Brig. Gen. Jeffrey D. Pugh was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cameron University. He earned a Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Brig. Gen. Pugh’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Civil Affairs Advanced Course, Combined Armed Services and Staff School, Homeland Security Planner’s Course, Command and General Staff College, Stability and Security Develop in Complex Operations, United States Army War College, and Joint and Combined Warfighter School – Hybrid.
Brig. Gen. Pugh’s served in a variety of progressive assignments preparatory to his current assignment on February 13, 2021 as the Commanding General of the 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida. His command and leadership assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Detachment Commander for 3rd Battalion, 344th Infantry Regiment (49th Armor Division). Upon the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Brig. Gen. Pugh joined the 490th Civil Affairs (CA) Battalion and mobilized with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom three times. His assignments within the 490th CA BN included Public Works Officer, Civil Affairs Team Chief, Detachment Commander, and Commander of Co. A 490th CA BN (including 11 months in Sala Ah Din Province, Iraq). Brig. Gen. Pugh continued in command and leadership assignment after leaving the 490th CA BN including assignments as Deputy Commander of the 321st CA BDE, Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion 289th Regiment (CS/CSS), Brigade Commander of the 649th Regional Support Group, and Brigade Commander of the Mission Command Support Group, 88th Division (Readiness). He has served as a Civil Affairs Planner and as a Team Chief for Civil Affairs Planning Teams supporting US Southern Command, Special Operations Command – South, US Northern Command, and Special Operations Command – North while a member of the 350th Civil Affairs Command.
Brig. Gen. Pugh’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism – Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism - Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device and numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, Overseas Training Ribbon, and Combat Action Badge.
Brig. Gen. Pugh’s civilian employment is as a Police Lieutenant with the Arlington Texas Police Department with previous assignments in Patrol, Special Operations, and Traffic. Brig. Gen. Pugh holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Police Instructor Certificate, Crash Reconstruction Certificate, and experience with safety and security planning for large public venues including Major League Baseball and National Football League stadiums and regional planning for emergency management preparation, response, and recovery. Brig. Gen. Pugh is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Police Supervision and Management College and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College.