Brigadier General John L. Gronski is the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Pennsylvania National Guard, and also serves as Joint Staff/Commander, Pennsylvania National Guard. As Assistant Adjutant General, General Gronski is responsible for overseeing strength management, training, and equipment readiness with an overarching goal of increasing readiness to respond to federal and state missions. He assumed the duties as Deputy Adjutant General – Army, Pennsylvania National Guard, on 5 July 2011.
General Gronski was commissioned in 1978 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Scranton. He served on active duty for four years before becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. General Gronski is a graduate of numerous military schools to include Ranger School, Airborne School, Pre-Command Course, Nuclear Biology Chemical Officer Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Army National Guard Mountain Warfare Course, Air Transportability Planning Course and the M-1 19K Transition Training Program.
General Gronski commanded infantry units at the company, battalion and brigade level. He was assigned as a Military Liaison Team Chief in the Republic of Lithuania while commanding the 55th Brigade. General Gronski was deployed to Europe as Commander of Task Force Keystone, a brigade-sized element comprised of approximately 2,000 Soldiers, to conduct force protection operations in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Prior to his present assignment as Assistant Adjutant General-Army, General Gronski served as the Commander, 2nd Brigade Forward, 28th Infantry Division, Ramadi, Iraq.
Previous operational assignments include duty as commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division (Forward), Ramadi, Iraq; commander of 55th Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Forward), Task Force Keystone, Central Region, Europe; Military Liaison Team Chief in the Republic of Lithuania; and command and staff assignments with infantry and armor units. He has served as J2/3, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard.
BG Gronski is a graduate of numerous military schools to include the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger School, and Airborne School. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, and Basic Parachutist Badge.
BG Gronski is a graduate of the University of Scranton where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. BG Gronski has attended Alvernia University as a doctoral student in the corporate leadership program. BG Gronski is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a master certificate as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
BG Gronski is a member of VFW Post 6150 in Sinking Spring, PA and serves on the board of directors for the Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Council and the First Regiment Infantry of PA. He also serves on the Management Division Academic Advisory Council at Penn State’s School of Graduate Studies in Malvern, PA. BG Gronski is the recipient of the Frank J. O’Hara Award in the Government Service Category, the highest award bestowed jointly by the University of Scranton and the Alumni Society, and is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America James E. West Award.
BG Gronski and his wife Berti reside in Berks County, PA. They have two sons. Stephen served in the United States Marine Corps and currently works in the construction industry and Timothy attends college and is a Staff Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and has two combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan.