Brigadier General Kevin R. Griese began his military career in January 1982
enlisting in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 147th Field Artillery
Brigade. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Reserve
Officer Training Program from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in
May 1986 and was branched as an engineer officer. He has held numerous command
and staff positions within the 109th Engineer Battalion, the 153rd Engineer
Battalion and the 109th Engineer Group.
Brig. Gen. Griese commanded the
153rd Engineer Battalion during its deployment to Iraq in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. After returning from the U.S. Army War College in
2008, he served briefly at Joint Force Headquarters before being assigned as the
commander the 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), followed by the commander of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement
In December 2016, Griese also assumed the duties as deputy commanding general – Army National Guard, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Griese serves in the dual-hat assignment as an advisor to Maj. Gen. Kent Savre commanding general, U.S. Army MSCoE, for all Army National Guard issues.
Brig. Gen. Griese has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Masters in Strategic
Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a traditional Guardsman. In his
civilian capacity he is the geotechnical engineer for the South Dakota
Department of Transportation.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (7) and Army Achievement