Brigadier General Wayne W. Grigsby JrCombined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa CJTF-HOA Commanding General Biography
Brigadier General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. is married to the former Cynthia De Icaza from Panama. They have five children; Itzy, Wayne III, Annette, Stephanie, Katherine, and one grandson, Aiden Michael Grigsby.
He currently serves as the Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. The Task Force supports partner nation military operations in East Africa to defeat violent extremist organizations.
His prior assignments and deployments include serving as the Director for Army Training, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 on the Army Staff; Deputy Commanding General of Operations, 1st Armored Division; Director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence (MC CoE), Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Director of the School of Advanced Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth; Chief of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command’s Future Operations Cross-Functional Team in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; Joint Operations Division Chief in the J33 Joint Staff; Commander, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, one of five surge brigades in Iraq during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and the Big Red One Division’s G3 for two years, including combat operations in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II. He also served as Commander, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment in support of Combined Joint Task Force Kosovo and part of Army Forces Turkey, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM; Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps; and other command and staff assignments with the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division.
He graduated from Salisbury State University, and earned his Master’s Degrees in Military Arts and Science from the Advanced School of Military Studies (SAMS), and in National Security Strategy from Fort McNair, Washington DC. Other military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Jumpmaster Course, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Military Studies Program, and the National War College.
Brigadier General Grigsby’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters) the Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal ( with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Douglas McArthur Leadership Award. He has earned the Expert and Combat Infantryman’s Badges (second award), the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Deputy Commander (biography)
CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander Biography
In the course of our travels to the various countries in the Horn of Africa, we're fortunate to spend a lot of time with U.S. Ambassadors to our partner nations. Ambassadors have a big job and huge responsibilities, representing each of us, as Americans, in more than 160 nations.
Africa is a land of excellent proverbs. You've probably heard many of them in your time here. One of our favorites is short, simple, and to the point -- "Ubuntu."
This week, we took to the road in order to strengthen our network and increase our partnership capacity. We're not talking about a computer network, now.
Last Sunday, more than 115 million Americans gathered with friends and family to watch the championship game of the National Football League -- the Super Bowl. The big game has become somewhat of a 'de facto holiday' in the United States. Regardless of whether their own favorite teams are playing in the game or not, football fans gather around televisions for one of the biggest social events in American culture. And here, in Djibouti, thousands of miles from home, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are no different. The big game remains a strong part of who we are as Americans, and sports fans, wherever our military service takes us.