lieutenant general (ret.), Jeffrey S. Buchanan
As a lieutenant general, Jeffrey S. Buchanan commanded the US Army North (Fifth Army), He expertly led both soldiers and civilians in complex combat and humanitarian operations all around the world.
Jeff commanded troops at every level, from platoons (40 soldiers) to theater armies (more than 50,000 troops from all branches of the military). He served four combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. From 2016-2019, Jeff led the military response in support of FEMA for five major hurricanes (Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Florence). He also led more than 6,000 soldiers and marines supporting the Department of Homeland Security for security of the southwest border.
Jeff’s rare and unique leadership experience and training comes from hard-won time on battlefields and in crisis situations. Both the Secretaries of Defense and the Army recognized Jeff for his exceptional leadership and critical contributions to national security. The Surgeon General of the United States and the Governor of Puerto Rico presented Jeff special awards for his selfless service and leadership successes in saving lives in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
After a 37-year career in the Army, Jeff retired from active duty in September, 2019.
Today, Jeff teaches, trains and consults on leadership in virtual and in-person workshops. He has influenced the leadership style of thousands, ranging from from MBA students at Georgetown and Tulane to incident management leaders of FEMA, from emerging leaders on the Pacific islands of Guam and American Samoa to community leaders in rural Zimbabwe, and from military leaders to law enforcement officials to college football coaches.
In January 2021, The US House of Representatives asked Jeff to analyze the security challenges and cultural and leadership failures of the US Capitol Police. He spent six weeks in Washington DC and met with numerous law enforcement and intelligence leaders, analyzing everything from infrastructure to cyber security. Jeff led three presentations to Congressional Members from both political parties and was subsequently requested to testify before the House Administration Committee regarding what he learned and recommended to change. As a result, Congress passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support to fulfill Jeff’s recommendations and enhance security of the Capitol.
Jeff currently serves as a Senior Fellow for National Defense University and a Senior Mentor for the Army.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Leadership Development from the US Military Academy. He was selected as the distinguished honor graduate of a year-long international security fellowship at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland.
He serves on the boards of directors for Worldmaker International/The National Resilience Institute, 360 VA, Arizona State Parks and Trails, and is a board advisor for the Autonomy Institute.
Jeff was also recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout, an honor that only about 1 in 1,000 Eagle Scouts ever receive.
what people say
Jeff Buchanan is one of the most inspirational leaders I’ve known in my 36 years serving in and for the U.S. Army.
He is the epitome of someone whose “video matches his audio.” He can provide motivation and encouragement to vastly different audiences in a wide variety of settings with little to no notes because he speaks from the heart. He lives and breathes the Army values that he frequently illustrates in telling a story about a great hero or recognizing an outstanding member of his team. He is a leader who can make hard decisions when needed and one who genuinely listens to those who express opinions counter to his. He puts the needs of his team before his own, and he treats everyone with respect regardless of their rank or status. He never seeks recognition for himself but has nevertheless amassed a sizeable group of individuals who have served with or for him in the past that would jump at the chance to serve with him again. A true Soldier’s Soldier.
— Karen Lloyd, Colonel, US Army (retired)