Command Sergeant Major Frank Grippe entered the United States Army on 29 April 1981 at Syracuse, New York. He trained as a light infantryman and graduated from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Command Sergeant Major Grippe has served in the following duty positions and organizations: Rifleman, Machine-gunner and Team Leader in 1-509th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader and Reconnaissance Squad Leader in 2-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Rifle Squad Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant and Company First Sergeant with 2-75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington; ROTC Senior Military Instructor at San Diego State University, San Diego, California; Command Sergeant Major for 1-87th Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, New York, CSM of Task Force Summit (OEF Afghanistan, September 2001 - April 2002); Command Sergeant Major for 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, New York, CSM of Combined Joint Task Force Warrior (OEF Afghanistan, July 2003 – May 2004); Post and Division Command Sergeant Major of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, CSM of Task Force Band of Brothers; Multi-National Division North (OIF, September 2005 - September 2006.) From August 2007-December 11, he was assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and recently served as the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Command Sergeant Major from March 2009 to March 2010. CSM Grippe is presently the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the United States Central Command located at MacDill AFB, Florida.
Command Sergeant Major Grippe has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is a graduate of the Battle Staff Course, the First Sergeants Course and the Keystone Course, as well as numerous infantry and special operations-related schools. CSM Grippe has earned an Associate’s Degree from Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (1oak leaf cluster), the Bronze Star for Valor (3d oak leaf cluster for service), the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3d oak leaf cluster); the Army Commendation Medal (3d oak leaf cluster); the National Defense Service Medal; the Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award); the Army Achievement Medal (4th oak leaf cluster); the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4); Humanitarian Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with assault arrowhead and star); The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 service stars); The Iraq Campaign Medal (with three service stars); The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (with assault arrowhead) The Global War on Terrorism Medal; the Multi-National Force and Observers Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; and the Army Service Ribbon; the Army Superior Unit Award; The Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster); The Valorous Unit Award; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with oak leaf cluster); both the Expert Infantryman badge and Combat Infantryman Badges (2nd award); Master Parachutist Badge (with bronze combat jump star); Pathfinder Badge; Ranger Tab; the French Armed Forces Commando Badge; and the British and Royal Thailand Army Parachutist badges.