45 years old from Laramie, Wyoming
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
August 8, 2012
Relatives of Sgt. Maj. Griffin remember him as a man who was intensely dedicated to the military and to his family. His brother, Shawn, remembers him as someone who loved his family even more than the military and that he was a very competitive, fun-loving, real adventurous-type kid growing up. His nephew recalled to a local paper the time Sgt. Maj. Griffin took him to the base at Fort Carson when he was 10-years-old and let him sit in a tank. "He was definitely 100 percent Army. He was all about the Army. ... He lived it."
Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin was a 24-year veteran of the Army who had served three tours in Iraq and had been deployed to Kuwait and the Balkans. He was on a nine-month deployment when he was killed on Aug. 8 when he, along with Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy and Maj. Walter D. Gray, were killed by a homicide bomber in Sarkowi, Afghanistan.
"He truly believed in what he was doing, and that's the one solace that we kind of get out of this," said his brother. "He was where he wanted to be."
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look
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