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 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.

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