Command Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Forces Command
Command Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston hails from Jasper, Alabama. A career artilleryman, he joined the Army in October 1987 as a Cannon Crewmember and has served at every leadership level from Cannon Crewmember to I Corps Command Sergeant Major.
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.
CSM Grinston's deployments include Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Kosovo. He has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom twice each, and recently returned from the armyÆs first deployment of a division headquarters in support of Operation Inherent Resolve û Iraq from October 2014 to June 2015.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and 5 Bronze Stars (with 2 'V' devices). He has earned the Ranger tab, Master Parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Drill Sergeant identification badge, and the Combat Action Badge. He has attended every level of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and is a graduate of Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault Schools. He is also a graduate of Drill Sergeant School and the Equal Opportunity Course.
CSM Grinston possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.