Secretary Grimsley will be sharing his story of military service and his strategy and direction for the newly formed South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s a new cabinet member for Governor McMaster.

Background: Will Grimsley graduated from Davidson College in NC in 1980 with a B.A. in History and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer.

Throughout the next 33 years he served in assignments throughout the US, 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 US 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 Master’s Degrees; one in Advanced Military Arts and Sciences, and one in National Security Strategy. Grimsley also completed Executive Education at the University of NC Business School and holds a Doctor of Education degree from Creighton University with a concentration in organizational leadership.

Retiring from active duty in 2013 as a Major General, Grimsley consulted in the private sector with his primary focus on training, leader development, strategic planning, and operations; and served as President and CEO of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. On March 4, 2020 he was confirmed by a unanimous vote as the first Secretary of the new SC Department of Veterans’ Affairs