Rear Adm. Grosklags is a native of DeKalb, Illinois, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Designated a naval aviator in October 1983, he immediately reported to VT-3 as a T-34C flight instructor. During operational tours in HSL-34, flying the SH-2F, and HSL-42, flying the SH-60B, Grosklags made multiple deployments in USS John Hancock (DD-981), USS Donald B. Beary (FF-1085), USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974), and USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55). From July 1999 through July 2001, Grosklags served as the executive officer and commanding officer of Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT)18.
Grosklags has served in numerous acquisition billets, including as an engineering test pilot, assistant program manager for Systems Engineering for the MH-60R, assistant program manager for Test and Evaluation for H-60 Programs, deputy program manager for the MH-60R Development Program, and operations officer for the Program Executive Office for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)). From July 2004 through August 2007 Rear Adm.
Grosklags was the program manager for Multi-Mission Helicopters (PMA-299), during which time the MH-60R was successfully introduced to the Fleet. Subsequently, Rear Adm. Grosklags served as deputy PEO(A), with oversight responsibility for seven ACAT 1 Major Acquisition Programs. In June 2008, Grosklags reported as commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, and NAVAIR assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations.
From August 2009 until October 2011, Grosklags was the vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command.
He currently serves as Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, PEO(A). Rear Adm.
Grosklags earned a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post-Graduate School and is a graduate of the USN Test Pilot School Class 99. He has more than 5,000 military flight hours in numerous types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.