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Brig. Gen. Jill K. Faris

Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs

Brig. Gen. Jill K. Faris assumed duties as the U.S. Army's assistant surgeon general for mobilization, readiness and National Guard affairs on June 23, 2014. As assistant surgeon general, she assists the deputy surgeon general in providing consultative services and strategic planning in all aspects of medical readiness, health care, medical personnel, medical operational and training issues that comprise the critical medical readiness indicators pertaining to the Army National Guard. Faris began her military career in 1982 when she enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard. She received her commission in 1987 through Reserve Officer Training Corp at South Dakota State University. She has served in all medical operations positions from company through Division and Joint Force Headquarters. Recent assignments include deputy state surgeon, deputy commander medical detachment, deputy J-1 mobilization readiness and deputy surgeon for the Army National Guard.


  • 1987 - South Dakota State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, broadcast journalism, Brookings.
  • 2003 - Trident University International, Master of Business Administration in military management, Cypress, California.
  • 2012 - United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.


  1. Nov. 1987 - Nov. 1987, special project officer, LT Transition Management Division, ARPERCEN, St. Louis, Missouri.
  2. Nov. 1987 - Sept. 1989, platoon leader, Ambulance Platoon, HSC 204th Medical Battalion Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
  3. Sept. 1989 - Mar. 1992, field medical assistant, Assistant S-3, 204th Medical Battalion, Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
  4. April 1992 - Oct. 1992 IRR Control Group.
  5. Oct. 1992 - Feb. 1993, field medical assistant, Assistant S-3, 204th Medical Battalion, Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
  6. Mar. 1993 - Nov. 1994, plans officer, Division Medical Operation Center, 34th DISCOM, Bloomington, Minnesota.
  7. Dec. 1994 - Mar. 1996, medical company executive officer, Company C, 134th Main Support Battalion Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
  8. April 1996 - Sept. 1996, S-2/3, Headquarters 134th Forward Support Battalion, North Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  9. Oct. 1997 - May 1999, medical company commander, Company F, 434th Main Support Battalion, Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
  10. Jun. 1999 - Jun. 2001, logistical plans officer, Future Operation, HHC 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota.
  11. Dec. 2001 - Dec. 2004, executive officer, Medical Detachment, State Area Command, St. Paul, Minnesota.
  12. Dec. 2004 - May 2005, chief, Division Medical Operations Center, 34th DISCOM, Bloomington, Minnesota.
  13. Jun. 2004 - Oct. 2005, TRICARE reserve component benefits assistance coordinator, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
  14. May 2005 - Oct. 2006, deputy state surgeon, Ohio Joint Force Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio.
  15. Nov. 2006 - Sept. 2007, deputy commander, Medical Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio.
  16. Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2008, deputy, J-1 Mobilization Readiness, Joint Force Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio.
  17. Oct. 2008 - Sept. 2010, personnel readiness officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio.
  18. Oct. 2010 - Jun. 2014, deputy surgeon, ARNG Surgeons Office, Arlington, Virginia.
  19. Jun. 2014 - Present, assistant surgeon general for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs, Falls Church, Virginia.

Awards and Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Cluster)
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Clusters)
  • Army Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Ribbon Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leave Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Humanitarian Service Ribbon Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass Device)
  • Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
  • Army Service Ribbon Ohio Distinguished Service Ribbon Ohio State Service Ribbon (with Numeral 2)
  • Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon Minnesota Service Ribbon (with 3 Bronze Oak Clusters)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Credentialed by the American Academy of Medical Administrators (CAAMA).
  • Lifetime member National Guard Officer Association of Ohio.
  • Lifetime member National Guard Association of the United States.
  • Member of the ARNG Executive Medical Advisory Committee.

Other Achievements

  • 2013 - Lincoln Senior High School Hall of Fame Inductee.

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Second lieutenant, May 19, 1987
  • First lieutenant, May 3, 1990
  • Captain, Sept. 18, 1991
  • Major, April 17, 1996
  • Lieutenant colonel, Feb. 22, 2002
  • Colonel, Nov. 9, 2006
  • Brigadier general, Dec. 11, 2014