An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was found unresponsive and pronounced
dead in a Fayetteville apartment Friday morning according to a media released
by Fort Bragg on Sunday.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Griffey, 37, from Byron Center, Michigan, served as an
air movement liaison with the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters and was
assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 782nd Brigade Support
Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
"Sergeant First Class Jeffrey Griffey was a dedicated leader in the 4th
Brigade and 82nd Airborne Division," said Lt. Col. Geoffrey Kent, commander
of the 782nd BSB. "Serving six years in the Fury Brigade, also as a platoon
sergeant, Jeff touched the lives of countless Paratroopers and their
families. He was a true professional by all measures and a dear friend to
many. His highest priority was spending time with his three children whom he
loved dearly. This unexpected death has shaken our unit and the Troopers
that knew Jeffrey. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Griffey family
during this challenging time of loss."
Griffey joined the Army in 1993. He completed basic combat training and
advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He arrived at
Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division in 2006 where he served as a senior
maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, platoon sergeant, maintenance
supervisor, maintenance control sergeant and motor sergeant.
Griffey served on two combat deployments. He deployed in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 to January 2004 and Operation
Enduring Freedom from January to October 2007.
Griffey's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with
five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf
clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal
with service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan
Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea
Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian
Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon,
the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the
Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Service Star and
the Pathfinder Badge.