Colonel Griffin is a native of Birmingham, AL. He attended the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina graduating on May 11, 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He received his commission as a 2nd Lt the same date via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Course commissioning program.
Upon completion of the The Basic School in November 1991, 2ndLt Griffin completed the Assault Amphibian Officers course and reported for duty to Camp Lejeune where he served as a Platoon Commander with Company A, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. In 1995, he transferred to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. where he served as a Platoon Commander, Silent Drill Platoon, Company A, and Assistant Training Officer and Scheduling Officer. He also served as the Parade Adjutant for the 1997 Parade Staff.
In 1997, he transferred to the Selected Marine Corps Reserve. He served as Platoon Commander and Executive Officer of Company D, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. After graduation from George Washington University Law School and admission to the Virginia Bar, Colonel Griffin served as a Civil Affairs Team leader with the 4th Civil Affairs Group. In January 2003, he deployed as a member of Task Force Tarawa in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Civil Affairs team leader for 1st Battalion, 2d Marines. In November 2003, he transferred to Company A(-), 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion where he served as Detachment Officer in Charge. In January 2005, Colonel Griffin transferred to 4th Maintenance Battalion where he served as the Operations Officer. In April 2005, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06.2 as the Assistant Operations and Training Officer of the 6th Civil Affairs Group. He served as the Ministry of Interior Forces Coordinator, Iraqi Security Forces, G-3, 2d Marine Division from August 2005 until April 2006. In October 2006, he was assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer for 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group. In October 2009, he was assigned as a Plans Officer with the G3/G5, 4th Marine Logistics Group. On July 25, 2010, he assumed command of 4th Maintenance Battalion. Following two years in command, he served as the A C/S G-3 for the Force Headquarters Group. Following three years on the FHG staff, he assumed command of the 2d Civil Affairs Group in July 2015.
Colonel Griffin completed Officer’s Candidate School, The Basic School, Assault Amphibian Officer’s Course, LAV Commander’s Orientation Course, Civil Affairs Officer’s Course, Command and Staff DEP, the U.S. Army War College DEP and Advanced Joint PME. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.