Colonel Kevin Jarrard was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from The Citadel in 1995. An infantry officer, he has served in various command and staff billets in the United States and abroad in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, including two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company and Security Cooperation Team - Jordan. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Southern Command. Currently, he commands Marine Corps Advisor Company A, aboard Joint Base Anacostia outside Washington, D.C.
In addition to earning undergraduate degrees in history and education, Colonel Jarrard completed two graduate degrees, one in National Security Studies and the other in Education. His military training includes U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne schools and a variety of specialized infantry, reconnaissance, and anti-terrorism courses.
The grandson of a sailor and son of a soldier, Colonel Jarrard has two brothers serving in the U.S. Army and is married to his childhood sweetheart. They are the proud parents of four children. The oldest is a Marine sergeant serving with 4th Reconnaissance Battalion.