LTC Griggs’ most recent assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Future Operations for USARCENT. Prior to this assignment, LTC Griggs served as a Battalion and BCT S3/XO Trainer Mentor at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Other command and staff assignments include service in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 1st and 3rd Brigades of the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 2nd Infantry Division.
Combat deployments include service in Operation Just Cause (1989-1990), the Republic of Korea DMZ (1990), Operation Enduring Freedom (2002-2003) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003, 2006-2007) and support to Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom (2011-2012).
His civilian education includes a Masters of Educational Leadership from Penn State University, a Masters of National Policy and Security Studies from the US Naval Command and Staff College and a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from Campbell University.
His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (BSD), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal-CS, Iraq Campaign Medal-CS, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, and Ranger Tab. His foreign decorations include the British, Australian, Thai, Venezuelan and German Parachutist Badges.
He is a graduate of the Army’s Infantry Basic and Advanced Individual Training (OSUT), the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Naval Command and Staff College, Airborne and Jumpmaster Courses and Ranger School.
CSM Robert R. DeBlois enlisted in the Army in February 1984 as an Armor Crewman. His military education includes Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Joint Deployment Officers Course, M1/M1A1 Abrams Master Gunners Course, Senior Leaders Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, M1A2 Master Gunners Course, Standard Army Ammunition Systems Course, 1SG Course, Cadre Training Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class #57.
CSM DeBlois has held leadership positions from Tank Commander through Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include D Company, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division, Germany; A Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; A Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; ABRAMS Training Team, CENTCOM, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; HHC, 1st BDE, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; HHC, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; A Company, 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, 1st Armored Training Brigade, Fort Knox, KY; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY; HHC, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY; HHC, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY, and currently the Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY.
His awards and decorations include the BSM (2), MSM (3), ARCOM (5), AAM (16), JMUA, VUA (2), MUC, AGCM(9), NDSM(2), KDSM, AFEM, ICM-CS (5), GWTEM, GWTSM, HSM, NCOPDR(4), ASR, OSR(6), CAB, and DVR Badge-Tracked. CSM DeBlois is a recipient of both the Order of St. George and St. Barbara Medals.