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William Beard

Florida Ambassador

Name: William G. Beard
Hometown:  Jacksonville
E-mail Address:

Business Position:  Retired

Civilian Education:  Master in Strategic Studies – U.S. Army War College; Bachelor of Arts Degree – University of Tennessee; Juris Doctor – Cumberland Law – Samford University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Organizations/Clubs/Philanthropies:  Florida Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars – Life Member

Military Retirement Date, Rank, Service:  21 July 2014, Major General, Army Reserve

Name of Spouse and Children:  Wife - Elaine, Children - Joshua, Jordan

Army Reserve Ambassador William G. Beard retired as a Major General with 38 years of service in the United States Army and Army Reserve. During his Army Career, he commanded Army Reserve units from Battalion to a Command.  He served as an active duty Deputy Corps Commander in Iraq and for the U.S. Army Pacific Theater.  One of his assignments allowed him to stand up and command a joint training brigade at Fort Bragg (2006-2008) to prepare Navy, Air Force, and Army Reserve Soldiers for assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.  Units included training up the Provincial Reconstruction Teams for Afghanistan.   

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and various other leadership and skills training courses.  He currently provides pro bono legal services, Veterans outreach for homeless Veterans, is a member of the Veterans Panel for the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida and a committee member of the Florida Bar Military Affairs and Veterans Treatment Courts.