He is responsible for directing, coordinating, organizing and stationing the Army and Air National Guards of the State of Georgia, the Georgia State Defense Force, and federal and state civilians, ensuring their readiness to perform state and national missions. Major General Carden has held a number of key positions in the Army and Georgia Army National Guard. Most recently, he served as Deputy Commanding General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Multi-National Division Southeast (Romania). Major General Carden previously served as the Georgia Army National Guard Commanding General, chief of staff,  deputy chief of staff for operations, and deputy chief for personnel.Major General Carden graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus with a Bachelor of Science in History.  He later earned a Master of Arts in human resource management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.