Veteran Appreciation Golf Tournament

Veteran, join us for golf clinic, lunch  and 18 holes of golf—on us!Veteran Appreciation Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach
REGISTRATION:  Saturday 22 March 2014 starting at 7:00 AM
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From the Commanding General

Webster defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness; an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. I’ve often wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of challenges, while others seem to fall apart? People that are able to keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks. Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover.

I can’t overstate the importance of resilience among our Soldiers, civilians and Family members. The term has come into the Army lexicon as a way to ensure we all stay healthy and committed to our duties, to remain socially, spiritually, and emotionally aware. The Army has developed a long term strategy that better prepares the Army community - including all Soldiers, Family members, and the civilian workforce - to not only survive, but also thrive in the face of all the everyday challenges of Army life that are common now.

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From the Command Sergeant Major...

My tenure at the 108th Training Command (IET) is winding down and I would like to finish my last few articles with remembering our fallen Soldiers. I had the honor to serve in the 3rd Iraqi Infantry Division with Master Sgt. Paul Karpowich, Lt. Col. Terrence Crowe and Sgt. 1st Class Robert V. Derenda in Iraq from 2004 – 2005.

In this article I want to remember Derenda. Robert “Bob” Derenda was a native of Cheektowaga, N.Y., near Buffalo, N.Y., Bob entered the Army in 1986 and served five years active duty and then in 1991 he joined the U.S. Army Reserve in Buffalo, as a drill sergeant where he drilled for the next 10 years. He then joined the 3-398th, 100th Division in 2003. He was a graduate of The Citadel and a graduate of the University of Buffalo and received a degree in Psychology and later returned to receive a degree in Chemical Engineering. As a civilian he worked at Celanese Chemical Ltd. in Calvert City, Ky., as a Chemical Engineer.

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4th Brigade kicks off Drill Sergeant Preparation Program

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Drill Sergeant Candidates from 4th Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET), participated in the inaugural Brigade Drill Sergeant Preparation Program Dec. 6-8. The Drill Sergeant Preparation Program is designed to standardize candidate knowledge and produce equal candidates that will have the knowledge and tools to succeed at Drill Sergeant School.

The 37 Drill Sergeant Candidates completed an administrative and medical review, Army Physical Fitness Test (graded to Drill Sergeant School standards), and practiced pitching Drill Sergeant “Modules” in topics such as rendering a salute and standing at the position of attention. 

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Last U.S. Army Reserve Cavalry Unit

LEWISBURG, Ky. — Stetsons and spurs are the signature items of the U.S. Calvary. They no longer mount and ride horses, but instead take to the ground and sky in vehicles that make them an essential force multiplier. The Troopers of the 2-398th Cavalry Regiment have another signature item of distinction; they are the last Cavalry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve.

The last is not to be the least, as this squadron has a vital mission to train Soldiers. They will be taking over the One Station Unit Training (OSUT) mission for the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., during part of the 2014 summer cycle.

With the warm, Georgia summer still in the distance, the cold weather of December ground brings most of the activity in the state to a halt. Troopers of the 2-398th braved the elements to meet in Lewisburg, Ky., as an entire squadron to discuss their upcoming mission. This is the first time the squadron has met as a whole, as the 2-398th Cavalry is comprised of 10 Troops (companies) that come from Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Military Advisory Group (MAG) Duties in Afghanistan

FORT DIX, N.J. — The “Army of Two”—Col. Todd Arnold, 98th Training Division (IET), and Col. Jesse White, Task Force Panther, Detachment 106, reported for duty at Fort Dix, N.J. on October 1, 2013 and for nine months served in Afghanistan as advisory members for the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Command under the Military Advisory Group (MAG). The Advisory Team was responsible for the transition of the Afghan National Army General Staff- Adjutant (G1) and Plans (G5) section-- ensuring the organizations would be self-sufficient and prepared for the future role of Afghanistan in regional security missions and international relations.

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Modern Army Combatives Program

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — This December Battle Assembly consisted of Combatives Level 1 Certification, lead by Staff Sgt. C. Denney, NCOIC, and Sgt. Benavente, assistant NCOIC, along with Delta Company Drill Sergeants. The highly motivated class from the 6252nd U.S. Army Hospital (USAH), 315th MP Bn, 7214th Medical Support Unit (MSU), and 7230th MSU made it all possible for this event to happen. Delta Company 2/413th Regiment held this event 12-15 December 2013 at Admiral Baker Road, Reserve Center, San Diego, Calif. The course had 24 Soldiers who gave 110% starting with warm ups, then body positions, drills, and strikes.

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Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC)

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — An Army Reserve Drill Sergeant became the first Army Reserve Soldier inducted into the Training and Doctrine Command’s Fort Jackson Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Drill Sergeant Leader Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Torres, from the Consolidated U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School, is the first Army Reserve Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) selected for induction into the Fort Jackson Chapter. He was among three new members added Dec. 10.

Torres is an Active Guard Reserve Soldier, part of a team consisting of both active and reserve component members.

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The Lone Ranger

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — How do you measure success? And does success have the same criteria for every person; no matter age, gender or experience level? The military too often defines success by the simplistic formula of “First Time Go” statuses. This method of evaluation limits the improvement of the trainees that are proficient at whatever task is being graded. It is common to remove an adept Soldier from the firing line or field exercise to allow for lesser skilled Soldiers to have more opportunities to qualify. Moreover, the “Go” status becomes the focus of training, rather than honing or enhancing a tactical skill-set; which is essential for combat and more importantly, survival.

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PULL! PULL! PULL!

JERICHO, Vt. — Pull! Pull! Pull! The battle for the Inaugural 1-391st Timberwolf Cup came down to the final event, the Tug of War. The Maine and Vermont units were neck and neck after three hard days (and into the night) competition by A Co from Fort Dix N.J., Detachment (Det.) 1 from Bangor, Maine, Det. 2 from Colchester, Vt., and Det. 3 from Rochester, N.Y. It was a brutal struggle which lasted minutes, but to the Soldiers pulling on the rope it seemed like hours. In the end, Det. 1 dragged Det. 2 across the midline and claimed the Timberwolf Cup for 2013-14.
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Mentorship

CHICAGO, Ill. — “Growing up I never knew my biological dad,” said Staff Sgt. Dennis Howard, a drill sergeant, from the 2/330th, 95th Training Division (IET). “My foster dad was my mentor,” said Howard. “He guided me through the decision making process.”

The Steve Harvey Mentorship Program sends a very powerful message, said Howard, and it has a very powerful influence on the young men in attendance here in Chicago.” Read More »

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Chief of Army Reserve Holds Town Hall with 95th Soldiers

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR), Lt. Gen. Jeff Talley, visited 95th Training Division (IET) Soldiers in Lincoln on Nov. 14. The CAR was scheduled to speak at the University of Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 15, and he took the opportunity to conduct two town hall meetings with Reserve Soldiers and civilians while visiting the state.

Talley met with Soldiers from the 2/377, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET), to discuss issues relevant to the Reserve Component. Other 95th leaders present for Talley’s visit were the Division Commanding General, Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Hill; Col. Frank Curtis and Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Engel, 1st Brigade; Lt. Col. Dan Higgins and Command Sgt. Major Shawn O’Neill, 2/377 Regiment.

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All-American Soldier Mentor Challenge

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Players, band members, Soldiers and guest gather in San Antonio’s famous Sunset Station Pavilion on Jan. 2nd for one of the All-American Bowls most anticipated events.

The All-American Challenge is a Bowl tradition where players and band members meet their U.S. Army Soldier Mentors.

Among the mentors is Staff Sgt Ryan McCaffrey, Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year, from the 98th Training Division (IET). The evening begins with introductions and a friendly East vs West competition.

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Army Strong Zone

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Interactive displays filled the renowned Sunset Station Pavilion in San Antonio, Texas on January 3-4 2014. Known to event goers as the U.S. Army Strong Zone, visitors travel from all over to attend the two day event. This high traffic bowl event featured some of the Army’s most elite technology. Free to the public this event was not only educating but also provided Family entertainment, games and food booths.

The U.S. Army Strong Zone provided attendees with an experience into the Army Strong way of life and job opportunities the Army offers.

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Giving Back: Army Strong

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The acronym that the U.S. Army uses to convey its core values is Leadership, (Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage). They define who we are, what we do, and what we stand for. The Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in America.

Through Army ROTC, students gain a mental, emotional and physical strength like: strength to be an effective part of a team, strength to lead and strength to excel. The U.S. Active Army, Army Reserve and Army ROTC are three of the Nation’s strongest teams. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl (AAB) showcases the education opportunities, training and leadership skills the Army has to offer.

“I think it’s so good for the Army to partner with the youth and give back to the community because they’re young (17&18) and being able to speak with a Soldier helps to give them a perspective of what kind of options they can have later in life,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Keschel, 5th Recruiting Brigade in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The U.S. Army All-American Bowl not only encompasses a game but a week of Army sponsored events. The U.S. Army has been the title sponsor of the All-American Bowl (AAB) since 2002. For more than a decade, the colors of the U.S. Army-the Nation’s most versatile and capable team- have heralded the All-American Bowl as the premier high school football game in the Nation.

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Timberwolf Pups

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — World War II Veterans of the 104th Timberwolf Division have gathered for a reunion every Labor Day weekend for the past 69 years. These men began gathering in 1945 and during the 1980’s and 90’s the number of Veterans and Families who came together peaked at over 1,400. This past Labor Day current members of the 104th Division were represented by Brig. Gen. Kurt Hardin, commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Loera, command sergeant major, 104th Training Division (LT), as they attended the reunion and memorial services as a show of support.

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Drill Sergeants Judge High School JROTC

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Four Drill Sergeants from Delta Company were judges for the JROTC Drill Ceremony competition. It was held at Madison High School on Saturday, 14 December 2013 at 0800 hours.

Drill Sergeants from D Co. observed and noted techniques from 13 different high school JROTC competitors in BDI, or Best Drill Individual Color Guard, and many other categories. The competitors were graded in executing numerous facing movements performed during Military Drill and Ceremony. Job well done to the JROTC competitors and the judges, Sgt. Garcia, Staff Sgt. Mata, Sgt.1st Class L. Burr, and Sgt. 1st Class Y. Burr who closely observed these competitors. Read More »

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I Was Born To Do This

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — On the morning of August, 1937 just months after the bridge had opened, Harold Wobber, a 47 year old bargeman, took a bus to the North West side of San Francisco. He was en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. While on the bus he met a college professor from Connecticut that was vacationing in the city. They had a pleasant conversation while en route to the bridge. Upon arrival the two men exited the bus and made their way to the east sidewalk of the bridge.

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There is a hand waiting for you. Reach out and take hold of it.

We are all familiar with physical endurance - resiliency. It’s part of a Soldier’s way of life and is nestled in our core competencies. The APFT is a test of our physical endurance. In as much, we have all experienced muscle failure. In fact, when building our physical resilience, we train in a cycle of muscle failure, rest, repeat the exercise. We recognize muscle failure as part of a process and necessary to achieve muscular strength.

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Army Reserve changes commanders

Command of the Army Reserve’s 95th Division passed from Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty to Col. Daniel J. Christian in a ceremony here Saturday.

The 95th Division headquarters is in the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fort Sill, but it has brigades in four states and a presence in 28 of the 50 states. The four brigades are in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Washington state and 1st Brigade, 95th Division, which is also headquartered here.

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From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander...

Soldiers and Warriors of the 95th Training Division, I want to thank you for the warm welcome to the 95th Training Division, The Iron Men of Metz Family. I am very humble to follow in the path of Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty, a true warrior that has clearly carved out a viable and strong path for the Division. His stewardship and leadership will be big shoes to fill for a second time.

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95th JAG Receives Award from his Peers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 95th Training Division (IET) at Fort Sill, Okla., has received the 2013 Professional Advocate Award for Prosecutor by the Criminal Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA).

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Civilian Lawyers Learn Military Law

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) used movie night showing the film A Few Good Men to teach military law to civilians. Following the movie, a panel of military lawyers including Lt. Col. Robert Don Gifford, 95th Training Division (IET) judge advocate general answered questions for attendees.

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3rd Bn/ 415th Regt/ 95th Training Division (IET) Holds Best Warrior Competition

SPOKANE, Wash.— On Nov. 22, 2013, the 3rd Bn/ 415th Regt. held its annual Best Warrior Competition (BWC). Six Soldiers participated in the competition. Events included a formal board, Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), essay, and written exam. Competitors also demonstrated their knowledge of weapons assembly and function checks on the M260 Rocket Launcher, M249 SAW, M16, and M9.

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NRA/CMP National Championship M1 Garand Match

CAMP PERRY, Ohio — At 0500 on the 2nd of August 2013, I departed for Camp Perry. Six hours and 342 miles later, I rolled through the main gate. There is a laundry list of things that must be done when a competitor descends upon the hallowed grounds of marksmanship: shooter registration, receive score cards, name stickers and range road and U.S. military trailers information packet.

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What do Tony the Tiger and the Soldiers from the 1-334th Battalion have in common?

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — They all proudly displayed their stripes during the Battalion Dining Out that was held at Kellogg’s Headquarters in Battle Creek, Mich.

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ESGR - A National Voice for the Guard and Reserve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). By any measurable standard, a noble business objective of support for those enduring the most hardship and sacrifice in securing the freedoms we cherish as a nation. But for ESGR, more than an objective, it is our dedicated mission.

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3rd Bn/ 415th Regt/ 95th Division (IET) Changes Command

SPOKANE, Wash. — Maj. Ryan Smith of Spokane, Wash. took command 23 November 2013 of the U.S. Army Reserve 3rd Battalion 415th Regiment 95th Training Division (IET).

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Salute to Veterans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Originally a day honoring the close of World War I, this Veterans Day marks the 95th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, for which President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919. With a proclamation by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954, the armistice signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, November 11, became Veterans Day, a national holiday honoring all U.S. Veterans.

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Army Reserve Drill Sergeants bring ‘Army Strong’ to World’s Toughest Mudder Competition

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — When the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment was tasked to provide drill sergeants to support the World’s Toughest Mudder event here Nov. 15-17, they were asked to offer “kinder, gentler” motivation to event competitors.

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Coin Design Competition

The Department of the Army is once again allowing units to purchase specialized coins to present as an impact award, and Maj. Gen. Purser is requesting the coin to be designed by someone assigned to or working for the 108th Training Command (IET) and its subordinate units.

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Nature: To be enjoyed

Romans 1:20 (NLT) “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

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Nuggets to keep you informed

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U.S. Army Reserve “Battle Buddy” App

Through efforts over the past several months, the Army Reserve has taken many steps to make suicide awareness and prevention even more accessible to Soldiers by developing the “Battle Buddy” App.

The Army Reserve “Battle Buddy” App, released for use on iPhones, iPads and Android Smartphones is available for free download from the respective App Stores. The “Battle Buddy” App provides information and tools needed to assist in suicide intervention and other crisis situations.

To download the free app, go to your free apps and search “Battle Buddy” and click on install. If you experience problems contact your carrier for instructions on how to download the app.

Remember you make a difference – Pass it on!

Crisis Intervention and Other Resources

  • Emergency - 911
  • Military Crisis Line - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - Press 1
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Military One Source - 1-800-342-9647
  • The Defense Center of Excellence (DCoE) - 1-866-966-1020
  • Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline - 1-800-984-8523

 

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Do you want to be a Unit Public Affairs Representative?

As the 108th Training Command (IET) continues to grow, it will be difficult for the Public Affairs Staff to visit each brigade, battalion and company to cover news events. Public Affairs is the responsibility of commanders and Soldiers alike.

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Scholarships Available From 108TH Griffon Association

One of the primary objectives of the 108th Griffon Association is to support the 108th Training Command with scholarship monies for individual soldiers and their families.

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5 tips for finding a great rental home

This content is provided courtesy of USAA.

The recent price upswing in the housing market is causing some Americans to put the dream of homeownership on hold. And according to the professionals, that’s not necessarily a bad decision.

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Moving: Uncle Sam could help pick up the tab

If you’ve ever moved, you know how quickly expenses can add up. Fortunately, Uncle Sam may be able to lighten your financial load by defraying some of the moving costs.

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The tax advantages of college gifting

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Looking back on your life, you’re hopeful that the lives of your children and grandchildren will be better than your own. You’ve worked hard for years to provide for your family and to give them a bright future.

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Retail Store Credit Cards: Friend or Foe?

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Does the thought of going on a shopping spree now and paying for it later bring a smile to your face? You consciously monitor your spending, but when you see the latest smartphone hit the shelves, it’s hard not to want it — along with the latest tablet. While you’re at it, how about that huge plasma TV you’ve been eyeing, even though you haven’t been able to save enough to buy it?

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7 Survival Tips for Renting Out Your Home

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Though the housing market has started to recover, many homeowners still may find their homes aren’t selling as quickly as anticipated. If your home is lingering on the market, your best option may be to rent it out — you are about to become a reluctant landlord.

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Becoming an excellent online student

Education trends in the United States continue to show movement to the online environment. At the post-secondary level, colleges and universities are offering more online courses and programs than ever before because students are continuing to appreciate the flexibility, accessibility and content delivery online offers.

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Putting a Face on the Pledge and a Heart Behind the Donation:

Military homeschool families face unique challenges as they move, live through separation, and struggle to keep stability in the family. Sometimes the only certain thing for these families is the uncertainty.

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Wet ‘n Wild wants you to Share the rush!

Thrills are for sharing! Wet ‘n Wild gives you more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark around. Disco H2OTM, Brain WashTM, Flyer, The Black HoleTM: The Next Generation and more high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person adventures that let you feel the fun and Share the Rush! Only Wet ‘n Wild offers the kind of themed thrills, over-the-top excitement and shared experiences that appeal to all types.

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Vacation Like You Mean It At Universal Orlando® Resort

You’ll find one-of-a-kind thrills and entertainment for every member of the family this spring at Universal Orlando® Resort’s two amazing theme parks. You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to experience a real taste of the Big Easy. On Saturdays and select nights from Feb. 8 - May 31, Universal Studios Florida’s annual Mardi Gras celebration brings all the music and traditions to life in a fun, family-friendly environment. Over 20 event nights you can enjoy a colorful parade with beads by the handful, authentic Zydeco bands from Louisiana, sizzling Cajun cuisine, and live concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. All the Mardi Gras festivities (except for the food) are included in your theme park admission. For the latest Mardi Gras concert lineup, visit UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

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Santa Fe College’s teaching zoo

Nearly 30,000 people a year come through the gates to visit a unique site on the Santa Fe College campus, a teaching zoo. The program is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States and the students learn what it will take to be a zookeeper. The animals range from alligators to tree climbing kangaroos, which, oddly enough, are not really great climbers. Each trip to the zoo comes with a guided tour led by one of the students. The lush tree canopy makes the zoo a year round attraction great for all ages. To learn more about the zoo visit www.sfcollege.edu/zoo.

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Military discounts and things to see in Pooler

Just have fun! Amusement parks and more are in Pooler, just minutes from Hunter Army Airfield and Savannah.

You’ve earned a break! Come to Pooler, where we have great, affordable hotels, lots of attractions, and a short drive to Tybee and other beaches. Plus, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield’s PX are nearby.

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Biloxi, Mississippi Travel Guide

Courtesy of www.go-mississippi.com

Biloxi is located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Due to its strategic location, it has witnessed a variety of cultures take hold over the years. Once home to the Biloxi Indians, the French arrived in the late 1600s, and then the Spanish held strong positions. In fact, remnants of Spanish dominance can still be experienced, with a visit to the Old Spanish Fort in nearby Pascagoula.

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Bring your family to the Alabama Gulf Coast

The transformation begins the moment your toes touch our sugar-white sand and you hear the sound of waves lapping the shore. Suddenly, you’re in a whole different state of connection. Life seems to slow down, senses are magnified and families are strengthened in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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Springtime in Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

In rural, peaceful Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you can be as lazy or as busy, as you like! For the active and the not so active, here’s a taste of the many things you can do and events you may attend this spring.

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Nature, Fitness Help Make McKinney One of the Healthiest Cities in Texas

McKinney is known throughout Texas for its historic downtown square, but it is also gaining notoriety around the state as one of its healthiest cities. The city’s mixture of natural settings, wide variety of fitness options and growing foodie movement combine to give residents and visitors alike plenty of healthy choices within McKinney’s borders.

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Pearland - Perfectly Placed for Outdoor Fun

Pearland is perfectly placed in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas, within 10 miles of Houston and Hobby Airport. You’ll find it’s the perfect pick to stay for a weekend getaway filled with plenty to do to enjoy the outdoors.

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Two Days in Seattle, Endless Family Fun

Seattle attracts more than 10 million visitors per year and is known world-wide for its stunning setting and urban sophistication. But, many first-time visitors are surprised to also find a rich array of family attractions that make for an ideal getaway for kids and adults alike.

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Heartwood: A Place to Relax and Start Your Journey

Usually the music at Heartwood gets started around 6:30 on Thursday nights, and it’s usually free. Sometimes it’s a performance on the stage; sometimes it’s down in front of the stage, a jam session that’s open to anyone with a bluegrass or old-time instrument who wants to join in.

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Southwest Virginia: The Home You Always Knew You Had

Sometimes life seems too complicated, and you wish you could step into a simpler American culture, more rooted, more connected to all the things we seem to have forgotten in the rush of modern life.

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Orange County: See everything

Step back in time in beautiful Orange County, Virginia. Established in 1734 and named in Honor of William, Prince of Orange, and husband of Anne, Princess Royal of England, Orange County was once known as the largest Virginia County ever formed with county lines stretching to the Mississippi River on the West and the Great Lakes to the North. Orange County now encompasses the central piedmont region in Virginia nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Authentic Events in Wytheville Offer Authentic Experiences

Wytheville has a variety of attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy. But, a great way to truly see the flavor and authenticity of the area is through the many festivals and special events that are held throughout the year. The activities mentioned below fill the spring, summer, and fall with a wealth of interesting, enjoyable, and educational opportunities for the entire family.

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Create Your Experience in Butler County, Pennsylvania

Just north of Pittsburgh, Butler County, Pennsylvania boasts a scenic landscape of rolling hills and quaint towns easily accessed via the PA Turnpike, I-79, I-80 and Routes 422, 19 and 8. If you want to see a Pirates game, it’s just a 20 minute drive from Cranberry Township. Cranberry has tons of hotel options, and you don’t have to worry about the stress or cost of parking. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and shops there to keep you busy.

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Cabarrus County is North Carolina’s Hot Spot for Horsepower

Located in North Carolina’s southern piedmont just north of Charlotte, Cabarrus County is one of the most vibrant visitor destinations in the United States. Our unique attractions, favorable climate and southern hospitality make Cabarrus County a fan favorite. These spring and summer seasons are sure to keep visitors in high gear, but with year-round options for entertainment, it’s always a great time to visit “Where Racing Lives!”

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Heart of North Carolina

Welcome to the gently rolling hills, river valleys, forests and ridges of Randolph County, the geographic “heart” of North Carolina!

Randolph has been at the crossroads of history since the 17th century when explorers first arrived along the Great Indian Trading Path. Every variety of religion, creed, and color could be found in the county from its creation in 1779, with combinations that often proved volatile. From the Uwharrie Mountains in the west to the Deep River Valley on the east, Randolph has been home to powerful opposing forces.

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Discover Historic Hendersonville, NC

Historic Hendersonville offers cool mountains and warm southern hospitality. Hendersonville is located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, 2200 feet above sea level.

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Experience the beauty of spring at the Billy Graham Library

Come enjoy the newness of spring at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stroll through beautiful grounds spotted with rhododendrons, crape myrtles, and azaleas and be a part of several special events, including a fun-filled family Easter celebration and the Ladies Tea and Tour.

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The Charms of Charleston

It’s time to start planning your next fun-in-the-sun summer vacation! How about a coastal, family-friendly destination? In Charleston, South Carolina, you’ll discover scenic beaches, a historic downtown, plus unlimited hours of recreation through waterparks, beach parks, fishing piers, camping and marsh-front vacation cottages.

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Berkeley: Rich in nature and history

If you’re looking for a new type of adventure, come to Berkeley County. Berkeley County is rich with history, natural beauty, and culture; it is a great getaway. Berkeley County settled in the late seventeen hundreds by English and French Huguenots, has had a rich history with Revolutionary War Heroes and all in between from Plantation life to Bootlegging.

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The Griffon Vol. 38.1 (Spring 2014)

The Griffon Vol. 38.1 (Spring 2014)
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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.