Colonel Joe D. Hargett
serves as the Chief of the Joint Staff for the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG). As the Chief of the Joint Staff, he is responsible for the supervision and directing of the MSNG’s staff, to include managing budgets and resources for all major MSNG programs. Colonel Hargett oversees the development and coordination of all policies, plans, and programs of the Mississippi National Guard.
Colonel Joe D. Hargett enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1987. On 07 July 1990, he received his commission as a Military Police Officer from the Officer Candidate School. Following his commissioning, he was assigned as a Military Police Platoon Leader in the 112
th Military Police Battalion. While assigned to the 112th Military Police Battalion, he served in a variety of positions. In January 1991, he mobilized for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 113th Military Police Company. In August 1994, he transferred to the 168th Engineer Brigade where he served in a variety of positions within the brigade including assistant operations officer, Headquarters Company Commander, Commander - Company C 890th Engineer Battalion, and Intelligence Officer for the 890th Engineer Battalion. In October 2002, he was reassigned to the 890th Engineer Battalion as the S3, Operations Officer. In February 2003, he deployed for fourteen months as the battalion S3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF I). In October 2004, he was transferred and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the 168th Engineer Brigade where he served as the S3, Operations Officer. In June 2006, he assumed command of the 890th Engineer Battalion. He successfully led his battalion’s deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10. His battalion’s deployment success resulted in the 890th Engineer Battalion receiving the Meritorious Unit Citation. He culminated his tour as the Battalion Commander in February 2010. In March 2010, he was assigned as the Executive Officer, and subsequently in June 2011, the Deputy Brigade Commander for the 168th Engineer Brigade in Vicksburg, MS. He assumed command of the 168th Engineer Brigade in October 2012. Following a successful brigade command, he was reassigned to Joint Force Headquarters as the J-2, Intelligence Officer until February 2015. In March 2015, he was transferred to 66th Troop Command to serve as the Major Subordinate Command Deputy Commander and fulltime Administrative Officer. In August 2016, he assumed responsibility as the G-3, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Joint Force Headquarters. On 01 October 2018, COL Hargett was selected and assigned as the Chief of the Joint Staff, MSARNG where he continues to serve the Soldiers and Airmen of the Mississippi National Guard.