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Timmons, Kevin A.
Sgt Maj., U.S. Army, Senior Enlisted Advisor, DLA Joint Reserve Force
Sgt. Maj. Kevin Timmons was born in Baltimore, MD. He enlisted into the Active Army in January 1981. He attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, S.C and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 42A, Human Resources specialist and throughout his career, he also awarded 38B, Civil Affairs specialist and 71L, Administrative specialist.
ASSIGNMENTS: Sgt. Maj. Timmons’ assignments and duty positions include support of Officer Branch, First Army, Ft. Meade MD; NCOIC of Personnel Records Station 2122nd USAG, Baltimore, MD; Personnel Staff NCOIC, 2290th USAH, Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, MD; Chief Admin Supervisor in Civil Affairs section, 310th TAACOM Ft. Belvoir, VA; G1 SGM for 9th TSC, Ft. Belvoir VA; Command Group, Chief Admin. Supervisor. 9th TSC, Ft. Belvoir VA; Senior Admin. Supervisor Command Group 377th TSC (Forward) Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Brigade S1 SGM for 55th SUS BDE, Ft Belvoir, VA; USARC Liaison for Warrior Training Brigade (WTB) @ Walter Reed Hospital for 55th SUS BDE; DHMIRS Liaison for 55th SUS BDE, Ft Belvoir, VA; Staff SGM in Command Group, Retention & AR-RAP liaison for 55th SUS BDE, Ft. Belvoir, VA; Staff SGM in SPO, Retention & AR-RAP liaison for 55th SUS BDE, Ft. Belvoir, VA; Ch Human Resources SGT, 316th MMT, Ft. Totten, NY; Sr. Enlisted OC/T, 1st Bde, 3rd Branch, Lancaster, PA; DLA Army Reserve Element Senior Enlisted Leader Ft. Belvoir, VA.
EDUCATION: Sgt. Maj. Timmons graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School and has some college at Towson State University. His military education includes United States Army Sergeants Majors Academy, Army ANCOC, BNCOC, PLDC, Battle Staff Course (2S), Mission Command Digital Master Gunner Course, Knowledge Management Course, First Sergeant’s Course, Senior Enlisted Equal Opportunity Course, Multi-functional Combat Service Support Course, Anti-Terrorism Training Course Levels I & II, DTMS Master Trainer Course, SHARP Course, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mission Command 101 Course, Personnel Management Specialist Course, Currently Human Resources Specialist, Civil Affairs Course, Administrative Specialist Course, and Antiterrorism Defensive Driving Safety Course.
AWARDS: Sgt. Maj. Timmons' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass and M Device, NCO Development Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 5.
Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston
16th Sergeant Major of the Army
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.
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.
His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2nd award), Bronze Star Medal with Valor (2nd award), the Bronze Star medal (3rd award). He has earned the Ranger tab, Master Parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Drill Sergeant Identification badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
Grinston is married and has two children.