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David L. Grange

David L. Grange
Major General David L. Grange
Born (1947-12-29) December 29, 1947
Long Island, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1970—1999
Rank Major General
Unit Delta Force
Commands held 75th Ranger Regiment
1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Eagle Claw
Invasion of Grenada
Gulf War
Yugoslav wars
Awards Silver Star (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Relations LTG David E. Grange, Jr. (father)
Other work Chief Executive Officer of Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

David L. Grange is a retired United States Army Major General. He served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War. He was later assigned to Delta Force, commanding a squadron during the invasion of Grenada and was deputy commander during the Gulf War. His last command was of 1st Infantry Division before he retired in 1999.

Early life

Born on December 29, 1947, in bachelor of science degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. Grange later earned a master’s degree in public service from Western Kentucky University.

Military career

Grange first saw significant combat action as a second lieutenant assigned to the 101st Airborne's "lima" Ranger company in the I Corps Province of Vietnam in 1971. This unit was part of the 75th Infantry and attached to the 2/17th Cavalry. As a first lieutenant in 1972, Grange was an adviser to the Vietnamese Airborne Division. He commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, which supported Operation Eagle Claw in 1980. In 1982, he was assigned to Delta Force. He commanded a squadron during the invasion of Grenada.

Grange volunteered for service in Korea in 1987 and commanded the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division. He served as a special-operations officer in Special Operations Command in Washington, D.C., then as deputy commander of the 1st SFOD-D Delta Force, in which job he commanded a task force during Desert Storm.

From 1991 to 1993, he commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment.[1] He then served as deputy commanding officer of United States Army Special Operations Command. After his selection as a general officer, he served as both ADC for support and maneuver in the 3rd Infantry Division at Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany.

In 1997, Grange returned to Germany and took command of the 1st Infantry Division and Task Force Eagle in Bosnia,[2] where he was responsible for U.S. forces and operations in Macedonia and Kosovo during the Yugoslav civil wars. In 1999, Grange relinquished command of the 1st ID to John Abizaid and retired from active duty.

Later life

In December 1999, Grange published a critique of the Army's obsolete way of measuring unit readiness in the [3] [4]

Global Security Assessment and Expeditionary Expertise

General Grange provides information operations expertise and "ground truth" geopolitical consultancy to Senior Executives in both public and private sectors. These expeditionary security assessments conducted throughout Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific Rim, provide critical strategic value to public and private sector decision makers. In 2015, national news reporting on the Secretary of State's 2012 email controversy highlighted that Grange was requested by private sector executives to provide his subject matter expertise on Humanitarian Relief requirements for North Africa.

Awards and decorations

MG Grange has been decorated for service, to include:
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
  • Iran Basic Airborne Wings
  • 75th Ranger Regiment DUI


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Military offices
Preceded by
William F. Kernan
Commander , 75th Ranger Regiment
Succeeded by
James T. Jackson
Preceded by
Montgomery Meigs
Commander, 1st Infantry Division
August 1997 – August 1999
Succeeded by
John P. Abizaid
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