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

By Maj. Gen. Robert P. Stall | 02/21/2012

The only thing that is constant is change. 2012 will be the year of many changes... everything from an overhaul of the defense budget to new faces in leadership positions at the very top of our Army. As the Army prioritizes what is important for the future of this Republic, Command Sgt. Maj. Derezza and I have been traveling to our divisions and brigades and I am often asked what the command’s priorities are. I have given my intent on this to many audiences but wanted to formalize them in order of importance here to remove any confusion. The first is, to shape the force. Both Gen. Rodriguez and Lt. Gen. Stultz continue to emphasize how ... Read More...

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

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rocci R. DeRezza | 02/21/2012

While we still have troops in Afghanistan and many missions across the United States, it’s time that we refit, retrain, and prepare for the next war which history tells us will come. In 2012, we are going to see some changes to the U.S. Army Reserve. As we wind down from the war in Iraq we began to see a trend to get the Army back to the basics. Preparation for deployments and training for war has left little time for teaching basic Army values. It’s time to focus on the Army basics such as things we were taught in basic training, NCO leadership, NCOES and making sure we are physically fit so we can be well prepared for the next conflict.... Read More...

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Legacy Remains After Afghan National Army Mission Ends
Legacy Remains After Afghan National Army Mission Ends

| 02/21/2012

It was a Thanksgiving weekend with all the usual traditions . . . family getting together for turkey with trimmings and giving thanks. And on November 27, the extended family—the Army family, gathered to give a warm send-off to Soldiers of Det. 10, 3/334, 4th Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) during a deployment ceremony. So what started out as an article about Soldiers deploying turned into a look back at the mission and reflect upon challenges and successes the various detachments had during their tours in Afghanistan. The legacy started in May 2005 with a request for forces to mentor and advise the ANA drill sergeants as they co... Read More...

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Twenty-Three Seconds to Bad
Twenty-Three Seconds to Bad

By Staff Sgt. Richard Harris | 02/21/2012

So you think you’re bad, huh? You’ve walked around the reserve center with a chip on your shoulder. You’ve been overheard saying that if you ever entered an MMA [mixed martial arts] competition, they would ask you to take it easy on your opposition because you’ve outclassed them with your extensive set of skills, which appear to have no limits. And you further astonished all who were within earshot when you had the audacity to utter a boastful verbal barrage that if you showed up, there wouldn’t be anyone standing due to the magnitude of your “sheer awesomeness.” Read More...

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New Building, New Commander
New Building, New Commander

Story and photos by Capt. Jennifer K. Cotten | 02/21/2012

VANCOUVER, Wash. — On a unique day that comes once every one hundred years, 11-11-11, the 2d Brigade, 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) cut the ribbon to its new building and passed the unit colors to a new commander in separate ceremonies. Veteran’s Day was chosen as the day for festivities by brigade Commander, Col. William M. Snyder, who felt there no day more fitting. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony In an early afternoon ceremony, Snyder cut the ribbon to commemorate the official opening of the new Vancouver Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC). He was joined in the ribbon cutting by U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutle... Read More...

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US Army Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo
US Army Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo
Advisor and Mentor to the Afghan National Police Combined Joint Task Force 1 - Afghanistan

By Petty Officer 1st Class William Steele | 02/21/2012

BAMYAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — When the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan command went searching last year for a volunteer to help advise the Afghan National Police, they didn’t just find the right man for the job, they found Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo. The 34-year old U.S. Army reservist from Schenectady, N.Y., is a 10-year veteran of the New York State Police, a combat veteran with a tour in Iraq, and a Dari speaker who enjoys joking around with Afghans in their native language. Currently assigned to the Bamyan Training Center in Bamyan province, Badillo applies lessons he’s learned as a police officer to mentor his Afghan instructors ... Read More...

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Regional Support Command-East Personnel Give Back to Local Bamyan Orphans
Regional Support Command-East Personnel Give Back to Local Bamyan Orphans

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez | 02/21/2012

BAMYAN, Afghanistan — Two New York Soldiers from Regional Support Command – East light up the faces of local Bamyan orphans during a visit at the Bamyan orphanage, Dec. 14. Capt. James DeCann, from Hamlin, N.Y. and Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo, from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Bamyan Regional Training Center advisors, dropped off 13 boxes of school supplies, snacks and clothes to 63 local Afghan boys and girls. The two Soldiers were greeted at the front entrance by some of the orphans who helped carry the boxes of goodies inside to their dining area. DeCann and Badillo opened up the boxes and layed the contents on the table for distr... 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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