Major General Jeffrey L. Bannister was commissioned as an Infantry Officer after graduating from Campbell University in 1984, and was commissioned through ROTC.
MG Bannister began his career as a Scout Platoon Leader and Rifle Platoon Leader
with the 1st BN, 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC and the 1st BN, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF), GA. He was then assigned to the Republic of Korea as the BN S4 and later Commander of C Company, 1st BN (Mechanized), 5th Infantry. In 1993 MG Bannister returned to HAAF, GA where he served as the S4 in the 1st BN, 75th Ranger Regiment and later B Company Commander where he deployed in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti.
In 1996, MG Bannister graduated from the Command and General Staff College and returned to the 1st BN, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Liaison Officer and Operations Officer. From 1998-2000 he deployed in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Balkans as the Operations Officer for the Joint Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC. From 2000-2003, MG Bannister commanded the 1st BN, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division and deployed in support of Operation Essential Harvest, Macedonia – and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Iraq.
In 2004, he graduated from the National War College and was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA as the Deputy Commander, where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OER), Afghanistan and OIF, Iraq. In 2005, MG Bannister took command of the 2nd BCT, 2nd Infantry Division (Re-flagged as the 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division), Ft. Carson, CO and deployed in support of OIF, Iraq. Following his command, he continued serving in Iraq as the Executive Officer to Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq. In 2009, as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Ft. Drum, NY, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF. From 2011-2013, MG Bannister served as the Deputy Director for Operations, CENTCOM, followed by another deployment to Afghanistan as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for the International Security Assistance Force. MG Bannister’s most recent assignment was the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, G-3/5/7, Washington D.C.
MG Bannister is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne and Ranger schools, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and National War College. He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. MG Bannister’s has a number of awards and decorations to include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Pathfinder Badge.