Kurt recently retired as a Brigadier General for the Tennessee National Guard in traditional M-Day status as the Director of the Joint Staff. General Winstead’s career began late in 1990 during soldier preparations in support of Operation Desert Storm. He received a direct commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps and was assigned to the 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard. While assigned as the Command Judge Advocate for the 194th he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III from (2004-2006). As the Senior Judge Advocate, he was instrumental in forming a consolidated legal office that provided service to over five thousand soldiers and airmen spanning an area covering one half of Iraq and thus was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Prior to his final assignment, he continued to serve in numerous positions of increased responsibility including Tennessee’s Senior Staff Judge Advocate at the Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville (2009-2017). He earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2010.
Kurt is involved in numerous professional and community organizations. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Tennessee as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Nashville, Williamson County, Tennessee and American BAR Associations. Kurt is currently Chair-elect of Leadership Middle Tennessee, and an alumnus of Leadership Tennessee (Class VI 2018-2019) and Leadership Franklin (2018-2019). He serves on the Board of Directors for Franklin Tomorrow and is a current member of the Williamson County Industrial Board. He is past Chair of the Board of Trustees for Battle Ground Academy in Franklin and a former member of the Tennessee Arts Commission. He is a proud member of the Noon Rotary Club of Franklin, Williamson, Inc., the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, V.F.W. Post 9543 and the National Guard Associations of Tennessee and the United States.
Kurt is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he was an all-conference athlete. He received his law degree from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. He is married to Beth and they have two daughters, Bridget and Mary Hannah.