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Mansfield High Alumnus Retires from the U.S. Army After 31 Years of Service

Jan 05, 2015 10:41AM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of Colonel David Griffith.

On Sept. 30, 2014, Colonel David Griffith retired from the U.S. Army after 31 years of active duty service. Colonel Griffith is a 1978 graduate of Mansfield High School and in 1983 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Following two years in the Texas Army National Guard, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1983 as an Adjutant General’s Corps (Human Resources) Officer and initially served four years with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Over the last 10 years, he has served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs); the Africa Center for Strategic Studies; and, the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Throughout his tenure in the Army, Colonel Griffith has trained more than 60,000 human resources, finance, and legal officers and enlisted specialists. 

His many awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Army Staff Badge, and U.S. and Canadian Parachutist Badges. Colonel Griffith was selected to attend the prestigious National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where in 2004 he obtained a master’s degree in national resource strategy. He also earned a master’s degree in business in 1995 from Webster University in St Louis, Missouri. 

Colonel Griffith is married to the former Jan Eitel of Independence, Mo., and his parents are Gerald and Margaret Griffith, 40-year residents of Mansfield, Texas. Colonel Griffith plans to live in Viera, Fla. and has accepted a job with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in the Pentagon.

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