LTG Jeff Buchanan commanded US Army North (Fifth Army), The Army Service Component Command and Joint Force Land Component Command for USNORTHCOM from August 2016 until July 2019. After a 37 year Army career, he retired from active duty on 1 September 2019.
LTG Buchanan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry under the ROTC program after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology in 1982. He earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Development from the US Military Academy in 1992 and was the Distinguished Graduate of a year-long international security fellowship at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in 2002.
He commanded at every level from Platoon to Theater Army, and his assignments include tours in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, the 10th Mountain Division, and I Corps. He served more 20 years in command billets and 9 years as an operations officer. LTG Buchanan has extensive operational and combat experience, including four tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In addition to operational deployments to Honduras and Panama, he served as the J3 of Joint Task Force-Full Accounting leading numerous investigative and recovery operations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. From 2003-2004, he served as the Director of Operations for the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, a combined organization charged with rebuilding the Iraqi Armed Forces. As a Brigade Commander in 2005-2006, LTG Buchanan served as the combat advisor for the Iraqi Special Police Commandos. In 2008-2009, he served as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for Multi-National Division (South), where he was responsible for both security and Iraqi security force development across 9 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. In 2010-2011, he served as the US Forces-Iraq Director of Strategic Effects, leading military support to civilian sector development and was also responsible for strategic communications and media operations. As the Commander of the Joint-Forces Headquarters-National Capitol Region (2013-2015), he served as the JTF commander for numerous National Special Security Events. In 2015-2016, LTG Buchanan served as Operation Resolute Support’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and he was dual hatted as the US Forces-Afghanistan Deputy Commanding General. From 2016-2019, he served as NORTHCOM’s Joint Forces Land Component Commander and led the operational level military response in support of FEMA for five major hurricanes (Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Florence) and in support of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency for SW border security.
Upon retirement, he and his wife moved home to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he consults from his home office. In addition to serving as a Senior Fellow for National Defense University’s Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone programs, LTG Buchanan serves as a Senior Mentor for the Department of the Army. In that capacity, he coaches and mentors General Officers in both strategic education programs and operational exercises. He currently serves on two not for profit boards: The Uniformed Services Benefit Association, and Worldmaker International/The National Resiliency Institute.