The U.S. Army Forces Command welcomed a new command sergeant major Tuesday, during a change of responsibility ceremony at Marshall Hall. Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder passed the reigns to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston.
Grinston, a native of Jasper, Alabama, made the cross-country journey to Fort Bragg from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he most recently served as the command sergeant major of I Corps and JBLM. He made the journey with his wife, Alexandra and daughters, Sophia and Isabella.
Gen. Robert B. “Abe” Abrams, commanding general, FORSCOM, hosted the ceremony and welcomed the Grinston Family to Fort Bragg. He said his standards for selecting the highest noncommissioned officer in the Army’s largest command were simple.
“I’m looking for someone who can stand before Soldiers and inspire confidence, someone whom enlisted men and women would be proud to have represent them,” he explained. “I’m looking for a command sergeant major with the moral courage to provide advice and candor. In short, this ideal candidate looks like Command Sgt. Maj. Grinston.”
Abrams described Grinston as epitomizing the first seven words of the NCO creed: “No one is more professional than I.”
When he greeted those gathered for the celebration, Grinston described himself similarly.
“I am a Soldier,” he said. “I can’t think of myself any other way.”
Grinston said he was proud to serve in FORSCOM, and cited the Army Code of Conduct as key guiding principles for his service.
“I promise to do everything in my power to continue to provide expeditionary, regionally engaged combat veterans to the combatant commanders because that is what we owe the American forces,” he said.
During his remarks, Grinston thanked the “villages” that have assisted him throughout his Army career, including Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Riley, Kansas, and JBLM.
He also expressed his gratitude to Abrams for having faith in him, and to Schroeder for serving as a longtime mentor and sounding board over the years.
Schroeder, who will retire in a ceremony Aug. 1, thanked the FORSCOM team for his experience over the past three years. Abrams recognized Schroeder for his service, and lauded his accomplishments in the FORSCOM command sergeant major position. These included steadying the force during a mindset change to sustainable readiness; recommending reallocation of resources to mitigate risk; championing a tougher promotion policy; and changing the design of the FORSCOM NCO and Soldier of the Year competitions.
Abrams said he was lucky to have had Schroeder as his “sergeant” for the past three years and praised the qualities that made him an excellent partner.
“Committed, dedicated, all in to the very end.”
Abrams said he was looking forward to working with Grinston as his new team member.
“His wealth of experience and expertise, and inspiring leadership, make him the right leader at the right time to serve as our 21st FORSCOM command sergeant major,” he said.