Colonel Joe Daniels Bookard is the 7th Director of the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.
In this role, he is responsible for providing immediate material solutions to support the U.S. Army’s forces employed globally and informs the material development of the future force to meet operational demands.
Prior to this assignment, Colonel Bookard was the Brigade Commander of the 428th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He previously served as the Executive Officer to the Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L).
A native of Denmark, South Carolina, Colonel Bookard graduated from South Carolina State University. He has served as a field artillery officer at all levels, to include command of the 3d Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne) and key staff positions in the 2d Infantry Division, 3d Infantry Division, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps.
His operational deployments include Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; and supported Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE (OUR) Haiti.
Colonel Bookard is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program in Greensboro, North Carolina.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He earned the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and various foreign parachutist badges. Colonel Bookard is married and has three children.
The Rapid Equipping Force was created in order to realize the need for non-standard equipment needs to meet the demands of new terrain, warfare tactics and their assigned missions. With the main entity focusing on quick reaction capability for getting urgent materiel solutions into the hands of Soldiers, this brief will highlight those efforts across the DE and related electronic warfare fronts.