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

By Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 12/03/2012

Sometimes writing these articles to talk about the future is like skeet shooting. One tries to fire in front of the clay pigeon hoping that there is enough “Kentucky windage” to have buck shot and disk collide in the same space at the same time. A perfect sequence of events, making the shooter look either good... or lucky... or both. In the time between my writing this and you reading the winter edition of the Griffon, we will have had a Presidential election, several conferences at TRADOC, FORSCOM and USARC levels, the 108th Commander’s Conference as well as several meetings with the USARC G3/5/7 about future force structure; all futur... Read More...

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

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 12/03/2012

Before and after my deployment to Afghanistan, I had the opportunity to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. I recently completed my last event in a series of events that are provided to National Guard and Reserve Components. The series of events consist of a pre-deployment event, an event for the Families during deployment, demobilization and post-deployment. The Yellow Ribbon programs are tailored to assist Families in all phases of a deployment. When I deployed to Iraq in 2004 to 2005 there were no programs like the Yellow Ribbon program available to my Family or myself. With so many Reservists and National Guard deploy... Read More...

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3rd Brigade, 95th Division hosts Division Commanders/honors local WWII-era female Marine
3rd Brigade, 95th Division hosts Division Commanders/honors local WWII-era female Marine

By Lt. Col. James R. Martin | 12/03/2012

RICHMOND, Ky. — Recently, 3rd Brigade, 95th Division, had the honor of hosting the 108th Training Command and 95th Division commanders during a commander’s conference from Aug. 23-26 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall, commander, 108th Training Command (IET), and Brig. Gen. Arlen “Ray” Royalty, commander, 95th Training Division (IET), joined the 3rd Brigade commander, Col. Conrad “Buddy” Holbert who rolled out an initiative called “Leading Edge.” Holbert explains further, “This conference was designed to review FY 2013 plans while providing an opportunity to discuss issues and develop countermeasures. Our br... Read More...

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Casing Ceremony for the 98th Training Division (IET)
Casing Ceremony for the 98th Training Division (IET)

Lt. Col. Chris Black | 12/03/2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Soldiers, past and present, gathered at the Army Reserve Center to bid farewell to Headquarters, 98th Training Division (IET) at a casing ceremony on Sept. 8, 2012. The division has been serving the Army and community of Rochester since 1959. In preparation for the move to Fort Benning, Ga., Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commanding general, 98th Training Division (IET), presided over the casing ceremony for the division colors. Col. Todd Arnold, chief of staff, 98th Training Division, narrated the ceremony and the commander of troops was Headquarters and Headquarter Company Commander, Maj. Don Montgomery. Read More...

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98th Iroquois Arrive at New Location Dedicated to WWII Chaplain
98th Iroquois Arrive at New Location Dedicated to WWII Chaplain

By Mrs. Deborah P. Williams | 12/03/2012

FORT BENNING, Ga. — After five-decades in upstate New York, the 98th Training Command (IET) will call the Fort Benning Armed Forces Reserve Center their new home. In addition to unfurling the 98th flag, the building was dedicated to a Catholic chaplain who served with distinction in the South Pacific during World War II, Lt. Col. Elmer Heindl. Heindl was born in Rochester, N.Y. and ordained a priest in 1936. He was the assistant pastor at St. Andrew’s in N.Y., when he volunteered to join the Army in 1942. According to his biography, he wanted to counsel Soldiers, as he believed they needed spiritual guidance. “He distinguished hi... Read More...

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Driscoll takes command of 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)
Driscoll takes command of 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Smith | 12/03/2012

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Col. Paul Driscoll assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) from Col. Chadwick Barklay at a ceremony here, Oct. 20, 2012. Col. Loretta Thomas, deputy commander, 98th Training Division (IET) served as reviewing officer at the ceremony and Lt. Col. Otto Padron, executive officer, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) served as Commander of Troops. Thomas praised Barklay, the outgoing commander for his leadership and for being and inspiration to all the Soldiers in the brigade. Read More...

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2012 Best Warrior Competition begins at Fort Lee
2012 Best Warrior Competition begins at Fort Lee

By Terrance Bell | 12/03/2012

FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 15, 2012) — Twenty-four of the Army’s finest warriors converged here Sunday to engage in a fast-paced and intense battle against themselves and each other as participants of the premier Soldier skills competition. The event, officially called the Department of the Army Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Best Warrior Competition, known as Best Warrior, or BWC for short, brings together 12 noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, and 12 junior Soldiers from the Army’s major commands to demonstrate their proficiencies in skills critical to the success of every Soldier. Best Warrior events include a physica... Read More...

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Three-event APFT retained pending baseline Soldier physical readiness study
Three-event APFT retained pending baseline Soldier physical readiness study

By Stephanie Slater | 12/03/2012

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Aug. 26, 2012) — The Army will retain the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, pending a study to determine the best method to measure baseline Soldier physical readiness. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command found that implementing changes to how the Army assesses physical fitness would be premature. “We anticipate that the baseline Soldier physical readiness study, linked to Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, may generate new information that affects how we develop and test physical fitness,” said TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey. Read More...

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