The Third Envelope

So, the story goes something like this:

A fellow had just been selected as the new commander of a large training command. The outgoing commander who was moving on met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. “Open these if you run up against a problem you don’t think you can solve,” he said.

Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, command operations took a downturn and the new commander was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit’s end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, “Blame your predecessor.”

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From the Command Sergeant Major...

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 98th Training Division’s Modern Army Combatives Academy and participate in the Basic Combatives Course at Fort Dix, N.J. The course is run by a highly professional staff, which included my instructor, Staff Sgt. Sang Troung, the Combatives NCOIC, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Manzanares and the OIC, Maj. Tim Greenway. The academy trains hundreds of Soldiers a year at Fort Dix. The Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) Strategic Vision states, “The Modern Army Combatives Program kindles the flame of the Warrior Ethos by providing relevant combatives training to ensure every Soldier is tough and adaptive to changing conditions, more confident in their abilities, and equipped with the tools necessary to dominate their environment.” I can say, as a participant in the course, that the instructors accomplished their mission by instilling these values in me and my fellow Soldiers in my class. If I had received combatives training years ago, I would have been better prepared for my deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After the week I spent with Troung, I AM a better Soldier.

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108th Best Warrior Spirit

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The title of 108th Best Warrior may be what draws them --- but it’s the “Warrior Spirit” that will inspire them.

Strength, determination, courage and loyalty. These are but a few of the words Brig. Gen. “Mikey” Kloster, commanding general of the 98th Training Division used to describe how she defined “Warrior Spirit”.

The exhausting five-day command level event held Apr. 15-20 was hosted by the 98th Training Division (IET) and was fashioned to include a series of events comprised of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. Soldiers vying for the title were tested in strength, intellect, endurance, and character. 

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First Brigade seeks the outstanding from the best

FORT SILL, Okla. — Six of the Army’s best warriors from different battalions of the 1st Brigade converged here Friday, Feb. 10, to lock horns with each other for a chance to emerge as the best warrior.

The Best Warrior Competition, also known as BWC, is an annual event in which the brigade brings together its finest Soldiers for the purpose of identifying and recognizing the best amongst the best.

During the competition, the Soldiers were expected to demonstrate their proficiencies in critical warrior tasks and drills through the Army physical fitness test, a board appearance, weapons qualification, land navigation, situational training exercise, casualty evaluation and a road march.

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Timberwolf Best Warrior

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — A little liquid sunshine couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Timberwolf Best Warrior competitors as they descended upon Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) during the second week of March.

Although a small group of competitors compared to past years, the Soldiers rose to the challenge of scheduling changes and abbreviated preparations. As Army Reservist, we are in a constant balancing between our military obligations, our civilian occupations and our Families.

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95th Training Division Announces Drill Sergeant of the Year

FORT SILL, Okla. — The 95th Training Division announced its Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) on March 10, during a dinner and awards ceremony at an off-post sports club in Lawton, Okla.

The winners in this competition were products of previous winning streaks at different levels of the Army formation up to the division level. The DSOY competition is an annual event in which the division brings together the finest drill sergeants from its various brigades for the purpose of selecting the most outstanding Soldier from among them.

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Iroquois Drill Sergeant of the year

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Fifteen drill sergeants, representing each brigade, went head-to-head Feb. 21-24 at Fort Jackson, S.C. to determine the division top drill sergeant.

Following a weeklong series of physically and mentally challenging tests, 4th Brigade’s Staff Sgt. Ivan Torres earned the title of 98th Training Division Drill Sergeant of Year (DSOY).

The days were long and grueling and the drill sergeants were required to perform the same tasks as the trainees they lead, evaluating their endurance, stamina, and character. Competitors took a written exam, wrote an essay, stood before a review board and were tested on marksmanship on various weapon systems, physical fitness, battle drills, warrior tasks and land navigation.

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Army Reserve division commander joins rarified ranks of female general officers

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The commander of the Army Reserve’s 98th Training Division (IET) received promotion to brigadier general during a ceremony April 6 at the Maj. John P. Pryor Army Reserve Center here.

Brig. Gen. Mikey Kloster became one of a small percentage of female soldiers to make general officer, and is one of the first women to command a training division in the Army Reserve.

“You all helped me earn this star,” said Kloster to the 200 service members, civilians, family, friends and retirees who attended the ceremony, which was hosted by Maj. Gen. William D. Razz Waff, commanding general of the 99th Regional Support Command.

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Army Reserve general offers inspiration through achievement during Women’s History Month

FORT BENNING, Ga. — “Don’t stop.” This phrase has guided Brig. Gen. Mikey Kloster from her days as a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet to becoming one of the first women to command a training division in the Army Reserve.

In keeping with the Army’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Kloster’s career serves as an inspiration to all who overcome obstacles to achieve their goals — to those who “Don’t stop.”

“There are some odds that you are up against as a woman,” said Kloster, who currently serves as commanding general of the Army Reserve’s 98th Training Division (IET), making her the first female general officer and first female division commander on Fort Benning, Ga. “Not too many women get to make general.”

Kloster’s journey began at the University of Delaware in the early 1980s.

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The Best of the Best Judges the Rest

FORT DEVENS, Mass. —The fight is on; Soldiers have all but come to fisticuffs and are throwing each other down, and grappling fiercely as they attempt to subdue their opponent. Sweat beads on the warrior’s faces as they attempt to gain dominance over their quarry, another Soldier.

This is not for training, this is real, this matters-this is for points. In the adrenaline-fueled brawl that ensues, it takes the watchful eye of an expert to ensure the competition does not result in injury. It takes someone who can command, without question or comprise, the raw emotions that are prevalent on the mat. They have just the right person, someone that all Soldiers are obedient to; it takes an expert, it takes a drill sergeant.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Espinola has the distinction of mediating these bouts and was called on for his expertise in the area, as well as his heart and unflinching spirit for training Soldiers.

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Future Soldiers receive training in Athens

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ATHENS, Ga. — Drill sergeants from Alpha Company 3/323rd Regiment, an Army Reserve unit based in Athens, demonstrate how to clear a room for on-looking future Soldiers from Athens, Lawrenceville, Gainesville and Duluth on March 9. The training was a partnership event for both the Reserve unit and the Athens Recruiting Company for the mutual benefit of both the drill sergeants and the future Soldiers.

Drill Sergeant Stacie George instructs future Soldiers destined for basic training and subsequent service in the Army or Army Reserves at the Athens Reserve Center on March 9. The Athens Recruiting Company, which is responsible for Army recruiting in Northeast Georgia, partnered with Alpha Company, 3/323rd Drill Sergeant Regiment for some mutually beneficial training.

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The Mystic of the Drill Sergeant

The mystic of the Drill Sergeant is one of legend and is steep in tradition and integrity. When Soldiers arrive at Initial Entry Training (IET) they seek, with anticipation, the greeting of their Drill Sergeants. The feeling is not mutual for Drill Sergeants, or at least that is the persona. A Drill once said to me, in discussing IET Soldiers, “I don’t care how tall or short they are, how fast or slow they are, or how smart they are, my job is to ensure that they leave Basic Training as hard as wood pecker lips”: A phrase that grew on me as I gained experience under the “hat”.

Another one of my famed Senior Drills, and someone I respected, once said, “Young Drill... (he was referring to me..), one day you will realize the impact you had on this Army by training America’s future leaders”. Wow, that was heavy... He proved to be correct years later as I stood in line to order McDonald’s in Kuwait upon my return from a deployment, as well as, one evening while walking through a Wal-Mart store stateside. Young Soldiers referred to me as Drill Sergeant, and clearly I was a Master Sergeant. Yes, McDonalds and Wal-Mart are both American institutions, as much as, Army Drill Sergeants are to the Army.

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Strengthening Families in a Turbulent Environment

SEATTLE, Wash. — On March 25, members of the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) and their partners from all over the United States, gathered here at the Mayflower Park Hotel. Their mission? To increase their relationship resiliency in the turbulence of the military environment.

Led by Chaplain C. Tyler Montgomery, couples gathered to learn to identify personality strengths and how to better communicate love to their spouse and Family members.

Strong Bonds is a voluntary, unit-based, chaplain-led program conducted in an offsite retreat format. Since its inception in 1999, programs focused on singles, couples and Families to help Solider and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training.

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Soldiers Retire; 165 Years Collective Experience goes with them

FORT SILL, Okla.— The 95th Training Division (IET), headquartered here, held a retirement ceremony, April 20, at the Sheridan Theater to honor the service of five Soldiers. The retirees included Col. Michael R. Considine, Col. James R. White, Lt. Col. Norbert J. Garcia, Lt. Col. Timothy Williams and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Minton.

The division commanding general, Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty, hosted the ceremony and said it was a tough day for the unit, but one that was well-earned for the individuals. All five Soldiers held key positions within the division and together had 165 years of collective experience.

The Soldiers’ careers varied--some were enlisted and later became officers--others crisscrossed from Active, Reserve and National Guard, but for all, their military service had a common theme: Army Values.

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From the 95th Division Commander...

To All Members of the 95th Training Division Team — trust this finds you continuing to move toward intermediate objectives. Given current intel, looks like the division is working multiple targets of opportunity in the near term. Opportunities represent ongoing support for TRADOC directed taskings at multiple Army Training Centers, returning and deploying elements into ongoing contingency operations, ROTC (LDAC/LTC) commitments, and CRC manning requirements — just to name a few. Meantime, this year continues to bring budget, funding, and resource allocation challenges to the forefront of organizational discussions — i.e. a new normal continues to insert itself that requires due diligence and rethinking how the mission is accomplished under austere monetary constraints.

“...it is imperative that our formation remains strong with Soldiers and leaders focused on mission accomplishment.” — Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty


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Eagle Rising — Poised for Transition

By definition, transformation is a dramatic change in form or appearance; transition is a process or period of changing from one state or condition to another. The definitions are similar yet distinct. The Army and the Army Reserve are in a perpetual state of transformation and transition. One follows the other like the changing of seasons. As an example, when I enlisted in the USAR, females had just begun to join the ranks. The female latrine at my first unit of assignment was a transformed broom closet located in a far, dark corner of the reserve center. Since that time, female Soldiers have transitioned through the ranks into leadership positions and into combat MOSs. The concept of ARFORGEN began with a functional change in mission and to comply with BASOPS. In order to support this concept, a structural transformation had to take place; thus, the major initiative of migrating the Army from a division-centric force to a modular brigade-centric force. Along with the structural transformation, processes within the structure needed transition to support the new configuration.

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Army Reserve’s 12th command sergeant major takes helm

WASHINGTON — Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas, Jr., will assume the duties as the top enlisted soldier for the U.S. Army Reserve in a Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes at 2:00 pm, April 30.

Thomas will accept the post following Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Lambert, who has been the interim command sergeant major of the Army Reserve since November.

Thomas joined the Army in 1984 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., after completing high school and has served with distinction in many active and reserve component leadership positions. He deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003-2004 as a logistician, and to Afghanistan in 2008-2009 as an infantryman in an embedded training team assisting the Afghan Army. He also provided support to the Hurricane Katrina cleanup as part of the 356th Quartermaster Battalion from Laurel, Miss. His most recent job was as the command sergeant major for the 84th Training Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

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From the U.S. Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major

To the dedicated, talented, and selfless Soldiers, civilians, and families of the United States Army Reserve, I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the 12th Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major. I am excited about the challenges and responsibilities that lay ahead.

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Nord Takes Command of 3rd Brigade, 104th Training Division (LT)

FORT MYER, Va. — During the Change of Command ceremony, March 10, 2013 at Fort Myer’s Conmy Hall, Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade (Professional Development), 104th Training Division (Leader Training) hailed a new commander and bid farewell to another. The Change of Command is a time honored tradition that symbolizes leadership transition of an organization through the passing of the colors from the outgoing to the incoming commanders.

Col. Andrew L. Nord replaced Col. Antonio L. Morales in an event hosted by Brig. Gen. Kurt A. Hardin, commanding general of the 104th Training Division (LT). The ceremony included a Color Guard of Old Guard Soldiers from Fort Myer and leadership with Colors from the brigade’s seven subordinate battalions. The Commander of Troops for this ceremony was Lt. Col. Julianne M. Kerr, executive officer, 3rd Brigade.

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2X Citizen

Name, Rank and Unit: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Rice, 3/330th Regt., 4th Brigade, 95th Training Div., Portage, Mich.

Military Occupation: Drill Sergeant

Civilian Occupation: Farm Equipment Operator

When and why did you join the Army Reserve?

“I was on active duty for six years. I was lucky to have good leadership that directed me. I learned more in the first six months of my Army career because my leaders were invested in me. I joined the Army Reserve in 2007 after a five month break in service because I thought it was a fantastic way to continue my career while still being able to be closer to home and loved ones, and to start a Family.”

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98th Drill Sergeant takes Wounded Warriors to Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill — The USA Warriors left for Chicago on a cold morning Feb. 15, 2013 arriving at Reagan National Airport at zero dark thirty to catch their flight. Hockey bags, wheelchairs, sticks, sleds and Family arrived on the bus from Walter Reed, Bethesda, Md. The airport was just waking up as we entered in full force. Bags were piled high as they were checked by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel. They did a great job getting everyone through security as smooth as possible.

We were on a direct United Flight that landed within two hours. Once on the ground and heading to the arrival gate, the airplane was diverted to another gate. Fire trucks pulled up on both sides. To our surprise, when the doors opened, Chicago’s Fire and Police Department greeted us with thanks for our service and offers of help. Everyone got off the airplane and walked into the terminal where we were greeted by hundreds of cheering people, police, firefighters and the USO was holding up signs and cheering.

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A path to leadership – WOC Pre-course

So you want to be a warrant officer? But you are not sure if you can commit to aggressive training and an academic regiment that the candidate selection process demands. The Army Reserve, in concert with the Army National Guard, is promoting Warrant Officer Candidate (WOC) Pre-course. It is being conducted at Army National Guard Regional Training Centers in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Louisiana.

WOC Pre-course is an intensive three-day program of instruction designed to immerse prospective Warrant Office Candidates (WOCs) into a realistic experience that challenges them physically, emotionally and academically. The WOC Pre-course allows candidates to make an informed career decision before pursuing a warrant officer appointment in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard.

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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rodriguez-Fabiani Farewell

Over the past 41 years plus, I had the opportunity to serve bringing about sustainment success throughout logistics actions in support of the War-fighters and to improve our (Logistical Posture) as well as mentoring warrant officers in my capacity as command chief warrant officer. I wish to encourage you to carry on reaching all tiers of leadership in the command to impact the quality of logistics and the supply system thereby maintaining the logistical data critical to successful response times, efficiency, and all future deployment operations.

Never forget that despite all of these challenges our organization is facing (THE ARMY) is one of the greatest, among the best. If I had the opportunity to do my career over, I would choose the U. S. Army again. GOD Bless!

“Desert Medics”

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WWII Vets to Honor 95th Soldiers Who Served Overseas in the Global War on Terror

WWII veterans of the 95th Infantry Division have announced they will honor Soldiers of today’s generation in the 95th Division, who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other overseas locations in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). This will be done at the 64th Reunion of the 95th Infantry Division Association set for August 7-11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.

In December 2005, the 95th had its first overseas deployment as a unit since WWII. It was the beginning of a seven-year mission training Soldiers and units of the Afghan National Army (ANA). Soldiers, many of whom were instructors and drill sergeants, served as part of Embedded Training Teams, Mobile Training Teams and NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan (NTM-A). After ten iterations, the mission ended in 2012.

Since 2012, 95th Soldiers from task forces known as Scorpion and Griffon also deployed in support of NTM-A as advisors at various regional training centers in Afghanistan. Task Force Cobra Soldiers are set to deploy in 2013 as part of the same mission.

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Nuggts to keep you informed

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Cumulative vacancies are now being calculated by company instead of battalion. USARC changed its policy concerning promotion vacancies on 22 March 2013. Beginning in April 2013, promotion vacancies are now consolidated by company; this applies to both line and headquarters companies. This means the required and assigned strength of each UIC or DUIC associated with a company impacts the aggregate personnel numbers for each company. The 108th Training Command (IET) EMB reformatted its promotion vacancies collection tools during 25-29 March 2013 and sent out the monthly cumulative vacancy report on 01 April 2013. The suspense for all units to report any authorized, valid vacancies back to the 108th Training Command (IET) EMB is 1200 eastern on 09 April 2013. Vacancies for E5, E6, and E9 are being staffed this cycle. This should make it much easier for E4s and E5s to get promoted in battalions where there are too many E5s for the battalion positions available. E4s to Drill Sergeant School (DSS) — Department of the Army has implemented a change to the junior promotion system allowing Soldiers in the rank of specialist/corporal attending DSS to be conditionally promoted, based upon successful completion of the DSS. The only caveats to this are that units must have vacant E6 positions so Soldiers can get promoted when they report to DSS, Soldiers must be in a promotable status and on an RSC PPRL. Soldiers MUST be on an RSC PPRL BEFORE they report to DSS. New Army Officer Evaluation Report (OER) 1 Dec. 13 ­—The new OER will change from Series-9 to Series-10 effective Sunday, 1 Dec. 2013. The new system will affect officers in all branches and components of the Army. The new OER training won’t go into effect from USARC until August 2013 and each command will be responsible for training their Soldiers. There will be three different grade plates and raters will now have a profile along with senior raters. Electronic Based Distance Learning Courses (EBDL) —This is a reminder that Soldiers can be reimbursed for completion of many EBDL courses. Commanders must authorize Soldier participation in writing when they enroll in an authorized course. Soldiers in the grades of E-1 to E-6, WO-1 to CW-2 and O-1 to O-3 are eligible for compensation. A list of eligible courses can be obtained from your chain of command. Commanders must also ensure that coursework authorized for additional training periods (ATAs) for distributed learning is not completed during any other type of training or duty periods. Soldiers will be compensated one ATA for every eight hours of completed EBDL coursework but cannot exceed 12 ATAs during the fiscal year.

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Giving versus Sharing

As I make a transition from the 104th Training Division to HQ USARC, I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who touched my life and allowed me to minister among them. Thank you to the leaders that shaped my thinking and afforded me the privilege to serve under them. I especially want to thank the Drill Sergeant Corps who taught me valuable lessons of being a Soldier.

When asked to share some reflections for this edition of the Griffon, I was led to present the dynamic of giving versus sharing. Some might quickly conclude they are one and the same, if not opposite sides of the same coin. But let’s consider each on its own merits.

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Workshops for Warriors Nonprofit School Is the Ticket to a Clearer Transition for our Veterans

For most of us in the US Army community, it’s no secret that the skills many of our service members master in uniform do not transition into the civilian world. The Military spends 4 months training someone for Military life, but just 4 days training someone for civilian life.

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Family Programs launches social media

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Getting information to Army Reserve Soldiers and their Families has become a little easier thanks to social media.

The Army Reserve Family Programs directorate recently launched its Facebook page in an effort to communicate more effectively - especially with younger Soldiers and Families.

“It certainly will enhance how we communicate with all the different generations,” said Sonia Wriglesworth, ARFP director.

Wriglesworth said it became obvious to her staff that younger Soldiers would much rather pose questions and receive answers via text, emails or the internet than in the more traditional face-to-face information exchange.

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Army to focus on motorcycle safety in May

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 1, 2013) — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and while the nationwide campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to share the road with motorcyclists, Army officials are placing greater emphasis on personal responsibility while riding.

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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.

The PAO is kicking off the Unit Public Affairs Program (UPAR), which will allow any Soldier to be the additional eyes and ears for your unit and the PAO. By volunteering you will assume the duties of UPAR as an additional duty.

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108th Griffon Association — fulfilling its mission

The 108th Griffon Association, an auxiliary support organization for the 108th Training Command, composed primarily of past and some present members is fulfilling its charter and objectives which are:

  • Social contact media for past and present members.
  • Provide scholarships for members and dependents for all units of the entire 108th Training Command
  • Provide assistance to in need soldiers who have developed financial hardships due to deployment, training injuries or other service related matters.
  • Assist the command with needs where appropriated funds cannot be used.
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Information interviews key in job hunt

(This content is provided courtesy of USAA. This is the second in a three-part series about the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian employment.)

Transitioning out of the Army after five years of active duty, I was completely unprepared for how to land a civilian job commensurate with my military experience. Oh sure, I could put together a resume that outlined my Army duties and blast it to dozens of unknown companies for positions I knew nothing about. But of the 100 or more resumes I sent, I landed only one interview.

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6 reasons military and civilian salaries don’t line up

(This content is provided courtesy of USAA.)

I always believed that life after the military would be greener — greener as in the piles of money to be made. As a junior captain, transitioning out of the Army after five years, my salary and benefits were nothing to scoff at. But I was optimistic that I would bank significantly more in corporate America.

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Rent or buy: What you need to know

(This content is provided courtesy of USAA.)

You’ve seen the headlines: The housing market is beginning to stabilize. Home prices in some cities are increasing, and much of the U.S. housing market is in recovery.

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Water powers the Greater Valley area

Water and woodlands have defined the Greater Valley Area since Creek Indians located their villages on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and other streams around. Today, the area can be described as a “body” ­ West Point Lake is the head, with the Chattahoochee River running south through the torso and Lake Harding at the feet.

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Find your island on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

On The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, our untamed beaches, naturally preserved islands and warm Gulf waters make it easy to find your own piece of Florida. Connect with nature by exploring our parks and preserves, relaxing on our soft, white-sand beaches or kayaking through mangrove tunnels. No matter what you do, this string of islands is the perfect place to make a grand escape from the patterns of everyday life.

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The battle continues ... in Orlando!

Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle ...

Universal Orlando Resort has announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride — created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.

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Gainesville ­ — nature and culture all in one place

Located in North Central Florida and right off I-75, Gainesville is a natural getaway spot. The city is home to the University of Florida and offers a great combination of cultural attractions and nature adventures.

At the Florida Museum of Natural History, the state’s official natural history museum, you can explore Florida’s fossils, southwest Florida’s waterways and wildlife through the interactive exhibits. The museum is the world’s largest research facility devoted to the study of butterflies and moths. See scientist through laboratory windows working on research projects. Then step outside into the screen enclosed Butterfly Rainforest, where hundreds of butterflies and birds from around the world fly freely.

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Explore Clay County’s Military-friendly communities

From its fresh water lakes, creeks and rivers to its forested interior, Clay County has sought to maintain much of its natural beauty over the years. We offer a relaxing, “Old Florida” atmosphere for those wishing a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

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Water, water everywhere... for summer fun

The words “Central Florida” may conjure up thoughts of theme parks and attractions - but Central Florida’s Polk County, conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa, also offers cool and refreshing water-based fun and adventure. Blessed with 554 lakes, Polk County has been recognized as both the Water Ski Capital and the Largemouth Bass Capital of the World. These sparkling natural lakes have been a star attraction dating back to World War II, when Cypress Gardens improvised its’ first water ski show to entertain tourists and soldiers home on leave. Anglers enjoy the same pristine waters for world class fishing.

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Pooler, Ga. offers beaches and affordable fun

If you are looking for fun this summer, come to Pooler, close to two beaches and loaded with fun things to do at prices you can afford.

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Giant Sequoias, Snow-Melt Rivers, Crystal Cave and Family Fun

At the Southern end of California’s great Sierra Nevada mountain range, lies the quaint and friendly foothill village of Three Rivers, gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Three Rivers shares an amazing natural beauty with the parks and we who live here love sharing it with you. Visitors and their families are always welcome, and our military families are especially welcome.

Summertime, along with the lure of the great outdoors, beckons many a traveler. Some of you come to enjoy our snow-melt rivers. Others come to explore beautiful Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park.

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Branson ideal for Veteran reunions!

No one can tell a story like a veteran, and no group has more inspiring stories to tell.

And there’s nowhere like Branson, Missouri, for those veterans to get together, tell those stories and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow vets.

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Wayne County, Ohio

Are you someone who likes to discover those one of a kind, out of the way places? Do you shy away from the big box chain stores and cookie cutter restaurants? Then Wayne County, Ohio may be just the place for your next quest to “seek the unique.”

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Families plunge into naval history with North Little Rock submarine

Hosting more than 100,000 guests from all 50 states and 77 foreign countries, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock, Arkansas, is most recognized for featuring the longest-serving submarine in the world. USS Razorback served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War and was one of 11 submarines present in Tokyo Bay during the formal surrender of Japan in World War II. After being decommissioned, the submarine was transferred to the Turkish Navy in 1970 where she conducted missions along the Black Sea until 2001. In 2004 she found her final home when the City of North Little Rock purchased the submarine from the Turkish government.

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Find your reason to explore Victoria

With a rich, colorful history and a welcoming environment, Victoria combines the peacefulness of small-town living with the fun and excitement of larger cities. Long known as the crossroads of the Texas coastal bend region, Victoria is nearly equidistant to Houston, Corpus Christ, San Antonio, and Austin. Visitors can expect a short drive of two hours or less from all of these cities. As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the area of Texas known as the “Golden Crescent”, Victoria is widely regarded as the economic and entertainment center for the region.

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McKinney honors and supports our Soldiers

Texas has long been a place where veterans and active duty military personnel find relaxation, interesting places to explore, and communities in which to settle when they are ready to settle into life as a civilian. McKinney is one of the special North Texas cities where military personnel can find all they need and desire, both as visitors and as residents.

Named by Money Magazine as the #2 Best Place to Live in America in 2012, McKinney also made the magazine’s biannual list at #14 in 2008 and the #5 spot in 2010, largely because of the quality of life provided to its residents. The rapidly-growing city of 141,000 features rich Texas heritage, miles of hike and bike trails, beautiful scenic areas, parks, and oodles of cultural offerings. McKinney specifically shines as a welcoming place for military personnel with programs in place to help veterans and their families.

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Cabarrus County, N.C. 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. This summer season is 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!”

Summer in Speed City

Unlike any other racing destination, Cabarrus is home to an unequaled concentration of motorsports attractions including museums, top race team headquarters and state-of-the-art race tracks.

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Find beauty and nature in Mount Pleasant

Nestled along the bluffs of Charleston Harbor and home of cooling summer breezes, Mount Pleasant is a warm, welcoming town perfectly positioned between historic downtown Charleston and the beautiful beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.

With roots that date back to Native Americans nearly 4,000 years ago, Mount Pleasant continues to lure generations of nature lovers with its abundant beauty – from rivers and tidal creeks to verdant marshes and plantations.

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Adventure and history — visit Berkeley County

Berkeley County is the ideal place for anyone seeking adventure and history in non-traditional forms. Enjoy yourself on the blackwater swamps at Cypress Gardens while spending the day learning about wildlife from butterflies and beetles to turtles and alligators.

Visit the Heritage Room which features unearthed artifacts from Dean Hall Plantation which dates back to the 1700’s. The Heritage Room also features the largest collection in the United States of Colonoware a low-fired, locally made pottery that was made by both free and enslaved African Americans. Cypress Gardens offers a variety of programs for groups of all ages for more information visit www.cypressgardens.info.

Berkeley County is rich in history and legends. The churches date back from the 1700s and have been maintained where locals and visitors can step back into time. The St. Stephen Episcopal Church dates back early 1700s and are maintained in its original condition, with beautiful stained glass windows and original wood work thought out the church.

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No limit to excitement you’ll find in Gatlinburg

Sure, it’s a vacation, but why can’t it be an adventure also? Trust us when we say there’s no limit to the excitement here in Gatlinburg. Whether it’s the world-class Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, mirror mazes, miniature golf, snowboarding and skiing, haunted houses, odd and unusual museums or the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway that appeals to you, the surprises are endless.

For the 38th consecutive year, Gatlinburg kicks off America’s Independence Day celebration with the nation’s first 4th of July parade, which steps off at midnight on Wednesday July 3, to the cheers of close to 100,000 spectators and features a special tribute to our five branches of military service.

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Cecil County, Maryland... just a daydream away

Beautiful Cecil County is tucked along the upper banks of Chesapeake Bay, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore on I-95. With 200 miles of shoreline, open spaces, and wonderful rural attractions, Cecil County has a charming atmosphere for visitors seeking a peaceful experience! Once you leave behind the hustle and bustle of I-95 you’ll discover a change of pace, lovely scenery, and small historic towns. Between the sun peeking over the horizon at dawn, and brilliant colors bursting across the river shorelines at days-end, you can experience fascinating heritage, harbors, antique and gift shops, golf, rolling hills, and horse country.

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Come to County of Kent to relax and have fun

Having fun on the Shore, in the County of Kent, is the place to be this summer. It seems like just about every weekend, this Eastern Shore County is host to a terrific event or festival; not to mention, you will always find a show, a sail, a cruise, an art exhibit, a piece of history — something is always happening. There just isn’t enough room to list all of the events, but you will find them online at

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Explore 3 centuries of Military history and chase world-class trout and salmon in Oswego County, N.Y.

With its strategic location on Lake Ontario and access to key inland waterways, Oswego County, NY is shaped by its rich history and outstanding natural resources.

Located in Central New York State with easy access to I-81 and I-90, Oswego County is about 45 minutes south of Fort Drum, home of the legendary 10th Mountain Division, and less than an hour’s drive north of the Syracuse International Airport.

Oswego is named for an Iroquois word meaning “place of the pouring out” or “place where the waters meet.”

From Iroquois fishing villages to the only U.S. shelter for Holocaust refugees, Oswego County’s residents are part of a vivid heritage. Today, anglers around the world travel to Oswego County by the thousands to enjoy a world-class fishing experience and the pristine character of Lake Ontario and its tributary streams, the Salmon and Oswego rivers.

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Lots of summer fun in Susquehanna River Valley

The Susquehanna River Valley (SRV) is the perfect place for you to soak up all that summer has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing country getaway for two, or an adventure-filled vacation for the whole family, consider the Susquehanna River Valley. From a romantic stay at a secluded bed and breakfast overlooking the river to an ATV ride at a 6,000 acre off-highway vehicle park, the SRV is one of the most versatile R&R destinations in our great nation! Read More »

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Hip, historic Charleston, West Virginia

“Almost heaven” Charleston West Virginia is a safe and walkable city that offers small-town charm with the sophisticated amenities one is used to.

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Visit Alleghany Highlands for recreational opportunities

The Alleghany Highlands is known for its abundant outdoor recreational opportunities including its lakes, rivers, streams, and scenic trails. Located in the Allegheny Mountains in the western section of Virginia, the Alleghany Highlands is home to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, with more than 50% of the area being owned by the federal government and managed as a National Forest. The Alleghany Highlands has long attracted outdoor and nature enthusiasts due to it clear mountain streams and forests abundant with wildlife.

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Does my child really have to choose a career path now?

It’s that time of year again. As the spring blossoms emerge and warmer weather approaches, we are nearing the end of another school year. We think it will be so nice to get a break, sleep in a little, finally organize those photos, or just stay on top of the laundry for a change.

But shadowing these happy thoughts is a growing sense of urgency to begin planning for the next school year. Which curriculum should I buy? Will a co-op work for us? What about online classes? We’re so anxious about making the wrong choice and maybe leaving gaps in our children’s education. Meanwhile, we keep hearing how our kids need to choose a career path NOW, before college, so they can take the necessary prep courses to stay ahead of the game.

Yet much of this pressure is self-imposed. Do we really need to figure out a child’s career path by the time he or she gets braces? Obviously, we want to prepare our children to succeed, but how do we do that without becoming obsessed ourselves and stressing out our children?

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World War II Naval Ship to Visit Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. - The United States Ship (USS) Landing Ship Tank (LST) 325 will dock at Haddad Riverfront Park on Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2013. This is a rare opportunity to see the only fully intact and operational LST in the United States. Read More »

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The Third Envelope
The Third Envelope

By Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 06/07/2013

So, the story goes something like this: A fellow had just been selected as the new commander of a large training command. The outgoing commander who was moving on met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. “Open these if you run up against a problem you don’t think you can solve,” he said. Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, command operations took a downturn and the new commander was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit’s end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, “Blame your predecessor.” Read More...

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

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 06/07/2013

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 98th Training Division’s Modern Army Combatives Academy and participate in the Basic Combatives Course at Fort Dix, N.J. The course is run by a highly professional staff, which included my instructor, Staff Sgt. Sang Troung, the Combatives NCOIC, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Manzanares and the OIC, Maj. Tim Greenway. The academy trains hundreds of Soldiers a year at Fort Dix. The Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) Strategic Vision states, “The Modern Army Combatives Program kindles the flame of the Warrior Ethos by providing relevant combatives training to ensure every Soldier is tough and adaptive t... Read More...

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108th Best Warrior Spirit
108th Best Warrior Spirit

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 06/07/2013

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The title of 108th Best Warrior may be what draws them --- but it’s the “Warrior Spirit” that will inspire them. Strength, determination, courage and loyalty. These are but a few of the words Brig. Gen. “Mikey” Kloster, commanding general of the 98th Training Division used to describe how she defined “Warrior Spirit”. The exhausting five-day command level event held Apr. 15-20 was hosted by the 98th Training Division (IET) and was fashioned to include a series of events comprised of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. Soldiers vying for the title were tested in strength, intellect, endurance, and character.  Read More...

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First Brigade seeks the outstanding from the best
First Brigade seeks the outstanding from the best

By Spc. Andrew Baba | 06/07/2013

FORT SILL, Okla. — Six of the Army’s best warriors from different battalions of the 1st Brigade converged here Friday, Feb. 10, to lock horns with each other for a chance to emerge as the best warrior. The Best Warrior Competition, also known as BWC, is an annual event in which the brigade brings together its finest Soldiers for the purpose of identifying and recognizing the best amongst the best. During the competition, the Soldiers were expected to demonstrate their proficiencies in critical warrior tasks and drills through the Army physical fitness test, a board appearance, weapons qualification, land navigation, situational tra... Read More...

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Timberwolf Best Warrior
Timberwolf Best Warrior

Story by Maj. Alex Johnson | 06/07/2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — A little liquid sunshine couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Timberwolf Best Warrior competitors as they descended upon Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) during the second week of March. Although a small group of competitors compared to past years, the Soldiers rose to the challenge of scheduling changes and abbreviated preparations. As Army Reservist, we are in a constant balancing between our military obligations, our civilian occupations and our Families. Read More...

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95th Training Division Announces Drill Sergeant of the Year
95th Training Division Announces Drill Sergeant of the Year

By Spc. Andrew Baba | 06/07/2013

FORT SILL, Okla. — The 95th Training Division announced its Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) on March 10, during a dinner and awards ceremony at an off-post sports club in Lawton, Okla. The winners in this competition were products of previous winning streaks at different levels of the Army formation up to the division level. The DSOY competition is an annual event in which the division brings together the finest drill sergeants from its various brigades for the purpose of selecting the most outstanding Soldier from among them. Read More...

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Iroquois Drill Sergeant of the year
Iroquois Drill Sergeant of the year

Story by Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 06/07/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Fifteen drill sergeants, representing each brigade, went head-to-head Feb. 21-24 at Fort Jackson, S.C. to determine the division top drill sergeant. Following a weeklong series of physically and mentally challenging tests, 4th Brigade’s Staff Sgt. Ivan Torres earned the title of 98th Training Division Drill Sergeant of Year (DSOY). The days were long and grueling and the drill sergeants were required to perform the same tasks as the trainees they lead, evaluating their endurance, stamina, and character. Competitors took a written exam, wrote an essay, stood before a review board and were tested on marksmans... Read More...

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Army Reserve division commander joins rarified ranks of female general officers
Army Reserve division commander joins rarified ranks of female general officers

Story by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris | 06/07/2013

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The commander of the Army Reserve’s 98th Training Division (IET) received promotion to brigadier general during a ceremony April 6 at the Maj. John P. Pryor Army Reserve Center here. Brig. Gen. Mikey Kloster became one of a small percentage of female soldiers to make general officer, and is one of the first women to command a training division in the Army Reserve. “You all helped me earn this star,” said Kloster to the 200 service members, civilians, family, friends and retirees who attended the ceremony, which was hosted by Maj. Gen. William D. Razz Waff, commanding general of the 99th ... Read More...

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The Griffon Vol. 37.2 (Summer 2013)

The Griffon Vol. 37.2 (Summer 2013)
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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.