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In Heat 6, #GryphonBrigade collided with Team Windermere causing the “Gryphons” Dragon Boat to capsize. Aside from taking a cold dunk in the harbor, everyone was okay, though. And, while cold, the whole team was in good spirits and went on to win the title of Dragon Boat Race Champions for the third year in a row!

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This year's Dragon Boat Races was one for the ages. Two-time defending champions, #GryphonBrigade, came into this year's race with a bullseye on their back, having won the 2016 and 2017 Dragon Boat Races. After beating Team Anthony's by .60 seconds, #GryphonBrigade suffered a huge setback in Heat 6 when they unintentionally collided with Team Windemere, causing the “Gryphons” Dragon Boat to capsize. Aside from taking a cold dunk in the harbor, everyone was okay though. They were provided warm showers and dry clothes, thanks to Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, and were eager to get back into the race, which they did, beating Team Windemere in a photo finish rematch. That win enabled #GryphonBrigade to move onto the finals where they narrowly beat Team Windemere, winning the Dragon Boat Races for the third year in a row!!!

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Amazingly, despite capsizing during their second race, and being forced to rotate their alternates through the next two races, #GryphonBrigade is the 2018 Gig Harbor Dragon Race CHAMPIONS for a third-year in a row!! Way to go Soldiers of the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade! #WeAreTheChampions

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In what was literally a photo finish, #GryphonBrigade beat Team Windermere in their final race. They still have a chance to win it all and defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions!!

Happening now! #GryphonBrigade fights to defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions!

Happening now! #GryphonBrigade fights to defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions!

Posted by 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Here they come — #GryphonBrigade. Let’s finish this!!! #BackInTheSaddle

Here they come — #GryphonBrigade. Let’s finish this!!! #BackInTheSaddle

Posted by 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade on Sunday, April 22, 2018

In Heat 6, #GryphonBrigade collided with Team Windermere causing the “Gryphons” Dragon Boat to capsize. Aside from taking a cold dunk in the harbor (42F), everyone is okay, though. And, while cold, the whole team is in good spirits and is determined to race again in the finals. Stay tuned.

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#GryphonBrigade beats Team Anthony’s 1:02.40 to 1:03.00!!! Next race will be at 1:30 PM.

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Happening now! #GryphonBrigade fights to defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions!

Happening now! #GryphonBrigade fights to defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions!

Posted by 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade on Sunday, April 22, 2018

#GryphonBrigade is getting onboard their Dragon Boat in advance of their race.

#GryphonBrigade is getting onboard their Dragon Boat in advance of their race.

Posted by 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade on Sunday, April 22, 2018

#GryphonBrigade practicing this morning to defend their title as Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Champions. They’ve won two of the last three years. Their first race is about to happen. We’ll be bringing it to you LIVE! right here, so stay tuned in!

This year's Dragon Boat Races was one for the ages. Two-time defending champions, #GryphonBrigade, came into this year's race with a bullseye on their back, having won the 2016 and 2017 Dragon Boat Races. After beating Team Anthony's by .60 seconds, #GryphonBrigade suffered a huge setback in Heat 6 when they unintentionally collided with Team Windemere, causing the “Gryphons” Dragon Boat to capsize. Aside from taking a cold dunk in the harbor, everyone was okay though. They were provided warm showers and dry clothes, thanks to Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, and were eager to get back into the race, which they did, beating Team Windemere in a photo finish rematch. That win enabled #GryphonBrigade to move onto the finals where they narrowly beat Team Windemere, winning the Dragon Boat Races for the third year in a row!!!

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Looking for something to do this today? Head on over to downtown Gig Harbor for the seventh annual Dragon Boat Race at Skansie Park. Your 201st EMIB “Gryphons” will be racing their first race at 12:30 PM. Come on out and show your support. The Dragon Boat races feature a variety of food and entertainment vendors in Skansie Park. Come out to watch your “Gryphons” race, stay for the food and fun.

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Gryphon 6 shares a few words about our new Gryphon Principles and all the great training our Soldiers have been accomplishing recently.

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It's time to spring forward! This Sunday when you move all your clocks forward an hour, take the time to change out the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries should be changed at least once a year.

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Gryphon 6 would like to wish everyone a wonderful four day weekend.

109th Expeditionary MI Battalion 502d Military Intelligence Battalion HHD Highlanders, 502d MI BN
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Presidents' Day is upon us. It is a time to honor the achievements of our Commanders in Chief, from our Nation's founding to today; leaders who, for more than two centuries, built, and continue to build, our great country into the magnificent nation it is today. These leaders helped guide the United States of America as it was built on a foundation of ideals and values that we, in turn, defend as Soldiers in our glorious Army.

Each of you is an invaluable member of Gryphon family. I appreciate all of your hard work and accomplishments each and every day, which is why I am asking for you to implement risk management control measures at every level of leadership and in all you do.

Leaders, I need you to focus on your Soldiers and stress to them the importance of remaining safe this holiday weekend. It is still winter here, so be sure to address weather conditions, as well as winter sports-related injury avoidance, responsible alcohol consumption, and the need to have a plan. Help them identify risk and develop appropriate risk management strategies in your safety briefs.

Soldiers, I need you to listen to your leadership, what they have to say, and adhere to it. Do not understate your importance to our brigade and its mission. I want each and every one of you to return to work next week without incident. Continue to set the example and make your unit, Family, Army, and Nation proud, just as you do every day.

CSM Melendez (Gryphon 7) and I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Presidents' Day Holiday weekend. As valued team members of the Gryphon Family, enjoy this well-deserved holiday respite and remember to stay safe for your Families, in and out of the Army.

COL Todd A. Berry
Gryphon 6

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Today, being #ValentinesDay, we encourage you to give a shout out to your #Gryphon / #Disrupter / #Sentinel Soldier or veteran below!

502d Military Intelligence Battalion 109th Expeditionary MI Battalion

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We love our #USArmy #Soldiers.This #ValentinesDay, give a shout out to your Soldier or veteran below!

Posted by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kevin Hines, suicide survivor and author of “Cracked, Not Broken,” shared his story of survival and living with severe mental illness Feb. 1, at North Lewis Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Soldiers from throughout I Corps, to include the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, were in attendance at Lewis North Chapel to hear Hines' story of how in Sept. 2000 he leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a method of suicide that has resulted in death for all but 36 (less than 2%) of the over 2,000 people who have jumped since the bridge opened in 1937.

We're excited to announce that Gryphon 7 now has an official Facebook page. Please visit his page and follow him.

As well, Congratulations to SPC Hayden Dilbeck, SPC Ziya Davis, SPC Chang Yi, CPL Everett Strunk, and SPC Stacy Balagtas for completing Basic Leaders Course, a month-long course that trains specialists, corporals, and sergeants in the fundamentals of leadership.

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Soldiers from throughout I Corps, to include the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, were in attendance at Lewis North Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Feb 1, to hear Kevin Hines Story.

In Sept 2000, Kevin leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a method of suicide that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have jumped since 1937. He survived and in the 17 years since Kevin has become the bridge between many people and their loved ones who made a similar act.

Kevin visited JBLM to share his story with our Soldiers and help those suffering from mental illnesses, who may have thoughts of suicide, to try and find hope.

As someone living with severe mental illness, Kevin hopes his story of resiliency will help others to live mentally well and choose life, and for those who know someone who's suffering to act should the need arise.

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ICYMI: Many Gryphon Soldiers turned out for the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade Resiliency Team's Quarterly cookout Jan. 26. It enabled the team to spend time with our Soldiers, and remind them of their new location away from the Brigade Headquarters in the Company Operations Facility (COF). Many thanks to the Resiliency Team for showing us a good time and filling our bellies that day.

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Have you got plans for #SuperBowl Sunday, #teamGryphon? If not, consider watching the Big Game at the Courage Inn Dining Facility, located on Lewis Main, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. They're pulling out all the stops -- BBQ RIbs, Fish & Pizza -- along with some mouth watering side dishes, salads & desserts!! Mmm, mmm. So even if your team loses, your belly will WIN! Be sure to check it out.

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If you plan to be on I-5 much later tonight, you may want to consider an alternate route going-to/coming-from your destination.

MAKE PLANS NOW to hear Kevin Hines speak about the Value of Life TODAY, Thursday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m., at North Fort Lewis Chapel. Kevin – who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge goal in Sept. 2000 and survived – will be here, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, to spread his message of how, in the wake of his tragedy, he changed his life and how he learned to live mentally well. He will share his story of how he personally rose above the statistics and is now living mentally well.

HHD Highlanders, 502d MI BN, 502d Military Intelligence Battalion, 109th Expeditionary MI Battalion

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