Colonel James J. Groark
Acting Commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School
Colonel James J. Groark
Colonel James J. Groark entered the Army Reserve in 1983. As an enlisted Soldier, he served as a Nuclear Biological Chemical NCO for the 592nd Personnel Services Company. He attended Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, and was commissioned, February 1988 as an Ordnance Officer.
As a troop program unit officer in the Army Reserve, Groark’s positions include Company Executive Officer/Shop Officer of the 245th Maintenance Company, Battalion Maintenance Officer, 620th Maintenance Battalion and Company Commander for the 936th Maintenance Company. During these assignments, COL Groark also served several Active Duty Special Work assignments including Maintenance Officer, Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity, Fort McCoy, Operations Officer, Directorate of Logistics, Fort McCoy, and Maintenance/Logistics Officer, New Horizons Exercise, Panama.
In 1997, COL Groark entered the Active Guard Reserve program and was assigned as a logistics instructor at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center. In 1998, Groark was selected as the Company Commander, 264th Service Company, Puerto Rico. In this capacity, he also served as the United States Army South’s Logistics Support Element Commander for Trade Winds Exercises. Following company command, Groark was selected as a Detailed Inspector General for the United States Army Reserve Command. In 2003, Groark attended Command and General Staff College (CGSC) as a resident student at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following CGSC, he was assigned as a Joint Strategic Planning Officer at United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. During this assignment, Groark was recognized as an Honorary Faculty Member at the Army Logistics Management College. Groark joined the 96th Sustainment Brigade as the Support Operations Officer in 2008 and deployed to Taji, Baghdad in support of OIF 09-11. In 2012, Groark was selected as the 191st CSSB Commander and deployed to Kuwait in support of OEF. In 2013, Groark was assigned as a Logistics Staff Officer, HQDA G-4, Strategy and Integration Directorate. He currently holds the position of Chief, Reserve Component Office at the U.S. Army Ordnance School.
COL Groark holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Missouri, and a Masters of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Groark also holds a Masters of Military Art and Sciences Degree (Military History) from CGSC and published “Politics and the Evolution of the Army Reserve: 1790-1920.” He also received a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Groark is a graduate of the Logistics Executive Development Course and Advance Joint Professional Military Education course.
Groark’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Army Achievement Medal, (w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters).
This page last updated: June 8, 2016