The CGSC Foundation has selected Dr. Jack D. Kem, CGSC’s associate dean of academics and professor, as the Person of the Month for October 2019.
“Dr. Kem is not only a great asset for the College, but also is a tremendous friend of the CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center,” said Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox. “He serves on the Simons Center Editorial Board, he’s encouraged his students to submit their work for publication in our publications, he’s volunteered his time to assist the Foundation with various visiting groups by providing information and orientation briefings, and over the years he has set the example for CGSC students in our ethics symposia by submitting his own papers. It’s safe to say that it has gone too long without us honoring his service in some small way.”
Dr. Kem serves as the Associate Dean of Academics and Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Prior to his current position, Dr. Kem served as a Supervisory Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations, as well as a Teaching Team Leader for the Command and General Staff School.
From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Kem deployed as a member of the Senior Executive Service to Afghanistan as the Deputy to the Commander, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A) / Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A). His responsibilities included providing broad oversight of the program management of the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, serving on the U.S. Embassy’s rule of Law Deputies’ Committee, providing oversight of the Afghan National Security Force Literacy Program, and spearheading the Human Rights Integration and Gender Integration Initiatives for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
Kem served in concurrent assignments prior to his deployment to Afghanistan as the Director, Land Power Studies Institute, the Commandant’s Distinguished Chair of Military Innovation, and as a Supervisory Professor in CGSC’s Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations. In 2008, he served as the Chief of the Combined Arms Center Commander’s Initiatives / STRATCOM Group (CIG). As the CIG Chief, Dr. Kem conducted an in-depth on site study in June 2008 of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I).
Kem has authored four books including Deep Maneuver: Historical Case Studies of Maneuver in Large-Scale Combat Operations in 2018, and published more than 35 articles in a wide variety of publications. In his professorial duties he has supervised more than 120 master’s theses and 15 major research studies.
Kem began his career in the Army in 1974 in artillery and retired in 1998 as a military intelligence colonel. He served in numerous military intelligence staff officer positions from battalion to division level in the 82d Airborne Division and 3d Infantry Division; as a company commander, battalion operations officer and executive officer in intelligence battalions in those same divisions; and ultimately commanded the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bragg. During his career he was also assigned to duty as an artilleryman and then later as a NATO intelligence officer in Turkey.
Kem’s military education includes graduation from the Defense Language Institute (Turkish), Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Command and General Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a bachelor’s from Western Kentucky University, an MPA from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Kem’s civilian awards and decorations include the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the EUPOL – Afghanistan Gold Medal, the Polish Armed Forces Gold Medal, two Superior Civilian Service Awards, and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
The CGSC Foundation is proud to know and work with Dr. Jack Kem and we salute him for his distinguished career and dedication to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and its students. Dr. Kem is more than deserving of our “Person of the Month” for October 2019.