Brigadier General Joe Jarrard
Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense
Brigadier General Joe Jarrard graduated from North Georgia College and State University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1988. He served on active duty for over 20 years and retired a lieutenant colonel in April 2009.
While on active duty, Gen. Jarrard served at numerous duty stations to include Germany; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Riley, Ks; and Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2003, he deployed as the battalion executive officer of 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his unit supported I Marine Expeditionary Force.
In 2005, Gen. Jarrard deployed to Iraq as the deputy brigade commander of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), where he served as the deputy effects coordinator and chief of assessments for the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). From September 2011 to January 2015 Gen. Jarrard served as the assistant adjutant general for the Georgia Dept. of Defense.
General Jarrard’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/OLC, and Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC.
Jarrard worked in Afghanistan from August 2009 to September 2011, most recently with the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). The CAAT works directly for the commander of international assistance forces Afghanistan advising and assisting commanders at all levels on counterinsurgency operations. His duties included observing and reporting on COIN activities, identifying best practices, and working with commanders at all levels in order to facilitate organizational and cultural change.
General Jarrard lives in North Georgia with his wife Susan, and three boys, Ben, Will, and Joseph.
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