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Ronald H. Griffith
General Ronald H. Griffith
Born March 16, 1936(1936-03-16) (age 85)
Place of birth Lafayette, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1960-1997
Rank General
Commands held 1st Armored Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (6)
Purple Heart
Other work Vice President, Military Professional Resources

Ronald Houston Griffith (born March 16, 1936) is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army (VCSA) from 1995 to 1997. He was born in Lafayette, Georgia.[1]

Military career[edit | edit source]

Griffith comes from North Georgia, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. Griffith is a Vietnam War veteran, having served as an infantry unit advisor with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam from 1964 to 1965 and later as Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division from 1969 to 1970.

Griffith's commands include 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor in Germany, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and 1st Armored Division which he commanded in the Gulf War. His staff positions at the Department of the Army level include Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for Operations and Plans; Chief of the War Plans Division; Deputy Director of Operations, and the Army Inspector General. He also served as the Chief of Staff, and later as the Assistant Division commander of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Griffith retired from the Army on November 1, 1997.

Griffith's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal the Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” device and 5 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University. His military education includes the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Post military[edit | edit source]

After retiring from the military, Griffith became Executive Vice President of Military Professional Resources and Executive Vice President of the L-3 Communications Government Services Group. He retired from these positions in 2010. He also served on the board of directors of The Allied Defense Group and the board of Geonex-Martel Incorporated. For eight years he served on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, completing tenure in this position in 2011. General Griffith presently serves as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University. Griffith's wife, Dr. Hurdis M. Griffith, is Dean Emeritus of the College of Nursing at Rutgers University, and they have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. John H. Tilelli, Jr.
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1995 – 1997
Succeeded by
Gen. William W. Crouch


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