Colonel Randall Simmons
Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Georgia Dept. of Defense
Commander, Georgia Army National Guard
Georgia Army National Guard Chief of Staff Colonel Randall V. Simmons, Jr. has served as the Chief of Staff for the Georgia Army National Guard since January 2015.
Prior to his current assignment, Col. Simmons served as the Commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard headquartered in Macon, Georgia. Colonel Simmons took command of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team January 1, 2013, subsequently providing leadership throughout his command tenure to include deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2014.
Colonel Simmons has also served as the G1/Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel for the Georgia Army National Guard; Deputy Commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Commander of the 1st Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment encompassing their successful deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2009-2010; Executive Officer and S3/Operations Officer of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from 2006-2008. Col. Simmons has also served as the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery (Task Force Cobra) while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2005-2006.
Colonel Simmons graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He has a Master's Degree is Strategic Studies as a 2013 graduate of the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. He enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in 1989 as a forward observer and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in October 1992 at the Georgia Military Institute in Macon, Georgia. His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Paladin Commanders Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Joint Firepower Control Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College – Intermediate Level Education (ILE), Infantry Pre-Command Course, United States Army School of Command Preparation Pre-Command Course and Tactical Commanders Development Program, and the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education school.
Among his decorations are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), and Army Commendation Medal (3).