Griffin Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve:
“It is a privilege to be part of the U.S. Army Reserve, and it is an honor to be promoted. America’s fighting forces are the finest in the world, and I look forward to continuing my service.”
Griffin is currently serving in his 17th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and is assigned to the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group as the Command Judge Advocate. He is one of only nine Members of Congress currently serving in the military.
In September 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty to serve as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). One of his cases, U.S. v. Mikel, drew national interest after Private Nicholas Mikel attempted to murder his platoon sergeant and fired upon his unit’s early morning formation. Mikel pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
In May 2006, Griffin was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and sent to serve in Iraq. From May through August 2006, he served as an Army JAG in Mosul alongside the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.