NASHVILLE -- The man who led Tennessee National Guard troops from Marshall County in Iraq has officially been promoted to brigadier general.
Jeffrey H. Holmes, of Lascassas, an architect with the Brentwood-based firm of Hart Freeland Roberts, was promoted from colonel during ceremonies in Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday, July 10.
Just before ceremonies in January last year, Holmes acknowledged Marshall County residents support for troops who were about to be deployed to Iraq. "It makes the soldiers comfortable, knowing they're not doing this by themselves," Holmes said.
Earlier this year, Maj. Gen. Terry M. Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General, named Holmes commander of the Tennessee National Guard's 194th Engineer Brigade headquartered in Jackson. Holmes officially assumed command on July 10.
Holmes previously served as the commander of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment headquartered in Knoxville. He succeeded Brig. Gen. Robert A. Harris, who led the 194th since 2006.
Holmes said he looks forward to serving with the soldiers of the 194th and described his fellow citizen-soldiers of Tennessee as "great warriors" who continue a military tradition started during the American Revolution.
Holmes is a University of Tennessee graduate, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in architecture in 1984. He was commissioned Field Artillery from the Tennessee Military Academy Officer Candidate School in 1983. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Among his awards Brig. Gen. Holmes holds the Combat Action Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Tennessee National Guard Commendation Ribbon, and Tennessee National Guard Individual Achievement Ribbon.