Col Clifford – Congratulations on your retirement & job well done!
COL Jim Clifford is the Garrison Commander at Fort Gordon, GA. He took command of the Garrison on July 17, 2018 and will relinquish command on July 17, 2020. Over the past two years, COL Clifford has distinguished himself by leading the Fort through the $1.6B Cyber Expansion, worked tirelessly to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic and daily supports the 60,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, DoD personnel and contractors working on the post.
COL Jim Clifford was commissioned in 1994 as a Signal Officer upon graduation from Rutgers University. After attending the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, he was assigned as a platoon leader in the 112th Signal Battalion (Airborne) (Special Operations) and later as the Signal Detachment Commander for 3rd Battalion, 7 Special Force Group at Fort Bragg, NC. From 1999-2001, he served in Hawaii as the S6 for 2/27 Infantry “Wolfhounds”, then assumed command of the 390th Signal Company at Fort Shafter. Following Company Command, he was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg as a Troop Commander, S3, and XO of Signal Squadron from 2002-2006. His follow-on assignment was S3 in the Office of Military Support, followed by a Joint tour as the J6 for the Joint Interagency Task Force – National Capital Region. From 2012-2014 COL Clifford was assigned as the G-6 for the 25th Infantry Division. He was subsequently selected as the Commander, Joint Communications Unit from 2014-2017. His deployments include OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia), and multiple deployments to the CENTCOM AOR supporting OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, and INHERENT RESOLVE.
COL Clifford’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Control Systems Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Information Technology Management from Webster University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from The Eisenhower School.
COL Clifford’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), and the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC). He has also been awarded the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, and foreign jump wings from Jordan, Honduras, Germany, and Latvia, as well as the Signal Corps Bronze Order of Mercury.
COL Clifford is married to Hannah Clifford, a 1995 USMA graduate, former Army Signal Officer and current Cybersecurity Executive. They have two children, Abigail & Jimmy.