The General George Patton Museum’s new Leader Lessons series starts today with Matthew “Griff” Griffin, a veteran who is CEO of Combat Flip Flops.

The speaker series is geared toward highlighting leaders in the military and civilian sectors as they present their perspectives on leadership excellence.

“It’s something new we’re starting at the museum and our goal is to bring together individuals from both the private and public sector and give them a platform where they can share their lessons,” said Mike Martin of the museum.

Griffin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in engineering management. According to the Facebook event page, he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Company Fire Support Officer with three tours to Afghanistan and one tour to Iraq. After his military career, Griffin moved to the private sector as director of military sales for Remote Medical International and the director of special operations for Protect the Force. He was a 2019 Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Institute and currently serves as a logistics officer for Team 5 Foundation.

His Combat Flip Flops business markets rugged footwear and apparel. It’s website describes a portion of its proceeds supporting charities including women’s education in Afghanistan.

This Leader Lessons seminar presented by the Patton Museum Foundation will take place 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today at the General George Patton Museum, 4555 Fayette Ave., Fort Knox.

This event is free and open to the public. The speaking engagement will be followed by a Q-and-A session and book signing. Griffin co-authored “Steps Ascending: Rise of the Unarmed Forces” with Leo Jenkins.

“Griff is a great dude. He definitely is going to do a great lecture,” Martin said.

The series will be a hybrid event. Martin said the event will be recorded and shared on the museum’s social media as well as shared by, allowing people to watch at home or attend in person. Martin said people can expect the recorded sessions online about a week after the event takes place.

For nformation and to stay up to date of future events of the Leader Lessons series, follow the General George Patton Museum Facebook page or go to

Additionally, Martin said another program soon to roll out is called 10 Minutes of History. The museum plans to record 10-minute informative history segments and share those online.

“It’s going to be a great educational opportunity,” Martin said. “With it going out on the web, Facebook, social media it enables people who might not be able to make it to the museum on a regular basis to see all the great things we’re doing.”

Martin estimated that video series would begin later this month.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or

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I attended Matt Griffin's seminar, a lecture on leadership. Griffin was an Army Ranger with 3 tours in Afghanistan -- I'm guessing that as a Ranger he helped to keep China from building a new silk road. As a civilian, he's a businessman and contributes to schooling Afghan women and helping Afghans escape to neighboring countries. I wonder if the DOD is funding his civilian activities?

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