School of Mines alumnus Brig. Gen. Kevin Griese is the new assistant adjutant general for the South Dakota Army National Guard.
A transfer of authority ceremony took place between Griese and the outgoing assistant adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson, at the Joint Force Headquarters Readiness Center on Camp Rapid July 13. As the assistant adjutant general, Griese is responsible to the South Dakota National Guard's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, for strategic planning, strength management, troop readiness and mobilization support of the state's nearly 3,300 Army National Guard Soldiers.
"Kevin Griese is a rock-solid officer who will do a tremendous job as the assistant adjutant general. I look forward to working with him in this new role," said Reisch.
"I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the new Army assistant adjutant general," said Griese, of Pierre. "I am extremely fortunate to be able to continue to serve in such a professional organization as the South Dakota Army National Guard." During the ceremony, Griese was also promoted from the rank of colonel to brigadier general.
"I look forward to building upon the success the South Dakota Army Guard continues to achieve," said Griese. "Our number one responsibility is to continue to take care of our soldiers and their families. We currently have soldiers deployed in support of overseas contingency operations and with others projected for deployment. Taking care of them and their families is our number one priority."
Griese began his military career in January 1982 enlisting in the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 147th Field Artillery Brigade. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ROTC program in May 1986 and was branched as an engineer officer. Griese has held numerous command and staff positions within the 109th Engineer Battalion, the 153rd Engineer Battalion and the 109th Engineer Group. He also 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, Griese served briefly at Joint Force Headquarters before being assigned as the commander the 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute). His most recent assignment was commander of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. In his civilian career he is the geotechnical engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
"Our Soldiers are the best trained and equipped force in the history of our organization," said Griese. "We need to ensure we maintain that level of training and overall readiness levels within our units so we are able to respond to future federal and state missions as required."
Griese, a native of Highmore, resides in Pierre with his children Danielle and Douglas.