Joe Jarrard, Adjutant General of Georgia, Joins the Georgia Board of Public Health

August 13, 2015

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) welcomes Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, adjutant general of Georgia, to the Georgia Board of Public Health (BOPH).

Throughout his career, Gen. Jarrard has served at an array of stations while on active duty including Germany; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Riley, Ks., and Fort Bragg, N.C.

In 2005, he 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).

After a successful career of more than 20 years, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in April 2009 as a decorated military professional.

Prior to his current role as adjutant general of Georgia, Gen. Jarrard worked as the assistant adjutant general for the Georgia Department of Defense from September 2011 to January 2015.

As an expert leader in protecting the safety American citizens, Gen. Jarrard will offer the BOPH his deep insights in planning and organizing response efforts to safeguard Georgians during emergency situations.

“I hope to make known the unique emergency preparedness and response capabilities the Georgia Department of Defense can utilize to protect our fellow Georgia citizens,” Gen. Jarrard said. “When called upon during a large scale medical or disaster relief effort, the unique skills and equipment of our military should be part of the plan to prevent or respond to these public health issues.”

Gen. Jarrad highlights that increased partnership among state agencies can advance the state’s emergency management capabilities, particularly when leveraging the military’s skills in medical and logistical coordination for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.

Gen. Jarrard is a native of Gainesville, Ga. and a graduate of North Georgia College and State University, presently the University of North Georgia. He currently resides in North Georgia with his wife and three sons.

Visit DPH online to learn more about the Georgia Board of Public Health.


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