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Cuyahoga Falls native earns leadership award

5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

U.S. Army Capt. Cody Grimm, pictured above with his wife, Carrie, and 2-year-old daughter, Cora Lynne, has been selected to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. The Grimms are former residents of Cuyahoga Falls.
Photo courtesy of Cody Grimm
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — Woodridge High School graduate Capt. Cody Grimm is one of 28 U.S. Army officers selected to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award during a ceremony May 30 in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Army officials.

Grimm, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, of the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), U.S. Army Pacific Command, embodies the ideals of duty, honor and country, according to his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jason Wesbrock. Grimm is currently stationed at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.

“He is one of our Army’s outstanding young leaders,” said Wesbrock. “Cody has led from the front by setting high standards for his unit and personally achieving those same standards while placing his soldiers and mission above his own needs. Capt. Grimm’s leadership shows in his genuine passion for those he leads and their families. In short, he has proven his mastery of training management and inspires those around him through personal example. Cody’s positive leadership, his pride of mission success and time spent developing soldiers and NCOs [noncommissioned officers] is exactly what Gen. [Douglas] MacArthur referred to when he spoke of ‘duty, honor, country.’”

Grimm graduated from Woodridge in 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Akron in 2007.

According to U.S. Army officials, the MacArthur Leadership Award recognizes company-grade officers who demonstrate the ideals for which MacArthur stood and promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership in the Army.

“It is a huge honor to be selected for such a prestigious award,” said Grimm. “I am grateful for the mentorship and training I’ve received from previous officers and noncommissioned officers in the past, as well as those that have influenced me since arriving to 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 1-5 [5th] Infantry Regiment. As a company commander, I am responsible for everything my company does or fails to do, and in this case, I had a great team that performed extremely well. From my battle buddy and standard bearer, 1SG [First Sgt.] Richard Martinez, to my platoon leaders and platoon sergeants, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of subordinate leaders to take our company to the next level. I had some of the finest soldiers and leaders in the Army, and they played a huge role in earning this award. This award may be for my leadership, but every soldier in Charger Company (C/1-5 Infantry Regiment) is represented in it as the best company in 1/25 SBCT.”

Grimm said he began his career in the U.S. Army in May 2007, when he was commissioned as an infantry officer. His service includes first serving in 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., then deploying to Samarra, Iraq, in September 2008, and then to Afghanistan from April 2010 to August 2011. He then attended the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course and afterward moved to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, to take command of the Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment from August 2012 to September 2013, and then Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment as of October 2013.

Grimm has earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal and several service medals, as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Grimm is married to the former Carrie Burns, of Cuyahoga Falls and also a Woodridge High School graduate, and they have a 2-year-old daughter, Cora Lynne.

He said he hopes to continue his focus on duty, honor and country through an application to the Joint Chiefs of Staff internship that starts in May 2015 and would include one year at Georgetown University to earn a master’s degree in policy management, one year on the Joint Chiefs Staff and then one year on the U.S. Army staff. He will learn if he has been accepted in June.

Grimm said if he is not accepted, he plans to finish his service at Fort Wainwright and then move to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to attend Intermediate Level Education (Command and General Staff College) and then become an operations officer for a battalion.

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