NASHVILLE – Kurt Winstead, a founding member of the Nashville law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC, has been promoted to Brigadier General in the Tennessee National Guard. The ceremony was held on March 4 at the Hall of Flags in Nashville with Maj. Gen. Terry M. "Max" Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General, presiding. Countless family, friends and solders attended to recognize General Winstead’s selfless service to Tennessee, and the nation as a whole.
“I am deeply proud of General Winstead. He has been a friend and my law partner for more than 20 years. He's a man of great integrity and honor,” said Frank Rudy Jr, law partner at Rudy Winstead and Turner.
Brig. Gen. Winstead began his career with the Tennessee National Guard in 1990 when he direct commissioned as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corp. His first assignment was as the Judge Advocate General for the 194th Engineer Brigade, now headquartered in Jackson. Throughout his more than 26 years of service, Brig. Gen. Winstead has served with distinction in numerous assignments culminating as the Senior Staff Judge Advocate at the Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville.
In 2005, as the Staff Judge Advocate of the 194th Engineer Brigade, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. While serving as the Senior Judge Advocate, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his instrumental role in forming a consolidated legal office that provided service to more than 5,000 Soldiers and Airmen spanning an area covering half of Iraq.
In his current assignment he serves as the Director of the Joint Staff, Tennessee National Guard in Nashville. In this capacity he presides over the National Guard Staff representing both Army and Air capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs in joint operations.
Brig. Gen. Winstead has been a practicing attorney for nearly 30 years and is a founding member of Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC in Nashville. He and his wife Beth are Tennessee natives and reside in Williamson County where they are active members of the community. They have two lovely daughters, Bridget and Mary Hannah.
“I am honored to serve our great country and dedicated soldiers as Brigade General. I thank my wife Beth Winstead and daughters Bridget and Mary Hannah for all their love and support over the years,” said Brig. Gen. Winstead.