From the Commanding General...

I recently attended the 98th Training Division (IET) FY12 Brigade Commander’s Conference to meet with and speak to the 98th’s brigade commanders as well as conducted our second 108th Training Command (IET) metrics review via video teleconference from Orlando, Fla.  Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commanding general, 98th Training Division invited me to this conference and asked me to speak about “Serving Leadership”, which is one of my passions. 

Leadership is a central focus as our leaders begin to discuss shaping the Army of 2020.  At a recent TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference, Gen. Robert Cone, commander of TRADOC discussed the four key initiatives in support of the Army of 2020 and the criticality of leadership in each of those initiatives.  Leadership in the first initiative, the Army as a profession, centered around building trust, spirit de corps,  honorable service and holding ourselves to a higher standard.  The second initiative, the Squad as the new center of gravity focused on adaptive leader development, training that squad and that squad leader in a much more formalized fashion than the Army has in the past.  The third initiative, Mission Command is an effort to decentralize the decision-making authority to leadership at the lowest possible level in an extremely complex, joint, multi-national, interagency, intergovernmental environment. And finally, the fourth initiative is The Army in the Joint Fight.  We are most lethal when we fight as an effective partner /leader on a joint team.   The one thing that binds these actions together is that it will take inspired leadership to accomplish these initiatives and to move us into the Army of 2020.

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From the 95th Division Commander...

I want to take this opportunity to thank Command Sgt. Maj. Don Smith for his dedication, loyalty, and service to this Division as he takes on a mobilization mission. While our time as battle buddies was short by comparison, it has been both a pleasure and an honor to serve with Smith. Always steady, on target, and ready to take on any challenge, I have been fortunate to serve with Smith.  I wish both him and his wife, Wanda, the very best moving forward.   

Meantime, I want to welcome the newest member of the 95th Division Command Team ­— Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Minton. Coming with a wealth of knowledge and experiences, Minton is truly a Soldier and leader of passion, dedication, and the warrior spirit. When he was a battalion command sergeant major, his battalion was on point for the 108th Division for mobilization to Fort Jackson, S.C. shortly after our nation came under attack Sept 2001.       

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From the 98th Division Commander...

If you joined the Army around the same time I did, you might remember one of the old versions of FM 21-150, Combatives, chock-full of photographs of Soldiers in Korean War-era uniforms demonstrating techniques that were largely unchanged from the first version published during World War II.  I suspect many of these manuals, like mine, sat on bookshelves gathering dust as the Army trained and equipped itself to fight according to AirLand Battle doctrine.  The need for training in hand-to-hand combat seemed to fade even more deeply into the distance following Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where our resounding success on the battlefield argued very strongly that we were already optimized for success in the kinds of conflicts that would occur in the future.

But Bob Dylan was right, and the times, they were a-changin’.   The Army was to find itself conducting operations of a far different nature in little more than a decade – operations in which proficiency in hand-to-hand combat would save Soldiers’ lives.  Fortunately, a far-sighted commander of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment tasked then-Staff Sgt. Matt Larson in 1995 to develop an updated, more relevant and effective combatives program.

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From the 104th Division Commander...

The Timberwolves were busy this past summer with wrapping up our missions, and preparing for the upcoming training year.  The new training year promises to be jam packed once again with missions and training events.

First and foremost, I would like to take a minute and thank Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Payne for his outstanding service to the 108th Training Command (IET) and the 104th Training Division (Leader Training). Payne welcomed the 104th into the 108th with open arms and great support. He was essential in our division’s quick integration into the command by attending both of our Brigade Yearly Training Brief (YTB) Conferences at Little Big Horn in Montana,  September 2010 and Harper’s Ferry, West Va. in April 2011.  His guidance, insight, and mentorship are among the best, and will surely be missed. We wish Payne and his family the best of luck in the future.

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From the Command Sergeant Major...

I want to start off by saying thank you to Maj. Gen. Stall for selecting me as the Command Sergeant Major for 108th Training Command (IET).  I look forward to working with Maj. Gen. Stall and all the Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (IET).  I am excited about the coming years and honored to have been selected for this position.

Throughout my career I have been honored to serve with Soldiers from the 98th Training Division (IET) and the 95th Training Division (IET).  I have deployed to Iraq as one of the first combat advisors with the 98th Training Division (IET), and most recently, to Afghanistan in support of the 95th Training Division’s NTM-A mission.  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest NCO’s and officers the Army has to offer.  I would like to say thank you to all the Soldiers I served with on these missions.  It is your support and hard work that have helped me achieve my goals.  We were a team and the dedication you gave went above and beyond the normal duties and responsibilities of a non-commissioned officer or an officer.

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Building Soldier skills from the ground up

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Seventy Servicemembers representing three different branches of the armed forces and over 50 different units descended on the Griffith Field House Sunday, September 18, for a modern Army Combatives Tournament sponsored by the 98th Training Division (IET).

According to 1st Sgt. Jason Ford, 98th Training Division, the tournament was the brainchild of Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commander of the 98th Training Division.

“General Edwards saw that the combatives program was being very productive, especially in the combat areas we are in now, both in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Ford.  “He wanted his training division to be on board and to be the United States Army Reserve instructors and he came up with the idea of an all reserve academy ran by the 98th division here at Ft. Dix because of its location.”

The tournament took approximately six months to set up and is a great marketing tool for the combatives academy.

“Combatives instills the warrior ethos and gives the fighters, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines a reason for the training we conduct here,” said Ford.



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Drill Sergeants meet at ‘The Gathering Place’

HONOLULU — Soldiers from Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta Companies of the 2nd Battalion, 413th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) took a five and one half hour flight across the Pacific to the 50th state in order to participate in a field training exercise at Bellows Air Station, with their sister unit, Echo Company which is located in Honolulu.

The air station located on the windward side of Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place” in Hawaiian culture, is within a stone’s throw of Waimanalo Beach and a short drive to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, situated near Kaneohe Bay. Some may question sending Soldiers to train in Hawaii, but Cpt. Satomi Mack, battalion S-3, 2/413th said it made perfect sense. Read More »

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Devil’s Warrior Brigade Challenge

FORT HARRISON, Mont. — The Montana National Guard Recruit Training Company (RTC) held its fifth annual Devil’s Brigade Challenge at Fort Harrison, Mont. April 15-17. Nearly 160 Soldiers from eight recruit training companies throughout Montana were given the opportunity to spend a weekend being trained by drill sergeants from the 3rd Battalion, 415th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET).

The main focus of the weekend was to prepare Soldiers for basic training and ultimately set them up for success in the Army.

“Rather than just send them out to their line units, the RTC developed this training for recruits to be able to come in and receive quality training to prepare and help them understand what basic training will be like,” said Capt. John Bleile, the RTC commander.


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Combat Life Saver in Action

While leaving Yakima Training Center (YTC) in route to lunch during Battle Assembly in April, two 3rd Battalion, 415th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) drill sergeants observed a one vehicle accident and assisted as first responders. Sgt. 1st Class Mitchell Brownfield and Staff Sgt. Vicente Mariscal, witnessed an oncoming minivan cross the median on Interstate 82 in Yakima, Wash. 

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108th Training Command (IET) Off and Running with Foreign Military Training Initiative in FY11

BOANE, Mozambique — The 108th Training Command (IET) has recently set off into a new area and era of partnership building within the African Command (AFRICOM)/ US Army Africa (USARAF) Area of Responsibility (AOR).  This effort is just in time to support the Chief Army Reserve’s 2020 Vision and Strategy Statement to be an enabler in battle staff, military occupational skills, and tactical training to foreign militaries. 

108th Training Command (IET) downtrace staff and drill sergeants are filling the gaps of a slower operational tempo with new smaller scale Military-to-Military (M2M) engagements in the AFRICOM/USARAF AOR as well as other Combatant Command (COCOM) AORs.

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95th Training Div. prepares to take over NATO Training Mission

LAWTON, Okla. — The 95th will spearhead the second iteration of Army Reserve Soldiers to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as part of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTMA).

Task Force Griffon, as it will be known, is made up of units from the 95th Training Division (IET), 412th Theater Engineer Command, 416th Theater Engineer Command, 377th Theater Support Command, 200th Military Police Command, and the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. The task force will be commanded by Col. William M. Snyder, commander, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET).

“Soldiers recently completed their latest phase in preparation for their upcoming mission. Our SRP2 and training event were a huge success. We completed several required training tasks and received outstanding combat lifesaver training,” said Snyder.

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Drill Sergeants Train Rats!

ROSWELL, N.M. — Nine drill sergeants from 3-378th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) from Norman, Okla. traveled to Roswell, N.M. to spend a week helping train New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) cadet Recruits at Training (RATs). 

NMMI is one of five military junior colleges in the United States, and the only state-supported military college located in the western United States.  NMMI includes a college preparatory four-year high school, and a two- year junior college.  Since 1891, NMMI’s mission statement has been “to educate, train, and prepare young men and women to be leaders capable of critical thinking and sound analysis, leaders who possess uncompromising character, and leaders able to meet challenging physical demands.”  This demanding task is accomplished by using an Army based military school structure: with all cadets living in the troop barracks, and all classes, meals, and military and physical training occurring “on post” in a structured environment.

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Roy captures last USAR Drill Sergeant School Distinguished Honor Graduate Title

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — After 33 years of operation, the United States Army Reserve Drill Sergeant School, 108th Training Command (IET), graduated its last class of 60 drill sergeants on Sept. 24. Both components will now be consolidated at the US Army Drill Sergeant School located at Ft. Jackson. 

The post movie theater was filled with families, leadership and fellow Soldiers eager to see Class 005-11 (Option 5) graduate.  Among the 60 graduates, three Soldiers stood out among the rest, graduating with top honors.

Sgt. Jonathan Roy, 1st Battalion, 304th Regiment, 98th Training Division (IET), was identified as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for Class 005-11 (Option 5). 

Roy was recognized as displaying the highest standards in academic achievement as well as his outstanding performance on the Army Physical Fitness Test. 

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Above and Beyond

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — America was founded by individuals who possessed a strong conviction in the idea of citizenship.  It was this certainty that their civic duty and responsibility to the public would be the firm foundation to the creation of a strong community.  They believed that our nation’s success and survivability hinged on its citizens patriotic yearning to put the needs of the nation above their own personal aspirations.  One motivated individual could make a difference.

While many citizens today may doubt the power of one, Staff Sgt. George Dadson of the 98th Training Division does not follow that mantra.

Dadson embodies the enhanced sense of citizenship on which our nation was founded.  A quiet role model of the 98th Training Division, he was recently honored to be nominated and awarded as the 2010 Greece (New York) Citizen of the Year, due to his tireless contributions to his community through his service to the American Legion.


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Soldier’s Medal recipient not a ‘Hero’

ALBANY, N.Y. — Sometimes, the answer to a question will depend on who you ask the question of. In this case, the question is, “do you consider Julian With a hero?”

If you ask Julian With, the answer is no. In fact, Julian will tell you that he was “simply doing his job, not looking for a medal,” on the day that he pulled an Iraqi Sgt. Maj. and several Soldiers from their ammunition loaded, overturned, burning vehicle and performing immediate first aid with no regard to his personal safety.

If you ask nine-year old Dalton Augar, With’s stepson, he will look at you with bright shining eyes and tell you that he has always known his dad was a hero, even when they were “just pen-pals” during the war.

On Sept. 6, the Army sided with Dalton and awarded former Army Reserve Sgt. Julian With the Soldier’s Medal, the highest award the Army has for noncombat heroism.

With, a Sgt. in the 98th Training Division (IET) was serving in Iraq on April 7, 2005 when he observed a truck carrying ammunition and Soldiers slide into a ditch, overturn and catch fire.


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2X Citizen - Dale A McCurdy, Capt., HHC, 95th Training Division (IET)

Name, Rank and Unit:   Dale A McCurdy, Capt., HHC, 95th Training Division (IET), Fort Sill, Okla.

Military Occupation:  Operations Officer

Civilian Occupation:  College Instructor

When and why did you join the Army Reserve? 

I enlisted in 1990 while in my second year of college. The recruiter did a great job of promoting the GI Bill and the “one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer” concept. At first, being in the Army Reserve was all about the money for college. 

When the Army downsized in the mid-90s, I transferred from an OSUT infantry battalion to the 95th Division Band. My reason for remaining in the Reserve changed from a financial focus to a friends and fun focus. I made some great friends while in the band and had some great experiences. We had the opportunity to travel to different posts and participate in a variety of events.

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2X Citizen - Paul M. McGuire, Sgt. First Class, HHC, 95th Training Division

Name, Rank and Unit:   Paul M. McGuire, Sgt. First Class, HHC, 95th Training Division, Fort Sill, Okla.

Military Occupation:  Public Affairs NCO

Civilian Occupation:  Public Affairs Specialist

When and why did you join the Army Reserve?

I joined the Army Reserve in 1997 shortly after I fulfilled my initial six-year active duty commitment. I originally planned to make a “clean break” from the Army and just go back to school, but a buddy of mine who’d transitioned to the Reserves a year or so earlier kept urging me to join him. As a full-time student supporting my family on the GI Bill, school loans, part-time jobs and government assistance, the prospect of an extra paycheck each month held pretty strong appeal. So I signed on the dotted line. It turned out to be a wise move. Before I knew it, I had 10 years of creditable service toward retirement, at which point it was no longer just a job, but a career.

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Greater Hickory Classic Honors Men and Women of the Armed Forces

CONOVER, N.C. — On June 12, Rock Barn honored the men and women of the Armed Forces at the Greater Hickory Classic Golf Tournament.

In the opening ceremonies, Emily Wallace sang the National Anthem and the Colors were presented by the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Larry Nelson, Vietnam Veteran and World Golf Hall of Fame member, participated in the flag-raising ceremony accompanied by the Hickory High School Junior ROTC flag detail. In the tournament’s eight-year history, they have done quite a few military salutes.

“We are proud to salute our military heroes and welcome them to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn,” said Jim Correll, executive tournament director. “With the June tournament following the Memorial Day Holiday, we think about the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation.”

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Farewell to the Soldiers of the 108th

As my 27 year association with the 108th comes to a close I leave with not only great memories but also knowing that this command has given me much more than I could have ever given back in return. With the exception of going to the residence course at the Sergeants Major Academy in 1994 and being deployed to Iraq in 2006, the Griffon has been on my shoulder faithfully since 1984.

I am proud to have been a member of the first battalion in the history of the 108th; 1st Battalion, 485th Regiment, to have been mobilized in the service of our country in support of Operation Desert Storm and again to have been selected to be the Command Sergeant Major for Task Force Griffon as the 108th again answered the call of the nation in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I think about those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us to have the freedoms we have today, especially those that were once members of the extended 108th Training Command family. Eleven of whose names are etched on the monument in front of the 108th Headquarters, with the carved words, Never Forget.  Let us endeavor to Never Forget.

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108th Training Command hosts Strong Bonds retreat

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — During the weekend of Aug. 12-14, the 108th Training Command (IET) hosted a Strong Bonds Retreat on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to help married couples and single Soldiers enhance and strengthen their relationships. Started in 1997 with just four events, Strong Bonds has spread throughout the Army and Army Reserve, and now reaches more than 160,000 Soldiers and Family members per year.

Over the course of the weekend, Strong Bonds attendees participated in various workshops covering such topics as problem solving, commitment, and most importantly, communication.

“This program was designed by some folks out in Colorado, psychologists and social workers,” said Chaplain (Col.) Ralph Gore, Jr., Command Chaplain for the 108th TC about the instruction that took place during the weekend. “They just did a tremendous number of individual studies and then larger group studies over a long period of time to validate that their program worked if you simply listened to what they say and act on it.”


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A Reunion for the Ages

NEW ORLEANS — The 95th Infantry Division Association members met in New Orleans August 3-8 for their 62nd reunion. The Association, originally a WWII organization, has expanded its ranks by actively recruiting 95th soldiers from all eras and chose New Orleans as a locale that has something for veterans of all ages.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James E. Archer, former 95th commanding general and current president of the Association said, “95TH Division Soldiers who have served in the past decade have played a material role in the defense of our Nation and built upon the legacy of the Iron Men of Metz and the reunions have provided an impetus for the survival and mission of the Association.”

Attendees were able to visit The National WW II Museum which offered a unique 4-D experience entitled Beyond All Boundaries, or they could break out on their own to visit other local attractions like an airboat adventure through swampland to catch a glimpse of alligators.

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Timberwolf ‘Pups’ create their place in the 104th legacy

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — It was this time last year when the World War II veteran “Nightfighters” of the 104th Infantry Division made the difficult but necessary decision to declare 2010 the last official reunion of the National Timberwolf Association.

Citing failing health and travel difficulties, the veterans were devastated to lose a 65-year tradition, but realized they could simply no longer bear the burden of the logistics, organization, planning and execution.

Thankfully, the next generation was ready and waiting to answer the call.

The National Timberwolf “Pup” Association, comprised of “grateful sons, daughters, families and dear friends of the World War II Veterans of the 104th Infantry Division, U.S. Army,” were more than honored to carry on where their fathers and grandfathers were forced to leave off.

Citing a new vitality and a deep bond with the National Timberwolf Association, the new Timberwolf Pup Association is committed to ensuring that future generations will have the means to celebrate and keep history alive, as well as the means to honor the fallen.  Their first official act was to continue the tradition of an annual Timberwolf reunion.

“We the legacy, the next generation... felt that the values, the memories, all the reason that they (Nightfighters) were meeting were important enough that it (the reunion) needed to be continued,” explained newly elected President Andy Lane.

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108th Training Command (IET) Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Finalist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 108th Training Command (IET) is competing in its third consecutive Army Community of Excellence (ACOE) competition.  This is the first year that the command has qualified as a finalist, outscoring other competitors to include Regional Support Commands. 

As a finalist for the 2011 ACOE Competition, the command received a site visit which consisted of a team of three examiners visiting the 108th Training Command Headquarters.   Their primary objective of their two day, extensive interviews was to validate the information contained in our 2011 ACOE submission packet.  The winner and runner-up of the ACOE competition should be announced no later than spring 2012.  

The 108th ACOE submission is championed by Office of Strategic Initiatives under the direction of Assistant Commander, Strategic Initiatives (ADC-SI) Col. Laura Sievert, Assistant Strategic Planning Officer Lt. Col. Dennis Witmer and Ms. Barbara Kent.  ACOE success resulted from a collaborated effort and commitment from each section that included a mixture of fulltime support as well as TPU support.  It is Maj. Gen. Stall’s intent to engage and educate division levels employees in the knowledge of the Baldrige criteria, realizing the return on investment.


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Yellow Ribbon Event Supports Task Force Scorpion

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 95th Training Division (IET) sponsored a Yellow Ribbon event in Orlando for the families of deployed Task Force Scorpion Soldiers currently in Afghanistan. The Soldiers make up members of the 95th, 98th, and the 104th Divisions.

The September 15-18 event provided families with free travel, hotel accommodations, mid-deployment information, and counseling that is useful during temporary family separation. The Family Readiness team there effectively promoted military benefits and increased morale for family members.

The Yellow Ribbon event raises Soldier and family readiness through resources for resiliency, substance abuse awareness, deployment entitlements, and suicide prevention. Some family members were introduced to Skype chat and shown how to communicate with their deployed Soldier using social media.


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Plans can change when someone needs our help...

First, I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcomed. You all have made me feel right at home.

A couple of months ago, I was relaxing at my home in Fayetteville, N.C., when I received a call from a woman in the congregation. In a frantic voice she informed me there was an intoxicated man banging on her door and he would not leave. I told her to call the police and I would be there soon.

As I drove over there, a million different scenarios ran through my mind, and I prayed for her safety during the drive. When I arrived at her apartment complex I saw a man leaning against the door of the apartment that was across from hers. I said hello and introduced myself to the man. He told me his name and it was obvious that he had been drinking. I asked him if he was the one that has been banging on the door of the lady that called me. He told me that all he wanted to do was make peace with her before he left.

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Drill Sergeant 911

Drill Sergeant Candidate (DSC) procedures and requirements for FY12

With the Drill Sergeant School (DSS) courses soon upon us (Jan 4th is the first class), the 108th G7 is publishing a read ahead packet in the form of an information paper and will be distributed to all divisions.  This read ahead packet will touch briefly on the administrative and personnel issues that must be addressed before attending DSS.

The DSS will utilize two Program of Instruction (POI) options, Option 5 and Option 2, in FY12.  Option 5 is based on the 63 day model and Option 2 offers more flexibility by offering three 21 day phases of the 63 day course.  There are 16 Option 5 classes and allows for 30 students per class.  Option 2 classes are broken down into Phase 1 with 16 classes, Phase 2 with 15 classes and Phase 3 with 12 classes.  Each Phase of Option 2 allows for five students per class. Option 2 also has an 18 month completion requirement.

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New Voter Registration and Ballot Request Now Available:

ARLINGTON, Va. — The online electronic version of the revised Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is available now at FVAP.gov. The FPCA registers and requests ballots for voters simultaneously. Voters can visit FVAP.gov to use the online wizard or access the PDF fillable forms. The FPCA is a standard form accepted by all 55 States and Territories for uniformed and civilian overseas voters to apply for an absentee ballot. The length of time the FPCA is valid and its completion requirements vary by State so be sure to refer to the FVAP.gov web portal or the 2012-2013 Voting Assistance Guide.

The revised FPCA is wholly compliant with provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act in 2009, containing space for the required information but structured in a more logical and usable flow. FVAP conducted a series of usability assessments with the previous form resulting in substantial improvements using many established best practices for election-related forms.

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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.  The Public Affairs Office will hold training sessions and workshops during battle assembly (BA) to meet, train, and certify you as an UPAR.

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Soldiers Gold Mine

 G2 Nugget

iSalute

We have seen many news headlines reporting actual and potential threats to military personnel.  “Army doctor goes on shooting rampage at Fort Hood.”  “Soldier is suspected of plotting attack.”  As a response, the Army G-2 created the iSalute web page to help Army counterintelligence (CI) and security programs deter, detect, mitigate, and neutralize potential insider and terrorist threats.  The iSalute is an easy method for Army systems users to initiate an online report to Army CI offices regarding potential threats including espionage and terrorism activities.  Soldiers must access the link through AKO.  They will then be contacted by a CI agent.  For Soldiers, this means maintaining Situational Awareness to report questionable activity.  What are some events that you observe or suspect that should be reported?  Attempts by unauthorized personnel to collect classified or sensitive data.  An Army person who expresses support for international terrorist organizations or objectives.  Contact that suggests that a person working for the Army is the target of attempted recruitment by a foreign intelligence service.  A Soldier or Army civilian displaying the indicators of terrorism.   Soldiers can now report this activity through iSalute.  This method should not be used to report in-progress criminal activity, always notify local authorities in these circumstances.

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108th Griffon Association ready to serve 108th Command

The 108th Griffon Association is alive and well and fully prepared to support the 108th Training Command to include all of its subordinate commands: the 95th Training Division (IET), 98th Training Division (IET), and the 104th Training division (LT) with whatever means available within it charter.

The Griffon Association is composed of former and present members of the 108th Training Command who desire not only to maintain contact after their active service has ended but to continue contributing to the readiness and effectiveness of the current organization.

There are needs of the active reserve components that cannot be met financially with appropriated funds. Needs such as plaques and certificates for deserving individuals, postage for packages sent to deployed soldiers, and family assistance when needed are just a few. The list can go on and on.  


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SHU takes nurses on a rewarding journey

Whether in military or civilian life, nursing is a calling that features a unique set of demands and rewards. Registered nurses who want to pursue higher education, therefore, deserve an RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that is equally unique, with an inspired perspective on the special role nurses play in the lives of their patients. That’s why the online RN-to-BSN program at Sacred Heart University combines advanced academics and a distinguished, experienced faculty with a revolutionary new approach to nursing studies called the Human Journey.

Study of the Human Journey at SHU is not a single class, or even an individual lesson. It is an innovative academic philosophy that permeates the entire nursing curriculum to help students develop advanced analytical skills and immerse themselves in the study of nursing both as a profession and as a critically important service to mankind.

Rich in Catholic intellectual tradition, the online Human Journey curriculum at SHU will challenge nursing students to tackle fundamental questions to reveal new meaning in everyday decisions and activities. Questions like: what does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose? What does it mean to understand and appreciate the natural world? What does it mean to forge a more just society for the common good? And, more simply, what does it mean to be human?

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Is Bible study beneficial?

We are living in a time that is often referred to as the post-modern era. Transportation and communication modalities have shrunken the planet (at least in our minds) and made it possible to create a global community. These days, we rub shoulders regularly with people who have worldviews and cultures quite different from our own. Within this context, there is increased motivation to harmonize perspectives and to recognize that all cultures can contribute beneficially to the common welfare. Given the diverse ways of dealing with issues among the various cultures, it seems almost arrogant to assert truth claims as if we are right and everyone else is wrong. Indeed, many people feel that each culture and each worldview has an equal right to assert its point of view. Indeed, it would be intolerant to argue that your own point of view is superior to that of persons who happen to be located in another place on planet earth.

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Receive your degree while serving your country

The military might not typically be thought of as having much in common with Benedictine sisters, but they share two key values: community and service.

In 1959, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery founded Mary College in Bismarck, N.D., with the mission of serving the people of the region. Accreditation was granted by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, in 1969 and has been held continuously.

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Expanding winter fun!

Sugar Mountain, North Carolina — Weather, weather, weather!  If Mother Nature cooperates Sugar Mountain Resort’s Tubing Park and outdoor Ice Rink will be open for Thanksgiving.  New snowmaking machines designated solely for the tubing area will be positioned all season long in the Tubing Park.  When temperatures drop, not only will the slopes begin to see their first blanket of snow but the Tubing Park will begin to take shape as well.  As weather varies throughout the season, upgrades over the years including the key addition of snowmaking machines in the tubing park will allow for higher efficiency and more consistent conditions.  

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Gunther Jochl — Maestro of Southern skiing

It may take a village to sustain a community. This is an abbreviated story of a son taking his Mother’s advice and, by consequence, saving one: Sugar Mountain.

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Great military discounts at Snowshoe Mountain Resort

For servicemen and women and their families, time together is often at a premium, and family vacations aren’t necessarily an annual luxury. While many recreational and hospitality venues offer military discounts, few are as generous as those offered at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. Situated in the Allegheny Mountains, Snowshoe is an easy day’s drive for those stationed in Washington, D.C, Norfolk, VA, North Carolina, and even Kentucky, South Carolina and points south.

Home to the region’s best on-snow experience, Snowshoe offers 60 trails, 3 high speed quad lifts, designated teaching areas for beginners, a variety of terrain and almost 200” of natural snow annually, as well as a breathtaking mountaintop Village that offerings amenities including lodging, dining, shopping, nightlife, family activities as well as stunning views from its perch at an elevation of 4848’. . Ski magazine has ranked Snowshoe a Top 20 Eastern destination, and among the Top 10 for dining, lodging, grooming and nightlife. Guests can enjoy all those amenities during a snow season that stretches from mid-Novembers to late March, and sometimes into early April if Mother Nature is generous with snowfall.

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Front Royal, steeped in rich Civil War history and natural beauty

Embrace winter and all its beauty this year in Front Royal, Virginia.  Front Royal is recognized as the northern Gateway to Shenandoah National Park and the Canoe Capital of Virginia. Steeped in rich Civil War history and natural beauty, this thriving community boasts attractions and amenities for everyone — all within a stone’s throw of the Nation’s Capital. Major attractions include Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Skyline Caverns, the Battle of Front Royal and Historic Downtown.

Civil War History of Front Royal

The streets of Front Royal were the scene of one of the greatest maneuvers in military history. It was here that General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson delivered the first decisive action against unsuspecting Union Forces during his famous Valley Campaign of 1862. This fight would become known as “The Battle of Brother against Brother.” First Maryland Confederates were pitted against their peacetime friends and relatives now serving with Union forces.


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Military Discounts in Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park

Every year, we thank our military with 20 percent discounts and special events when you visit our area January through March, through our Hero Appreciation Months program.  Whether you are currently serving or you served in the past, whether you are looking for services or a fun-filled event which your family would enjoy, or whether you are simply looking for a place to shop, eat, and stay while you are visiting Three Rivers and the Park, our members are thrilled to offer these to you at a special discount. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for your service, our way of giving something back.  For information, or to view a Schedule of Events, go to http://threerivers.com/index-events.html. You can even print out your Heroes Thank You Card for 2012 at http://www.threerivers.com/hero.html, so you’ll be ready to book your lodging as soon as the annual Participants List is posted. Every year some 30-40 members participate in the program. Some have served in the military themselves. Be sure to tell your innkeeper that you read about it in the Griffon!  Read More »

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Wet ‘n Wild: The world’s original waterpark

The crowds have never stopped pouring into Wet ‘n Wild since it opened as the world’s first modern waterpark. Decades later, Wet ‘n Wild continues to thrill families from all over the world with water rides that set the standard for thrills and excitement.

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Make magical memories at Disney

No one has to tell a parent how quickly kids grow up. There are only so many toothless grins, only so many days before your little princess finds her own Prince Charming. In the blink of an eye, kids seem to go from hopscotch to high school to homes of their own. But memories are the secret to keeping them forever young. And Disney memories? They’re magical things filled with color, wonder and laughter – the kind of memories that live happily ever after in our hearts.

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Tioga County is hot, hot, hot in the winter!

Tioga County is home to Pine Creek Gorge otherwise known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon.  The Gorge is surrounded by 165,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest making it a truly pristine area to visit.  The area abounds with outdoor activities including horseback riding, canoeing, rafting, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, and much more!  A jewel of the Gorge is the Pine Creek Rail Trail voted one of the “10 great places to take a bike tour” by USA Today in July 2001.  This 62-mile long trail with a 2% grade over its entire length travels through the Gorge starting in Ansonia and ending in Jersey Shore.  The trail is a hard-packed gravel surface available to hikers and bikers.  And in the winter, this trail is groomed for cross-country skiing.

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Discover Berkeley County, South Carolina

Looking for a fast, unique and exciting educational opportunity? Berkeley County, South  Carolina, offers it all, and we’re just minutes from downtown Charleston. Check out some of the adventures your group can experience:

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

By Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 12/05/2011

I recently attended the 98th Training Division (IET) FY12 Brigade Commander’s Conference to meet with and speak to the 98th’s brigade commanders as well as conducted our second 108th Training Command (IET) metrics review via video teleconference from Orlando, Fla.  Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commanding general, 98th Training Division invited me to this conference and asked me to speak about “Serving Leadership”, which is one of my passions.  Leadership is a central focus as our leaders begin to discuss shaping the Army of 2020.  At a recent TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference, Gen. Robert Cone, commander of TRADOC discussed the four key in... Read More...

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From the 95th Division Commander...
From the 95th Division Commander...

Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty | 12/05/2011

I want to take this opportunity to thank Command Sgt. Maj. Don Smith for his dedication, loyalty, and service to this Division as he takes on a mobilization mission. While our time as battle buddies was short by comparison, it has been both a pleasure and an honor to serve with Smith. Always steady, on target, and ready to take on any challenge, I have been fortunate to serve with Smith.  I wish both him and his wife, Wanda, the very best moving forward.    Meantime, I want to welcome the newest member of the 95th Division Command Team ­— Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Minton. Coming with a wealth of knowledge and experiences, Minton is trul... Read More...

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From the 98th Division Commander...
From the 98th Division Commander...

Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards | 12/05/2011

If you joined the Army around the same time I did, you might remember one of the old versions of FM 21-150, Combatives, chock-full of photographs of Soldiers in Korean War-era uniforms demonstrating techniques that were largely unchanged from the first version published during World War II.  I suspect many of these manuals, like mine, sat on bookshelves gathering dust as the Army trained and equipped itself to fight according to AirLand Battle doctrine.  The need for training in hand-to-hand combat seemed to fade even more deeply into the distance following Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where our resounding success on the battlefield... Read More...

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From the 104th Division Commander...
From the 104th Division Commander...

Brig. Gen. Kurt Hardin | 12/05/2011

The Timberwolves were busy this past summer with wrapping up our missions, and preparing for the upcoming training year.  The new training year promises to be jam packed once again with missions and training events. First and foremost, I would like to take a minute and thank Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Payne for his outstanding service to the 108th Training Command (IET) and the 104th Training Division (Leader Training). Payne welcomed the 104th into the 108th with open arms and great support. He was essential in our division’s quick integration into the command by attending both of our Brigade Yearly Training Brief (YTB) Conferences at Littl... Read More...

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

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci DeRezza | 12/05/2011

I want to start off by saying thank you to Maj. Gen. Stall for selecting me as the Command Sergeant Major for 108th Training Command (IET).  I look forward to working with Maj. Gen. Stall and all the Soldiers of the 108th Training Command (IET).  I am excited about the coming years and honored to have been selected for this position. Throughout my career I have been honored to serve with Soldiers from the 98th Training Division (IET) and the 95th Training Division (IET).  I have deployed to Iraq as one of the first combat advisors with the 98th Training Division (IET), and most recently, to Afghanistan in support of the 95th Training Di... Read More...

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Building Soldier skills from the ground up
Building Soldier skills from the ground up

By Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield | 12/05/2011

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Seventy Servicemembers representing three different branches of the armed forces and over 50 different units descended on the Griffith Field House Sunday, September 18, for a modern Army Combatives Tournament sponsored by the 98th Training Division (IET). According to 1st Sgt. Jason Ford, 98th Training Division, the tournament was the brainchild of Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commander of the 98th Training Division. “General Edwards saw that the combatives program was being very productive, especially in the combat areas we are in now, both in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Ford.  “He wanted his t... Read More...

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Drill Sergeants meet at ‘The Gathering Place’
Drill Sergeants meet at ‘The Gathering Place’

By Sgt. 1st Class Marty A. Collins | 12/05/2011

HONOLULU — Soldiers from Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta Companies of the 2nd Battalion, 413th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) took a five and one half hour flight across the Pacific to the 50th state in order to participate in a field training exercise at Bellows Air Station, with their sister unit, Echo Company which is located in Honolulu. The air station located on the windward side of Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place” in Hawaiian culture, is within a stone’s throw of Waimanalo Beach and a short drive to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, situated near Kaneohe Bay. Some may question sending Soldiers to train in Hawaii... Read More...

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Devil’s Warrior Brigade Challenge
Devil’s Warrior Brigade Challenge

By Capt. Nicole Kessler | 12/05/2011

FORT HARRISON, Mont. — The Montana National Guard Recruit Training Company (RTC) held its fifth annual Devil’s Brigade Challenge at Fort Harrison, Mont. April 15-17. Nearly 160 Soldiers from eight recruit training companies throughout Montana were given the opportunity to spend a weekend being trained by drill sergeants from the 3rd Battalion, 415th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET). The main focus of the weekend was to prepare Soldiers for basic training and ultimately set them up for success in the Army. “Rather than just send them out to their line units, the RTC developed this train... Read More...

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The Griffon Vol. 35.4 (Winter 2011)

The Griffon Vol. 35.4 (Winter 2011)
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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.