MG Kenneth D. Jones
Commanding General Major General Kenneth D. Jones is the Commander of the 81st Readiness Division located on Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. The 81st Readiness Division has Mission Command for Army Reserve units geographically dispersed throughout the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. General Jones is responsible for ensuring units and soldiers are fully trained and relevant to meet current and future Combatant Commander Force requirements. General Jones flag officer assignments include Deputy Director Joint Staff J4, Washington DC; Commanding General 4th ESC, San Antonio, TX; Deputy Commanding General 1st TSC, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Commanding General 451st ESC, Wichita, KS; and Deputy Commanding General 377th TSC, Bell Chase, LA.
General Jones commissioned in 1980 following his graduation from Texas A&M University. He received a master’s degree from the United States Army War College in 2008. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and graduate of numerous military courses including: Ordnance Basic and Advanced, Transportation Advanced, Small Group Instructor, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, United States Army War College, CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course, and the Advanced Senior Executive Program- Army. General Jones has extensive leadership and logistics management experience. He began his career in the 82d Airborne Division during the Cold War and subsequently commanded at the company, battalion, brigade and major command levels. Since 2004, he has spent over 35 months deployed to Southwest Asia participating in Operations Iraqi Freedom (2004-2005), Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn (2010-2011), and Enduring Freedom/Spartan Shield (2015-2016).
His awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Army and Air Force Commendation Medals, Army and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Senior Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Unit Citations and Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge. General Jones and his wife Cheryl of 37 years reside in Iola, Texas. Their family includes two daughters and son-in-laws, Amanda and Gavin Englund and Allison and Matthew Baker and two granddaughters Natalie and Clara Englund.
In his civilian career, General Jones is retired from Hallmark Cards Inc., Topeka, Kansas, where he culminated a 28-year career as Plant Engineering Manager. He is currently the Business Development and Human Capital Manager for their family Insurance business located in Bryan, Texas.
Command Sergeant Major Levi G. Maynard
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Maynard was born in Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies. He relocated to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands following graduation from high school where, he enlisted in the Regular Army in February, 1986 as a Transportation Specialist. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Dix, NJ and Advance Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis, VA.
CSM Maynard has served in a variety of leadership positions from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include, Transportation Specialist, HHC DISCOM, 7th Infantry Div, Ft. Ord, CA; Transportation Specialist and Customs Inspector, Installation Transportation Office, 2nd Infantry Div, Camp Casey, Korea; Cargo Operations NCO, Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, NJ; Transportation Supervisor, 2122nd USAG, Baltimore, MD; Detachment Sergeant for the 468th Transportation Detachment, Ft. Meade MD and the 199th Transportation Detachment, Andrews Air Force Base, MD; 1SG, 949th Transportation Co. (Floating Craft), Baltimore, MD; CSM, 10th BN (TASS), 4th Bde, 98th Div, Lodi, NJ; CSM, 436th Transportation BN, Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY (includes a deployment to Kuwait); CSM, 1179th Transportation Brigade, Ft. Hamilton, NY; CSM, 1173rd Deployment & Distribution Support Battalion, Brockton, MA (includes a second deployment to Kuwait); CSM 55th Sustainment Brigade, Ft. Belvoir, VA; CSM, NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan, Deputy Commander Support Operation, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan; CSM, ISAF Joint Command DCOS ANSF LOG, NKIA, Afghanistan; CSM, 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Indianapolis, IN and CSM, 81st Regional Support Command, Ft. Jackson, SC.
His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advanced Non-Commission Officer Courses, Master Fitness Trainer Course, First Sergeant Course, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course (Class 52), Command Sergeant Major Course, Command Sergeant Major Legal Orientation Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education course, various courses from the Army Logistics University, the Navy and Air Force Transportation Schools. He holds an MBA in E-Business and Technology from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL.
CSM Maynard’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (2nd Awd), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (5 OLC), National Defense Service Meal (service star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (service star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ Silver Hourglass & M device, NCO Development Ribbon (w/ numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Non-Article 5 Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Training Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operation Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation and recipient of the Ancient Order of Saint Christopher Medal.