Brigadier General Clement S. Coward, Jr. is the Deputy Director for Force Protection (DDFP) on the Joint Staff J-8 as well as the Director Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (DDJIAMDO), and the Director of the Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JRO-CBRND).
General Coward was born in Colon, Panama. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and entered active duty in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army war College.
The General’s operational assignments include Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer with 4th Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery, Giessen, Germany, including Operation Desert Storm, Israel, and Operation Determined Resolve, Saudi Arabia; Battery Commander for 1st Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX; Senior Air Defense Coordinator, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; S·3 and Executive Officer for the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, Hanau, Germany and Operation Enduring Freedom, Israel; Operations Officer, Standing Joint Forces Headquarters, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA; Battalion Commander of the 3d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX; Secretary of the Joint Staff and Chief of Operations, United States Forces Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn; Brigade Commander, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, TX, and Operation Enduring Freedom; and Deputy Commander, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, TX.
General Coward’s principal staff positions include Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, Fort Bliss, TX; Small Group Instructor, Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, TX; Assignment Officer, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA; Assistant Executive Officer to the Assistant of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Pentagon; Deputy TRADOC System Manager for Lower Tier Missile Defense, Fort Bliss, TX, Chief of the Secretary of the Army’s Strategic Initiatives Group; and Director, Business Operations, Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Under Secretary of the Army.
General Coward’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Assistance Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
General Coward and his wife Jody have two children, Christopher and Kaitlin.