Army Reserve Officer on Veterans Day and Opportunities to Serve for Life – Interview

Army Reserve Officer on Veterans Day and Opportunities to Serve for Life – Interview

Veterans Day is a day to set aside to honor all American veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to their country and to appreciate the sacrifices they made to keep our country free.

For generations, sons and daughters have followed in their relative’s footsteps, (whether it’s a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle) by wearing the nation’s uniform and serving in the U.S. military.

But what does it mean to be a Soldier for life? Whether you serve for one enlistment term or a twenty-year career, we honor and thank each person for their role in serving the country. For each person who serves, they can recognize their contributions to our country. And that takes shape in a variety of ways. In the Army Reserve, for example, there are many opportunities for men and women to participate in military service across areas such as transportation, public affairs, military intelligence and more.  One critical role is the Warrant Officer.

The Warrant Officers have technical expertise that enables the commander’s vision. Although they make up less than three percent of total Army strength, Warrant Officers are responsible for training Soldiers, organizing and advising on missions, and advancing within their career specialties. This is a critical position within all branches of the military—and especially within the Army Reserve—because the Warrant Officer is a steady presence with expert knowledge that helps the Army achieve its mission.

Join me in a recent interview with Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer, Hal Griffin, as he discusses the importance of Veterans Day and the opportunities to serve as a Soldier for life in the Army Reserve.

Listen to the entire interview here:  https://youtu.be/0P_fNGBXL-0

For more information, go to https://www.usar.army.mil/

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Hal Griffin III

Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Hal Griffin III is the seventh Command Chief Warrant Officer, USARC and Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the Chief of the Army Reserve. He is responsible to develop and synchronize warrant officer-related policy initiatives and advise the USARC Commander and staff on the life cycle of warrant officer talent management including force modernization, recruiting, training, utilization, education and career enhancement with focus on growing the Future Force.

CW5 Griffin enlisted in the Army in California in 1985. Graduating with honors, he served as a Satellite Communications Systems Technician for two tours in Korea. He was accepted to flight school in 1989 from Fort Meade and appointed as a WO1 graduating with honors in 1990 at Fort Rucker. After transitioning from the UH-1H to the UH-60A helicopter, he served for three years in Germany with the 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) with deployment to Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He then served three years with 4th Brigade, 1st AD with two deployments to Operation Provide Comfort in Iraq. In 1995 he deployed to Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia.

Following the Aviation Maintenance Officer Course in 1998, with over 1,170 total flight hours and a perfect safety record injuries forced Chief Griffin to choose a new career. After temporary duty as an instructor at the Warrant Officer Career Center, Chief Griffin qualified in the Ordnance Branch in Electronic Systems Maintenance. He served at F Company, 58th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker as a Platoon Leader and Maintenance Officer before leaving active service in 1999.

From 1999 to 2006 Chief Griffin served at US Army Garrisons in Hanau and Wiesbaden, Germany in the Individual Ready Reserve. In 2006, Chief Griffin accepted an invitation to deploy with the 758th Maintenance Company to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He ran materiel fielding with the Multi-National Security Transition Command delivering M16 and M4 rifles, ammunition, supplies, and training to the Iraq Army.

After redeployment and Civil Service transfer to Natick Soldier Systems Center in 2008, Chief Griffin was assigned to B Company, 533rd Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Devens. He volunteered for duty as the Battalion S2 and S6 at Fort Totten, New York, positions he held until 2011 when he was assigned to 377th TSC Support Operations as the Chief, Electronics Section, Materiel Readiness Branch.

In 2013, Chief Griffin deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom with duty at ISAF Joint Command. He served as an advisor to the Afghan Brigadier General commanding the Central Work Shop, the Afghan military’s only organic depot for overhaul and rebuild. Chief Griffin redeployed in 2014 and was reassigned to 377th TSC with duty as the Command Chief Warrant Officer.

Chief Griffin’s military education includes the Brigade Pre-Command Course; Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course; Ordnance Warrant Officer Advanced and Basic Courses; Basic Instructor Course; Aviation Maintenance Officer Course; Aviation Life Support Equipment Course; Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course and the Air Assault Course.

Chief Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. He is a Demonstrated Master Logistician with the International Society of Logistics and is Level III certified in Defense Acquisition Logistics. He holds life memberships in the Association of the United States Army, the US Army Warrant Officers Association, the Ordnance Corps Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Chief Griffin is a recipient of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Non-Article V NATO Medals (Balkans and ISAF), Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Aviator Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Chief Griffin lives in Maryland, has one son working in the transportation industry in Salt Lake City with one grandson, and his daughter is attending university in Germany.

Interview is courtesy: U.S. Army Reserve

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MMN Interview Blogger- Cynthia Tait

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