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Chief of Staff: Col. James C. Packwood

Col. James C. Packwood

Chief of Staff-Idaho Army National Guard

The Chief of Staff for the Idaho Army National is COL J. Cole Packwood. He serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General and/or Assistant Adjutant on a broad range of matters concerning the United States Army and Army National Guard. Colonel Packwood is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the diversified functions including Logistics, Information Systems, Manpower and Personnel, Public Affairs, Recruiting and Retention, Medical and State emergency responses. He coordinates with the Idaho Air National Guard senior leadership on joint programs and activities within the State of Idaho. He also coordinates special Army National Guard programs and initiatives such as Diversity, Family Support, Employer Support and NGB State Partnership Programs. Colonel Packwood also oversees the development, execution, and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control, and operation of the Idaho Army National Guard.

SOURCE OF COMMISSION/DATE: Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, 28 May 1994

CIVILIAN EDUCATION:

MS/Strategic Studies – U.S. Army War College, 2018

BS/Biology – University of Utah, 1994

MILITARY EDUCATION:

2018 Senior Service College, Carlisle Barracks, PA (DDE)

2015 Advanced Operations Course, Ft Leavenworth, KS (DDE)

2012 Intermediate Level Education, Ft Leavenworth, KS (DDE)

2012 Recruiting and Retention Force Leadership Course, Professional Education Center, AR

2012 Brigade and Battalion Pre-Command Course, Ft Leavenworth, KS

2008 Human Resources Management Qualification Course, Ft Jackson, SC

2001 EURO-NATO Engineer Company Commander Course, Munich, Germany

1999 Airborne School, Ft Benning, GA

1999 Combined Arms Service Staff School, Ft Leavenworth, KS

1998 Infantry Captains Career Course, Ft Benning, GA

1995 Engineer Officer Basic Course, Ft Leonard Wood, MO

Assignments:
May 2019 – Present, Chief of Staff, Idaho Army National Guard, Boise, Idaho
July 2018 – July 2019, Garrison Commander, Idaho Army National Guard, Boise, Idaho
March 2018 – May 2019, Construction and Facility Management Officer, Boise. Idaho
June 2017 – March 2018, G1, Joint Force Headquarters, Boise, Idaho
December 2015 – June 2017, Deputy G1, Joint Force Headquarters, Boise, Idaho
August 2013 – December 2015, Executive Officer, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Boise, Idaho
February 2012 – August 2013, Commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Boise, Idaho
December 2011 – February 2012, Deputy G1, Joint Force Headquarters, Boise, Idaho
June 2006 – December 2011, S1, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Boise, Idaho
March 2006 – June 2006, Plans Officer, 116th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Boise, Idaho
August 2003 – March 2006, Commander, Headquarters Company, 116th Cavalry Brigade, Boise, Idaho
September 2002 – August 2003, Assistant S2, 116th Cavalry Brigade, Boise, Idaho
August 2002 – September 2002, Assistant S3, DIVENG, 1st Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany
June 2001 – August 2002, Commander, Company B, 82nd EN, 1st Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany
August 2000 – June 2001, Assistant S3, 82nd EN, 1st Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany
June 1999 – August 2000, Assistant S3, DIVENG, 1st Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany
October 1997 – July 1998, Executive Officer, HHC, 16th EN, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany
December 1996 – October 1997, Assistant S3, 16th EN, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany
May 1995 – December 1996, Platoon Leader, Company A, 23rd EN, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany

Summary of Operational Assignments:
November 2010 – September 2011, Operation New Dawn, S1, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Iraq
November 2004 – September 2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Commander, HHC, 116th Cavalry Brigade, Iraq
July 2000 – December 2000, Operation Joint Guardian, Assistant S3, DIVENG, 1st Infantry Division, Kosovo
January 1996 – November 1996, Operation Joint Endeavor, Platoon Leader, 23rd EN, 1st Armored Division, Bosnia

DECORATIONS, AWARDS, & CITATIONS: 
Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (with s Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device and Bronze Hourglass
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 5)
NATO Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Idaho Service Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Combat Action Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
NG Basic Recruiting and Retention Identification Badge
Army Superior Unit Award
Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Lifetime Member, National Guard Association of the United States
Lifetime Member, Idaho National Guard Officer Association
Member, Army Engineer Association
Lifetime Member, Trout Unlimited

(Current as of August 2019)

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