Carden appointed to national defense post

[private]Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Carden, the state’s assistant adjutant general and the commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, has been appointed Deputy Commander of the Multinational Division Southeast.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved the nomination and Carden will begin serving effective Oct. 1.

“Brig. Gen. Carden’s service to the state of Georgia and our nation has been exemplary and it is no surprise that our national military leadership has recognized his outstanding abilities,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “I am confident his leadership will continue to benefit our total force as well as the efforts of our NATO allies going forward.”

“Brig. Gen. Carden is one of the finest officers with whom I have had the honor and pleasure to serve,” said Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard. “We will miss his untiring energy and servant leadership but wish him the best in this critical assignment.”

Deal said he will appoint Col. Randall Simmons as the assistant adjutant general – Army position. Simmons has served as chief of staff of the Georgia Army National Guard for nearly three years and previously commanded the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in its last deployment to Afghanistan in 2013-2014.

“Col. Randall Simmons is a proven leader both here in Georgia and overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Deal said. “With his significant experience, Col. Simmons is well-prepared to be an assistant adjutant general and the commander of the Georgia Army National Guard and I wish him great success in his new role.”

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