Captain Grohe, a native of Milford, CT, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1995 and joined the Electronic Attack community as an EA-6B pilot.
Captain Grohe served in multiple Electronic Attack Squadrons based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, deploying multiple times with both east and west coast Carrier Strike Groups, supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He commanded VAQ-142 from 2012-2013. Under his leadership, the squadron deployed to combat, earning the 2013 Battle Efficiency award, the 2013 Arleigh Burke Trophy for Pacific Fleet and the 2012 “Golden Wrench” for the best maintenance department in the Electronic Attack Wing.
Ashore, he served as the Deputy Chief of Future Operations at U.S. Cyber Command and led a joint-interagency operational planning team consisting of 27 U.S. agencies and 2 key partner nations. In August 2013, Captain Grohe was selected as a Federal Executive Fellow to The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, specializing in cyber strategy and policy. In November 2014 and after learning French at DLI Washington, he served as the U.S. SIXTH Fleet liaison officer to the French Mediterranean Fleet in Toulon, France.
In July 2017, he reported as the Deputy Commodore, Task Force 1030/Executive Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk.
Captain Grohe has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and 640 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (four strike-flight awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards.