RALEIGH — The N.C. National Guard will promote Army Col. John Byrd to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony on Friday.
Byrd, of Spring Hope, enlisted in the Guard in 1982. Since then, he has served as a leader from the platoon to the corps level. In July 2013, he was promoted from commander of the Guard's 139th Regiment (N.C. Regional Training Institute – Combat Arms) to Army chief of staff at the Guard's headquarters in Raleigh.
In his civilian job, Byrd is a special agent-in-charge with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and is a forensic science manager in the state crime lab.
Byrd received his commission in 1984 from Campbell University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a master of strategic studies degree.