Former 1st ID leader to become sergeant major of U.S. Army

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, standing, speaks to Kansas Flint Hills civic leaders during his Feb. 6 visit to the region. On Tuesday, the Army announced Grinston as the new sergeant major of the Army, the Army’s top enlisted soldier and adviser to the Army chief of staff. He previously served as the 1st Infantry Division command sergeant at Fort Riley.

The U.S. Army announced on Tuesday that a former 1st Infantry Division leader will be the 16th sergeant major of the Army.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston will become the Army chief of staff’s personal adviser on enlisted force matters and the Army’s top enlisted soldier.

Grinston currently serves as the senior enlisted officer for the U.S. Army Forces Command and previously served as the 1st Infantry Division command sergeant at Fort Riley.

As sergeant major of the Army, Grinston will succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, who has served in the role since January 2015.

While serving as an adviser, Grinston will travel throughout the Army to observe training, talk to soldiers and their families, and recommend quality-of-life improvements to Army leadership and Congress. He will also serve as the public face of the Army’s NCO Corps.

Grinston will be sworn in during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Aug. 16.

Grinston is the third former Fort Riley official recently promoted to a high-ranking Army position, including Gen. Paul Funk, who is now commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Lt. Gen. Joseph Martin, who is vice chief of staff of the Army.

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