Will Grimsley graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in May 1980 with a BA in History and was commissioned in the US Army as an Infantry officer.
Throughout the next 33 years he served in assignments throughout the United States, Germany, Korea, Kuwait, multiple combat tours in Iraq, and deployments to several other nations. Grimsley held command and leadership positions at every level from platoon through corps, and served on staffs from small unit levels up to both the Joint Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; with his last tour as Chief of Staff of United States Strategic Command. Among his many awards and decorations, Grimsley earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, multiple awards of the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
He completed every level of officer education and training, and the Army also afforded him the opportunity to earn two Masters Degrees; one in Advanced Military Arts and Sciences, and one in National Security Strategy. Grimsley also completed Executive Education at the University of North Carolina Business School, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Creighton University with a focus in leadership.
Retiring from active duty in 2013 as a Major General, Grimsley now consults in the private sector with primary focus on training, leader development, strategic planning, and operations. His passion in civilian life remains consistent with his military experience; leading and mentoring others to achieve their greatest potential.
He and his wife Jan live in Beaufort SC where they enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, and the beach. They have two sons (Ben and Luke) and a daughter in law (Betsy), and two grandchildren, William and Preston.