Brigadier General Jimmie L. Cole, Jr. assumed command of the Tennessee Army National Guard on 10 January 2019. Before assuming his current role, BG Cole commanded the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (mobilized/deployed to Ukraine and Poland).
After serving as an enlisted Infantryman, he was commissioned an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army in 1991 through Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon completion of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was assigned to 2-44 ADA, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a Vulcan/Stinger Platoon Leader. After his first assignment, BG Cole led the Division’s only pure Stinger Platoon. After leading two platoons, BG Cole transitioned to the Finance Branch where he served as Battalion Assistant S-3 and the Commander of Detachment B, 101st Finance Battalion.
Upon leaving active duty in 1995, BG Cole joined the Tennessee Army National Guard where he served in various command and staff positions to include: Commander, 1129th Finance; G3 Training Officer; S-3 30th Finance (mobilized); Deputy G3, Training Division Chief; Commander Regimental Reconnaissance 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (mobilized/deployed to Iraq); Plans Officer 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Commander First Squadron 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (mobilized/deployed to Iraq); Deputy G4, Deputy Director for Logistics; G8, Director of Property and Fiscal Operations; G3, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Training; Chief of Staff, Tennessee Army National Guard.
BG Cole is a graduate of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic, Finance Advanced Course, Airborne, Air Assault, Scout Commander Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Course, Infantry Pre Command Course, Joint Task Force Commander Course, and Dual Status Commander Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he received his Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
BG Cole’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award (Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, Tennessee War Service Ribbon, Tennessee Distinguished Unit Commendation, Louisiana Cross of Merit, Combat Action Badge, Army Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge, Order of Saint George, Order of Saint Barbara, and Order of Saint Maurice.
BG Cole is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and currently resides in Mt Juliet, Tennessee with his wife, Danya and their two sons, Cameran and Watson. BG Cole is also the proud grandfather of Donavan and Ramsey.