From the Commanding General

Teammates,

An attitude of gratitude! Hunt the good stuff! That’s what I’m thinking in the middle of this hot summer. I’m especially thankful and proud of serving with all of you: our Soldiers, Army Civilians, and Families. 

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Honor and Gratitude

When I started with the 108th, I marked time by how many of the Griffon magazines I would be required to produce before I was free to PCS. I had no idea that this job requirement would become something I actually loved. 

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Sgt. 1st Class McCarthy Awarded Purple Heart

Maj. Gen. Andrew Juknelis presented Sgt. 1st Class Justin McCarthy a Purple Heart during a small ceremony at the 108th Training Command Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 6, 2021.

McCarthy received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq June 2007. During convoy operations, he was serving as the .50-cal gunner behind the lead vehicle. 

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Iron Sharpens Iron: These are your Best Warriors

Soldiers from the 95th Training Division swept the podium claiming all three titles at the 2021 108th Training Command’s Best Warrior/Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition at Fort Jackson, South Carolina April 5-9.

 

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200th Military Police Command Hosts Detainee Operations Training Event

The 200th Military Police Command hosted the Detainee Operations Training Event in Southbridge, Massachusetts from June 14 to 17, 2021. 

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Celebrating the Sacrifice

Photos by Maj. Michelle Lunato
98th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs

CHARLOTTE, NC. — On June 5, 2021, Family, friends, and colleagues of three U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers came together at 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) to celebrate their accomplishments and watch them take the next steps into Army retirement.

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Staff Ride at Kings Mountain State Park

Leadership from across the 108th Training Command met at Kings Mountain State Park in Blacksburg, South Carolina on June 4 for a Staff Ride with Harold Skinner, 81st Readiness Division Historian.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Leading the Iroquois Warrior Division has been a privilege and honor of a lifetime. I want to thank each of you for serving with me during the last two years. As I look back, we accomplished much together, and I want to thank you for moving forward with me in my vision to focus on producing drill sergeants and improving the support we provide to Fort Benning, Fort Jackson and other Reserve units in our footprint. 

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From the 98th Command Sergeant Major

I would like to express my gratitude to Army leadership and Brig. Gen. Tony Wright for selecting me to be the next Command Sergeant Major of the 98th Training Division. It is truly a humbling honor that I do not assume lightly. 

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Joined for College, but Found Even More

He joined the U.S. Army Reserve as a way to pay for college back in 2010. Now, years later, Staff Sgt. Jovon Miles realizes that this one decision gave him more than a degree, it gave him a career, valuable experiences and a path to his best self.

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Staff Sgt. Thompson Scores 600 on Army Combat Fitness Test

Staff Sgt. Darell Thompson, the 98th Training Division NCO of the Year, was acknowledged by Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Priest as being the first known Soldier in the 108th Training Command to score a 600 on the Army Combat Fitness Test.

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From the 104th Training Division (LT) Commander

Hello Timberwolves,

The Army designated June as Army Heritage Month. The intent is to recognize and celebrate diversity, and to promote cohesion, teamwork, and esprit de corps in the total Army force. 

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From the 104th Command Sergeant Major

I am writing this article while sitting in my office on a Monday; extremely unusual as I should be at work, but I am at home today since it is the Memorial Day holiday. I realize when you read this it will be several months later, but I want to preface my surroundings in order for you to understand my thoughts on this day that means so much to so many of us who have and are currently serving.

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Initial Command Inspection Goes Virtual for 1st Brigade

AURORA, Colorado — From May 7 – 8, 2021, Col. Mark P. Dedrick, commander of 1st Brigade and his staff from all sections underwent a virtual initial command inspection, led by 104th Training Division Commanding General Brig. Gen. Rodney J. Fischer.

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Why I Chose to Compete

FORT KNOX, Kentucky — It was day three of 104th Training Division’s Best Warrior Competition at Ft. Knox and I was sitting in a chair, tired, nervous, and dehydrated from putting 42 miles under me in two and a half days; it was the middle of my board appearance and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Pierce asked me the following question: “Sgt. 1st Class Temple, why should we choose you as the face of the 104th Training Division, and to represent us as the (non-commissioned officer) of the year at the 108th Training Command’s Best Warrior Competition?” The following is a longer version of the answer I provided.

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Standing Out From the Crowd

FORT KNOX, Ky. — On March 18, 13 competitors from across the 104th Training Division (Leader Training) arrived at Fort Knox for the 104th Training Division Best Warrior Competition. 

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Challenging Oneself

FORT KNOX, Ky. — It was my privilege to represent my unit, the Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 319th Regiment, at the 104th Training Division’s annual Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Kentucky, this past March. 

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Cleaning Up and Giving Back

Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 104th Training Division (LT) is just three miles from the “Dog Street Cemetery” or “King’s Island Cemetery,” located in Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio, at the entrance to the King’s Island amusement park, approximately 25 miles NNE of Cincinnati.

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One Class at a Time at the Army Wellness Center

JOINT BASE LEWIS, MCCHORD, Wash. — One class at a time is usually what a college student thinks is a step closer to accomplishing all university requirements toward their desired degree and goals. In my case, I was actually thinking about my health. You see, back on April 27, 2020, I made a decision that changed my life completely. 

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Exhilaration Destination:

If a destination with open spaces and exhilarating adventure sounds enticing after a topsy-turvy 2020, immerse yourself in nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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This Year, See Vacation Differently

It’s a fast-paced world, and no one understands that better than military families. This year, slow down for your time off and experience a place like no other. 

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Award-Winning Fall Finds in the Heart of NC

For some “winning” is a room filled with trophies and medals — or that long awaited promotion. For others, it may be a houseful of family over the holidays. 

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Let Yourself Woah! On Your Next Leave, Leave Reality Behind

On your next leave, discover new adventures and alternate realities. Incredible thrills along with fabulous entertainment, great hotels and exceptional dining. 

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Plan Your Military Reunion in St. John’s County Florida

Welcome to Florida’s Historic Coast, home to the seaside resorts of Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. 

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Awaken Your Senses on Alabama’s Beaches

The smell of the salt air. The feeling of sand between your toes. The sound of music playing. And the taste of a sweet frozen cocktail. There are many sensations to experience when vacationing along the sugar-white sand beaches of Coastal Alabama.

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5 Tips To Help Reduce Eye Strain and Eliminate Screen Fatigue

As you read this article, you may be looking at a digital screen. Shortly after, you may check your email, complete some work-related tasks, see how many likes you got on your Instagram post, and then maybe you check the weather.

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Join the Future of Finance

Is financial freedom possible if the playing field isn’t level? What if there was an alternative form of money not controlled by governments or central banks that leveled the playing field for everyone?

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5 Ways to Boost Fertility Health Before Conception And Why It Matters

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We Are Never Truly Alone - Reach Out

I have never served in our armed forces, though both my grandfathers, uncles, and my dad are veterans. Our family never talked about what my dad went through when I was younger. 

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The Prevalence of Sleep Apnea Within the Military

Your squad all agrees; you’re a loud snorer. You smile and shake off the banter a couple of times, but they continue to bring it up night after night. Maybe you should stop and listen. It’s possible that they’re not just making you the butt of an easy joke. You may have sleep apnea.

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Read This Before You Begin a Higher Education Journey

Higher education advocates cite the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) findings that college graduates make, on average, twice as much a week as a high school graduate and have a 50 percent lower unemployment rate.

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TV Tips from the Pros: What You Really Need From Today’s TV Providers

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The Griffon Vol 45.2 Summer 2021

The Griffon Vol 45.2 Summer 2021
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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.