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NEWS | Jan. 16, 2020

Sergeant Major of the Army visits JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

By Luis Deya and Jose Rodriguez U.S. Army North & U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Public Affairs

During a visit to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Jan. 15, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston joined senior Army noncommissioned officers from across the post during a morning physical readiness training session led by U.S. Army North.

The visit was an opportunity to show how leaders at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston are preparing to tackle the upcoming Army Combat Fitness Test.  The test, which will become the required physical test of record effective October 2020, is designed to transform the culture of Army fitness to ensure Soldiers are fit to fight.

Grinston also visited the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Jan. 15.

He had the opportunity to meet with Soldiers at the Slagel Dining Facility, followed by a briefing with senior NCOs and subject matter experts on the accreditation process of the different medical military occupational specialties at the MEDCoE.

Grinston also had a working lunch with Soldiers attending the Senior Leaders Course at the Army Medical Department NCO Academy Institution of Excellence.

Grinston was sworn in as the 16th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Aug. 9, 2019, and has held every enlisted leadership position in artillery, ranging from cannon crewmember to command sergeant major.

As the sergeant major of the Army, Grinston is the Army chief of staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. He devotes the majority of his time traveling throughout the Army to observe training and interact with Soldiers and their Families.