Brigadier General Thomas Carden’s family pins the single star of a brigadier general on his right shoulder while Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Jordan (ret) pins a star on his left shoulder. In 1989, Carden was pinned with his 2nd Lt. rank by his family and Sgt 1st Class Jordan.
Photo by Pvt. Alexander Davidson, GSDF
Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, Georgia, August 24, 2015, By PV2 Alexander Davidson – The promotion ceremony for Colonel Thomas Carden, Assistant Adjutant General, was held on August 5, 2015. Col. Carden was promoted to Brigadier General. Carden’s wife, son, and daughter pinned him with his new stars of rank along with Sergeant First Class (Retired) Jimmy Jordan. Jordan pinned Carden with his second lieutenant insignia after his graduation from the Georgia Military Institute in 1989.
Before the ceremony, The Georgia Adjutant General, Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, addressed the full room at the Joint Force Headquarters praising Carden’s 29 years of service to the Georgia Army National Guard.
“I owe so much to so many people. The reality of today is that it’s more about others than it is about me,” said newly promoted Brig. Gen. Thomas Carden to current and former members of the Georgia National Guard. Carden asked all retired members of the Georgia National Guard to be stand and recognized. “This is the house that you built,” said Carden. Photo by Pvt. Alexander Davidson, GSDF
As Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Carden, is responsible for directing, coordinating, and organizing the Georgia Army National Guard to ensure readiness to perform state and national missions.
Photo by Capt. William Carraway, Georgia Army National Guard Public Affairs Officer
Soldiers from the Georgia State Defense Force were on hand to provide a Traffic Control and Force Protection duty under the command of Col. Eddie Williams.