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

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser | 12/20/2013

When I first took command I asked all commanders, battalion and above, their perspectives on the 108th. I was looking for best practices as well as suggestions for improvement. I read each response and determined there is a need for more information on the future plans for the 108th in the area of force management. With ongoing reduction in the government budget and sequestration quickly squeezing every dollar out of the military budget we are in an era of tightening belts. This reduction in funding translates to a reduction in force structure. Currently the Army Reserve is at 205K end strength with a possible reduction to 185K. Depart... Read More...

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

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 12/20/2013

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, every day 22 Veterans take their own lives. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes. Suicide prevention programs have been set in place to educate Soldiers and Families of the signs and risks associated with suicide. Additional counselors have been hired to assist Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health disorders. Even with all the programs and information available to Soldiers, we are still seeing a rise in suicides. Not all of us are in a position to see the signs of a Soldier that may attempt to take his life, but many of us are. Knowing when a person is a... Read More...

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By Master Sgt. Deborah Williams | 12/20/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Even drill sergeants need training and it is consistently and effectively done at the Drill Sergeant School here. The school is not designed to take seasoned NCOs back to basic training, but to get them back to the basics. Being an instructor responsible for teaching military skills to future Soldiers is what they need to learn at the school. The students have to understand that they will be responsible for teaching the material they’ve learned to other Soldiers – Soldiers who may be heading off to the front lines. Read More...

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Drill Sergeant School Graduates Warriors
Drill Sergeant School Graduates Warriors

By Mrs. Deborah Williams | 12/20/2013

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Drill Sergeant Class 510-13 graduated here 28 August. The ceremony began with arrival of the Official Party, Invocation and the Commandant’s remarks. Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McCoy, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School Commandant, had some interesting facts to share with the graduates and the audience. Read More...

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Reserve and Active Drill Sergeants Working Together
Reserve and Active Drill Sergeants Working Together

By Capt. Matthew Moore | 12/20/2013

FORT BENNING, Ga. — On June 9th, 2013, twelve United States Army Reserve Drill Sergeants took their place along side Active Duty Instructors under the 192nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga. These drill sergeants were spread across three battalions and seven companies, assisting active component Basic Combat Training Companies for two weeks. As commander of the annual training increment, my job was to visit each of the command teams that my Soldiers were working with to ensure they were providing the appropriate support. At the beginning it was just introduction and the typical exchange of contact information, but half way through I... Read More...

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3-385th Wraps up TY13 With FTX
3-385th Wraps up TY13 With FTX

By Capt. Josiah Fisher | 12/20/2013

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The end of the 2013 training year did not mean the end of valuable training for the 3rd Battalion, 385th Infantry Regiment Drill Sergeants who completed a three-day field training exercise (FTX) here Sept. 8. “The training and effort I saw in our Soldiers during these three days definitely exceeded our high expectations,” said Lt. Col. Michael Mikulski, commander of the unit from Edison, N.J. “Our drill sergeants are often spread out during our annual training missions. So, events like these are always great for camaraderie, morale, and increasing our knowledge base through lessons learned.” ... Read More...

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THE “Bayonet”
THE “Bayonet”

By Col. Miles Davis | 12/20/2013

McCRADY TRAINING CENTER, S.C.— Set in the rolling hills and towering pines of thecentral Midlands region of South Carolina, Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 98th Division (IET), headquartered at Fort Jackson, S.C., participated in the first annual Second Brigade “Bayonet” Field Training (FTX) at the McCrady Training Center in July. The Bayonet is a grueling 17-hour competition that test the Warrior Task and Battle Drill proficiency of five-Soldier teams from each battalion in the brigade through a series of five scenario-driven, mission-oriented, Situational Training Exercise (STX) lanes. Read More...

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Army consolidates deployment processing
Army consolidates deployment processing

By Michelle Tan | 12/26/2013

In one month, the new Continental United States Replacement Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, has processed almost 250 soldiers and Army civilians for their overseas deployments.   The Army consolidated its CRC operation Aug. 9, moving it from Fort Benning, Ga., to Fort Bliss. Read More...

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Drill Sergeant School Graduates Warriors
Reserve and Active Drill Sergeants Working Together
3-385th Wraps up TY13 With FTX
THE “Bayonet”
Army consolidates deployment processing
Task Force Sniper Completes the Air Advisor Course
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Basic Combat Training Mission in Puerto Rico
Reserve Officer (NCO) Foreign Exchange Program
Polar Bear Battalion Soldiers Earn German Marksmanship Badge
Drill Sergeant Experiences the United Kingdom
Polar Bear Soldiers conduct Basic Training at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE)
WWII vets who liberated French town share stories with younger generations
The Legacy Continues
4th Brigade gets Down and Dirty
Army Ten-Miler
What Is Soldier Readiness?
Thank You Griffon Association
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Warrant Officer Spotlight
Cyber World Today
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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.
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  • The Griffon is required reading material with a message straight from the General.