Commanding General

Brigadier General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr

Combined 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

"Thoughts From the Running Trail" - At-Risk Soldiers (story)

Recently, for the second time in four years, a tragic shooting occurred at Ft Hood, Texas. Four lives, including that of the shooter, were lost, and more than 15 people were injured.

"Thoughts From the Running Trail" – Stepping Up! (story)

You’ve probably heard Gen Grigsby or SgtMaj Skinner talk about the fact that they view CJTF-HOA as a leadership factory. They believe, as do we, that our most important job as military leaders is to prepare future leaders to eventually take our places. That has always been the way of the military and it ensures the survivability of our units in combat and the vitality of our services over time. Someone always has to be ready to step up and take charge, regardless of why the previous leader is no longer able to serve.

"Thoughts From The Running Trail" - A Team that CARES (story)

Here at CJTF-HOA, we have the most advanced, effective weapons system in the US military -- our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians. These people are the best our country has to offer - our nation's blood and treasure.

60 Days (story)

If you had asked us two months ago where we wanted us to be as an organization today, we can say that we’re far more developed and operationalized than we thought we’d be this early. It’s not that we ever underestimated us – it was always easy to see that this is a winning team.