From the Commanding General...
From the Commanding General...

By Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 02/20/2013

Well, it seems like we avoided the fiscal cliff, at least for now. There are still many reductions that will occur and we will see some significant belt tightening as the Department of Defense continues to look for ways to economize to meet the new budgetary targets. The Army Reserve is currently well situated from a financially and end-strength perspective, with the force’s operational tempo expected to stay pretty much steady state. Lt. Gen. Talley recently stated that he did not see any big changes coming for the Army Reserve as a whole. The Army Reserve is slated to reduce by 1,000 Soldiers, and that has not changed from last year. The R... Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major...
From the Command Sergeant Major...

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 02/20/2013

The Divisions of the 108th Training Command have had a decade of experience training foreign Soldiers. Starting in 2003, the 95th Training Division was called on to advise and assist Soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA). The 98th Training Division was called on in 2004 to mobilize Soldiers for Operation Iraqi Freedom for a mission known as the Foreign Army Training Assistance Command (FA-TRAC) which consisted primarily of training the new Iraqi Army and Iraqi security forces. Also during that period, selected Soldiers from the 104th Training Division were tasked with instructing units of the new Iraqi Army. In 2008, the 108th Training ... Read More...

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Headquarters, 98th Training Division (IET) Changes Command
Headquarters, 98th Training Division (IET) Changes Command

By Master Sgt. Deborah P. Williams | 02/20/2013

COLUMBUS, Ga. ­— Four brigades stood ready to conduct the time honored tradition of passing the Colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander in a Change of Command Ceremony held at the historic National Infantry Museum. Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall, commanding general, 108th Training Command (IET). The Adjutant began the ceremony by forming the command. Commander of Troops, Col. Bart E. Stovicek, escorted the reviewing party on an inspection of the troops. “Trooping of the Line”, dates back hundreds of years. It was used for the commander to review his/her troops’ condition and state of rea... Read More...

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The 108th plays a part in Making History
The 108th plays a part in Making History

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 02/20/2013

FORT MEADE, Md. — On the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 18, the silence of the brisk winter air was interrupted by the metrical sounds of boots echoing off the pavement and in-between the rows of buildings and homes on Fort Meade, Maryland. Marching in perfect time were Soldiers representing the U.S. Army Reserve, rehearsing and preparing to march in the 57th Presidential Inauguration Parade. Pealing in, every so often, was the voice of Sgt. 1st Class Rodger Stewart. Left, left, left right. A simple sound of harmony and an all too familiar cadence that spoke to each and every Soldier. For this occasion is expected to be a “once in a life... Read More...

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Task Force Marshall
Task Force Marshall

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 02/20/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Currently, there are thousands of Sailors serving “boots on ground” performing duties from detainee operations to serving as dentists and doctors. Of these Sailors, several thousands of them are individual augmentees (IA) filling joint or Army positions. Unlike a Sailor that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, IAs leave their assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group. In an effort to ensure that these Sailors receive the training they need prior to deployment, IAs receive INCONUS basic combat skills training conducted by Army Drill Instructors. In January 2006, Task Force Marshall (T... Read More...

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By Mrs. Deborah P. Williams | 02/20/2013

FORT LEE, Va.— Explosions and gun fire destroyed the silence of the early pre-dawn hours. Soldiers in battle gear ran across the field searching for casualties. Welcome to the 2012 annual Department of the Army Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Best Warrior Competition (BWC). One of the most anticipated events of the year. After winning at the USARC-level BWC in July, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Rios, a drill sergeant with the 98th Training Division (IET), assigned as a training instructor with the 78th Training Battalion, 84th Training Command, headed to Fort Dix, N.J., for seven weeks of intensive training and preparation for t... Read More...

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The Happiest Man in the World
The Happiest Man in the World

By Maj. Jennifer K. Cotten | 02/20/2013

Soldiers are never happier than when they’re on a mission. That same ethic drives citizen-Soldiers in their civilian lives as well. Staff Sgt. Ryan Slomp, a Reserve Soldier and drill sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 330th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) in Portage, Mich., is just such a citizen-Soldier. In addition to his Reserve duty, Slomp works three other part-time jobs to serve his community and support his Family. I sat down recently with Slomp for what I expected to be a fairly routine interview for a 2X Citizen profile in The Griffon. I left feeling confident that the future of the Army Reserve – and A... Read More...

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Hickory Drill Sergeants deck the halls
Hickory Drill Sergeants deck the halls

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 02/20/2013

HICKORY, N.C. — For some Families, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year. Quite often, Families are faced with unforeseen illnesses or injuries that change their lives. When Families are typically at home preparing for the holidays, a number of Families sit anxiously by the foot of their loved ones hospital bed. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Soldiers from the 3/518th, 98th Training Division (IET), helped make the season a bit more merry and bright for local residents of the Frye Medical Center who may not have the opportunity to spend the holidays at home. 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.