Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston, Sergeant Major of the Army

Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston

Sergeant Major of the Army

Michael A. Grinston was born in 1968 in Jasper, Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. 

After enlisting in the Army, he received his basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His deployments include Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Inherent Resolve, Enduring Freedom, and Kosovo. 

He has held many positions both at home and abroad, including in Italy and Germany. He was the senior enlisted leader for the Army’s first deployment of a division headquarters in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He served as the command sergeant major of the United States Army Forces Command. 

He was sworn in as the Sergeant Major of the Army in August 2019. 

Grinston is married to Alexandra and they have two children. 

In the News…

The U.S. Army recently released official guidance for its soldiers because of the higher prices of a range of goods due to inflation. The guidance, written by Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston reads, “With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before. Soldiers of all ranks can seek guidance, assistance, and advice through the Army’s Financial Readiness Program.” 

The guidance points soldiers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) and links them to the federal welfare program’s website. 

“SNAP is a U.S. government program that provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an electronic benefits transfer card that can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores. Service members and their families may be eligible,” the Army guidance reads. 


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