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

Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 09/12/2011

I had the opportunity at the end of July to attend the United States Army War College graduation at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Carlisle Barracks is one of our nation’s oldest military installations and the home of U.S. Army War College since 1951. On that hot summer morning as I watched the graduation and a sea of proud families, parents and loved ones, fellow classmates and senior officers. I recalled my two years of study there. We had 301 officers; about 15 seminar groups as I remember, each about 20 officers in size. My “seminar group” produced 6 general officers out of the 18 classmates that comprised the group. I still reach out and maintai... Read More...

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From the 95th Division Commander...
From the 95th Division Commander...

Brig. Gen. A. Ray Royalty | 09/12/2011

Having recently joined the team at the 95th Training Division, it is certainly an honor to have this opportunity to be part of a strong, dedicated, and historic line of great soldiers and officers. The endeavors of this division from the past and the present continues to show absolute professionalism and highest character against enormous challenges in support of our nation’s defense. This division remains an integral part in protecting our American way of life – liberty, security, and freedom – in a time when a majority of countries in our global community remain in the yoke of non-democratic and ruthless leaders. Being a part of this divis... Read More...

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

Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Payne | 09/12/2011

August 6, 2011: Chinook crash kills thirty Soldiers in Afghanistan. I want to express my thoughts and deepest regards to all of the families of the casualties of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past many years. But at this particular time would like to specifically extend my condolences to the Families of those brave warriors that went down in that Chinook in Afghanistan. Many of you know my tenure clock is rapidly counting down and my time with the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) will be coming to an end between the time you read this and November. Contrary to popular belief I will not be retiring as th... Read More...

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Driscoll takes command of 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)
Driscoll takes command of 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)

Sgt. 1st Class Marty A. Collins | 09/12/2011

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Col. Paul Driscoll assumed command of 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) from Col. Andrew Bassford on July 17, at the James McWorther Reserve Center at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commanding general, 98th Training Division (IET) served as reviewing officer at the ceremony and Lt. Col. Donald Campbell, executive officer, 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) served as Commander of the Troops.  “While command truly is a privilege it is accompanied by deep responsibilities. Command just like all other forms of leadership is a challenge. It requires living the Army values every day a... Read More...

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Timberwolves welcome a new alpha
Timberwolves welcome a new alpha

Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield | 09/12/2011

JOINT BASE LEWIS - McCHORD, Wash. — “Without a future, history has no meaning.” With those words Brig. Gen. Daniel L. York relinquished command of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training) Timberwolves to Col. Kurt Hardin in a ceremony June 4, at the Staff Sgt. Coby G. Schwab Reserve Center. The Timberwolves, along with more than a hundred guests honored Chief of Staff and incoming commander Hardin as he accepted the colors from reviewing officer and commander of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Maj.  Gen.  Robert P. Stall.  “Being a commander is one of the toughest, and yet at the same time, one of the ... Read More...

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Hardin promoted to Brig. General
Hardin promoted to Brig. General

Sgt. 1st Class Marty A. Collins | 09/12/2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Col. Kurt A. Hardin, 104th Training Division (Leader Training), was promoted to brigadier general by Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall, commanding general, 108th Training Command (IET) during the 108th Full Time Conference held at Columbia, S.C. on August 2, 2011. “I think it was appropriate to have this promotion ceremony done here at the full time conference because when I look out at the audience here you’re the glue that holds the Army Reserve together,” said Hardin. “You’re the continuity, because as leaders we couldn’t do it without you.” Hardin assumed command of the 104th Training Division (LT) on June 4, 2011. He jo... Read More...

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Mobilization Mission Complete
Mobilization Mission Complete

| 09/12/2011

Fort Sill, Okla. — On April 1, the “Night Fighters” of 1st Battalion, 414th Infantry, 95th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET) cased their battalion colors, formally marking the end of their 1-year mission at Fort Sill, Okla., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The casing ceremony concluded the 95th Division’s 3-year involvement with the 108th Training Command’s mission that began in 2008 with the arrival of 1st Battalion, 355th Infantry from Round Rock, Texas.  In 2009, 3rd Battalion, 378th Infantry from Norman, Okla., replaced the 1-355th with 1-414th assuming control in April 2010.  The 1-414th is part of 2nd Br... Read More...

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108th holds Best Warrior Competition
108th holds Best Warrior Competition

Sgt. Aaron L. Rosencrans | 09/12/2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The 108th Training Command held the final round of the Best Warrior Competition May 14, 2011 at the Weems Baskin Track Facility at the University of South Carolina and the Columbia Marriott. The competition was held to determine which non-commissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier in the command would move on to compete against the best across the U.S. Army Reserve. “Every division under the 108th Training Command has had their own competitions to identify the best NCO and the best Soldier to compete in the command-wide competition,” said Sgt. Maj. James McCarty, operations sergeant major with the 108th Tr... 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.

  • 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.

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