Greetings to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the 108th Training Command!

As we move out of the traditional holiday season and into this New Year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the dedication and flexibility you show as we drive on to complete each and every mission put before us. CoVid-19 stretched us in ways we never imagined and yet you as Instructors, Drill Sergeants, Leaders, and Support Staff meet each challenge with professionalism and an innovative spirit that not only allows us success, but keeps us safe at the same time.

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Army 10-Miler

The Army 10-Miler looked different this year as each of us ran our own individual races, in our own towns, through our own neighborhoods, and sometimes, with our own families!

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Year of the Female Drill Sergeant

For more than two centuries, women have been contributing to the success of the Army. A concerted effort has gone into preserving the stories and impact of those efforts through organizations like the U.S. Army Women’s Museum and the Women in Military Service for America (W.I.M.S.A.) for decades. More recently, Army stories celebrating the success of female Soldiers have found their way into mainstream media in the past five years; we have openly celebrated Army women across all ranks as they break down barriers in combat military occupational specialties and training courses like Ranger School and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

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Green Tab Huddle Builds 108th Team

Top leadership from across the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) footprint met at Fort Benning, Georgia December 4-6, 2020 for the 108th Green Tab Huddle.

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From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

Our Army needs victors, those who are focused and know how to succeed. I recently had the opportunity to tour the National Infantry Museum again, and I spent some time in the Hall of Heroes, a display of Medal of Honor winners from throughout our Nation’s history. If you ever read the citation for Medal of Honor winners, it is clear that though faced with dire circumstances, these Soldiers and Servicemen took action in the face of adversity and made a difference. 

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The Journey of a Vision

“One day God spoke to me and said, ‘Go to Africa.’ And I literally did just that.”

It really was that simple. In 2000, Alfie Jelks said he boarded a plane to Uganda with nothing more than the desire to help people, a man’s name and a few suitcases full of humanitarian aid.

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SGM Discovers the Formula to Success and Endurance

She joined the Army as a Chemical Operations Specialist and with movie-like expectations, this 17-year-old Soldier figured she’d “come up with some type of formula that was going to be amazing."

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From the 104th Training Division (LT) Commander

Hello Timberwolves,

In my civilian position, I work with the Space and Missile Defense Command. In this position, my focus is on helping the Army determine how to use space capabilities to fight in the future—2030 and beyond. In this article, I will provide my perspective how the Army will fight in the future and how the 104th Training Division’s role as trainers of future leaders can shape this future.

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Commit to Persevere

I honestly can’t remember the first time I was told the phrase; but, I can tell you that I have always tried to live my life by “if someone tells you ‘NO I can’t help’, you are talking to the wrong person”. It’s not about being radical, working outside of the regulations or not following the rules by not heeding the response. I am referring to staying committed to accomplishing legitimate goals and taking appropriate care of Soldiers instead of letting the word “no” stop you. As I look back on my career to this point, following this simple rule has helped me with more of my Soldiers than I can count.

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Asst. Professors of Military Science Step Up

Majors Dan Morse, Tim Murray, Jen Nam, Ben Raphael, Matt Sardo, and Capt. Greg Dempsey took the lead on training a select group of Cadets at the University of California – Berkeley during the 2020 summer session, providing much needed relief for the short-handed active duty (AD) staff. 

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Boo Ninja and Task Force North Alabama

On October 21, 2020, the 4-399th REGT Reserve Soldiers of Ft. Knox, Ky., set out for Ft. McClellan, Alabama, to help train Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets. This training is essential for third year ROTC Cadets to be commissioned as officers in the U.S. military. 

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New 104th Training Division (LT) Inspectors General Engage in Alternative Virtual Learning

What do a Combat Medic and a Logistics Officer have in common? They are both newly assigned Inspectors General (IG) to the 104th Training Division (LT). Master Sgt. Craig Thibault and Capt. Chloe Chung joined the Timberwolves’ IG Office in the summer of 2020. After several months on the waiting list, they were able to secure a reserved seat for the IG Basic Course through Alternative Virtual Learning (AVL).

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Competition and Camaraderie

The BWC is an annual competition that brings together the best Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve to earn the title of “Best Warrior” among their peers. 

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TF NORCAL

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FTX Ferguson

November 7 and 8th over 160 ROTC Cadets from the University of Virginia were given instruction and support from Drill Sergeants from the 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, 2nd Brigade during a Field Training Exercise. 

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Task Force Oregon

In October of 2020, Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 414th Regiment, 1st Brigade came together at Camp Rilea, Oregon, to support Task Force (TF) Oregon, a “mega FTX” supporting three Oregon university ROTC programs over four days in an effort to replace the lost training opportunities for Cadets from the cancelled Cadet Summer Training (CST) of 2020. 

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Operation Agile Leader — The Citadel

Trainers from Alpha Company, 3-414th Infantry Regiment (CST) also known as “Young Guns” were given a unique opportunity to support the Military College of South Carolina, commonly known as the Citadel.

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Whatever Happened to Strong Bonds?

Ever heard the phrase “back in my day” or “when it was good”? Strong Bonds is one of those programs that has evolved as the Army as evolved. Back in my day, we had three-day events at resort style hotels, family members were compensated for travel, food, and everything else. 

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News from the 108th Griffon Association

Dear Griffon Association Member,

The Griffon Association, like all of you persevered through a very difficult year in 2020. 

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Ask the Appliance Experts:

A smart appliance leverages connectivity to enhance the user experience in a meaningful way by providing peace of mind, simplifying an existing process and offering customization. 

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Your Vehicle Could Have a Recall

More than 1 in 5 vehicles on the road today has an open recall.

Does yours?

 

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Take Leave of the Predictable

You need R&R with your family like never before. You work hard and you deserve a break. It’s time to relax and let loose with the ones you love at Universal Orlando Resort, where a vacation actually feels like a vacation.

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Atlantis, Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Legendary resort.
Timeless memories.

 

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We’re All Ready for Outdoor Time...Get Back to the Mountains in Sevierville

This year, get back to feeling like yourself again, spending time with those you love, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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13 Ways to Get Outdoors NOW Including the World’s Largest Zoo

Just a few hours from Fayetteville, the Heart of North Carolina offers budget-friendly experiences including multiple hiking trails, local dining, exploring historic sites, flying among the treetops, and visiting the world’s largest natural habitat zoo.

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In a Technology-Driven World, Dock Your Devices and Head to Hendersonville, N.C.

Some destinations tout theme parks, upscale hotels or five-star restaurants as the reason to visit. For Hendersonville, North Carolina, acres of unspoiled nature and beautiful countryside are the main attraction. 

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Experience Nature, Food, Arts in Putnam County

Putnam County, West Virginia offers an unexpected experience, in the best way. Our county features over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, a privately-run obstacle course that hosts race events year-round, and endless possibilities across several outdoor venues that feature wide-open spaces.

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The Griffon 44.4 Winter 2021

The Griffon 44.4 Winter 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.