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Griffin Named Distinguished Graduate, Awarded Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College

July 30, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Griffin today released the following statement upon being named a Distinguished Graduate and receiving his master's degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College (USAWC), Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania:

"It has been a great honor to attend the U.S. Army War College, and after two years, I am excited to be graduating. I have learned so very much about the strategic challenges we as a nation face and how best to approach them. More importantly, I have developed a number of new friendships and have had the opportunity to learn from my colleagues. All that I have learned in the last two years of study is already serving me well not only in my military role, but also in my civilian career. I especially want to thank my wife and kids for their patience and support throughout this twenty-seven month journey."

Below is a photo of the U.S. Army War College Graduating Class

About the United States Army War College

The United States Army War College (USAWC) educates leaders to serve at the strategic level and develops their knowledge in the global application of Landpower.

  • The USAWC was established in 1901 by Secretary of War Elihu Root under President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • The Carlisle Barracks, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is one of the oldest military installations in the nation.
  • Notable alumni of the USAWC include former Secretary of State Alexander Haig and Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, George S. Patton Jr, and Norman Schwarzkopf.
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower is quoted as saying of the USAWC: “The War College marks a great change in the thinking, or let us say, the formal education of officers of our armed services. That formal education up until the time of the War College concerns the techniques, the tactics, the logistics of battle, of campaigns with their preparation and the operation of troops. Now you are thinking about war, about victory in war or better, keeping us out of war… I wish sometimes I could go back to my own year in the War College. It was the one year that was set aside completely for the study of our profession, the profession we entered as Lieutenants many, many years earlier.” 
  • The USAWC recognizes students as Distinguished Graduates based on their performance during the academic year. The selections are based on students exceeding standards.

Additional information about the USAWC can be found here:

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.


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