His Sailors won the Battle E, the Golden Anchor Award, the Silver Anchor Award, the Commodore's Cup (twice), and the Engineering Excellence Award (twice). His Sailors were Ney Award and Arleigh A. Burke Award finalists. Captain Grooms' leadership teams's crowning achievement - over a dozen Sailors were picked up for Officer Commissioning Programs.
Rear Admiral Grooms is currently serving on the Joint Staff as Vice Director. He is a United States Naval Academy graduate.