Benjamin S. Griffin
|Benjamin S. Griffin|
General Benjamin S. Griffin
August 11, 1946 |
Emporia, Virginia, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1970-2008|
|Commands held||U.S. Army Materiel Command
4th Infantry Division
Joint Task Force 6
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Master Parachutist Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Benjamin S. Griffin, (born August 11, 1946) was a four-star general in the United States Army. He served as the Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command from November 5, 2004 to November 13, 2008. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. He retired from the Army after over 38 years of service.
Early life and education
Griffin began his career when he was commissioned as an Infantry officer in July 1970 following graduation from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served two tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the 82nd Airborne Division: in the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer, and in the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry Regiment as a commander of Company C and a S-3 Air (Operations) officer. General Griffin also worked as a G3 operations officer, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division.
Griffin's overseas assignments included a tour in South Korea as a Company Commander and Brigade S-2 in the 2nd Infantry Division. He served two tours in Germany in the 8th Infantry Division as Secretary of the General Staff and Mechanized Infantry Battalion Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 87th Infantry. He was also Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment.
His later assignments included: Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army in Washington, D.C., and Commander of the 2nd Brigade, 6th Infantry Division (Light) in Alaska. In August 1994, he served as Executive Officer to the Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Following his assignment in Georgia, General Griffin took command of Joint Task Force 6, Fort Bliss, Texas. He then served as the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas.
In July 1997, he became the Director of Force Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, D.C. General Griffin returned to Fort Hood from June 1999 to October 2001 to command the 4th Infantry Division.
Griffin is a fellow of the Institute for Strategic and Innovative Technologies.
Awards and decorations
General Griffin's awards and decorations include:
|Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters)|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters)|
|Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)|
|Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Parachutist Badge (United States)|
|Expert Infantryman Badge|
|Army General Staff Badge|
- Marquis Who's Who on the Web
- "Biography of Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin". June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- Dawn S. Onley. "RESET COMMANDER: Supporting the Army Through Life Cycle Management Commands". Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- "About ISIT". Retrieved March 2, 2011.