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 Third Envelope
From the Command Sergeant Major...
108th Best Warrior Spirit
First Brigade seeks the outstanding from the best
Timberwolf Best Warrior
95th Training Division Announces Drill Sergeant of the Year
Iroquois Drill Sergeant of the year
Army Reserve division commander joins rarified ranks of female general officers
Army Reserve general offers inspiration through achievement during Women’s History Month
The Best of the Best Judges the Rest
Future Soldiers receive training in Athens
The Mystic of the Drill Sergeant
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Soldiers Retire; 165 Years Collective Experience goes with them
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Army Reserve’s 12th command sergeant major takes helm
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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.
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  • 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.