Postured for the future
Postured for the future
From the Commanding General...

Maj. Gen. James B. Mallory III | 02/19/2010

A recurring theme of many of my columns over the past three years have been to discuss the rationale of unit transformations, impacts of realignments on our force structure, as well as how operations in the Army Reserve have changed and expanded missions of our Basic Combat Training, training support and ROTC units.  We are preparing to make the last major force structure changes which will reduce the number of our BCT battalions from 46 to 40, but which will retain all of our company structure, resulting in the remaining BCT battalions adding a sixth BCT company and necessitating some company realignments and adjustments to battalion geogra... Read More...

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With decade of changes we begin anew
With decade of changes we begin anew
From the Command Sergeant Major...

Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Payne | 02/19/2010

Welcome to 2010 and to a new decade. Does it seem like it’s been ten years since Y2K and the prediction the world would come to a grinding halt? Well, it has been 10 years and there have been a number of changes and challenges in the past decade, some good and some not so good and with the New Year the only constant is change. The Bad was the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. Since then our lives, for those of us who serve in uniform and especially the Reserve and National Guard, have been changed forever. We are no longer the old strategic reserve force sitting on the bench, waiting to be called, but never getting i... Read More...

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From the desk of the Chief Executive Officer…
From the desk of the Chief Executive Officer…

Larry M. Cruz | 02/19/2010

I hope you and your families had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.  We are looking at firming up the location of our annual Full-Time Staff (FTS) Conference. We will announce the location of the conference soon. It will be a great opportunity for us to do some FTS networking and team building among our three divisions and brigade FTS while simultaneously providing our new commanding general with a warm FTS welcome.  We will push attendees as far down as fiscally possibly but will certainly include all division and brigade FTS, at a minimum.  As we get closer to the event, we will distribute a formal email and operation order detaili... Read More...

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Warrant Officer challenges, issues 2010
Warrant Officer challenges, issues 2010
From the desk of the Chief Executive Officer...

Command Chief Warrant Officer Shirley B. Moser | 02/19/2010

It is with great excitement that I begin my new position as Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 108th Training Command.  The journey has been very challenging but very rewarding.  I envisioned this moment many times and wondered what it would feel like to be in CW5 Gary Williams’ shoes.  I read his column and appreciated the excellent job he did in mentoring Soldiers and taking care of their needs during his tenure as Command Chief.  I know this will be the best time in my entire career as a Soldier and Warrant Officer.  There are many things I hope to accomplish as I grasp the enormous job before me.  I want to touch base with all the Warr... Read More...

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Training for war at Fort Hunter Liggett
Training for war at Fort Hunter Liggett

Victoria L. White | 02/19/2010

It’s the biggest Army Reserve base and the eighth largest in the entire Army with more than 165,000 acres of rolling hills, mountains, forests and rivers.  With warm winters and temperatures rising to 115 degrees during summers, Fort Hunter Liggett offers an ideal location for training warriors headed to war. Established in 2005, the U.S. Army Support Training Center trains Combat Support (CS) and Combat Services Support (CSS) units.  It is home for the Army Reserve’s Regional Training Center-West where 108th drill sergeants conduct pre-mobilization training, allowing units to get the combat training they need, deploy quicker and get more... Read More...

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Commentary: Soldiers share bond with All-American athletes
Commentary: Soldiers share bond with All-American athletes

Erika Wonn | 02/19/2010

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 9, 2010) — The 10th anniversary of Saturday’s Army All-American Bowl actually kicked off last week with a number of events that included a skills challenge, where Soldiers tested their football skills against the all-star players. You may not think that U.S. Army Soldiers and high school football players would have a lot in common, but this year’s bowl showed that they may be more similar than it seems.  Soldiers are taught discipline, courage, teamwork and selfless service when they do their everyday jobs. By the same token, these players are taught the benefits of camaraderie and sacrifice for their team wh... Read More...

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Soldiers Gold Mine
Soldiers Gold Mine
Nuggets to keep you informed

| 02/19/2010

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Glimpses from the Command
Glimpses from the Command

| 02/19/2010

Sgt. Niya Carr holds her son, Shawn, as he meets Santa (Master Sgt. Dreu Mischaud, G-1, 108th Training Command ) during a Christmas party held for military children at the training command headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. sponsored by VFW Post 948.  Photo by Victoria L. White, 108th Training Command (IET) Public Affairs. 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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