Command Sgt. Maj. Karl J. Groninger was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. He enlisted in the Army in August 1982 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. where he was awarded MOS 12B (Combat Engineer) upon completion. CSM Groninger attended the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in 1984 and was re-classified as a 12D (Diver). CSM Groninger was promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 May 2002 and appointed to Command Sergeant Major on January 9, 2003.
Previous Assignments include: Delta Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Ky; 544th Engineer Detachment, 10th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; 86th Engineer Detachment, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; 7th Engineer Detachment, 536th Engineer Battalion, Fort Kobe, Panama; 74th Engineer Detachment, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; Headquarters, U.S. Army Aviation & Troop Command, St. Louis, Mo.; 569th Engineer Detachment, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Va.; 7th Engineer Detachment, 29th Engineer Battalion, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Sergeant Major, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Hood, Texas; Command Sergeant Major, 92nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Leonard Wood. Mo.; Command Sergeant, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras; Command Sergeant Major, 579th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M, Forward Engineer Support Team-Main), Vicksburg, Miss.
Command Sgt. Maj. Groninger deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm/ Desert Shield, and twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Command Sgt. Maj. Groninger is a graduate of Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Air Assault Course, Jungle Operations Training Center, Basic Underwater Construction Course, Instructor Training Course, Sapper Leader Course, Advanced Underwater Construction Course, Strategic Deployment Planning Course, Master Diver Certification Course, Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS) OIC Course, OPDS Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM) Technician Course, First Sergeant Course, Risk Analysis Course, Contracting Officer Representative Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Garrison Command Sergeants Major course and the U.S. Army Force Management Course. CSM Groninger holds a BS degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College.