Maj. Gen. William G. Beard
Deputy Commanding General

U.S. Army Reserve

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     Major General William G. Beard assumed his duties as the Deputy Commanding General for United States Army Reserve, United States Army Pacific on July 21, 2011.

     Major General Beard was commissioned in August 1980 upon his graduation from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (distinguished military graduate). His active duty assignments included a tour in Kaiserlautern, Germany, with the 5th Signal Command where he served as an operations officer and platoon leader. He was subsequently assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as the communications officer for the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Division Radio Officer, and S-4 for the 82nd Signal Battalion.

     He transferred to the Army Reserve in 1987, and served with the 120th Army Reserve Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., 87th Maneuver Area Command in Birmingham, Ala., and the 3220th Garrison Support Unit in West Palm Beach, Fla.

     He transferred to Civil Affairs in 1992, serving with the 478th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) in Perrine, Fla., until 1997. During that time, he served in Special Operations Command- South (SOCSOUTH) conducting civil-military support to counter-narcotics operations. In 1996, he served as the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force Liaison Officer to Special Operations Command- Europe (SOCEUR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Upon his return, he was a strategic planner the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Fla. In 1999, he assumed command of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in Danbury, Conn., deploying the unit to Kosovo in 2000.

     He assumed command of the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2001, deploying the unit into Iraq in 2003. Following that deployment, Beard worked as the Chief, Civil Affairs Strategic Planning Team for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command at Fort Wadsworth, N.Y. supporting U.S. European Command. In 2006, he returned to Fort Bragg to start up and command the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) 1st Training Brigade, overseeing training for select joint Reserve forces preparing for mobilization. After his promotion to brigadier general, Beard held command of the 351st Civil Affairs Command in Mountain View, Calif., for a year before deploying to Baghdad as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil Capacity for Multinational Corps-Iraq. Beard resumed his position as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) upon his return to the United States in May 2010.

     Beard's military education includes the Signal Officer basic and advanced courses, Radio Systems Officer Course, Electronic Warfare, the Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College and CAPSTONE. In his civilian studies, he earned his J.D. degree from Cumberland Law School at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., and after 20 years retired as an assistant state attorney in Florida.

     His decorations include two Legion of Merits, three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Egyptian Parachutist Badge and German Parachutist Badge. In 2011, he received the Accomplished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee for outstanding achievement.


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