Brigadier General Kevin Jarrard was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from The Citadel in 1995. An infantry officer, he has served in various command and staff billets in the United States and abroad in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, including two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company and Security Cooperation Team - Jordan. Most recently, he commanded a Marine Advisor Company and subsequently served as the Reserve Advisor to the Marine Corps Reserve Artillery Regiment.
In addition to earning undergraduate degrees in history and education, Brigadier General Jarrard completed two graduate degrees, one in National Security Studies and the other in Education. His military training includes U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne schools and a variety of specialized infantry, reconnaissance, and anti-terrorism courses.
In addition to his continued service in the Marine Corps Reserve, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Specialty Orthopedics headquartered in his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia.