Brigadier General John M. Rhodes serves as the Commander, 66th Troop Command and also as the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Mississippi National Guard. As Commander of 66th Troop Command, he is responsible for commanding a major subordinate command within the Mississippi Army National Guard consisting of over 2,600 Soldiers statewide. General Rhodes is responsible for the administration, training, equipping, and overall readiness of units to respond to federal and state contingencies, both natural and man-made. He also commands a Joint Task Force under the direction of the Adjutant General in response to natural and man-made contingencies in support of homeland security and defense operations.
General Rhodes was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in May 1987 through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Mississippi State University where he was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He has served in command and staff positions at every level, including Commander, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Deputy Commander, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Commander, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, Chief of Staff, MSARNG Element. General Rhodes served on active duty as the Mortar Platoon Leader for the 6th Battalion, 6th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He also served as the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005, and served as the Deputy Commander of 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom 9.2 in 2009-2010.