Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles

By AMY TURNEROctober 5, 2022

2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mississippi State University (1982)

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Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles was born on April 5, 1959, in Jackson, Mississippi.

He attended Mississippi State University where he completed both a Bachelor of Science on Biological Engineering and the Army ROTC program. He graduated and commissioned in 1982.

Boyles served in the Mississippi National Guard as a medical services officer. He completed duty in serval medical organizations and positions before transferring to the Engineer Corps.

In 2005, as the Deputy Commander, 168th Engineer Group, Boyles managed the engineer response to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. In 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 168th Engineer Brigade as Deputy Commander overseeing Engineer Sustainment operations in Regional Command - East and Regional Command - South for the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. In 2012 he was assigned as Commander, 184th Sustainment Command, overseeing all subordinate unit missions ranging from state disaster relief to federal combat rotations executed under his command. In 2015 he was assigned Chief of Staff, Headquarters Kosovo Forces.

Boyles was initially appointed Adjutant General of Mississippi by Governor Phil Bryant on September 1, 2016 and reappointed Adjutant General of Mississippi on January 14, 2020 by Governor Tate Reeves. He also serves as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard. He is responsible for providing the state of Mississippi and the United States of America with a ready force of more than 12,275 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or manmade. Boyles directs the Mississippi Military Department and oversees the development and coordination of all policies, plans, and programs of the Mississippi National Guard in concert with the Governor and Legislature of the State.

Boyles, in cooperation with Mississippi State University, created the Institution of Higher Learning lecture series hosted at the university. The event brings National Guard leaders and university educators together to increase shared understanding of National Defense, and the role of research and higher education in the defense infrastructure. This lecture series continues to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces and the higher education community, as well as providing Cadets and Junior leaders an opportunity to gain an understanding of the strategic nature of national defense, and the role they play in the broader context.

His military awards and accolades include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Mississippi Magnolia Cross.

Boyles’ civilian honors and awards include Mississippi State University Alumni Association Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 40 Businessmen under 40,” and the MetLife’s National Agents Council.

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

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