Command Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston
Command Sergeant Major Michael Grinston is from Jasper, Alabama and graduated from Walker High School. After attending Walker High School he attended Walker College for one year prior to joining the Army.
Command Sergeant Major Michael Grinston joined the Army on 19 October 1987 as a Firing Battery Cannon Crewmember. He has been assigned to 1-84 FA at Fort Lewis, Washington, 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, North Carolina, E/1-22 FA Fort Sill, Oklahoma, D/319th FA, 1-508 IN and 2-503 IN at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, 2-15 FAR Fort Drum NY, the Joint Multi-National Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Baumholder, Germany, and the 4th Brigade 101st Airborne Division Assault.
CSM Grinston has been deployed to Desert Shield, Desert Storm, KFOR 4A (Kosovo), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II, and OIF 06-08, and deployed to Afghanistan from 2011-2012 and has recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.
CSM Grinston has held the positions of cannon crewmember, gunner, section chief, gunnery sergeant, chief of firing battery, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major and Brigade Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Grinston's awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 2 Bronze Stars, 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 6 Army Commendation Medals, 12 Army Achievement Medals, the Ranger tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
CSM Grinston has attended the following schools: Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Rappel Master School, Jumpmaster School, Equal Opportunity Course, and all the required NCOES schools. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.
CSM Grinston is married and has two daughters.
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