Colonel Jon Griese, USA

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Colonel Jon Griese hails from Woodbridge, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. COL Griese served in leadership positions in the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) and the First Infantry Division (Big Red One). COL Griese commanded a forward deployed Mechanized Infantry Rifle Company in 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment.

Upon promotion to Major in 2005, COL Griese transitioned into the Army’s Strategist functional area (FA59). As an Army Strategist, COL Griese has led planning teams in Korea (Eight Field Army), Pakistan (CENTCOM Task Force), and Afghanistan (USSOCOM Task Force and NATO/RS). COL Griese served one tour in the Pentagon as a Strategic Planner on the Army G-3 staff. COL Griese’s most recent assignment was as a Senior Military Advisor in the Office of Policy Planning (S/P) at the Department of State.

COL Griese’s education includes a Masters of Public Administration from John Jay College, a Masters of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (Defense Intelligence Agency), and a Masters of Campaign Planning from National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS). COL Griese is a graduate of the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) and a MIT Seminar XXI Fellow.  

COL Griese’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Combat Action Badge. COL Griese’s military qualifications include the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Ranger Tab.