Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Joe C. Geren Jr.
Colonel, Tennessee Army National Guard (AGR) - Retired
Meet Colonel Joe Geren...
For the past thirty plus years, I have been involved in operations and training soldiers, focusing on individual, collective training, readiness reporting and analyzing the way soldiers succeed or fail, then provide analcites on ways to improve or sustain. From June 2005 through July of 2006 I served as the RCAG North Commander of an Embedded Training Team to the 209th Afghan CORPS. Last duty assignment was Commander 117th Regional Training Institute where the focus is on individual training. Last Artillery assignment was Commander 196th Field Artillery Brigade from May 2004 through July 2007. I was dual assigned as the J5/7 for Tennessee. I was task to develop Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) for soldiers and airmen to support state and local governments preparing for military support to civilian authorities during a natural or terrorist disaster. I have worked as an Analyst for artillery units in preparation for deployments. I have a Secret clearance (down graded from TS because of time and retirement).
May 2014 - June 2014. Performed duties as an Analyst for Engility Corporation in Hohenfels, GE.
Responsibilities were to work in the simulation center as an analyst for the A Battery 1-82 Field Artillery, exercise and assist the Observer Controller’s writing the After Action Review.
February 2013 - March 2013. Performed duties as an Analyst for Engility Corporation in Hohenfels, GE.
Responsibilities were to work in the simulation center as an analyst for the 2D Cavalry Regiment exercise and assist the Observer Controller’s writing the After Action Review in preparation for their deployment.
October 2011 – April 2012. Operations and Training Lead for TechWise Corporations in the United Arab Emirates.
Responsibilities were to interface with the Presidential Guard Operations Officers (United Arab Emirates Military). Duties were to advise Presidential Guard Operation Officers on Doctrinal changes that will enable the Presidential Guard to become more in line with NATO and US Doctrine.
August 2007 – August 2010. Commander 117th Regional Training Institute
Responsibilities are to four Battalions Armor, Military Police, Logistics, and a Special Services Battalion which includes Officer Candidate School, a HET training Company and qualification schools as needed. Coordinate with National Guard Bureau and Training and Doctrine Command for funding that support soldier training.
August 2006 - August 2007. J5/7 (strategic planner and exercise coordinator) for the Tennessee National Guard (TNG)
The duties are to coordinate with Civilian authorities and develop Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) that will support the Governor and local authorities during disasters natural or man made.
April 2005 - July 2006. Deployed as the Commander of the196th FA BDE to Afghanistan to serve as the Regional Command Assistance Group - North an Embedded Training Team to Mentor and train the Afghan National Army's 209th CORPS. We worked for Task Force Phoenix and CSTC - A.
May 2004 - August 2007. Commander 196th Field Artillery Brigade. The Brigade is located in Chattanooga Tennessee and has four subordinate battalions located across the southern part of Tennessee. Responsibilities are to ensure Training, personnel, payroll and logistic are in place to cover the any exercises and keep readiness levels at the required C levels. May 2004 - July 2007. Commander of the 196th Field Artillery Brigade located in Chattanooga Tennessee. The Brigade had four subordinate battalions located across the southern part of Tennessee (2200 Soldiers). Responsibilities are to ensure personnel payroll and logistic are in place to cover the exercise.
2001 – 2004. Training Administrator for the Tennessee Army National Guard (TNARNG)
I was responsible for Individual Training, Collective Training, Exercises coordination with Active and Reserve units. I coordinated with exercise contractors for simulations. I was also tasked with ensuring resources were provided to support the above mentioned responsibilities. I was responsible for overseeing 72 plus million dollars used to pay, train or resource the Tennessee Army National Guard. I coordinated with the five Major Commands within Tennessee for the development of the quarterly (near term), one year (short range), and five year (long range) calendar’s as required by FM 7-0 and FM 7-1.
1999 – 2001. Battalion Commander 3/115th Field Artillery Battalion, Memphis TN
Transformed from a M190A5 Battalion to a M109A6 Paladin Battalion.
1997 – 1999. 1/115th Field Artillery Battalion Executive Officer, Winchester TN
Manage daily operations for the Traditional Commander and maintain the facilities.
1994 – 1997. Training Officer for the TNARNG
Responsible for collective training, readiness reporting for five major commands and coordinating with Active and Reserve training facilities for dates and training areas at their facilities. Coordination with NGB for funding needs. I coordinated training and travel for 278th ACR deployment and redeployment from the NTC.
1987 – 1994. I served in several positions within the Brigade where my full time responsibilities were operations, training and budget. I was deployed to Iraq from November 1990 through May 1991.
1970 – 1987. I worked for South Central Bell/AT&T as a business systems installer repairman.
1969 - 2010 Member of the Tennessee Army National Guard
Legion of Merit 2010
Legion of Merit 2008
Bronze Star Afghanistan 2005-2006
Bronze Star Iraq 1990-1991
2 Meritorious Service Metals
2 ARCOM Metals
3 ARCAM Metals
2 Tennessee Distinguished Service Metals