|Born||May 19, 1951|
Arnold, Missouri, U.S.
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1969–Present|
|Unit||National Guard Bureau|
|Commands held||220th Engineer Company|
203rd Engineer Battalion
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Early life and education
A native of Arnold, Missouri, Grass was born on May 19, 1951, and graduated from Arnold's Fox High School in 1969. He joined the Missouri Army National Guard in October 1969, and served as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer before graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1981 and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps.
Grass served in a variety of command and staff positions, first as a traditional Army Guardsman, and later as a member of the Active Guard and Reserve program and on active duty. His command assignments included the 220th Engineer Company (1986 to 1988) and the 203rd Engineer Battalion (1997 to 1999).
Since becoming a general officer in 2004, Grass' assignments have included: Deputy Director, Army National Guard (2004 to 2006); Director, Mobilization and Reserve Component Affairs, Headquarters, United States European Command (2006 to 2008); Director of Operations, United States Northern Command (2008 to 2010); and Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (2010 to 2012).
In June 2012, Grass was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Chief of the National Guard Bureau, with appointment to the rank of general in the reserves of the Army. The appointment and promotion were confirmed by the United States Senate on July 26, 2012. Grass formally took over the National Guard Bureau in a ceremony on September 7, 2012.
In 2016, the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Joseph L. Lengyel, was nominated to succeed Grass. Lengyel was promoted to general and completed a transfer of authority ceremony with Grass on August 3, 2016.
- 1975, St. Louis Community College, Associate degree, Environmental Technology, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1985, Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
- 1997, Southwest Missouri State University, Master of Science, Resource Planning, Springfield, Missouri
- 2000, National War College, Master of Science, National Security Strategy, Washington, D.C.
- 2006, National Defense University, CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course, Washington, D.C.
Awards and decorations
- Parachutist Badge
- Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
- Army Staff Identification Badge
- United States Army Corps of Engineers DUI
- The Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, The Army Engineer Association
- Honorable Order of St. Barbara, United States Field Artillery Association
- Distinguished Service Medal, National Guard Association of the United States
- On 30 April 2015, General Grass was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal of the Danish Home Guard by DHG commander Major General Finn Winkler
Chronological list of officer assignments
- 1. September 1981 – October 1981, Platoon Leader, Detachment 1, 220th Engineer Company, Festus, Missouri
- 2. October 1981 – February 1982, student, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
- 3. February 1982 – January 1984, Project Officer, United States Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, St. Paul, Minnesota
- 4. January 1984 – November 1984, Platoon Leader, Company D, 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
- 5. November 1984 – May 1985, Executive Officer, Company D, 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
- 6. May 1985 – January 1986, Battalion Motor Officer, 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
- 7. January 1986 – February 1986, United States Army Reserve Control Group, Unassigned, St. Louis, Missouri
- 8. February 1986 – July 1986, S4, 880th Engineer Battalion, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
- 9. July 1986 – July 1988, Commander, 220th Engineer Company, Festus, Missouri
- 10. July 1988 – July 1988, Civil Engineer, 35th Engineer Brigade, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
- 11. July 1988 – July 1991, Assistant Professor of Military Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
- 12. July 1991 – June 1992, Student, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
- 13. June 1992 – July 1994, Engineer Exercise Project Officer, Headquarters, United States Army South, Fort Clayton, Panama
- 14. July 1994 – July 1997, Chief, Exercise Section, Exercise Branch, Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
- 15. July 1997 – July 1999, Commander, 203rd Engineer Battalion, Joplin, Missouri
- 16. July 1999 – June 2000, student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
- 17. June 2000 – September 2003, Chief, Operations Division, Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
- 18. September 2003 – April 2004, G-3, Army National Guard, Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
- 19. April 2004 – May 2006, Deputy Director, Army National Guard, Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
- 20. May 2006 – September 2008, Director, Mobilization and Reserve Component Affairs, Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
- 21. September 2008 – September 2010, Director of Operations, United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- 22. September 2010 – September 2012, Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- 23. September 2012 – August 2016, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia
Effective dates of promotions
|Second Lieutenant||September 12, 1981|
|First Lieutenant||April 19, 1983|
|Captain||July 1, 1985|
|Major||August 4, 1990|
|Lieutenant Colonel||February 7, 1995|
|Colonel||May 31, 2000|
|Brigadier General||April 2, 2004|
|Major General||June 22, 2006|
|Lieutenant General||September 30, 2010|
|General||September 7, 2012|
- Military Salute: Grass, Roth, Morse, Potter, Suburban Journals, St. Louis Today, October 19, 2010.
- U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, Nomination of Frank J. Grass, 2012, page 681
- Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, entry for Frank J. Grass, Volume 1, accessed December 30, 2012.
- Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, entry for Frank J. Grass, Volume 2, accessed December 30, 2012.
- Fox High School, Yearbook, 1969, page 164.
- U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs Archived 2012-09-15 at the Wayback Machine, USNORTHCOM Deputy Receives Third Star, U.S. Northern Command News Web Site, October 4, 2010.
- National Guard Association of the United States Archived 2013-04-15 at Archive.today, Guardsman Nominated for NORTHCOM Post, published on National Guard Association of Michigan web site, September 28, 2010.
- National Guard Association of the United States, Senate Quickly Confirms New Bureau Leaders, National Guard magazine, August 2012, page 14.
- Association of Military Comptrollers, Professional Development Conference Program, 2006, pages 18–19.
- National Guard Bureau Archived 2012-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, Biography, General Frank J. Grass, 2012.
- United States Senate Archived May 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Senate Floor Log, July 26, 2012.
- Army Times, General to Take Top Guard Job, Get 4th Star, September 5, 2012.
- U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, Panetta Hosts Chief Change For National Guard Bureau Archived 2013-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, Department of Defense Photo Essay, September 7, 2012.
- "Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to Host Change of Responsibility Ceremony for National Guard Bureau" (Press release). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Defense. Press Operations. August 2, 2016.
- U.S. Northern Command Archived 2012-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, Biography, General Frank J. Grass, 2010.
- Biography, General Frank J. Grass[permanent dead link], 2012.
- General Frank J. Grass presented with Danish award.
- National Guard Bureau Biography.
- "AirForce". Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- U.S. Northern Command Biography
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- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Army National Guard Official biography
- United States Northern Command biography[permanent dead link]
- C-Span Video, Senate Armed Services Cmte. Considers Military Nominations, July 19, 2012
- on YouTube, Video introduction as NGB Chief, September 7, 2012
- Facebook page for General Grass, accessed September 7, 2012
- The Pentagon Channel, National Guard Bureau Change of Responsibility[permanent dead link], Video, September 7, 2012
H. Steven Blum
| Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command
| Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Joseph L. Lengyel