From the Commanding General
From the Commanding General

By Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen | 10/23/2017

Team Griffon, This edition of the Griffon provides an extraordinary opportunity for us to do an azimuth check on where we are and where we are going. For the past two years, the 108th Training Command’s priority has been READINESS. There have been incredible strides in improving our overall readiness in a number of areas. As you know, we focused on the four pillars of readiness: combat readiness; Soldier readiness; Family readiness; and safety readiness. Additionally, the four pillars of readiness were built upon a foundation of Leader readiness. Read More...

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From the Command Sergeant Major
From the Command Sergeant Major

By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Riti | 10/23/2017

One of the biggest regrets I have is that I don’t have the opportunity to visit every one of the outstanding Soldiers within the 108th Training Command. With all the conferences, Senior Enlisted Leadership Counsels, competitions, Boards, meetings and summits I’m required to attend, there just isn’t enough time and for that I apologize. MG McQueen and I do as many Battlefield Circulation visits as we’re able to fit into our schedules but still don’t get the opportunity to meet each and every one of you. We know you’re doing outstanding things and accomplishing a lot and for that we commend you. Just today I visited with Soldiers from the 95th... Read More...

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Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits
Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits

By Spc. Jeremiah Woods | 10/23/2017

Coral-red dust billows up and rests on several brand-new pairs of brown leather boots as a crowd of new recruits at Fort Jackson, S.C. shuffle into a formation on the Omaha Beach team live-fire range. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Gilbert Dillard Jr., a senior drill sergeant attached to B. Co., 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, barks orders and the recruits respond with an abrupt sharpness they would not have known just a few weeks earlier. Dillard is an Army Reserve Soldier from F. Co. 1st Batallion 321st Infantry Regiment out of Lumberton, N.C., and is currently on active duty as a drill sergeant. From his demeanor ... Read More...

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‘The Tip of the Spear’

By CSM (retired) Milton Hardy | 10/23/2017

Someone once said, starting from the beginning is always best. In the beginning there were Drill Sergeants. The Drill Sergeants came to greet us at the bus. As young Soldiers, we were anxious to meet our new friends. Soon, frankly very soon, we realized they were not our friends. They were our Drill Sergeants. Lesson learned! There is a world of difference. Drill Sergeants are groomed to Coach, Mentor and Train young Soldiers, and sometime not so young Soldiers. Read More...

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The Force of the Future
The Force of the Future

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 10/23/2017

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The Army Reserve held its 2017 Best Warrior Competition (BWC) here over the course of six days, June 11-17. 20 of the most promising warriors from the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) met at Ft. Bragg to vie for the title of best Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) and enlisted Soldier of the Year. Soldiers volunteered to compete regionally, within their respective commands, and those winners moved forward to compete here in the annual USARC BWC. Competitors Sgt. Michael Hughes with the 2-377th and Spc. Robert Lee Davis Jr. with 1-415th Alpha Company, represented the 95th Training Division (IET) and the 108th Training Co... Read More...

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Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule the World’
Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule the World’

Story by Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 10/23/2017

THE ROCK RANCH, Ga. — Nestled on the shores of a lake, just off a rural Georgia highway is the Rock Ranch. It’s here the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation hosts one of its “Girls Who Rule the World” mentoring camp. It’s also where, this year, you will find Drill Sergeants Kate-treena Orellana and Candice Beebe, with 3rd Battalion, 485th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET), 108th Training Command (IET). Designed to enhance the development of young girls, the camp provides a forum highlighting positive self-image, responsible conduct and respect for self and others. To help accomplish this, the foundation reaches out ... Read More...

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108th Summer Training
108th Summer Training

| 10/23/2017

Across the 108th Training Command (IET) Drill Sergeants, Instructors, Soldiers, Leaders were doing their job to support our mission “First in Training.” The 104th Training Command (LT) could be found at West Point and Fort Knox primarily, showing Cadets what right looks like and influencing the leaders of the future. The 95th and 98th Training Divisions were scattered across Ft. Benning, Fort Sill, Fort Jackson, Fort Leonard Wood, and places in between as they influenced Basic Trainees and were the first example of NCO leadership for these young (and some not so young) recruits, turning citizens into Soldiers. Regardless of the mission, rega... Read More...

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Follow the Leader: Cadets Learn What’s Right
Follow the Leader: Cadets Learn What’s Right

By Spc. Tynisha Daniel | 10/23/2017

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The annual Cadet Basic Camp Course held during the summer at Fort Knox is based on leadership development and situational exercise to push the Army’s future leaders to their physical and mental limits while challenging them to discover their true leadership potential. Newly implemented, Cadets now receive hands on training by the Army’s most talented and promising one percent, Army Drill Sergeants. The assistance of Drill Sergeants with the new summer training for Cadets introduces Cadets to their first NCO leadership. They quickly learn from day one of training what is expected of them and see leadership at first han... Read More...

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Homeschooling as a Blessing Stability Amidst Change
Homeschooling as a Blessing Stability Amidst Change

By the Bridgway Homeschool Academy | 10/23/2017

You scan your new living room as you watch the movers bringing box after box in the door. “This one is so much smaller than my last,” you think silently. You walk towards the kids’ new rooms, dodging boxes and bubble wrap as you go. You find them dutifully setting up their beds, making this new space as familiar as possible. And you breathe a sigh of gratitude and of concern knowing that this new duty station will bring with it much of the same, despite it being so new to you.  Read More...

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What’s Your Next Mission?

| 08/04/2017

If you’re transitioning from military service and have an interest in the freight transportation industry, you should consider a career at Estes Express Lines — especially if you have driver or mechanic experience. Estes is the largest privately-owned less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in North America. We’ve been around for over 85 years, and a big part of that is because we hire and retain the best people. Read More...

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