Ken Beard serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for North Carolina National Guard Survivors’ Outreach Fund.
Ken is a retired Brigadier General from the NC National Guard. After serving over 35 years in the military, he retired in 2016 from the position of Assistant Adjutant General-Sustainment. He served as the principal adviser to The Adjutant General for sustainment operations and was responsible for senior oversight of the 113th Sustainment Brigade and the 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Previous military assignments include Firing Battery, Field Artillery Battalion, and Field Artillery Brigade Command, as well as various staff positions at all levels, including the US Joint Forces Command and the Joint Staff.
Ken holds a B.S in Zoology from NC State University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
Ken recently retired (December 2020) from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, NC after nearly 35 years, last serving in Research and Development as Director of Next Generation Product Development.