Commanding General's Biography
Major General (MG) Christopher S. Ballard
Major General Christopher S. Ballard was appointed as Commanding General,
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Fort Belvoir,
Virginia, on June 27, 2016.
MG Ballard is a career Army Intelligence Officer who has served as a Ground
Surveillance Radar Platoon Leader and Armored Battalion S-2 in the 3rd
Armored Division; Infantry Battalion and Brigade S-2 in the 25th Infantry
Division (Light); Intelligence Plans Officer in III Armored Corps; Military
Intelligence (MI) Battalion S-3 in the 1st Cavalry Division; and a senior
Intelligence Observer/Trainer with the Army's Battle Command Training
Program (BCTP). He has also served as an MI Assignments Officer at the
Army's Human Resources Command (HRC).
MG Ballard has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels with
combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Battalion Commander and
Combined/Joint principal Intelligence Staff Officer. His commands include
Headquarters Company, 125th MI Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 312th
MI Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; and the 500th
MI Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Other key assignments include Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, U.S. Army
INSCOM and G-3/Director, Army Cyber Operations Integration Center, Second
Army/U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Fort Belvoir, Virginia; C/J-2,
Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Operation
ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence,
International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (ISAF-IJC), Operation
ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.
MG Ballard holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and German from
Furman University, a Master's Degree in International Relations from Indiana
University, and a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies
from the National War College.
MG Ballard's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service
Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the
Air Assault Badge.