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Release No: 281-97
June 02, 1997


Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has announced the designation of Maj. Gen. John R. Groves Jr. as the Army National Guard member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board effective June 1, 1997. Groves currently serves as the adjutant general of the Kentucky National Guard.

The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principal policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

Born and raised in Lexington, Ken., the general's military career spans more than 31 years in both the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard. His career began as an enlisted soldier who, after serving more than three years, moved on to a commission as a second lieutenant from Officers Candidate School in August 1968. His military experience includes service as a training officer, intelligence officer, a variety of staff and operations positions, and several command billets before assuming his current position in December 1995.

Groves holds a bachelor's degree in architecture, as well as a law degree and doctrate, all from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. He has also completed numerous military schools including Command and General Staff College and Army War College.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one hourglass device. Additionally, the general wears the Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab.

Groves currently resides in Lexington, Ken.

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