Colonel Jarrett A. Thomas II

Commander, HQ, U.S. Army Garrison, JRTC and Fort Polk

COL Jarrett A. Thomas II is a native of Ohio. He received a US Army commission as an Adjutant General Officer in 1996.

His early assignments include duty as an Executive Officer, Battalion S1, and Detachment Commander in the 55th Personnel Services Battalion, as well as Operations Officer for the El Paso Military Entrance Processing Station. He later served as a Detachment Commander and Battalion S3 in the 546th Personnel Services Battalion, Enlisted Strength Manager in 3rd Corps, in addition to serving as Company Commander and Chief of G1 Plans and Operations in United States Army North (Fifth Army). His most recent assignments include duty as a Brigade S1 in the 82nd Airborne Division, Corps Strength Manager in the 18th Airborne Corps, Battalion Commander and Deputy Chief of Staff of the 82nd Airborne Division, along with an assignment as an Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/Adjutant General for Army Material Command.

COL Thomas’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Services Campaign Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He has earned the Master Parachutist Badge and German Parachutist Badge.

COL Thomas is a graduate of the United States Army War College, the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, and the Adjutant General’s Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in History, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.