Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden Appointed 43rd Adjutant General
Maj. General Tom Carden assumed duties as the 43rd Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense during a ceremony at the Clay National Guard Center on January 26, 2019.
Carden replaced Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard, who served as the 42nd Adjutant General of Georgia since his January 2015 appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal. The Chief of National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel, appointed Jarrard to serve as the new deputy commanding general for Army National Guard, U.S. Army Europe.
Governor Brian Kemp transfers the colors of the Georgia Department of Defense from Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard to Maj. Gen. Tom Carden signifying Carden’s assumption of duties as the 43rd Adjutant General of Georgia. (Georgia National Guard Photo by Maj. William Carraway)
Carden, a veteran of more than 30 years’ service in the Georgia Army National Guard, was appointed as Jarrard’s successor by Gov. Brian Kemp. He served from 2015 to 2017 as the commanding general of the Ga. Army National Guard before his appointment as deputy commander of the Multi-National Division, Southeast, headquartered in Bucharest, Romania.
A color guard composed of Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the Ga. Air National Guard render honors as the national anthem plays during the adjutant general change of command ceremony. (Georgia National Guard photo by Spc. Tori Miller)
A 13-gun salute, fired by the Savannah-based 1st Battalion 118th Field Artillery Regiment commemorated the occasion.
Georgia National Guard Soldiers of the Savannah-based 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment provide a 13-gun salute during the change of command ceremony. The three-gun battery fired 13 volleys to honor the service of Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard and welcome Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden as Georgia’s 43rd Adjutant General. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt 1st Class R.J. Lannom, Jr.)
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