army Reserve Best Warrior Competitors shine despite rain, cold

Fort Bragg, N.C. — Dark gray clouds covered the sky with sporadic bursts of pouring rain. Artillery shells echoed in the not-so-far-off distance accompanied with an earthquake-like rumble and shake. From head to toe, clothing and personal equipment was drenched and with each gust of wind and drop of rain, it seemed as though the day would never end.

With about six hours sleep over a 48-hour period, the third and final day of competition came to a close for the group of 32 remaining Warriors at the 2016 U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4.

Throughout the three-day competition that began with 39 contenders, each faced a series of physically and mentally demanding Warrior skills that began before dawn and ended after dusk.

It was a week of non-stop mental and physical challenges with cold and rainy weather but the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller, 108th Training Command (IET), and Soldier of the Year Spc. Michael Orozco, 416th Theater Engineer Command, proved to be the most tactically and technically proficient Warriors at their levels and will move on to compete at the Department of Defense Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, later this year.

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Best Warrior Competition increases individual, unit readiness for all involved

Fort Bragg, N.C. — It’s well-documented the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competitions (BWC) increase individual readiness for the Soldiers competing, however it also improves unit readiness for those involved with planning and support, which Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commander of the U.S. Army’s Forces Command, said is his number one priority.

Training guidance from Abrams stressed that all training events must have a direct correlation to individual and unit readiness and that’s the underlying intent for the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition being held here May 2-5, said Sgt. Maj. Paul J. Klikas, operations and training noncommissioned officer in charge for the U.S. Army Reserve Command based here.

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‘Not in My Squad, Not in Our Army’

The Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition held a mystery event that was never done before. The undisclosed event represented the significant focus attributed to the Army’s Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) Program. It was held on the final day of the competition and was worth 25 points, all or nothing. This year, Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Daniel. A. Dailey adopted the motto, “Not in My Squad, Not in our Amy.” This motto is associated with taking responsibility for all happenings within a squad—both good and bad—not just prevention of sexual harassment and assault. A phrase to simple to remember; who knew “Not in My Squad” be a question at the competition? Furthermore, who would figure knowing the motto, “Not in My Squad” would play in a key role in winning the Best Warrior Competition? Apparently, the majority didn’t know the motto. Only five Soldiers out of 39 got the question right, less than thirteen percent. However, the good news is two out of five who responded correctly belong to the 108th Training Command, including the winner and NCO of the Year, SFC Moeller. SFC Moeller credits his achievement to the 108th Training Command’s emphasis on the SHARP Program. Their knowledge of “Not in My Squad” is proof the word is getting out and SHARP is at the forefront.

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108th Training Command Soldiers Compete for Best Warrior and Brown Round Crowns

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Drill sergeants, non-commissioned officers (NCOs), and junior enlisted Soldiers from battalions all across the U.S. Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command (IET) rallied to compete for the titles of Drill Sergeant of the Year, Soldier of the Year, and NCO of the Year at the 2016 Best Warrior competition held at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, March 20-25th.

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UNC Charlotte reflects on history and future of ROTC

Charlotte, N.C. — The Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, as we know it was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson with the signing of the National Defense Act of 1916.

Colleges and universities had offered military training as part of their individual curriculum dating back to as early as 1819, however, the signing of this bill brought the training under one federally controlled roof.

Today ROTC programs provide close to 70 percent of newly commissioned officers in the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard from college campuses all across the country

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Third Battalion, 518 Infantry Regiment Hosts Future Soldiers

HICKORY, N.C. — The 3rd Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), provided three drill sergeants to train Future Soldiers who have committed to the United States Army through the Delayed Entry Program.

The goal of the training was to give Future Soldiers a taste of basic combat training. Recruiters and Future Soldiers from Asheville, Shelby, Morganton, and Hickory, North Carolina, participated in the event. In all, 35 Future Soldiers completed the training.

The morning started off with the Army Physical Fitness Test., graded by drill sergeants, who also helped motivate the Future Soldiers. The APFT was followed by land navigation, where the Future Soldiers learned how to use a compass to obtain an azimuth, establish a pace count and navigate using terrain features.

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Clemson ROTC Cadets Test their Mettle with Water Survival Training

CLEMSON, S.C. ­— U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets were tested on their stamina and personal courage with the Combat Water Survival Test at Clemson University Thursday.

The test evaluates each cadet’s stamina in water and their ability to complete three stations while loaded down in full uniform and equipment. Passing the events helps ensure they have the fundamental water survival skills necessary to lead Soldiers in a hostile environment where there’s water, but as Army cadets, who will likely see little if any water environments in their careers, the test is mainly an exercise to challenge their mental fortitude.

“In the Army, we aren’t in combat in the water very often,” said Maj. Amanda Kane, Clemson’s assistant professor of military science. “We do this event not only to build esprit de corps but to learn to trust our equipment, and to learn to be more comfortable in the water. This is mostly a confidence-builder.”

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Cadets from Around the Globe Square Off at 2016 Sandhurst Competition

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Rain subsided, the temperature plummeted and jubilation turned to determination as teams of Military Cadets made their way to historic Washington Hall for the start of the 2016 Sandhurst competition held on the United States Military Academy campus at West Point, New York, April 8-9.

What started in 1967 as a friendly challenge between the Army’s Corps of Cadets and those from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst located in Camberley, United Kingdom for a British Officer’s sword, has blossomed into a 60 team, multinational match of whit, skill and endurance that stretched nearly 35 miles over 36 hours.

“It’s been a bit taxing so far,” joked Officer Cadet Perry Jolly of the United Kingdom, on a training day prior to the competition. “I think we’ll win.”

Jolly, a British Cadet from one of 13 international teams, joined his counterparts from as near as Canada and as far as China in this year’s quest for International bragging rights. Almost all of those making their first visits to the United States.

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Hand grenade Assault Course Challenges Soldiers in Basic Combat Training

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — In preparation for their culminating event, Victory Forge, Soldiers in their seventh week of Basic Combat Training with Co. C, 1st Bn., 61st Inf. Reg., at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, took to the hand grenade assault course to refine their individual skills as well as boost their confidence going into next week’s exercise.

On the course, Soldiers were given a series of stations to maneuver through as buddy teams where they combine individual movement techniques with cover and concealment and engage targets in bunkers and trenches with hand grenades from the standing, kneeling and prone positions.

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Moldovan a Favorite for 98th Training Division Drill Sergeant of the Year

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — If you were a contestant or coach during the Drill Sergeant of the Year and Best Warrior competitions at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, this year, you would have heard of Sgt. Ryan C. Moldovan by day two of the backbreaking, five-day event. That’s because he captured everyone’s attention by finishing a grueling 12-mile ruck march, in full combat load, nearly 30 minutes before the second-place finisher.

That’s truly saying something, considering that Moldovan, Co. E, 1st Bn., 390th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET) is one of 35 competitors who are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to Army Reserve Drill Sergeants and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) from the various battalions within the 108th Training Division (IET)

“I like to challenge myself as a drill sergeant, as a leader, and as an NCO,” said Moldovan. “Here, I’m surrounded by some of the best NCOs we have in the whole entire Army. They’re the ones that keep me sharp because I know that I have to maintain their level of standard as well as my own.”

It’s safe to say he exceeded that standard. In an event where most competitors cross the finish line grimacing, drenched in sweat, limping, and even bleeding, Moldovan came cruising in, leaning forward and jogging at a steady pace, with little more expression of discomfort than his scantily labored breathing.

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Panther Drill Competition

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The sun was out and enthusiasm was high as Carolina Forest High School hosted its annual Panther JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Schools from South and North Carolina were in attendance to compete in multiple categories of Military Drill & Ceremonies.

Also in attendance were Soldiers from Alpha Co., 1st/321st Battalion, 98th Training Division (IET), stationed out of Charleston, South Carolina. These Army Reserve Soldiers, who are U.S. Army Drill Sergeants, were on hand to judge the competition and provide support to Carolina Forest High School for the event.

The day began with a briefing by Senior Naval Instructor Capt. Kevin Boyle, who leads the Naval JROTC program at Carolina Forest High School. Boyle briefed the drill sergeants on station assignments for the competition as well as the judging criteria.

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Applying History to the Future

FORT JACKSON, S.C. ­— Citizen-Soldiers have been around in some form or another for generations. Since the onset of the Civil War, everyday citizens have put on a uniform to defend their homeland and though their names, uniforms and missions have changed over the years, one thing has remained the same – their passion for their country.

In today’s evolving environment, Army Reserve Soldiers must take that fervor and combine it with complex and diverse training. Traditional skills of shooting, moving and communicating are still important, but today’s Citizen-Soldiers must also know their history, and how it applies to their futures, said Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen, commander of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), as a group of Soldiers gathered at the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Cayce, South Carolina, on March 24.

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‘Papa Bear’ Didn’t Hibernate at 73 Easting

(From ARMY Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 5. Copyright 2016 by the Association of the U.S. Army and reprinted by permission of ARMY Magazine.)

I could fill a calendar with dates that are important to me: the day I got married; the birth of my sons; the day I quit smoking, then started again, then quit again. But twice over, Feb. 26 was a day that made me the man I am today, all because one man took the time to make a difference in a young Soldier’s life.

Feb. 26 was the day I left home for boot camp at Fort Knox, Ky., in 1990. Exactly one year later, Feb. 26 was the day I rode into battle in the barren Arabian Peninsula.

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NC A&T State University Commemorates 100 Years of ROTC with Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Greensboro, N.C. — This year college campuses all across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program and North Carolina A&T State University is no exception.

On April 14, the university, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, hosted an ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at its Alumni Center, paying tribute to past and present Soldiers as well as those of the future.

Having first initiated the concept of formal military training on the North Carolina A&T campus in 1919, it wasn’t until 1942 that the program was officially designated ROTC with Capt. Robert Campbell at the helm as its first Professor of Military Science, or PMS.

Later, in 1947, the university commissioned its first group of eight officers into the Infantry branch.

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98th Training Division Hosts Future Soldier Event

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Ten drill sergeants and prospective drill sergeants from the 98th Training Division (IET) spent an unseasonably warm winter day in Asheville, North Carolina, teaching basic Army Warrior Tasks to close to 40 future Soldiers, Feb. 20, 2016.

The program, known as Future Soldiers Day, was a chance for young citizens from the Asheville as well as Greenville, South Carolina, areas who have either enlisted in or are planning to enlist in the Army and Army Reserve get a firsthand introduction to basic drill and ceremony, weapons safety and Army physical readiness training.

“Basically, this is us showing them skill level 10 tasks that we teach and reinforce so that when the Soldiers get to basic training that’s one less thing they have to worry about and they can move on to other things,” said 1st Sgt. Anthony Childs, Co. C, 1st Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET).

The day also served as a chance for the drill sergeants from the 1st Bn., 518th Inf. Reg. to hone their skills as they prepare for their summer annual training mission to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in support of TRADOC at the basic combat training companies.

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Timberwolves conduct Ruck March for Hunger

JERICHO, Vt. — Members of the 3rd Brigade, 104th Training Division (LT) conducted their annual field training exercises at Camp Ethan Allen, with a change this year. Aside from their routine training, Best Warrior Competition held annually and battalion competitions, they also participated in a Ruck March for Hunger.

The events for the Best Warrior Competition lasted two days May 5-6, and consisted of the Army Physical Fitness Test, M9 and M16 qualification shooting ranges, the Leadership Reaction Couse, a Land Navigation Course, a Best Warrior Competition Board and a six-mile ruck march.

“The Board was mentally tough, and the Ruck was physically tough,” said Sgt. Dasine Asberry, one of the competitors of the Best Warrior Competition representing Alpha Company 1/391st. “All in all, it’s meant to create better Soldiers.”

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108th Griffon Association Fulfilling Its Mission

The 108th Griffon Association has had a busy winter and spring fulfilling its mission of support to the 108th Training Command.

One of these missions is to create an environment where present and past members can gather socially to renew old friendships and cultivate new ones.

Accordingly, this year’s spring picnic was at the Weston Lake recreation area of Ft. Jackson, S.C. Approximately 30 plus members gathered to include three retired past commanders of the command, Maj. Gen. Goldsmith, Maj. Gen. Robinson and Maj. Gen. McCartney, along with a number of officers and NCOs who had previously not attended one of these gatherings.

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Military Personnel and PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age. If you have PTSD, you are not alone. It affects nearly eight million American adults.

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Honoring Our Military Veterans

Cardinal Health has a rich history of supporting U.S. military veterans. Since 2010, the company, its employees and its customers have contributed approximately $2 million to nonprofit organizations like Support the Troops, America’s VetDogs, Operation Supporting Our Heroes and Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military

The world has long known the casualties of war. None of them are good. Military research, in the post-Vietnam era, led to the legitimizing of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a genuine disorder. Prior to that time, those extremely traumatized by combat experience were simply referred to as war weary or battle fatigued; these inadequate labels did sufferers a profound disservice. Essentially, until an addiction or disorder is officially recognized, treatment will not be forthcoming.

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Finding Resiliency in the Face of Stress and Threat

Finding Resiliency in the Face of Stress and Threat

Trauma is part of the human experience. Being alive comes with the inevitable risks of stress, injury, sickness, loss, and death. There’s no escaping it. Critically though, these threats to health and life are perhaps most pronounced for individuals who serve in the military. Few other circumstances in modern times make these threats more real than military service. Military service members are required to complete their mission while facing significant risk and threat.

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Choosing the Correct Career Path

When it comes to determining a career path you must assess what you value the most. What path is going to lead to longevity in a career field as well as a thriving industry with viable employment opportunities? Many may look at the traditional path of a four-year degree or beyond, but for those that learn more effectively in a non-traditional setting or a career-based education model they perhaps feel limited in their options. In addition, utilizing the valuable skill set acquired when serving in the military will lead to further opportunities in the long-term.

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Transition Your Military Career

Estes Express Lines is a long-time supporter of our nation’s armed forces and participates with worthwhile organizations to benefit active-duty service members and remember those who gave all. Hundreds of vets are in our ranks today, and we’re also one of BestJobsUSA’s Top 100 veteran-friendly employers.

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Size of Army Depends on Bending Budget

The size of the Army and the size of soldiers’ 2017 pay raise will be determined by the willingness of Congress to bend budgetary rules and diverge from Obama administration priorities. Initial work on the fiscal year 2017 budget began in late April, but negotiations are expected to continue until fall.

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From the Army to the Tactical Team, a Chronicle of Commitment

Army 1st Lt. First Lieutenant Joseph Brunone needed a job when he left active duty in 2011.

With a business marketing degree from Seaton Hall University, Army training in armor and reconnaissance as well as planning and leadership skills, it’s the kind of resume most employers would covet.

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Online Classroom is One Reason Ball State is Military Favorable

When Mike Black took over recently as assistant of director of financial aid and scholarship for veteran affairs at Ball State University and realized that most of his applicants were online students, he found himself in familiar territory. Black attended three universities before finishing his degree online through American Military University.

Q: How can online learning benefit student veterans?

MB: For members of the military, it used to be that you would attend the colleges around your post and then you would piece a degree together. That was my experience.

Today online learning is the viable option for active military. I’d say 98 percent of our military earn their degrees online. Your typical length of deployment at a duty station is three or four years. But with online education, you don’t have to worry about changing schools.

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Summer on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Warm weather, beautiful beaches and pristine turquoise waters set the stage for summer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach span across 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches that continue to see generations of families return year after year. The area is booming with activities and events for the whole family to enjoy, especially during the summer months. From fishing excursions and nature-based adventures to concerts performed by nationally-recognized musicians, it’s no wonder that Alabama’s beaches have become one of the most popular destinations for summer travel in the Southeast.

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Experience Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

In Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the beauty of our natural surroundings and our slow-paced life combine to create a unique experience along with some truly wonderful R&R.  Here are a few events and activities which we have selected, which you and your family might enjoy!  For information about these and others, email us at [email protected] or visit our website at http://threerivers.com/

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Take the Ultimate Weekend Getaway to Tupelo — the Birthplace of Elvis!

Located in the foothills of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo is the epicenter of America’s music, where, in 1935, the world’s greatest entertainer was born in a two-room shotgun shack. The gospel tunes he sang in his boyhood church, the soulful blues that he heard coming from the juke joints in the Shakerag district, and the country music that he listened to on the radio from his front porch, enabled Elvis Presley to blend the sounds and deliver what we all know as Rock ‘N’ Roll, to the masses. Visitors can immerse themselves in America’s musical heritage, by beginning their journey in a town called Tupelo.

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Who’s Ed and Why Did He Build Coral Castle?

Edward Leedskalnin was born in Riga, Latvia on August 10th, 1887. When Ed was 26 years old, he became engaged to marry his one true love Agnes Scuffs. Agnes was 10 years younger than Ed and he affectionately referred to her as his “Sweet Sixteen.” Agnes canceled the wedding just one day before the ceremony.

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COLOSSAL NEW EXPERIENCES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO® RESORT

On a warm day in early June 1990, a star-studded ribbon-cutting ceremony opened what would quickly become one of the most visited theme parks on the planet. Twenty-six summers later, Universal Orlando® Resort continues to grow, recognized worldwide as home to some of the most immersive and ground breaking experiences anywhere. This complete vacation destination includes mind-blowing theme parks, spectacular on-site hotels, plus one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment, all in one convenient location. With so much to see and do, guests need multiple days to enjoy it all.

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Create Your Summer Vacation Memories in Myrtle Beach, SC

Summer vacations create memories that last a lifetime, with the good times and resulting stories being retold for years afterwards. Few destinations have provided more fond memories, for more people, than Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Reset Yourself in Hendersonville

Reset yourself in Hendersonville, known as The City of Four Seasons, offering cool mountain breezes and warm southern hospitality. Hendersonville is located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, 2200 feet above sea level.

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Summer Adventurers Look to Cog Railway for Summer Fun

If you’re on the lookout for some out-of-the-box fun this summer, you may want to put the Mount Washington Cog Railway on your list. The first mountain-climbing cog railway, nestled in the jaw-dropping White Mountains of New Hampshire, is attracting visitors of all stripes with its lineup of upcoming summer events — with themes ranging from steampunk to handmade crafts to classic ingenuity.

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Chattanooga — Mountains, Music and More!

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

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A Small Town Summer in Dolly’s Hometown

Hiking in the woods, fireflies in the yard, baseball games, farmers markets and movies under the stars are just a few of our favorite things to enjoy during a small town summer. Of course, we also enjoy Sevierville’s high-end outlet shopping, family fun attractions and outdoor adventures. This summer, discover why Smithsonian Magazine named Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, TN, one of its “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.”

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Spotsylvania, Va. — Diverse Vacation Spot

Spotsylvania County’s wonderfully diverse attractions are conveniently located between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C, along Interstate 95. A Visitor Center at I-95 exit #126 is open seven days per week.

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Getaway Destination for Relaxing Adventure

Those who have frequently travelled the Eastern United States from North to South have most likely passed through Wytheville, Virginia, via the busy interstates of I-77 and I-81. While the community has made a name for itself for its reasonable gas prices and abundance of lodging and dining establishments, many have not taken the time to discover the authentic attractions and premiere outdoor recreation that the area has to offer.

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The Griffon Vol. 40.2 (Summer 2016)

The Griffon Vol. 40.2 (Summer 2016)
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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.