From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 09/15/2013

Thank you all for the warm welcome into the 108th. It’s truly my honor and privilege to be a part of this great unit. I have to tell you that after I got the call verifying my assignment, being a good intel weenie I started collecting information on the 108th. What I found was this unit has an absolutely stellar reputation. It consists of very talented and dedicated individuals who are providing significant and meaningful contributions to the missions of the command, USARC, TRADOC and the greater Army. I consider this to be a reflection of your skills, knowledge and expertise and the outstanding leadership of my predecessor. Maj. Gen. Stall ... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 09/15/2013

Recently I participated in a conference call with the Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, where the major topic of discussion was the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). I know I’ve discussed this topic in previous articles but evidently it’s time to revisit it. There seems to be an Army wide problem with Soldiers not being held to the APFT standards as outlined in TC 3-22.20, Appendix A. Soldiers are arriving at schools for training and when the APFT is administered using Army standards, many are failing. Many of these Soldiers pass the APFT at their home unit, but when they get to the school they fail. This leads us to beli... Read More...

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108th Training Command (IET) Changes Command
108<sup>th</sup> Training Command (IET) Changes Command

Master Sgt. Deborah P. Williams | 09/15/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — The time honored tradition of passing the Colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander was instrumental in a Change of Command Ceremony held on Victory Field here. Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, deputy commanding general, U. S. Army Reserve Command. During the opening ceremony, parade cannons sounded off and the outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall, 108th Training Command (IET), was presented an honorary shell casing to mark the occasion. The Commander of Troops, Col. Andrew Bassford, began the ceremony by forming the command. In keeping with military tradi... Read More...

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Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year
Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year

Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 09/15/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Command officials describe drill sergeants as “top-quality, professional noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from virtually all branches of the Army”. Their role is to turn citizens into Soldiers. Approximately 2,000 drill sergeants train 160,000 new Soldiers each year. What makes these individuals vital to the Army is their passion for the profession and the composite mastery of transitioning civilians to Soldiers. Six of the Army’s top drill sergeants spent the past week enduring a mentally and physically grueling competition to win top honors as the 2013 Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY). The days were long and ex... Read More...

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Army Reserve hopes to recruit more drill sergeants
Army Reserve hopes to recruit more drill sergeants

Aniesa Holmes | 09/15/2013

FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 10, 2013) — With a continuous need for leadership, U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeant recruiters are seeking men and women with a strong desire to guide and mentor future Soldiers. Recruiters from the 98th Training Division at Fort Benning said finding those drill sergeants requires a weekly effort. Part of their efforts include visiting the Army Career and Alumni Program to speak with Soldiers about the option of transitioning to Reserve status in the Army, which could lead to future drill sergeant positions. “Our strength is a little over 1,300 ... we’re constantly recruiting because some drill sergeants get ... Read More...

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Breaking Down Barriers
Breaking Down Barriers

David McLean | 09/15/2013

The drill sergeant is at the core of training recruits, taking them from civilian to Warrior. Both men and women drill sergeants from active duty and the reserves mold the new Soldiers into the force of today and the future. This position has been iconized in American military and media culture, with many males taking a lead role. The reserve component now has two female graduates that have taken the top graduate spot for the first time since the active duty and reserve joined together to train these pivotal leaders. Sergeant First Class Tracy Wilson-Goldwire and Staff Sgt. Charlene Peterson were awarded Distinguished Honor Graduate and... Read More...

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Inventing a Family Tradition
Inventing a Family Tradition

Wallace McBride | 09/15/2013

Sgt. Jesse Tuttle, Company B, 1-330th Infantry Regiment, graduated from the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School last week. His father, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Tuttle, was in the audience and no stranger to the grounds. Now assigned to Company C, 1-330th Infantry Regiment, the elder Tuttle graduated from the school in 2009. Both men are Army Reservists who reside in Fort Wayne, Ind. “I was very proud,” Michael said. “It was an excellent experience. Going through it yourself is a little bit different than watching your son or daughter go through it. A lot of pride instilled, knowing what they went through, what you went through and know... Read More...

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Maj. Jennifer K. Mack | 09/15/2013

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — As part of Task Force Cobra, 95th Soldiers are training here for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan for participation in the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A). Task Force (TF) Cobra is the third iteration to assist in NTM-A. It will replace TF Griffon who deployed in 2012 relieving TF Scorpion. Once Cobra Soldiers are in country, they will be tasked to various locations. Most will serve as police advisors at military training centers throughout Afghanistan and a small contingency will actually work as advisors to key leaders. 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.

  • 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.