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Brigadier General Kurtis J. Winstead

Director of the Joint Staff
Military

Brigadier General Kurtis J. Winstead serves as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Tennessee National Guard.  General Winstead’s career began late 1990 during soldier preparations in support of  “Desert Storm” starting in January 1991. General Winstead received a direct commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corp and was assigned to the 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard. General Winstead served as the Command Judge Advocate, 194th Engineer Brigade, during Operation Iraqi Freedom III 2004-2006, Iraq.

 

COMMISSIONING SOURCE:

 Direct Appointment 


EDUCATIONAL DEGREES:

1988, Juris Doctor, University of Richmond, Virginia

1982, Bachelor of Science, Centre College (Economics and Management) 


MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED:

2010, Army War College

1998, Command and General Staff College

1995, Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course

1992. Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course


EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

First Lieutenant, 18 August 1990

Captain, 26 March 1992

Major, 05 August1996

Lieutenant Colonel, 25 September 2001

Colonel, 29 October 2009

Brigadier General, 15 February 2017 


ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. August 1990 – August 1996, Judge Advocate General, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Engineer Brigade, Nashville, Tennessee
  2. August 1996 – October 1996, Judge Advocate, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Engineer Brigade, Jackson, Tennessee.  
  3. October 1996 – September 1999, Assistant Judge Advocate, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 30th Separate Armor Brigade, Dyersburg, Tennessee.  
  4. September 1999 – August 2001, Judge Advocate, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Engineer Brigade, Jackson, Tennessee.  
  5. August 2001 – August 2004, Command Judge Advocate, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Engineer Brigade, Jackson, Tennessee.  
  6. January 2006 – November 2009, Command Judge Advocate, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Engineer Brigade, Jackson, Tennessee.  
  7. November 2009 – February 2017, Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, Nashville, Tennessee.  
  8. February 2017 – Present, Director of the Joint Staff Army Element, Army, Tennessee

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. October 2004 – January 2006, Command Staff Judge Advocate, 194th Engineer Brigade, Iraq 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Achievement
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal with one Campaign Star
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device
  • Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with Bronze Arabic Numeral 3 Device
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Tennessee National Guard War Service Ribbon
  • Tennessee National Guard Governor’s Commendation Ribbon
  • Tennessee National Guard Service Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION:

 Attorney, Rudy, Winstead, Turner, PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee 37212


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:

 Admitted to Practice:

Tennessee (1988)

Supreme Court of the United States (2000),

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1993),

U.S. District Court of Tennessee: Eastern (1997), Middle (1988), Western (1997)

Law School:

Moot Court Board

Negotiations Board

Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity

Studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England, summer 1986

Memberships:

            Rotary Club of Franklin at Noon

            Williamson, Inc. Chamber of Commerce

            Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tennessee

            Nashville, Williamson County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations

            The Army and Navy Club, Washington, D.C.

            V.F.W. Post 9543

            National Guard Associations of Tennessee and United States

            Nashville Business Forum (former)

 


OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

Distinctions:

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1994)

Battle Ground Academy Board of Trust (present)

Chair

Executive Committee

Chair - Strategic Planning Committee

Chair - Search Committee for Head of School

Former member Advancement, Athletic and Natural Resources

Committees

Chair - Family Council (2007-08); member (2006-08)

Co-Chair Annual Fund (2007-09)

Board of Visitors (2006-09)

Leadership Middle Tennessee Board of Directors (present)

Chair - Elect

Co-President Leadership Middle Tennessee Class of 2015

Franklin Tomorrow, Inc. Board of Directors (present)

Co-Chair Operations & Policy Committee

Finance & Development Committee

Industrial Development Board of Williamson County (present) 

Tennessee National Guard Excellence in Leadership Foundation Board (present)

Charter Member

Leadership Tennessee (Class VI 2018-19)

Leadership Franklin (Class of 2018-19)

Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (Fourth Cohort 2019-20)

Tennessee Arts Commission (former)

Chair - Allocations Committee

Co-Chair Executive Director Search Committee

Secretary

 

 

(Current as of 24 Sep 19)