From the Commanding General

Greetings Griffon Team!

With Summer 2019 in our rear-view mirror, we’ve reached the end of what is definitely the busiest time of year for our Command. This summer was no exception, with increased numbers of basic combat training missions and expanded support to Cadet Command’s summer training. It was great to get out and see our drill sergeants and ROTC cadre “in action.” 

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

Timberwolves,

As Cadet Summer Training draws to a close, I would like to personally thank all the team members that had a part in the planning and execution of the Army Reserve’s largest CONUS training event. This mission would not be successful without each and every one of you. Our Drill Sergeants and Trainers are true professionals and represent the Army Reserve in the finest manner. The impression you left with those young cadets will help shape these future Officer leaders.

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Clarifying Misconceptions

At a training command, the production of viable Drill Sergeant candidates is vital to the future of the mission. The requirement for regular update briefings to leadership at the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) levels make that requirement all the more critical.

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VAPING: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Vaping is the newest trend in substance abuse. The definition is vaping is to inhale water vapors into the lungs. It is referred to as vaping because tiny puffs or clouds of vapor are produced when using the devices. 

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander

Those of you that had the opportunity to attend the Division Change of Command ceremony in January might have noticed something a little unusual. Like most incoming commanders, I left all current policies in effect. However, I also implemented a new policy and made it effective during the change of command ceremony—the Battle Buddy System. Hopefully, by now all 95th DIV Soldiers have read and have seen the Division Battle Buddy System implemented within your units. I want to continue to express the importance of this policy, because I believe in it.

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Young at Heart, Body and Mind

While most Reserve Soldiers by age 53 are nearing retirement and are seeking less physically intense and demanding activities in their roles, one particular noncommissioned officer from Carmel, Indiana, is willingly volunteering for some of the army’s most physically demanding courses.​

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

To the Soldiers, Families and Civilians of the 98th Training Division (IET), I want to truly thank you for allowing me to be a part of the mighty Iroquois family and serve beside you, for the past three years, in the best Division in the United States Army Reserve. It has truly been an honor and privilege and without question the highpoint of my military career. My last message to you is one of appreciation, admiration and expectation.

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Prepping for the Surge

FORT JACKSON S.C. — The hot dusty terrain at Fort Jackson is a good representation for the conditions Soldiers training there may face in a real-world contingency operation.

In order to prepare for the realities of war, Soldiers must hone their skills, test their stamina, and face their fears or doubts. The Soldiers tasked with training and supporting them must do all of that at an expert level with supreme confidence. 

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Army Reserve Soldiers at Interservice Pistol Championship

Soldiers represented the Army Reserve competed at the 60th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship. Hosted and conducted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) June 16-21 on Phillips Range, Fort Benning, the Interservice Pistol Championship is a Precision Pistol open to all United States military personnel with teams representing the Active and Reserve components of all the services.

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Senior Drill Sergeant Leader Passes Out Wisdom for Drill Sergeant Candidates

Becoming a U.S. Army drill sergeant is no easy task. It requires just as much mental fortitude as it does physical.

The career-changing course at the Drill Sergeant Academy is an intense nine weeks that covers a multitude of training. 

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The Making of a Drill Sergeant: Meet Sgt. Alycia Perkins

(This is part one of a three-part story.)

People join the military for many reasons. For some it’s a chance to serve their Country while seeing the world. For others, it’s a path to new opportunities through education and experience. And for others, it’s just part of their heritage.

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Freedom Ride Soldiers Compete to Win it All

ARMED FORCES RESERVE CENTER LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET), competed in a freedom ride April 4-7 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

The freedom ride was designed to prepare the battalion for an upcoming annual training (AT) event at Fort Benning, Georgia, to help Soldierʼs readiness in training incoming recruits at Basic Combat Training (BCT).​

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Drill Sergeants Work on Their Soldier Skills to Become More Effective Leaders

The U.S. Army drill sergeant hat symbolizes excellence, making the wearer of the iconic Brown Round an image to emulate. However, drill sergeants don’t just leave the Drill Sergeant Academy infused with a career’s worth of knowledge. Like every other Soldier in the Army, they must continually train to stay proficient.​

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Winning Spirit — Leader Training

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Senior Leader Training Program at the National Training Program at Fort Irwin, CA. During this experience, I got to see firsthand how units prepare for deployment activities and rotational training. Here, units face a world class opposing force in a very austere environment. Soldiers and equipment alike are stressed to the limit highlighting organizations strengths and weakness. As I viewed the dynamic battle unfold, it reaffirmed a well-known fact. The key ingredient to winning on the battlefield is: leadership.

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Best Warrior Begins with a Twist

Twelve Soldiers from across the command competed in the 1st and 2nd Brigade, 104th Training Division (LT) combined Best Warrior Competition hosted by 1st Brigade’s Command Sgt. Maj. Todd R. Kaim held at Fort Knox, Kentucky March 2019. For four days, Soldiers were challenged both physically and mentally. One of those challenges as the unexpected incorporation of the new Army Combat Fitness Test.

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Timberwolves of the 4-413th SROTC Gather for Annual Training

As is tradition across the Army Reserve, a small portion of our year is dedicated to our annual training. That is no different for Soldiers of the 4-413th Senior ROTC Battalion. Unlike most traditional units, where nearly every Soldier sees everyone else once per month, the 4-413th Battalion Headquarters is the only portion of the battalion that convenes during the monthly battle assemblies. The rest of the unit is spread across the eastern United States, conducting duty at the many ROTC campuses throughout. However, for the two weeks every year that the Timberwolves of the 4-413th take part in their own annual training, the entire battalion falls into Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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Leading the Pack

Soldiers, Noncommissioned officers and Drill Sergeants from across the command gathered to compete in the 2019 104th Division (Leader Training) Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, March 6-9.

When the dust cleared, the victors for  1st  Brigade were Sgt. Dylan Schumacher, a 25S Satellite communications systems operator with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 319th Combat Support Training Regiment earning the title of Noncommissioned officer of the Year and Spec. Michael E.B. Glosemeyer, a 56M Chaplain’s Assistant with HHC, 1st Brigade, 104th Division (Leader Training), being named Soldier of the Year.​

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3-414th Prepares for CST Mission at Fort Knox

Soldiers of Bravo Company of the 3-414th Battalion prepared for their future 2019 Cadet Summer Training (CST) Mission at Fort Knox, Kentucky by conducting a field training exercise (FTX) to Camp Rilea Armed Foreces Training Center, Warrenton, Oregon.

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Campus Update

The spring academic periods were in full swing over the previous months. Campuses across the U.S. saw ROTC battalions take the field in overwhelming force. Military installations saw Cadets flow in in droves as they took part in their respective Field Training Exercises and general tests of skill. ROTC Ranger Challenges also took some spotlight as teams were fielded in attempt to walk away with an invitation to the Sandhurst competition.

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Three C’s to Mission Success

Many are called but only the best are chosen. A team of cadre was selected to support, guide, and ensure the safety of the participants of the 104th Training Divisions intense four-day, 10-event Best Warrior Competition (BWC) held March 7- 10 2019, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Many of the cadre chosen for BWC will also serve as instructors and advisors supporting Cadet Summer Training (CST), also held at Fort Knox.​

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Training with an International Flair

Photos by Sgt. 1 st Class Ken Upsall
3-304th Infantry Regiment (USMA), 104th Training Division, 108th Training Command

For two days in April, officer candidates from American universities and military academies around the world rucked, shot, swam, and navigated obstacles, tackling these and other physical and mental challenges during the 2019 Sandhurst Competition at the U.S. Military Academy.

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Thank You For Your Service

Soldiers from Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade of the 104th Training Division based in Lexington, Kentucky, often hear words of gratitude from civilians on Battle Assembly weekends. However, this past December, HHC Soldiers expressed gratitude to WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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Community Outreach - Supporting Project Pomona

E Co, 1-398th REG, 104th Training Division took some time in April to support Project Pomona, a community-based project designed to help reduce food insecurities by turning vacant land that has been neglected in the Paducah, Kentucky, area into sustainable apple orchards. The fruit is then donated to local agencies to help feed the hungry and those in need.

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7409th TMC and 108th TC Combine for Training

Our 2019 Sharp Training highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness month was held April 14th for the 108th Training Command and 7409th TMC. Held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the event was full of excellent information as well as an added benefit: Prize baskets!

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Sharpshooting

If you were asked what the fundamentals of Basic Rifle Marksmanship are what would you say? If the answer is “Steady position, aim, breath control, trigger squeeze,” it’s time to retrain.

“Army Doctrine changed in 2016,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Thornton, C Co, 1-29 INF, Ft. Benning, Ga., a Mobile Training Team instructor for the Marksmanship Master Training Course (MMTC). “We teach all rifle and pistol marksmanship from current doctrine, while most are still teaching from the outdated field manual and not the new training circular.​

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Griffon Association Awards Scholarships

This time of year is a busy time for the Griffon Association.

First of all, we are heavily into the planning, organization and sponsor recruitment for the 9th Annual Soldiers and Families Golf Tournament being held at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte on the 30th of September, 2019. The proceeds of this tournament provide the major source of income for the Association to fund its principal work of scholarships, family support and injured Soldier assistance. If you wish to help sponsor the tournament or play golf either as an individual or by bringing a team send a note to [email protected] and we will send you the forms to fill out and provide a list of options for sponsorships.

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How to Enjoy the Fall Season in Sevierville

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 on one of Sevierville, Tennessee’s three self-guided fall driving tours, discover adventurous ways to view fall leaves, enjoy great harvest-themed events and dig into to a harvest of delicious foods.

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Hidden Gem in Fairfax County:

Located just 21 miles from the Nation’s capital, the NRA’s National Firearms Museum focuses on history, covering seven centuries of firearms technology within its expansive galleries. Beginning with the first uses of gunpowder and following the evolution of arms, our modern museum takes visitors through major conflicts in American history, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. It will be a visit your family will never forget! More than 3,000 great guns are on hand, in well-illuminated cases carefully labeled to provide the best interpretative experience.

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Korean Memorial; 9/11 Exhibit to Join Clarksville, Tenn. 2019 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration

Clarksville, Tennessee’s annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration continues to expand and broaden its appeal with more activities and exhibits that celebrate our veterans, active-duty military and first responders. The 2019 culmination of events, which will be held September 18-22, is adding two top-scale exhibits that you won’t want to miss.

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Fall Family Fun in Hendersonville, North Carolina

That means piling into the car to see Blue Ridge Mountain hillsides covered in autumn leaves, picking apples from local orchards, searching for gems in a bucket of sand, playing pinball for hours and picking out a favorite colorful character from the Bearfootin’ bears lining Main Street. Each experience provides joy in the moment and memories that last a lifetime.

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Tournament Jousting: The Noble Sport

Jousting is given a 21st Century roar of approval at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Jousting is now, as it was 500 years ago, a merrie sport; a make-believe pageant of Sir Galahads and Sir Lancelots, of villainous Black Knights versus the virtuous Red Knights, mounted on thundering steeds, plumes waving, chain mail clanking and the festival crowd sarcastically screaming “Cheat to win!”

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Branson: What’s New in 2019?

In Branson, we believe life should have more encores. For 50+ years, live shows have been a staple of Branson. From rock and country music to hilarious comedy and amazing acrobats, Branson has live entertainment to suit everyone. Morning, afternoon and night, with variety for all, including dinner shows and even shows on boats.

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An Evening with Mario Andretti

World of Speed Motorsports Museum, the Northwest’s premier automotive museum knows how to have a great time, all while supporting our mission to educate and entertain through the celebration and preservation of motorsports! From events to summer camp to incredibly cool exhibits, you don’t want to miss out on visiting World of Speed whether you’re a local or on that family vacation. This summer we are hosting the legendary Mario Andretti with the help of Adam Carolla.

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Keep on Summering in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Alabama’s beaches boast 32 miles of sugar-white sand, pristine turquoise Gulf waters and warm temperatures for the majority of the year which makes it an ideal location for a “second summer” getaway. From foodie festivals and concerts to a vast array of activities and culinary creations, there are plenty of ways for families make sure that their summer never ends on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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From Lobster to Pirates to Jason Aldean, Panama City Beach Has a Fall event for Everyone

Panama City Beach, known for its 360 annual days of sunshine, 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and brilliant emerald waters, is hosting a variety of family-friendly festivals and events for every type of traveler this fall. Whether an athlete, biker, country music fan, lobster lover, pirate seeker or Bloody Mary aficionado, locals and visitors alike will have something to look forward to this season in Panama City Beach.              

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All-New Magic And Excitement at Universal Orlando Resort

Ask many of your fellow servicemen and women what they enjoy most about their life in the military and they’ll tell you it’s the anticipation of new challenges. New excitement. New adventures. Well, this year in Orlando you and your whole family can enjoy new excitement and adventure at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Army Veteran Balances It All: Career, School, Mountain Bikes

When Josh Michael was 18 he set out to do what most other recent high school graduates did at that time: go to college. He moved to Indianapolis in pursuit of an associate degree in computer aided drafting and eventually found a career in sales.

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5 Tips for Homeschooling as a Military Family

Children in military families have specific academic needs and styles of learning. It is hard to follow a rigid learning schedule while relocating. In order to maintain a steady education in the face of frequent transitions, many military parents are resorting to homeschooling. Homeschooling is the smartest alternative to traditional schooling. The resources and technology available to families today make it easier than ever to incorporate a homeschool curriculum.

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The Griffon 43.2 Summer 2019

The Griffon 43.2 Summer 2019
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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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