DLA Distribution San Joaquin’s Thimsen promoted to lieutenant colonel

By Annette Silva, DLA Distribution San Joaquin Public Affairs

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During an afternoon ceremony, Army Maj. Grant Thimsen, operations officer for Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California’s Operations Cell, was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. in the company of his family, friends and co-workers. 

Distribution San Joaquin commander Marine Col. Tiffany Harris provided remarks and administered the Oath of Office to Thimsen before promoting him to his new rank. Upon completion of the oath, Thimsen’s son Lukas replaced his old rank with new rank insignia on his uniform.  

“Lt. Col. Thimsen played a big part in the distribution center’s 38-month streak of green metrics,” commented Harris. “He is an outstanding officer, steady presence and an extremely gifted logistician.”

Thimsen was proud to share his promotion with his family and co-workers. He went on to thank his family for their support of his Army career. 

Thimsen was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Thimsen joined active duty as an enlisted soldier in June 2001 as a parachute rigger. He received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps following successful completion of the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School in 2003.  

He served in a variety of special operations and conventional logistics assignments stateside and abroad throughout his stellar career. Before serving at DLA Distribution San Joaquin, he was attached to Ministry of Defence Lyneham, United Kingdom serving as an exchange officer as the battalion second-in-command. 
Thimsen has multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; and other overseas operational tours in Europe and the Middle East.

His military education includes Basic Airborne School; Parachute Rigger Course; Transportation Officer Basic Course; U.S. Army Jumpmaster School Static Line Jumpmaster course; Combined Logistics Captains Career course; and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. 

His individual awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters;  Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters; Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Australian and German Parachutist Badges and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Further, he was selected as the 2018 Defense Logistics Agency Field Grade Officer of the Year.