Colonel Randall V. Simmons Jr. Promoted to Brigadier General
Colonel Randall V. Simmons Jr., Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, was promoted to Brigadier General during a ceremony before friends, fellow service members, and family at the headquarters of the Georgia National Guard. Brig. Gen. Simmons’ wife, Yetive, pinned him with his new stars of rank, as did Maj. Gen. Joe F. Jarrard, Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense.
“This ceremony may highlight a promotion for me, but it’s really about the 10,920 soldiers assigned to this formation. We need to remember that’s nearly 11,000 people that have families that count on us every day to put them in the best position possible to be successful, not only on the battlefield, but in life,” said Brig. Gen. Simmons.
Speaking before the pinning ceremony, Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard praised the then Colonel Simmons’ 28 years of service to the Georgia Guard.
“In my opinion, he’s a warrior who gets things done to the highest standard, and he does so both morally and ethically,” said Jarrard. “I can’t think of anybody I’m more proud to stand next to today as he gets promoted.”
As Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Simmons is responsible for the directing, coordinating, organizing and stationing of more than 11,000 soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard in order to ensure readiness to perform state and national missions.
Brig. Gen. Simmons has held a number of key positions in the Georgia Army National Guard, most recently as the Chief of Staff and previously as the Georgia Guard Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel.
Brig. Gen. Simmons commanded the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) from 2013 to 2015, during which time he deployed elements of the 48th IBCT as Task Force Volunteer. Task Force Volunteer assisted Afghan National Security Forces in establishing and maintaining security during the historic Afghan presidential elections of 2014. Previously, he served as the 48th IBCT’s Executive Officer. Brig. Gen. Simmons also has served as the Commander of the 108th Cavalry Regiment, which encompassed a successful deployment to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. From 2005 to 2006, Brig. Gen. Simmons deployed to Iraq as the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery.
Brig. Gen. Simmons’ military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Brig. Gen. Simmons graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He later earned a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
Brig. Gen. Randall V. Simmons Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard, had his new rank pinned on by Maj. Gen. Joe F. Jarrard, Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense, and his wife Yetive. General Simmons was appointed ATAG – Army after serving 33 months as the chief of staff for the Georgia Army National Guard. (Georgia Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Amy King/ Released)
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