BRIGADIER GENERAL CHRISTOPHER S. BALLARD
Brigadier General Christopher S. Ballard was commissioned a Military Intelligence Officer in 1984 after graduating from Furman University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German. He holds Master’s degrees from Indiana University and the National Defense University, and is a graduate of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Post-Graduate Intelligence Program.
Brigadier General Ballard has commanded Military Intelligence formations at platoon, company, battalion, and brigade levels. His Battalion deployed to Iraq in 2004 as part of Multinational Division--Baghdad in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and his most recent command, the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, continues to support US Army forces in the Pacific.
He has similarly served as a senior Intelligence staff officer at tactical and operational levels, including Infantry and Armored Battalion S-2, Infantry Brigade S-2, Chief of Intelligence Plans and later Deputy Corps G-2, and Director, CJ2 for CSTC-Afghanistan in 2007 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He also served two years as a Senior Intelligence Trainer with the Army’s Battle Command Training Program (BCTP).
More recently, Brigadier General Ballard served as a senior Operations staff officer, first as G-3 for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and then as G-3 and Director of the Army Cyber Operations and Integration Center (ACOIC) for US Army Cyber Command/2nd Army. Brigadier General Ballard deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 where he assumed the duties as Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters International Assistance Force Joint Command, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Currently, Brigadier General Ballard is serving as the J2 for United States Forces Korea as well as the Deputy C2 for the Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command.