Col. Jack K. Pritchard
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)
COL Jack K. Pritchard became the Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Pacific July 11, 2012. His previous assignment was commander, 196th Infantry Brigade (TS) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
COL Pritchard enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1982 and was commissioned through the University of Scranton Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Field Artillery officer in 1984. He graduated from Wilkes University in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Career Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and Army War College.
COL Pritchard commanded two batteries in 2nd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. He also served as an Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La. He commanded the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from 2005 to 2008 and deployed the battalion to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007.
He has also served in a variety of command and staff positions at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan; Camp Victory, Iraq; Arlington, Va.; Fort Stewart; Ga.; Fort Shafter and Augsburg, Germany.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.
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