Frank J. Grass

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Frank J. Grass
General Frank J. Grass JCS.jpg
Grass in September 2012
Born(1951-05-19) May 19, 1951 (age 63)
Arnold, Missouri, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1969–present
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
UnitNational Guard Bureau
Commands held220th Engineer Company
203rd Engineer Battalion
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
 
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Frank J. Grass
General Frank J. Grass JCS.jpg
Grass in September 2012
Born(1951-05-19) May 19, 1951 (age 63)
Arnold, Missouri, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1969–present
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
UnitNational Guard Bureau
Commands held220th Engineer Company
203rd Engineer Battalion
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal

Frank J. Grass (born May 19, 1951) is a United States Army general who serves as 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Arnold, Missouri,[1] Grass was born on May 19, 1951,[2][3][4] and graduated from Arnold's Fox High School in 1969.[5] He joined the Missouri Army National Guard in October 1969,[6] and served as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer before graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1981 and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps.[7]

Career[edit]

While serving as a traditional member of the National Guard Grass pursued a civilian career with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.[8]

Grass served in a variety of command and staff positions, first as a traditional National Guard soldier, and later as a member of the Active Guard and Reserve program and on active duty. His command assignments included the 220th Engineer Company (1986 to 1988) and the 203rd Engineer Battalion (1997 to 1999).[9]

Since becoming a general officer in 2004, Grass' assignments have included: Deputy Director, Army National Guard (2004 to 2006); Director, Mobilization and Reserve Component Affairs, Headquarters, United States European Command (2006 to 2008); Director of Operations, United States Northern Command (2008 to 2010); and Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (2010 to 2012).[10]

In June 2012, Grass was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Chief of the National Guard Bureau and appointment to the rank of general in the reserve active duty of the Army. The appointment and promotion were confirmed by the United States Senate on July 26, 2012.[11] Grass formally took over the National Guard Bureau in a ceremony on September 7, 2012.[12][13]

Education[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edgesLegion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Superior Unit Award
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold Hourglass device
NCO Professional Development Ribbon.svgArmy NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon.svgArmy Service Ribbon
Ribbon numeral 2.pngArmy Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2
Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon.svgRibbon numeral 2.pngArmy Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2
Mocsm.jpgMissouri Conspicuous Service Medal, Missouri National Guard
WALOM.jpgWashington Army National Guard Legion of Merit, State of Washington[15]

Other achievements[edit]

Chronological list of officer assignments[edit]

Effective dates of promotions[edit]

Promotions
InsigniaRankDate
US-O10 insignia.svgGeneral September 7, 2012
US-O9 insignia.svgLieutenant General September 30, 2010[19]
US-O8 insignia.svgMajor GeneralJune 22, 2006
US-O7 insignia.svgBrigadier GeneralApril 2, 2004
US-O6 insignia.svgColonelMay 31, 2000
US-O5 insignia.svgLieutenant ColonelFebruary 7, 1995
US-O4 insignia.svgMajorAugust 4, 1990
US-O3 insignia.svgCaptainJuly 1, 1985
US-O2 insignia.svgFirst LieutenantApril 19, 1983
US-O1 insignia.svgSecond LieutenantSeptember 12, 1981

References[edit]

  1. ^ Military Salute: Grass, Roth, Morse, Potter, Suburban Journals, St. Louis Today, October 19, 2010.
  2. ^ U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, Nomination of Frank J. Grass, 2012, page 681
  3. ^ Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, entry for Frank J. Grass, Volume 1, accessed December 30, 2012.
  4. ^ Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, entry for Frank J. Grass, Volume 2, accessed December 30, 2012.
  5. ^ Fox High School, Yearbook, 1969, page 164.
  6. ^ U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs, USNORTHCOM Deputy Receives Third Star, U.S. Northern Command News Web Site, October 4, 2010.
  7. ^ National Guard Association of the United States, Guardsman Nominated for NORTHCOM Post, published on National Guard Association of Michigan web site, September 28, 2010.
  8. ^ National Guard Association of the United States, Senate Quickly Confirms New Bureau Leaders, National Guard magazine, August 2012, page 14.
  9. ^ Association of Military Comptrollers, Professional Development Conference Program, 2006, pages 18–19.
  10. ^ National Guard Bureau, Biography, General Frank J. Grass, 2012.
  11. ^ United States Senate, Senate Floor Log, July 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Army Times, General to Take Top Guard Job, Get 4th Star, September 5, 2012.
  13. ^ U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, Panetta Hosts Chief Change For National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense Photo Essay, September 7, 2012.
  14. ^ U.S. Northern Command, Biography, General Frank J. Grass, 2010.
  15. ^ [1], Biography, General Frank J. Grass, 2012.
  16. ^ National Guard Bureau, Biography, Frank J. Grass, 2009, page 3.
  17. ^ National Guard Bureau Biography.
  18. ^ "AirForce". Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ U.S. Northern Command Biography

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Craig McKinley
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
2012–present
Incumbent