Michael A. Grinston

Michael A. Grinston is the current Sergeant Major of the Army in the United States.[1][2] Prior to his current position, he served as the senior enlisted leader for the United States Army Forces Command.

Michael A. Grinston
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Grinston in August 2019
BornJasper, Alabama
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1987–present
RankSergeant Major of the Army
Commands heldCSM United States Army Forces Command
CSM 1st Infantry Division
CSM I Corps
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Operation Inherent Resolve
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)

Military careerEdit

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston was sworn in as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army on Aug. 9, 2019. Grinston has held every enlisted leadership position in artillery, ranging from cannon crewmember to command sergeant major.

As the sergeant major of the Army, Grinston is the Army chief of staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. He devotes the majority of his time traveling throughout the Army to observe training and interact with Soldiers and their Families. He sits on a variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their Families and routinely invited to testify before Congress. Grinston is the public face of the U.S. Army's Noncommissioned Officer Corps, representing the NCO Corps to the American people in the media and through business and community engagements.

Grinston is a native of Jasper, Alabama, and enlisted in the Army in October 1987. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Grinston’s deployments include Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Inherent Resolve, Enduring Freedom, and Kosovo. As the 1st Infantry Division command sergeant major, Grinston served as the senior enlisted leader for the Army’s first deployment of a division headquarters in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He also served as the I Corps command sergeant major, and as the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Forces Command.

He has been assigned to 1-84 FA at Fort Lewis, WA, 2-320th FA at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, two tours at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany with 5-41 FA and 1-7th FA, 1-39th FA at Fort Bragg, NC, E/1- 22 FA Fort Sill, OK, D/319th FA, 1-508 IN and 2-503 IN at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. His service as a command sergeant major includes assignments as a Battalion CSM with 2-15 FA at Fort Drum, NY, Observer Controller CSM at Hohenfels, Germany, Brigade CSM 170th IBCT in Baumholder, Germany, Brigade CSM 4/101 at Fort Campbell, KY, 1st Infantry Division CSM at Fort Riley, KS, and I Corps at JBLM, WA.

Grinston’s military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. He is a graduate of Ranger School, Airborne School, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, How the Army Runs Course, the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course and the Keystone Course. Grinston holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Combat Action Badge
  Ranger tab
  Master Parachutist Badge
  Air Assault Badge
  Expert Marksman Badge with one weapon bar
  Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
  1st Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
  German Parachutist Badge in bronze
  10 Service stripes
  9 Overseas Service Bars
  Army Distinguished Service Medal
  Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
      Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
    Army Commendation Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
    Army Achievement Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
    Meritorious Unit Commendation with two oak leaf clusters
   Army Good Conduct Medal (10 awards)
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
    Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Kosovo Campaign Medal with service star
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars
      Iraq Campaign Medal with four service stars
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with service star
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
   NCO Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 6
  NATO Medal for service with ISAF
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Grinston is married and has two children.


  1. ^ "CSM Michael Grinston selected as 16th Sergeant Major of the Army". army.mil. Washington: U.S. Army. June 11, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Rempfer, Kyle (June 11, 2019). "Meet the next sergeant major of the Army". Army Times.

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Preceded by
Daniel A. Dailey
Sergeant Major of the Army