A native of Eureka, Illinois, Colonel Jason T. Garkey entered the United States Army as an Infantry Officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1993. His first assignment was at the United Nations Command Security Battalion – Joint Security Area (Panmunjom, Korea) as the Scout Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3 (Operations).
Upon returning to the United States, he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Charlie Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” with a follow-on assignment as the aide-de-camp to the DCG-East, 1st U.S. Army at Ft Meade, Maryland.
After the Captains Career Course, COL Garkey moved to Germany to serve with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division as an Assistant S-3 and later as the Assistant S-3 and Charlie Company Commander in 1/18 Infantry. After Germany, COL Garkey returned to Fort Myer to command Honor Guard Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard”. Upon completion of command, he served as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, Military District of Washington with service during the State Funeral for President Reagan.
In 2005, COL Garkey attended the College of Command and Staff at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. From 2006-2009, he served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia as the 3-69 Armor Battalion S3, Brigade Plans Officer and Brigade S3 in the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) with service in Ramadi, Iraq and as the U.S. Northern Command CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force.
In 2009, COL Garkey became the Professor of Military Science at the University of Richmond. Upon selection for Battalion Command, COL Garkey returned to the 1st ABCT to assume command of 1-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB). He deployed 1-3 BSTB with the attached Brigade Support Battalion to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013.
After command, he served as the Executive Officer to the Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization (G-33), HQDA G-3/5/7. Upon selection for Senior Service College, COL Garkey attended the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University.
For the past year, he has served as a board member at the Army Review Boards Agency.
His operational deployments include: Kosovo (KFOR 1A and KFOR 2A); Iraq OIF (2007-2008); Afghanistan OEF (2012-2013). His awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, Nine Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3 and two NATO medals (Kosovo and Afghanistan).
His foreign awards include the Romanian Partner for Defense, 3rd class and German Army Proficiency Badge (Gold). He has earned the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.