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Jeffrey T Girard

Jeffrey T Girard



Jeffrey T. Girard entered the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York in July 1981 and graduated on 22 May 1985, 292nd of 1010 in his class.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps by his sponsor Major Stephen Klinefelter, who later as Colonel served as the Chief Information Officer at West Point.

Lieutenant Girard was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia, from 1985 to 1989, where he served as a Tactical Command Post Platoon Leader, A Company and then Forward Area Signal Center Platoon Leader, B Company, 24th Signal Battalion, supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 24th Infantry Division.  From 1987 to 1989, he served as Communications-Electronics Staff Officer for 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.  While assigned to the “CottonBailers,”Lieutenant Girard led the communications transition from the aging Jeep and Gamma Goat fleet to the new HMMWVs, and from the M113 Infantry Carrier to the new Bradley Fighting Vehicle.  Additionally, he replaced PRC-77 series radio systems with the new SINCGARS.  Lieutenant Girard deployed to the National Training Center three times with the 24th Infantry Division, once as a signal platoon leader and twice as CESO.  He also deployed as a signal platoon leader to Egypt for Bright Star ’87.

After the Signal Officer Advanced Course, Captain Girard served in South Korea from 1990 to 1991 as the S1 of the 304th Signal Battalion.  He introduced automation to the Signal Battalion, installing a Local Area Network throughout Camp Colbern and engineering a Closed Circuit Television System for the Camp.  On the tactical side, Captain Girard made his garrison-based S1 section deployable by obtaining and retrofitting a tractor trailer unit as a mobile Personnel Administration Center.  For this achievement, Captain Girard was recognized by the 1st Signal Brigade.

In the summer of 1991, Captain Girard re-joined the “muddy boots” forces at Fort Hood, Texas, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  Captain Girard served as year as the Battalion Signal Officer.  During this year, the battalion executed two Gunnery cycles as the battalion transitioned from M60 tanks to the new M1 Abrams.

After returning from CAS3 in the later spring of 1992, Captain Girard was assigned as the Assistant S3, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.  He later served as the S3, unusual for a Captain.  In October 1993, Captain Girard took command of the Delta Dragons, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.  During 14 months of command, Captain Girard and the Delta Dragons were instrumental in the modernization of the Mobile Subscriber Equipment based signal battalion.  As the networking expert, he led the transition of the battalion’s equipment to the new Tactical Packet Network and stood up the new MultiChannel Satellite Platoon, the new Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) platoon, and single channel tactical satellite radio systems.  Captain Girard was responsible for implementing the Cavalry Division’s automation systems over the new Tactical Packet Network and designing, engineering, outfitting, and rehearsing the Division’s rapid force projection “Fly Away Package.”

In January 1995, Captain Girard was selected to attend Duke University to earn a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence, completed in the spring of 1996.  He was assigned to the Military Intelligence Center and School, Fort Huachuca, Arizona to establish an Artificial Intelligence Center there.  He developed a program to immerse military intelligence interrogators in a virtual world using AI technologies to reduce the needs for instructor roll-playing.  FBI and law enforcement agencies also employed the system to train their interrogator specialists.  Upon completion of this project, Major Girard assumed control of the School’s Automation Branch.  During 2 years in the Intelligence Center, Major Girard completely upgraded the school’s data network from an old proprietary system to modern Internet Protocol-based equipment and software.

After two years away from troops, Major Girard volunteered to join the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).  He was once again sent “downrange”, where the action was.  Assigned as the Brigade S6 for the 1st Brigade (Warriors) of the 10th Mountain Division.  Major Girard arrived in June and four months later deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC).  Here, Major Girard implemented a data transfer system of his own design to push data capabilities to the Light Infantry Battalion level.  The novel approach to OPORD dissemination was highlited by the JRTC observer/controllers.  Upon redeployment to Fort Drum, Major Girard installed data networking capabilities throughout the brigade area in garrison, standing up one of the Army’s first network management domains.  In May 1999, Major Girard was reassigned to the 10th Signal Battalion as its Executive Officer.  One month later, he became the Battalion Command of the 10th Signal Battalion (Provisional).  Major Girard commanded 328 soldiers, including HHC, three line companies, battalion and divisional staff elements.  During his ten month command, Major Girard’s signal battalion supported tow Brigade exercises including deploying nearly all assets.  Major Girard was also the 10th Mountain Division’s lead architect for the planning of the Joint Contingency Force Advanced Warfighting Experiment to digitize a light division and the retrofit of the Battalion’s MSE equipment with the new High Speed Tactical Data Network (THSDN) equipment.  Major Girard stayed two more years with the 10th Mountain as the Division Automation Officer.  During this time, he expanded the data networking capabilities of the division by transitioning to the new Active Directory structure and populating the divisional command posts with their own routers and switches.  During this time, Major Girard first employed the new Voice of Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology by employing VoIP in tactical situations and integrating it with MSE voice networks.  In November 2001, Major Girard deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division as the Automation Officer.  He subsequently became the Coalition-Joint C6 Automation Officer for CJTF Mountain and was responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of four data networks supporting (then) MG Hagenbeck as he commanded the fight during Operation Anaconda.

Upon returning from Afghanistan, LTC Girard was reassigned to the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks as the Chief Technology Officer.  There, he introduced many new technologies to support strategic leader education.  These included storage area networks, blade servers, SIPRNET expansion, and Voice and Video over IP.  During his time at Carlisle, LTC Girard earned a PhD in Management Information Systems via Distance Learning.

In the summer of 2005, LTC Girard joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at West Point, New York.  As part of the faculty, LTC Girard taught IT305 Theory and Practice of Military Information Systems and was the course director/instructor for IT382 Networked Systems Management.  LTC Girard also served as the department’s network support expert, taught a Cisco Certified Networking Associate Course, and served as the Networking Subject Matter Expert for Senior Research Projects and the highly successful CyberDefense Exercise.  From the summer 2007 to his departure in the summer of 2008, LTC Girard was the singularly responsible for the engineering, design, configuration, and implementation of the VoIP system in the new Jefferson Hall Learning Center.

In the summer of 2008, COL Girard was reassigned to the Future Forces Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas.  The mission of the FFID is to design, test, and integrate the future forces of the United States Army.  In this position, COL Girard was responsible for designing, testing, and implementing all of the data and voice networks that would become part of the next generation of combat forces.

COL Girard retired from the Army in August of 2010.  At that time, he started several businesses - one of them a consulting business and one of them a school teaching networking skills in preparation for taking the Cisco Certified Networking Associate exam.

As a consultant, Dr. Girard has been retained by several prominent companies - including Corning Glass Works and the Harris Corporation out of Rochester.


Married to former Erin Colasanti

3 children - Beau, Cory, and Heather

Enjoy boating, motorcycle riding, avid lacrosse fan


30 years US Army officer

Consultant in Networking with specialization in Voice over IP


United States Military Academy at West Point, 2005 - 2008

IT305 - Theory and Practice of Military Information Systems

IT452 - Management of Network Systems

Cisco Certified Networking Associate

Within the Cisco Networking Academy Format as well as outside of the Networking Academy


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST233 M007 Intro to Computer Networking
Fall 2019 IST400 M005 Security in Networked Environm
Spring 2020 IST452 M001 Advanced Computer Networking
Spring 2020 IST233 M008 Intro to Computer Networking
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST233 M007 Intro to Computer Networking
Fall 2018 IST400 M005 Security in Networked Environm
Spring 2019 IST452 M001 Advanced Computer Networking
Spring 2019 IST233 M008 Intro to Computer Networking
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST233 M007 Intro to Computer Networking
Spring 2018 IST452 M001 Advanced Computer Networking
Spring 2018 IST233 M008 Intro to Computer Networking
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