COL Jody Shouse entered the United States Army as an enlisted Soldier in 1989, and then commissioned through Florida State University as an Infantry Officer in 1998. As an officer, COL Shouse has served in a myriad of assignments over the past 22 years. He grew up as a military BRAT, but identifies Saint Augustine, Florida as his hometown.
His first assignment was at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Support Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).
Following the Captains Career Course and Combined Arms Staff School, COL Shouse moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a member of the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters Current Operations Team. COL Shouse then moved to 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division to command Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and the Battalion’s Headquarters Company.
After Fort Bragg, COL Shouse was assigned to Fort Myer, Virginia to serve as the Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard.” Following command, he was reassigned to the Military District of Washington at Fort McNair to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Military District of Washington/Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region (MDW/JFHQ-NCR).
In 2009, COL Shouse attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. Upon completion, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, and the Brigade Operations Officer with 1st Brigade, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
In 2013, COL Shouse moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he attended the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) Program. Upon completion, he returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Joint Forcible Entry Integration Cell Leader for the G5/XVIII Airborne Corps.
In 2015, COL Shouse moved to Fort Myer, Virginia to serve as The Old Guard’s Deputy Regimental Commander before assuming command in 2016 of 1st Battalion, 3D US Infantry Regiment (TOG).
In May 2018, COL Shouse moved to the Pentagon to serve as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, a position he held until July 2020.
COL Shouse graduated from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University in Washington D.C., before assuming command of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, in June 2021.
Operational deployments include: Somalia “Operation Restore Hope” (1993-1994); Kosovo “Kosovo Defense Campaign” (2001-2002); Afghanistan “Operation Enduring Freedom” (2005-2006); Iraq “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (2010); Afghanistan (2012); and Afghanistan (2014).
COL Shouse’s degrees and education are: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology from the Florida State University (1997); Masters of Military Studies (MMS) from the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia (2010); and a Masters of Military Arts and Science (MMAS) from the School of Advanced Military Studies and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2014).
COL Shouse’s awards and decorations include the Master Parachutist Wings, Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge. Additionally, he is awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (6), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Kosovo Medal, United Nation’s Medal, National Defense Medal, and Somalia Ribbon. Also, unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
COL Shouse is married to the former Ms. Amy Islitzer of Tallahassee, Florida. They have one daughter, Campbell (15).