Portrait of the Brigade Commander

Col. James Geoffrey Kent




Col. Geoffrey Kent assumed command of the 4th Infantry Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, July 25, 2017, after graduating from the National Defense University and completing consecutive command tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He commanded the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion for the 4th Brigade Combat Team and 82nd Airborne Division and also the support squadron for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (Delta). He possesses a wide range of conventional and nonconventional experience deploying numerous times worldwide, where he’s gained significant joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational experience.

Kent grew up in the National Capital Region and headed south to earn his bachelor’s degree and ROTC commission from the University of Alabama. He holds two master’s degrees - one in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and another in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University. In addition, he’s earned his certificate in the Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Kent served in several challenging joint, SOF and conventional assignments over the course of 23 years in support of sensitive missions and major operations. These include operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve and MIA recovery missions in Vietnam, Laos, North Korea and China (Tibet). His key command and staff positions include: headquarters and supply company commander for the 801st Main Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; MIA recovery team commander with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; supply and support operations officer for Task Force 1-160th & regiment/brigade supply officer (S4) for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell; Task Force 3-73 J4 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; aide de camp to the commanding general, Installation Management Command (IMCOM); staff officer with Joint Staff J5, Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC); and executive officer to the deputy commander for support at U.S. Forces Command - Afghanistan (USFOR-A) in Kabul.

Kent is a graduate of the Airborne, Air Assault, and Jumpmaster Courses. In addition, he’s a graduate of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE - Level C High Risk) course. His military decorations include the Bronze Star (one oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters). He is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Rigger Badge and both the French and British Parachutist Wings. He is also recognized as a distinguished member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.