Col. Jeffrey Jarkowsky
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)
Col. Jeffrey Jarkowsky assumed the duties of Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Pacific on July 12, 2007. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City , New Jersey , and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in May 1981.
Col. Jarkowsky served as a rifle squad and rifle platoon leader in the 1-113th Infantry (M), NJARNG, prior to his active duty commissioning. His initial assignment was a rifle platoon and anti-tank platoon leader in the 1-9th Infantry, in the Republic of Korea Subsequently, he served as a rifle company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer in the 2-34th Infantry (M), at Fort Stewart , Georgia . He returned to the 2d Infantry Division in Korea and served as a Brigade S3 plans officer and battalion S3 air.He commanded Company A, 1-506th Infantry, and subsequently served as the aide to the commanding general, 2d Infantry Division.
Col. Jarkowsky next joined the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, where he served as the battalion S5, commanded Company C of the 1st Battalion, and later served as the battalion liaison officer.
After attending Command and General Staff College , Col. Jarkowsky was assigned as G3 plans officer, HQs, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg , North Carolina . Subsequently, he served as the battalion S3, 1-505th Parachute Infantry, and brigade S3 of the 3d Brigade, in the 82d Airborne Division.
His next assignment was as chief of plans and exercise maneuver control division, with the JRTC Operations Group, Fort Polk, Louisiana.Colonel Jarkowsky was next privileged to serve as the commander of the 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry, also at Fort Polk
Following the Army War College , Col. Jarkowsky was assigned to the HQs of U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk , Virginia , where he worked as a joint plans and current operations officer in the Operations Directorate, and subsequently served as the chief of the command’s Joint Scheduling Branch.
In June 2004, Col. Jarkowsky took command of the 196th Infantry Brigade at Fort Shafter , and following command in July 2006, assumed the duties of USARPAC G-3/5/7.
Colonel Jarkowsky’s military schools include the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, CAS3, the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance course, the Ranger course, the Jumpmaster course, the Airborne course, and the Air Assault course.
Colonel Jarkowsky’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the South West Asia Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutists Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and Jump Badges from the United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Germany, and Canada.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks