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CSM Frank Grippe (USA, Ret) Joins the Grey Ghost Team

For me, this is some of the biggest news I will post all week. Frank Grippe is a legend and I can’t wait to see what he does at GGG. Congrats to all involved!


Dalton, ID—14 JAN 14—Grey Ghost Gear

Grey Ghost is proud to announce that former CENTCOM Command Sergeant Major CSM Frank Grippe (Ret.) has taken the Grey Ghost guidon and assumed the role of Senior Weapon Systems Adviser. In that capacity he will he will leverage the experience of a unique and unparalleled 33 year military career to hone and continue the GG mission.

CSM Grippe (Ret.) has worn the Army uniform his entire adult life. A soldier since 1981, he has served in infantry, paratrooper and Ranger units the majority of his career. He has been a fixture in Army leadership during virtually the entire Global War on Terror.


Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis (Ret.), former CENTCOM Commander, says of CSM Grippe, “He is just one of the finest soldiers I have served alongside…He is a wild man. I love the guy.”

Elements of Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost leadership have had a professional relationship with CSM Grippe for many years. Tactical Tailor CEO Casey Ingels was a rifleman in 2/75 Ranger Battalion when Grippe was there in a series of billets, including Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant and Battalion Operations Sergeant. GGP VP G.W. Ayers has known him since Grippe was the Senior Military Science Instructor at San Diego University.

“It’s pretty easy to say ‘soldier’s soldier’ to describe a man,” Casey says, “but if anyone ever truly merited that title, it’s Frank Grippe. He served on every command level from battalion to unified combat command while leading troops in combat. Am I proud to have him aboard the Grey Ghost team? There are no words to describe it.”


GG Vice President G.W. Ayers says simply, “I cannot adequately articulate the pride we feel that a man of such stature and integrity has joined the Grey Ghost team.”

Grippe began his career as a rifleman in 1-509 ABCT. His first Battalion as CSM was 1-87 Infantry BN 10TH Mountain Division; he was later CSM for 1ST Bde, 10TH Mountain Division. He took both into combat in Afghanistan. Later he was selected for Division CSM for the 101ST Airborne Division and Ft. Campbell, fighting that division as Multi National Division North. He subsequently took the CSM billet for United States 1ST Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, fighting I Corps in Iraq for a year as the Multi-National Corps Command Sergeant Major. In his final assignment Grippe served as the senior enlisted adviser, United States Central Command, for 3 ½ years before officially retiring on January 1st of this year.

Grippe-12-FootPatrol with 1-23INF

“If you took a force of nature and made it a patriot,” says GG Director of Business Development Lindsey Lea, “it would look like Frank Grippe.”

Visit Grey Ghost Precision at SHOT, Booth #31000. Feel free to make an appointment to visit Grey Ghost Gear or GG’s new Senior Weapon Systems Adviser in their suite at the Palazzo by contacting Lindsey Lea at ll@greyghostgear.com.

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3 Responses to “CSM Frank Grippe (USA, Ret) Joins the Grey Ghost Team”

  1. Jon C says:

    Great CSM, and great guy. I wish there were more like him, but that would be a hard thing to do.

  2. JB says:

    Wish he was going to be the next SMA.

  3. Dellis says:

    I don’t know this man, never heard of him before this so while I give him congrats on his new job and also send him thanks for his honorable service I mainly wish to comment on the first picture of this post.

    It is an adorable picture..and I rarely use that word! That little girl is just so damn cute and the expression he has on his face is of genuine admiration towards her, as if he was looking upon his own little girl. I know I saw my little girl in her face.

    Was this in Iraq or Afghanistan?