From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 08/25/2018

108th Training Command Teammates, Recently, I had the opportunity to visit The Veteran’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, N.C.  During the visit, I was honored to be able to meet nearly 200 Veterans, the oldest being 95 years old and the youngest was 23.  All services were represented with men and women wearing hats, vests, and pins denoting their time of service to our Nation.  The Coffee Shop was not only a place to gather, have a cup of Joe and to share stories, but more it was an amazing living museum dating back 243 years.  It was an incredible experience for me to walk among living legends who have passed the torch of service to each o... Read More...

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The Last Article
The Last Article

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 08/25/2018

This is the last article I will be writing as your CSM and as the CSM of the 108th Training Command, the greatest command in the US Army. My tenure and military career will end on 15 July 2018. I will be retiring after forty years of continuous service and I’m proud to say, I enjoyed every bit of it and would do anything to do it all over again. I’m constantly asked if I’m happy to be retiring and I can honestly say “No”! I will definitely miss the outstanding, professional and courageous men and women I had the honor and privilege to serve with over the last four decades. The men and women who stood ready to answer the nation’s call at a mo... Read More...

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108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition
108th Soldiers find camaraderie, training in competition

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Two Soldiers from the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) competed side by side with 34 other Soldiers from commands throughout the world at the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina June 10-15. Through the week-long competition that included everything from rappelling out of a helicopter to standing before a military board, the two Soldiers found camaraderie and training to be their main takeaways. Spc. Darren O’Dell, the 104th Training Division Soldier of the Year who also claimed the 108th Training Command (IET) SoY title, said he found the USARC-level competition to be mo... Read More...

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Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox
Seven Army Reserve commands combine Best Warrior Competitions at Fort Knox

Story by Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

Seven U.S. Army Reserve commands tested their Soldiers in a Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 9-13. The five-day, 10-event competition assessed more than 40 Citizen-Soldiers from across the United States to select each command’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Each champion will compete in the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June. Traditionally, the Fort Knox Army Reserve commands (84th Training Command, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and Army Reserve Careers Division) hold their Best Warrior Competitions together. However, this year they coordinated with ... Read More...

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Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story
Behind the Lens – Ghost Writers tell the story

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

A good story keeps the reader’s interest. A great story makes the reader feel or act. Regardless of the format—pictures, videos or articles—stories have the power to freeze time and capture a moment of history that can never be recreated. Sure, an event may be reoccurring, but the factors can never be all the same. Take the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition (USARC BWC). It has occurred every year since 2007. Yet, every year is different. There are different competitors, different events and different locations. Each year, two winners are announced: a Soldier of the Year and a Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. That ... Read More...

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‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’
‘Yes We Can, Yes We Do’

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 08/25/2018

WEST POINT, NY - The difference between success and failure is a team that is guided by great leadership. In the Army, in order for a platoon of Soldiers to be successful, the role of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) holds great value.  An NCOs’ mission is to fulfill what the Army calls the “backbone” of the Army.  This means that as an NCO, one must take honor in leading, and investing in, the success of Soldiers following their guidance. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3rd Training Battalion, 304th Regiment, 104th Training Division (IET) from Saco, Maine., did just that during the 2018 Sandhurst Competition at the United St... Read More...

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U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the Trail
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers: Always on the Trail

By Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 08/25/2018

Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve bring a unique set of skills to the Army; they not only serve their country but they also have a civilian lifestyle and occupations that mirror their military skills. Military training of Army Reserve Soldiers is often received once a month on the weekend. However, these “Weekend Warriors” are always ready to respond to the call of duty. Army Reserve Sgt 1st Class Brain Hazzard, Staff Sgt. Karlston Wilson and Staff Sgt. Randy Pittman, 98th Training Division (IET) are prime examples of Citizen Soldiers. Each Soldier has served more than a decade in the Army Reserve and all have civilia... Read More...

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Forever Family
Forever Family

| 08/25/2018

Although there are many reasons people choose to adopt a child, one of the most compelling can be simply because a parent believes that saving a child from growing up without the benefits of a supportive, loving family is reason enough. Sgt. 1st Class Eric Schenck, Senior Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer at the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), and his wife Adrienne have chosen adoption in expanding their family. A grounded and religious Army Reserve family of five, the Schencks have a deep love for children and feel they are answering the call to be a forever family to an orphan. Read More...

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

By Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford | 08/25/2018

The 95th Division has a long and rich history. It is most famous for its role in World War II, where “The Iron Men of Metz” earned their nickname, defeating heavy German resistance to capture the fortress city of Metz as part of the Allied push into Germany in 1944.  Subsequent fighting to secure crossings of the Saar River and helping to defeat the Ruhr Pocket and to capture Hamm and Dortmund, only added to the Division’s legacy. Those of us who serve in the Division today are honored and proud to follow in the footsteps of the Soldiers who fought so hard, and so successfully, in this effort. Read More...

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Snowy 6 Mile Bug Line Trail Ruck
Snowy 6 Mile Bug Line Trail Ruck

| 08/25/2018

It’s summer now, but snow was still on the ground in April when Bravo Company 1/334 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) conducted another epic march during Battle Assembly. This year the Company rucked six miles on the historic Bug Line trail in Menomonee Falls. The Bug Line is a decommissioned rail line which once hauled limestone from two quarries to the main train line. Today the Bug Line is a part of the Waukesha park system which uses it for running, bicycling and pet walking and Soldiers spent the morning sharing the trail with the local citizens. Read More...

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2-48th Dragoons Host Change of Command
2-48th Dragoons Host Change of Command

| 08/25/2018

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The transition of power from one commander to another has been a tradition in the United States Army for 243 years. The Dragoons, 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment are of no exception to this tradition. On May 24, 2018, Army Reserve Lt. Col. John D. Watson, passed command of 2nd Battalion to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shawn D. Sumter during ceremony at Gammon Field. Read More...

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

By Brig. Gen. Miles Davis | 08/25/2018

      Over this last quarter, I have had the opportunity to visit four separate battalions (3-330IN, 1-321IN, 3-323IN, and Task Force Marshall) conducting training outside of their respective Reserve Centers (Ruck March, M203, M4, M9, etc,...) and want to pass along some of my observations: Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Ian L. Coyle | 08/25/2018

I have been a proud Warrior of the 98th Iroquois Division since April 15, 2018. I have been given my priorities by the 108th Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Mark Mcqueen, and the 98th Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Miles Davis.  I have moved out to execute my lines of efforts (LOE) that include the four pillars of Readiness: 1. Combat Readiness 2. Soldier Readiness 3. Family Readiness and 4. Safety Readiness. As the CG and I circulate around the Division and engage individuals and units in the four pillars of readiness, we see the 98th Warriors making great strides in all areas. However, the CG and I still need your help! We need you... Read More...

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Army Reserve Soldier takes command of Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning
Army Reserve Soldier takes command of Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

FORT BENNING, Ga. — U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Andrew V. Burns, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), just accomplished something no Reserve Soldier has done in more than 30 years—he took command of an Active Duty Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course (IBOLC). The Soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment welcomed Burns as their incoming commander and bid farewell to their outgoing commander, U.S. Army Capt. Dan R. Apsley, during a Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Benning on April 25. After the passing of the colors, the battalion commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Zanella, explained just how muc... Read More...

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1BDE Family Day

| 08/25/2018

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The warrior within: Strong will fuels female Soldier toward new path
The warrior within: Strong will fuels female Soldier toward new path

By Joe Lacdan | 08/25/2018

(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series on Justine Bottorff. For part 1, visit https://www.army.mil/article/202048 ) FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -— Staff Sgt. Justine Bottorff keeps a picture of a broken porcelain bowl on her phone. The text underneath reads “kintsukuroi,” or the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold, effectively making the bowl more beautiful. Bottorff imagined the bowl as a metaphor for her life circumstances after returning from her deployments. “You don’t stay broken because something bad happened to you,” Bottorff said. Read More...

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Challenge and Triumph
Challenge and Triumph

By 1st Lt. Jonathon Geer | 08/25/2018

Fort Custer Training Center, Mich. – It has been said that with great challenge comes great triumph, and for U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers of the 3-330th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division, (Initial Entry Training), these words have never resonated truer. As part of the 3-330th Infantry Regiment’s June Battle Assembly and Field Training Exercise, Soldiers had the opportunity to compete in the Battalion’s annual Best Warrior Competition. Participants in the event vied for a chance to go on and represent the Battalion in the Division Best Warrior Competition (BWC) being held in March of 2019. Read More...

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Honor, Integrity On and Off the Trail
Honor, Integrity On and Off the Trail

By Maj. Michelle Lunato | 08/25/2018

When most people think of drill sergeants, they think of disciplined instructors, intimidating stares and squared-away, by-the-book Soldiers. While these rigid images may all be true, it is only one side of the iconic job in today’s Army Reserve. Drill sergeants in the Army Reserve have to be tough and disciplined to transform civilians into Soldiers in short periods of time. So the hard exterior is just a requirement of the mission. However, there is a lot more behind those stern-faced Soldiers. For many drill sergeants, patriotic passion, personal drive and depth of character push them to excel in the demanding role that helps shape t... Read More...

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Meaningful training enhances readiness at Fort Jackson
Meaningful training enhances readiness at Fort Jackson

By Capt. William Perdue and Capt. Michael Mascari | 08/25/2018

Despite the hot, humid temperatures, Soldiers covered in sand dust made last one charge to complete their latest intense mission. Working in teams and representing their individual companies, the Soldiers had one last push to attempt to reach their objective. At stake: The coveted Commander’s Cup. But beyond the temporary glory and bragging rights, the ramifications are much greater. These Soldiers are responsible for training future force of the US Army, the US Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 321st Infantry Regiment, commanded by Lt. Colonel Lisa C. Hendrick, participated in the annual Field ... Read More...

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Change of Responsibility 1BDE

| 08/25/2018

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Change of Command 2BDE

| 08/25/2018

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Change of Command 3BDE

| 08/25/2018

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 98th Training Division, bid farewell to their commander, Col. Russell J. Bonaccorso Jr., and welcomed his successor, Col. Chris Chang, at a Change of Command Ceremony at Niagara Falls, New York June 1. Read More...

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Good Change
Good Change

By Brig. Gen. B.G. Edwards | 08/25/2018

“Change,” is a word I’ve been contemplating for a few months. Often times, when we think of change, it carries a negative connotation.  However, change is part of life, something that we’ve all have experienced and something that is inevitable especially in any organization. For most, change is uncomfortable and may bring disruption. However, I believe change is good and the manner in which we look at change is important. At the 104th, change has been part of its history and change allowed and continues to allow us to make positive impacts in our Army. I recently had the privilege to write a letter to a World War II Timberwolf Veteran, ... Read More...

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Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Soldiers
Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Soldiers

By Master Sgt. Anthony Childs | 08/25/2018

FT. MEADE, Md. — NCOs from the 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment acted as instructors and supervisors for the 335th Signal Command Best Warrior Competition from April 14-19. The Drill Sergeants from 2-317th included Sgt.1st Class Christopher Spencer, Sgt. 1st Class Gene Lilly, and Sergeant Leslie Wertz. Master Sgt. Anthony Childs also assisted as an advisor and supervisor for the event. Major events for the competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, an obstacle course, land navigation, M4 rifle qualification, M9 pistol qualification, and a 10-mile ruck march. Read More...

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Timberwolves Give Back to the Community
Timberwolves Give Back to the Community

| 08/25/2018

This past 2017 winter season the members of the 3-414th CST, 104th Training Division (LT), took it upon themselves to offer the community their time, labor, and cheer. During the December Battle Assembly a group of 20 Soldiers spurred on by the dedication of Staff Sgt.. Yavan Harper volunteered at the Tacoma, Washington Rescue Mission ( https://www.trm.org/ ).  Staff Sgt.. Harper has a long standing history of volunteering within the community and presented the idea to her fellow Soldier’s and her Command to incorporate the Army Values on a much more personal platform within their immediate community.  The idea was met with an outpourin... Read More...

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392nd Stays Sharp

| 08/25/2018

In April, Drill Sergeants and NCOs from the 2-317th Regiment supported annual weapons qualification ranges at Ft. Pickett, Virginia and Fort Meade, Maryland. Read More...

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If it ain’t ‘rainin’
If it ain’t ‘rainin’

By Sgt. Daylin Bingham | 08/25/2018

CAMP RILEA, Or. — Cadets from the University of Portland and Soldiers from B Co, 3-414th Cadet Summer Training (CST) Battalion, 1st Brigade, 104th Division came together at Camp Rilea, Oregon from April 13-15, 2018, for a field training exercise (FTX). The three-day FTX provided an opportunity for both parties to complete weapons qualifications as well as affording the Cadets valuable training focusing on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense, individual movement techniques (IMT), First Aid, and company level patrolling. Read More...

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Answering the Call

By 1LT David Homer | 08/25/2018

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Tasked with hosting an annual Best Warrior Competition, the 4-399th Battalion set to establish obstacles and testing parameters for the competition held on March 23-24.  Out of the dew of a cold, crisp Thursday morning would emerge four willing participants to answer the call.  The purpose of the competition affords participants the opportunity to show others their technical proficiencies in Soldier tasks and further exude the Army Values for which they live to embody. Read More...

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Camaraderie Through Training
Camaraderie Through Training

| 08/25/2018

For their April 2018 Battle Assembly, 2-319th Cadet Summer Training Battalion, out of Salem, VA, conducted an FTX weekend.  The FTX was conducted from 6-8 April at Fort Pickett, VA where 140 motivated individuals honed their warrior skills. The unit took advantage of the long weekend to conduct an abundance of training including mission related training, leader development tasks, and team building activities.  The key events of the weekend were weapons qualification, preparatory training for the Battalion’s annual mission to support Cadet Summer Training, out brief of a Command Climate survey, and the weekend was closed out with the Tim... Read More...

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Col. Hansen takes command
Col. Hansen takes command

By SSG Camille Kleparek and SSG Christopher Marro | 08/25/2018

Aurora , Co. — Col. Malcom Walker relinquished command of the 1st Brigade (PD), 104th Training Division (LT) to Col. Jens Hansen during a ceremony at Buckley AFB on May 19th.  1st Brigade consists of five battalions located across the United States and carries the responsibility of providing instructors and support to the Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Ky in partnership with the U.S. Cadet Command. A farewell dinner conducted the night prior to the change of command ceremony allowed colleagues and guests to toast Col. Walker’s success and wish him a bright future in his next stage of career progression.  Read More...

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4-413th (SROTC) Battalion Conducts Successful Readiness Training Exercise
4-413th (SROTC) Battalion Conducts Successful Readiness Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Jesse Dillon | 08/25/2018

FORT FISHER, NC — Over the course of five days in May, 28 Soldiers from the 4-413th (SROTC) Battalion gathered at Fort Fisher, NC to conduct a regional Readiness Training Exercise. During the event, Soldiers completed annual training requirements in addition to extracurricular activities only afforded at historic sites such as Fort Fisher. The 4-413th (SROTC) Battalion falls under the 1st Brigade, 104th Division (LT), and has Soldiers spread across the several states, the majority of them east of the Mississippi River. That diversity makes opportunities for the members of the team to meet face to face few and far in between but Fort F... Read More...

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Lt. Col. Reginald T. Eggleston Takes Command of the 4-413th (SROTC)
Lt. Col. Reginald T. Eggleston Takes Command of the 4-413th (SROTC)

By 1st Lt. Jesse Dillon | 08/25/2018

FORT KNOX, Ky. — On Saturday, June 9th Lt. Col. Reginald T. Eggleston officially took command of the 4-413th (SROTC) Battalion. During an intimate ceremony held in Palma Hall, Lt. Col. Eggleston and interim Commander Maj. Matthew E. Naparstek were joined by the 104th Division, 1st Brigade Commander Col. Jens Hansen. Outgoing commander, Maj. Naparstek, kept his remarks brief, but acknowledging he had been surrounded by people fully supporting the unit’s mission which helped in achieving its goals.  Read More...

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Around the Command
Around the Command

| 08/25/2018

Greetings from the 108th Training Command Inspector General (IG) office. Our Office is in the Command Headquarters located at 1330 Westover Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Your 108th IG team includes LTC(P) Jason Weaver (Command IG), LTC Serena Ravenell (Deputy Command IG), Mr. Derek Holmes, MAJ James Payne, MAJ Brian Vincent, MSG Gladys Alamolozada, and MSG Megan Upperman.  You can contact us at 704-342-5141.  Read More...

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Article by: William Banks | 08/25/2018

Recently, SFC Alexander Wellman (1-304), SFC Jeremy Anderson (1-320), and SSG Shawn Thacker (1-320) completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Train for Trainers (ASIST T4T) course developed by LivingWorks, Inc. The ASIST T4T course is 5 days of intensive Suicide Intervention training which qualifies graduates to give the two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course to others. Read More...

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Deploy or Get Out Policy Unveiled

| 08/25/2018

Pentagon planners have released a sobering statistic: Up to 14% of the force is non-deployable.  More than a third of that number can be linked to late medical and dental exams and missing immunizations.  Read More...

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Recruiting Initiative

| 08/25/2018

Six Army Reserve Drill Sergeants were recently selected from across the 108th Training Command (IET) to spearhead a nationwide Drill Sergeant recruiting initiative.  These six Drill Sergeant will be traveling to Army installations across the United States to partner with the local Reserve Component Career Counselors (RCCC).  In a combined effort with the RCCC, our Drill Sergeants will brief transitioning Active Component Soldiers on the benefits of becoming a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserve.  Read More...

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8th Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 24th 2018
8th Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 24th 2018

| 08/25/2018

The 108th Griffon Association is living up to its original charter for its members with an active and engaging spring of 2018. One of these functions is to hold an annual picnic for members of the 108th Griffon Association.  Current active soldiers in 108th Training Command units and their families can also attend with just a small fee for lunch. This past May 5, the association held its annual picnic at the Latta Plantation and Mecklenburg County Park about 10 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More...

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How Technology is Making Homeschooling More Accessible

| 08/25/2018

Evolution of homeschooling Parents and students who want to opt for the alternate mode of learning need to know a good deal about the modern homeschooling before getting into it. Read More...

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Dragons, Mermaid and Fairies, Oh My!
Dragons, Mermaid and Fairies, Oh My!
Carolina Renaissance Festival Celebrates 25 Years of Cheers

| 08/25/2018

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is back celebrating 25 years of cheers. Introduced in 1994, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is now one of the largest renaissance- themed events in the country and one of the largest attractions in the Carolinas. Nearly 200,000 attendees are expected to time travel to the village during its eight-weekend season, held Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 through November 18. Read More...

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Apple Country Memories in Hendersonville
Apple Country Memories in Hendersonville

| 08/25/2018

When you visit Hendersonville, North Carolina, an apple becomes much more than a tasty snack. Apple season in this Blue Ridge Mountain town means walking through rows of apple trees in the middle of an orchard, picking fruit straight from the branch, taking in mountain views that stretch far beyond the farm and making memories as a family. Read More...

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Billy Graham Library Brings Inspiration to Guests
Billy Graham Library Brings Inspiration to Guests

| 08/25/2018

On February 21, 2018, Rev. Billy Graham passed from this world into eternity. While his personal ministry was completed, his legacy of sharing the Gospel continues through the Billy Graham Library. Reminiscent of Billy Graham’s upbringing on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Charlotte, the Billy Graham Library building is styled after a dairy barn, and his restored boyhood home is just a short walk from the main Library building. The entrance to the Library is in the shape of a cross, a visual reminder to visitors that it is only through the Cross of Christ that we can enter into a relationship with God. Read More...

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Find Adventure in the Town of Mount Pleasant
Find Adventure in the Town of Mount Pleasant

| 08/25/2018

Whether you like to set back and relax with the sun on your shoulders or you prefer to work up a sweat, there’s something for everyone this summer in the Town of Mount Pleasant. There’s no denying that Lowcountry summers are steamy, but when the heat index rises, Mount Pleasant comes alive. Read More...

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Take Your Family Vacation to The Next Level at Universal Orlando Resort™
Take Your Family Vacation to The Next Level at Universal Orlando Resort™

| 08/25/2018

Family vacations aren’t just a time to escape the everyday routine and connect with loved ones. A family vacation should be an opportunity to enjoy sights and sounds and tastes you’ve never experienced before. From uniquely themed thrill rides to one-of-a-kind restaurants to spectacular hotels that put you within steps away from all the fun, Universal Orlando Resort™ is a family vacation that takes your family to new levels of excitement. Read More...

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Fall in Love (Again) on Alabama’s Gulf Coast
Fall in Love (Again) on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

| 08/25/2018

Stroll hand-in-hand along the sugar-white sand as you reconnect with your partner, and observe the vibrant colors of the sunset as it dances off the water. Fall is the perfect time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach because of the abundance of activities and events, and the weather is perfect, too. Flavors and Sounds of Fall Sample more than 150 tantalizing fine wines from around the world, sip and savor craft beer from regional breweries, taste a variety of distilled choices ranging from infused vodka to single malt whiskey, and enjoy tastings and demos of delicious food by the Gulf Coast’s top chefs at The Wharf Uncorked Sep... Read More...

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Reunite and Make Memories in Mesquite
Reunite and Make Memories in Mesquite

| 08/25/2018

Your service to our country takes you all around the world, granting you the opporturnity to make life-long friends and have unforgettable experiences. Along with these opportunities comes constant change and adjustment, so it is natural to lose touch. Mesquite, Texas is the perfect place to reunite with old friends you met throughout your journey. Read More...

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What Can’t You Do in Llano?
What Can’t You Do in Llano?

| 08/25/2018

Hunting Llano is nationally known as the “Deer Capital of Texas” and hosts many  hunters seeking the abundance of white-tailed deer in the fall and winter  seasons. The Llano Chamber of Commerce hosts a Hunters’ Welcome each  Friday before deer season opens.  Fishing Year-round fishing in the picturesque Llano River and surrounding  Highland Lakes makes Llano a sportsman’s dream destination. Usually the  best time to fish the Llano River for bass is October and November when the  fish are most active. The Guadalupe bass is only found in the Texas Hill  Country and offers great sport for fly casters.  Read More...

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Sevierville’s New Fall Driving Tour Has the Best View of All: Your Own!
Sevierville’s New Fall Driving Tour Has the Best View of All: Your Own!

| 08/25/2018

For a few glorious weeks, autumn crowns the Smoky Mountains with spectacular color. It’s a sight well worth traveling to see – especially when you take a few roads less traveled. This year, consider an alternative scenic drive with plenty of foliage along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville, Tennessee. Drive Peak season for leaf viewing is typically mid-October through mid-November. For those seeking a fall experience they’ve not enjoyed before, Sevierville’s two fall foliage self-driving tours offer little known points of interest and beautiful views. Sevierville’s Middle Prong Fall Driving Tour winds its ... Read More...

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Chattanooga: Civil War, Tennessee Whiskey and Music Galore!
Chattanooga: Civil War, Tennessee Whiskey and Music Galore!

| 08/25/2018

Chattanooga is a gateway to Tennessee and is nestled along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by the spectacular scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau.  You will enjoy a newly revitalized riverfront city, first class attractions, great Southern hospitality, rich Civil War history, outdoor adventures and locally owned restaurants & cafes, a thriving music scene with plenty of annual festivals and events that offer year-round fun.  Read More...

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Welcome Home Veterans Celebration
Welcome Home Veterans Celebration

| 08/25/2018

Clarksville, Tennessee is a community that appreciates veterans. The city borders the Fort Campbell Army Post, so appreciating military service is simply the way of life for both residents and businesses. Beyond the ingrained respect that happens daily, this community publicly shows its support annually–in a big way–with a five-day Welcome Home Veterans Celebration. In 2018, Clarksville will host its fourth annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration September 12-16. Multiple activities will take place to celebrate and honor veterans, with an emphasis on Vietnam veterans. Read More...

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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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