Congratulations to the 108th Training Command Best Warriors

Cover: March 20-24, 2017, 25 Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers and Drill Sergeants of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) gathered at Camp Bullis, Texas,
to go all the way in the 2017 Best Warrior Competition.

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From the Commanding General

My first assignment when I was commissioned 35 years ago was to the 1st Armored Division, Ansbach, Germany. During that time, our nation was in the midst of the Cold War; a very contentious time in our Nation’s history to be sure. At that time, the 1st AD was the eastern most forward deployed division in the United States Army. Its mission was to deploy to the Fulda Gap and halt the Soviet and Warsaw Pact nations advance into West Germany. Adding to the complexity, the Army was at a cross-roads in terms of readiness. In the wake of the Vietnam-era, the Army was re-focused on building a values based organization with particular emphasis on training and readiness.

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From the Command Sergeant Major

This past February marked my 39th anniversary of being in the US Army. Never in a million years did I think I would be in this long but again, thirty-nine years later I’m still wearing the uniform and enjoying every day of being an American Soldier. Like any career or any profession, there are good times and sometimes not so good times. But I can assure you the good times outnumber the not so good times. The men and women that I had the honor and privilege of serving with have filled my military career with great memories. Men and women of great character that exemplify every one of the Army Values and are ready to answer the Nation’s call on a moment’s notice. I am so honored to be part of this organization and cannot thank the Army enough for what it’s done for me and want to make sure that you know it can do the same for you.

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Going All the Way

Joe Namath once said, “if you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?” and from March 20-24, 2017, 25 Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers and Drill Sergeants of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) gathered at Camp Bullis, Texas, to go all the way in the 2017 Best Warrior Competition.

The mechanics of the competition were the work of Sgt. 1st Class Brian Blanchard, 1-355th, 95th Training Division (IET) who involved all levels of the command, from company to division in his planning process.

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Joint Training Enhances Unit Readiness

The drill sergeants train Navy individual augmentees in basic combat skills and serve as an essential part of Task Force Marshall’s mission. Their objectives are to train Ready and Available Joint Service Warriors to augment deploying unit’s missions.

“We are here under Task Force Marshall from the 108th Training Command, and part of their mission is to train Reserve component engineering duty officers who deploy with the army combat engineers,” said Ensign David Segala, an engineering duty officer from SURGEMAIN North London. “This training today is for the junior officers to get some additional pointers from the drill instructor unit. The NCO s here are excellent, and very knowledgeable about weapon systems we don’t use that often in the Navy Reserve. I want to bring more officers from my unit to training like this.”

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Toys to training: WWII Veteran Reminisces

Charlotte, N.C. — Few of the 16 million Americans that joined allies across the globe remain to tell the tale of World War II. John Samuel Dellinger, a 96-year-old veteran and native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was among those who served and sacrificed for their country and loved ones. Now, Nearly 72 years after completing his service to the nation, in a tiny suburb of Charlotte, Dellinger sat down to reminisce on the War, the things he’s seen, and the life he’s led since.

Born on July 31, 1920, Dellinger learned at an early age how to carve his own toys, whittling them into a likeness of things he was fond of, including airplanes.

That interest grew to include the way they flew, and the type of machinery it took to build them; there was no question in Dellinger’s mind as to what career path he would inevitably follow.

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The Value of a Chaplain

The U.S. Army Reserve is uniquely composed of service members who often live hours from their home units and sometimes even further from the leaders charged with their well being. Additionally, the men and women of the Army Reserve work full time jobs, have significant responsibilities as mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and yet sacrificially serve their country as citizen soldiers. These men and women come from various backgrounds and bring with them a multitude of personal and emotional struggles.

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

As you read this, a battalion headquarters and seven companies from the 95th Training Division are on the ground at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri doing the critical work of turning civilian recruits into Soldiers!  The Iron Men of Metz are currently executing the largest reserve training mission since The Surge, over a decade ago!

You may remember that back in January, the President signed an order increasing the size of the Army.  To increase the size of the Army, you need more Soldiers.  Those new Soldiers must first, be trained.  That means someone needs to train them.  And therein lies a problem: the active component simply did not have enough trainers to train more Soldiers.  Therefore, they turned to us.

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Adapted: My Story

They say that talking about yourself is easy. For me, I also find it to be awkward.  Easy, sure, who knows me better than me? But, it is a strange feeling to talk about yourself and most of you do not know me or have only worked with me for a short period of time. For those who have worked with me, I hope that you have seen my drive, my passion, and most critically, the importance of the Soldiers in our Battalion. If your haven’t seen it yet, I hope you see it here.

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Legendary Ruck Marches

“Runner to the front,” split the morning air as Bravo Company 1st of the 334th took a ruck march on the historic Hank Aaron trail.

The Hank Aaron trail is a paved path in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and stretches over 20 miles.  Bravo Company did four of those 20 with rucks weighing up to 35 pounds. The trail is named for former baseball slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron.  Starting at Lake Michigan and following the Menomonee river valley, the trail offers views of downtown Milwaukee and Miller Park.  Skaters, bicycles, and runners can all use the path free of charge.

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I Am a Drill Sergeant

For those Soldiers who wear the hat and badge, the Drill Sergeant Creed is something to live by while training civilians into Soldiers and it stretches well into their military career.

On an April morning at Fort Sill, in the darkness, you can hear the Drill Sergeant Creed being recited by a group of motivated noncommissioned officers who in the near future hope to become Drill Sergeants and wear that coveted hat and badge.

These Soldiers are part of Operation Hat Press, which is now conducting its third iteration.  Each summer for the last three years, Drill Sergeant Candidates from across 1st Brigade, 95th Division have converged on Fort Sill for a two week consolidated Drill Sergeant Prep Program. The mission of Operation Hat Press is simple: coach, mentor, train, and prepare Drill Sergeant Candidates who are set to attend the Drill Sergeant Academy within the next 12 months.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Iroquois Warriors are you ready?  Are you truly ready as a Soldier to fight tonight?  Command Teams are your units ready?  Are they truly ready as a unit to fight tonight?  As you read this article, our Division is decisively engaged at Army Training Centers in Fort Benning, Fort Jackson, Fort Leonard Wood, and Fort Sill. They are expanding the Training Base by conducting Basic Combat Training, Infantry One Station Unit Training, Cavalry One Station Unit Training, Chaplin BOLC, and Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training. Our Iroquois are also supporting the Conus Replacement Center in Texas.  As demanding as this might seem, I anticipate the Army, in the very near future, calling upon us to do more.  And the only way we can respond to that call, is by being ready.

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Drill Sergeants of 4-323 Prepare for Echo Mission at Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson, S.C. — Five drill sergeants from Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 323rd Infantry, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. to conduct a week long, predeployment site survey with Active Duty Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment.  The purpose of the survey was to familiarize the Army Reserve drill sergeants with the requirements to execute their upcoming Echo Mission, which includes Reserve drill sergeants assisting in the basic training of recruits during the summer surge. This PDSS incorporated various topics such as an installation orientation, proper uniform wear, and a meet and greet between the Army Reserve drill sergeants of the 4-323rd and the Active Duty drill sergeants of the 2-13th.

On day one, the Reserve drill sergeants received hearty welcomes from the 2-13th Commander and Command Sergeant Major, Lt. Col. Christopher Altavilla and Command Sgt. Maj. Norman L. Fisher.  Following last year’s success, the Altavilla shared his excitement to again be hosting this summer’s Army Reserve mission.

Day two began with morning physical fitness training for the new Soldiers and the Reserve drill sergeants from the 4-323rd actively integrated into the training curriculum. 

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Career, Family and a Legion of Merit, All Compliments of the Army

She joined the Army because she didn’t have anything to do and could not afford to go to college. Now, looking back on 43 years, that decision gave her a career, but also amazing friends and mentors, a loving family and even, a Legion of Merit.

Army Reserve Sgt. Maj. Jane Decker, the last division personnel sergeant major for the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), joined the active Army in 1974 and was part of the Women’s Army Corps at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Decker originally asked to be put into a finance accounting job for the Army. However, through an error, or fate, she was given a supply accounting occupation. This incorrect assignment led the Spencerport, New York resident to another company and location. The error irritated Decker at first. But then, it all became worth it. “If I had not been put in that company, I would not have met my husband.”

For generations, there has been a popular phrase among Soldiers that sums up the toll Army life can play on personal time: If the Army wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one. Of course, both working in supply, Decker and her husband, Michael, immediately related to that phrase. “Since we were both in supply, we considered ourselves issued.”

The Army didn’t stop providing there though, according to Decker.  “We conceived our first child while on active duty. So, she was issued too,” she said with a laugh.

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Veterans Gather in New York for Alumni Luncheon

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Over 100 veterans gathered together for a 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) Alumni Luncheon on April 20, 2017.

The 98th Division Alumni, which is a volunteer-run organization, meets on the third Thursday of the month to share information, see old acquaintances and make new friends, said lead organizer, Tim Streb.

On some months, there are also award ceremonies. In April, three awards were given out to recent Army Reserve retirees: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Staci E. Sukhenko, Sgt. 1st Class William C. Smith and Sgt. Maj. Jane Decker.

Both Sukhenko and Smith were honored with the ‘Order of the Tomahawk,’ which can only be awarded by the current commanding general. 

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Army Reserve Unit Cases Colors After 99 years of Service

EDISON, New Jersey – After 99 years of service, 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) deactivated June 3, 2017 at the Maj. Gen. William Weigel U.S. Army Reserve Center as part of the 98th Training Division (IET) restructure.

The reorganization was designed to reposition units across the country to maintain readiness, as well as to provide the Army with the ability to expand its training base and transform civilians into agile and adaptive Soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Miles Davis, commander, 98th Training Division (IET). 

“Today we commemorate the storied history of the 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment,” said Davis. “A Battalion whose service to this great Nation has spanned almost a century.”

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Task Force Marshall Drill Sergeant Earns Expert Infantry Badge

Dawn had not yet broken. A group of exhausted noncommissioned officers gathered near Hilton Field on Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  They shared some light chatter, but the eyes of the NCOs spoke much louder.  There were only two real emotions visible: relief and despondence.  Zero seven was the deadline to complete the 12-mile road march across the undulating hills of Fort Jackson.

However, across the finish tape was yet one more Warrior Task to complete. Upon shedding the 45-pound rucksack, which was now heavier from the morning rain, the spent Soldiers needed to evaluate a casualty and evacuate them by sled across an open field. The last task symbolic for the final expression of what it means to be a Soldier -- to never leave a fallen comrade. 

The scene that unfolds above depicts the final testing events for the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), a badge that Army Reserve Drill Sergeant, Staff Sgt. Clint Myers of Task Force Marshall (1-518th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division [Initial Entry Training]), earned through grit and determination.

When Myers, a Kingsport, Tennessee native, started his quest for the coveted EIB, he was part of a large group, 123 Soldiers to be exact. Out of those 123, only two represented the Army Reserve. As Myers crossed the finish line of the road march and completed his last task, only 16 other competitors were at his side, all of which were Active D uty.

The limited numbers of Soldiers who earned the EIB that day is understandable considering all the requirements of the 5-day competition: qualify as an expert on the rifle, complete the Army Physical Fitness Test with at least 80 percent in all categories, finish a 12-mile road march in three hours or less, and complete 30 Warrior Training Task lanes/stations without more than two errors, or NO-GOs.

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Time Away From Reserve Center Builds Team, Expands Development

Army Reserve battle assembly training weekends are always filled with a range of events. From mandatory online training to weapons safety on the range, Reserve Soldiers are always training and on the go as they squeeze in a multitude of tasks in a short period.

Typically, these packed weekends revolve around Army Reserve Centers. However, for the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 321st Regiment (Basic Combat/One Station Unit Training), 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), one month stood out from the norm and took the Soldiers away from the Reserve Center at Fort Jackson, S.C.

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2-485th Welcomes A New Command Sergeant Major

CAMP BLANDING JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Fla. — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers of 2-485th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), welcomed their new command sergeant major during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony on April 9, 2017.

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

The 104th Training Division is excited and pleased to once again, recruit, develop and train Drill Sergeants for the US Army Reserve!

Every Soldier in the United States Army was trained by a Drill Sergeant.  We will always remember how we started our military career with Drill Sergeants in our faces yelling commands.  At the time, we didn’t realize they were preparing us for purpose and leadership.  As days and years go by, we are still proud to talk about the impact Drill Sergeants had in our lives.  We were not trained to be ordinary, but extraordinary Soldiers.  We were setup to succeed because we are destined for greatness.

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Army Reserve Soldiers Support the Annual Sandhurst Competition

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadets from across the globe crossed the finish line of the annual Sandhurst Competition in front of Washington Hall at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, April 8, 2017 amidst a cheering crowd of family, friends, and supporting military members. During Sandhurst, 62 teams representing 12 international military academies, four U.S. service academies and eight Reserve Officers Training Corps programs competed in 11 events throughout a 23-mile course over the course of two days.

What has been, for some of these cadets, a year long process of training and preparation culminated in the two day competition April 7 to 8, where teams competed in multiple events that tested their abilities in basic soldiers skills and leadership ability. International teams from as far away as Thailand and Australia also competed on the event.

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The legacy of PFC Harry J. Fridley

On January 27th, 1944, Private First Class Harry Justice Fridley died of wounds he received on the Anzio beachhead during the Allied invasion of Italy.  On June 11th, 1960, the PFC Harry J. Fridley United States Army Reserve Center in Covington, Virginia was dedicated in his memory.  On the 10th of March, 2017, the Fridley Reserve Center was decommissioned as an active Reserve Center and was turned over to the 99th Regional Support Command for disposition.  The story of PFC Fridley and the center named after him is a testimony to the Citizen-Soldier that spans three generations of my family and more than half a century in the life of a small town in western Virginia.

Young Harry Fridley was inducted into the Army at Camp Lee, Virginia two months after his 20th birthday.  The son of a blacksmith and farmer from Covington, he was the third youngest of eleven brothers and sisters and worked at the local paper mill.  My grandfather was his oldest brother.  After basic and advanced Infantry training, Private Fridley was promoted to Private First Class and shipped overseas into the grueling North Africa Theater.

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From Point to Point: Preparation for CST 2017

FORT PICKETT, Va. — A new challenge awaits the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment, of the 1st Brigade (PD), 104th Training Division (LT) as they approach Cadet Summer Training - they are tasked with instructing Land Navigation, a mission they have not been responsible for in over four years, but a challenge they are prepared to face.  

The 2/319th Soldiers are gearing up by testing their land navigation knowledge and ensuring they are prepared to teach the new batch of cadets this summer by retraining themselves ahead of the mission.  Part of that training included the battalion conducting a field training exercise at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to focus on land navigation and map reading skills. 

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2017 Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Leadership Academy Conference

Learning happens outside the classroom as often as it happens inside the classroom, and this year was no exception as Army Reserve Capt. Justin Figueredo with the 4-414 SROTC BN took part in the 2017 Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Leadership Academy (MLA) in Dallas, Texas.

Approximately 120 college students traveled to DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Dallas  to attend the Conference which, according to their website, serves as “the premiere training ground for the up and coming leaders of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) [where] students ... experience executive-level leadership training throughout the four [days] via a Team Competition, a StrengthFinders assessment, a Reverse Career Fair, and an Executive Panel.”

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TIMBERWOLVES OUT: 1-391st Cases Colors

Fort Devens, Mass. — “The very soul of a military unit is symbolized in the colors under which it fights for. It records the glories of the past, stands guardian over its present and ensures inspiration for its future,” said Lt. Col. Johan Gomez, the 391st Battalion Cmdr.

After 16 years of dedication and service to the 98th Training Division, the 1st Battalion 391st Regiment Training Support deactivated on May 19 at the Hall of Flags. Distinguished visitors gathered to formally inactivate the battalion and commemorate the history of the 1-319st spanning over 99 years in military history.

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World War II Army Veteran Made Honorary Member

LYNCHBURG, Virginia— For outstanding service to the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, Corporal Technician Fifth Grade Leslie K. Coleman was made an honorary member of 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment “Second to None”, here February 25, 2017.

Lt. Col. Barnes, Command Sgt. Maj. Bagwell, and the Soldiers of Delta Company assembled at Guggenheimer Health and Rehabilitation Center earlier today to publicly acknowledge Coleman’s military service and sacrifice with the 3rd Army, Company A, 1306 Engineers Corps under General George S. Patton.

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Task Force Wolf Taps Army Reserve to Train Future Leaders

FORT KNOX, Kentucky — Qualified and experienced U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are in high demand as America’s highly sophisticated, lethal, full-spectrum Army Reserve evolves to take on a greater role supporting the demands of the active duty Army.

Task Force Wolf at Fort Knox, Kentucky, is the headquarters for the Army Reserve units supporting Cadet Summer Training (CST). Comprised of Reserve Soldiers from the 104th Training Division based at Joint Base Fort Lewis McChord in Washington State, the task force works in coordination with U.S. Army Cadet Command to train and develop future Army, National Guard and Reserve leaders.

“The Soldiers of Task Force Wolf provide training for the Recruit Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets for both their basic camp and their advance camp,” said Col. Malcolm Walker, commander of Task Force Wolf.

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‘Young Guns’ Battle Assembly

After a reformation of forces in March, 3-414th Regiment (LDAC) has hit the ground running in preparation for their summer training mission at Cadet Summer Training.

Alpha company has focused not only on administrative readiness but has been gearing up for their Cadet Summer Training (CST) mission in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The company has completed new transgender policy training, conducted the Army Physical Fitness Test  and refreshed their first aid and combat casualty care as well as their  individual movement techniques.

For the Bravo company Soldiers of Vancouver, Washington, focus had been on  Chemical, Biological, Radiation, and Nuclear (CBRN) training in preparation for the unit’s Cadet Summer Training mission as well as individual Soldier skills.  The unit completed Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) worked with the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) system, received training on new transgender policies, and validated their standard medical and administrative readiness.  In addition, Bravo Company conducted the Army Physical Fitness Test in order to measure the company’s physical readiness.

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How SHARP Impacts Readiness

Thanks to the SHARP Academy, the field how has an excellent slide to show the overall impact of Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Assault (SA) allegations and/or cases have on our formations. The top box explains how SA/SH degrades a unit’s readiness. As you will notice, the silhouette Soldiers and Civilians depict the results an incident of SH/SA has within a unit. 

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FY18 Mission Planning

Who
108th TC G-3, DIV/ BDE G/S3, Senior leaders, Army Training Center Representatives (Mr. Tijerina (Ft Sill, OK), SFC Tully (Ft Leonard Wood, MO), Mr. Schaertl (Ft Jackson, SC), Mr. Sweeney (Ft Benning, GA), and LTC Johnson (Cadet Command).

What
The 108th Training Command (TC) (IET) G357 conducts FY18 Mission Planning Workshop in order to continue successful mission planning, coordination, and execution for FY18 missions.

When
1-5 May 2017.05.10

Where
Palma Hall, Fort Knox, KY

Why
To conduct FY18 mission planning meeting with representatives from the supported Army Training Centers, USARC, Cadet Command as well as G-3 personnel from the 108th TC (IET), 95th Training Division (TD) (IET), 98thTD (IET), 104th TD (LT) and 108th TC Brigade S-3 representatives. Topics focused on FY18 mission planning coordination between supporting and supported units culminating in Division and BDE brief-backs to the CG, 108th Training Command (IET).

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Instructing to Standard

On 9 April 2017, Charlie Company 2/413th Regiment, 2nd BDE, 95th Division, Fort Shafter Flats Hawaii, displayed their professionalism and knowledge while conducting an Army Physical Fitness Test for the only infantry battalion in the United States Army Reserve, the 100th Infantry Battalion.  Three Charlie Company drill sergeants and two drill sergeant candidates administered an APFT by regulation to 40 Soldiers.  The Infantry unit’s leadership contacted the Drill Sergeant unit to emphasis Army standards and to utilize the expertise of a fellow reserve unit.

Sgt Hensley 740th Company, 100th Infantry Battalion noted the following about the Charlie Company drill sergeants, “We appreciate the drill sergeant unit’s time and applaud them for holding each individual to the correct standards.” 

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Unit Public Affairs Program

As the 108th Training Command (IET) continues to grow, it will be difficult for the Public Affairs Staff to visit each brigade, battalion and company to cover news events. Public Affairs is the responsibility of commanders and Soldiers alike.

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Homeschooling on a Shoestring

Purchasing homeschooling curriculum for your children can be similar to buying a car for your family. Where I live you can spend about $50,000 for a 2014 luxury Lexus SUV, $30,000 for a new Grand Jeep Cherokee, or if you’re like my family with several children, you can buy a well used but reliable seven-passenger van for about $10,000. If you have limited finances, however, coming up with even $4,000 for a much older, higher miles vehicle may be more expensive than you can muster.

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What’s Your Next Mission?

If you’re transitioning from military service and have an interest in the freight transportation industry, you should consider a career at Estes Express Lines — especially if you have driver or mechanic experience. Estes is the largest privately-owned less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in North America. We’ve been around for over 85 years, and a big part of that is because we hire and retain the best people.

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Stay Connected

Sitting around the banquet table in 2012, a veteran told me the story of his son-in-law. It seems he had a bit of trouble adjusting to civilian life. A call from his daughter described a frustrated man who had become distant and withdrawn. It was not the man she married. “Dad, would you talk to him.” Over a beer, her father shared stories and his experiences during his military life. Until this discussion many had been held secret for many years. They shared tales of combat, chow, and what it was like to miss home. Although 20 years separated their time served, the stories were close to identical. As the evening wore on, they both felt better. It wasn’t the beer. It was the opportunity to talk to someone that understood.

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Top Tips To Succeed At A Career Fair

This content provided courtesy of USAA

Planning for an effective military to civilian transition is one of the most vital things to do for an effective career, family, and financial transition. A job fair also known as a career fair is one of those steps. Here are some tips how to have an effective and rewarding career fair.

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Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Hero Appreciation Months

My love affair with Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks began in the 80s, when my family was introduced to the area by a friend who discovered it “just passing through.” Soon afterwards we began spending family vacations here, then it became every weekend we could manage! It was impractical to keep renting, so we found a beautiful plot of land with river access, and built our vacation home/future bed and breakfast. Eventually, we were here so often, we took the next step and moved to Three Rivers, finally starting the B&B in 2007. 

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‘Best Beach in the South,’

Located in Northwest Florida, Panama City Beach offers both abundant natural beauty and enough affordable family activities to delight sea enthusiasts and landlubbers alike.  With more than 27 miles of white sandy beaches sprawling along the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and a comfortable climate ideally suited for year-round fun, Panama City Beach has been recently named one of the “Best Beaches in the South” by Southern Living. Offering an authentic, fun and high-quality beach experience, it is an easy drive from major cities of the Southeast. Traveling by air, Panama City Beach is just a 15 minute ride away from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

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Volcano Bay™ Brings All New Thrills To Universal Orlando Resort™

Universal Orlando Resort™ has taken vacations to a whole new level with the addition of its brand new theme park, making this summer the perfect time to visit.

Come live the carefree island lifestyle at Universal’s Volcano Bay™, an all-new water theme park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Here you’ll find over 30 unique experiences including 18 different attractions. You can plunge into the heart of the towering volcano on the Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster, drift along the Kopiko Wai Winding River™, let the kids play at Runammuka Reef™, or just kick back in your own private rental cabana. 

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Small Town Hospitality in Glasgow and Barren County

Glasgow and Barren County in South Central Kentucky is a great place to experience relaxation, fun, arts and culture, history, above-ground and underground adventures, water recreation, events and more. 

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Summer Fun on a Dime for Military Families

School is out and summer is here, so it’s time to plan that summer fun to-do list for you and the family. Whether you are staying local or want to take a road trip, there are ways that you can visit some of the most fun attractions without stretching that wallet. All you need is your military identification card.

All across the country, attractions are offering various discounts (and sometimes at no cost) to military service members, spouses and their families. So, be sure to check locally if anyone offers a military discount (don’t assume, always ask) before packing the car and heading out of town. Most importantly, plan ahead of time. With a little bit of planning, you can be sure to hit up some of the most popular attractions at a fraction of the price. To get you started, here are some of the top summer attractions that offer military discounts.

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Experience Hendersonville’s charm and history

Enjoy the hospitality of Hendersonville, traditionally known for its gentle climate, beautiful scenery, richness in culture and history, ample recreational facilities and friendly people. Hendersonville is located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau with an altitude of 2200 feet above level. 

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Lovin’ the Lake Life

Nestled at the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains less than 45 miles from downtown Atlanta on the southern-most shoreline of Lake Lanier lies the truly distinctive Lanier Islands. As the resort’s crown jewel, Lake Lanier is one of the United States’ most popular man-made lakes, averaging more than 7.5 million visitors each year and encompassing 38,000 surface acres and 690 miles of shoreline in Northeast Georgia.

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Chattanooga: Hiking, Trolley Tours Street Parties 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. You will 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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West Virgina’s Premier Tourist Railroad

At the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, we aim to provide each visitor with an experience they cannot get just anywhere. Situated in the mountain highlands of rural West Virginia, our MountainRail Adventures take passengers on a fun and scenic expedition to some of the most obscure and historic parts of the Mountain State. These trips are great for students who care about the outdoors, have an appreciation for history, and enjoy experiencing new things.

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Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 25

The 108th Griffon Association recently completed one of its designated missions, which is to offer at least once a year an informal social gathering of past and present members of the 108th Training Command. This was accomplished at the Weston Lake Recreation Area of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina on 29 April 2017.

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Summer is Beautiful at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, a 47-mile long gorge is a great place to beat the summer heat.  Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, or relaxing are just a few of the activities you can experience.

Take a guided horse-drawn covered wagon ride through the gorge where you can watch wildlife and hear about the history of the gorge.  Padded seats and rubber tires make your ride a comfortable one. 

A scenic, climate-controlled train excursion is always a nice way to relax in comfort.  Add a meal, and the dinner train is a great option.

Our lakes offer great ways to cool down with water sports like swimming, fishing, or boating.  Or visit an ice mine, a natural wonder that forms ice during the summer months.

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The Griffon Vol. 41.2 (Summer 2017)

The Griffon Vol. 41.2 (Summer 2017)
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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.