Franklin resident, Kurtis J. Winstead, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Tennessee Army National Guard during a ceremony at the Hall of Flags in Nashville.
Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, presided over the ceremony attended by family and friends.
“If you look across this hall at all the Soldiers and Airmen present today, this is what it’s all about,” said Winstead speaking to the audience. “I’m honored to serve with each and every one of you.”
Brig. Gen. Winstead began his career with the Tennessee National Guard in 1990 when he direct commissioned as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corp.
Throughout his more than 26 years Brig. Gen. Winstead has served with distinction in numerous assignments culminating as the Senior Staff Judge Advocate at the Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville.
In 2005, as the Staff Judge Advocate of the 194th Engineer Brigade, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
While serving as the Senior Judge Advocate, he was instrumental in forming a consolidated legal office that provided service to over five thousand Soldiers and Airmen spanning an area covering one-half of Iraq and thus was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.