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CAPTAIN DUSTIN E. GROVES

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Captain Dustin Groves is currently the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 122d Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne International Airport, Indiana Air National Guard.

Captain Groves is from Goshen.  In 2003 he graduated from Fairfield Jr. Sr. High School with High Honors.  In the fall of 2003 he started his college education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and in the spring of 2008 he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.  He then attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI where he earned his Juris Doctorate in May 2013.  He currently holds licenses to practice in the Supreme Court of Indiana, the Northern and Southern districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Captain Groves enlisted into the Air National Guard at Fort Wayne, Indiana in December 2003.  He started his military career as a vehicle operator/dispatcher.  During his time in this career field he took part in two overseas deplyoments.  The first of which came from May-September 2006 to Al Dhafra Air Force Base, UAE and the second from July 2008 to Februrary 2009 at Sather AB, Baghdad, Iraq.  From April 2009 to June 2014 he cross-trained into the paralegal career field.  In June 2014 he was commissioned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate.  

Captain Groves is married to Jessica Anne Groves, a fellow Indiana attorney, and has a daughter, Mckenzie Lee Groves.  Currently Captain Groves is working as a temporary technician at the 122d FW as a Legal Advisor (General).


 

EDUCATION

2005 Vechicle Operator/Dispatcher Apprentice Course 
2006 Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher Journeyman Course (correspondance) 
2007 Airman Leadership School (correspondance) 
2008 Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. 
2009 Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher Craftsman Course (correspondance) 
2009 Paralegal Apprentice Course (Distinguished Graduate) 
2013 Juris Doctorate, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI. 
2015 Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course   

ASSIGNMENTS

December 2003-April 2009 122d LRS, Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher 
September 2006 Deployed Vehicle Operator, Al Dhafra AB, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
July 2008-Feburary 2009 Deployed Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher, Sather AB, Baghdad, Iraq  
April 2009-June 2014 122d Wing, Paralegal  
June 2014-Current 122d Wing, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate   

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS

Air Force Commendation Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal 
Army Achievement Medal 
Meritorious Unit Award 
AF Outstanding Unit Award 
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION   

6 December 2003 Airman First Class 
26 Feburary 2005 Senior Airman 
18 December 2007 Staff Sergeant 
18 December 2009 Technical Sergeant 
12 June 2014 First Lieutenant 
01 April 2016 Captain