Billy Don Farris
Billy Don Farris is a Partner at McChrystal Group, leading engagements with technology, retail, financial services, healthcare, and defense industry companies.
Billy Don retired from the US Army in 2013 as a Brigadier General after more than 30 years on active duty. Much of his career was spent as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division commanding Soldiers at every level from company through brigade.
Billy Don actively participated in complex decision-making processes at the most senior levels of the Department of Defense while serving in key staff assignments for the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Secretary of the Army, the Under-Secretary of Defense (Policy), and as the senior operational planner in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has over four years of combat leadership experience following multiple operational tours in Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most notably, in 2007, Billy Don commanded the lead brigade task force deployed in support of the historic surge in Iraq.
Billy Don received a Bachelor of Science (Engineering Mechanics) from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Military Arts & Science from the United States Army Command & General Staff College. He also served as a National Security Studies Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.