Colonel J.C. Allard was commissioned in January 1974 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History. His outstanding leadership and abilities were displayed during many military assignments that included Tank Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Logistics Officer, and Company Commander with 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Troop Commander, 5th Cavalry Squadron, and Chief of Instruction, 1st Armor Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Public Affairs Officer, 2nd Support Command (Corps), Nellingen, Germany; Adjutant, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, S3, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, and S3, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington; and Public Affairs Officer for the United States Army Armor Center and School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. During these assignments, he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Boston University. In June 1992, Colonel Allard assumed command of 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox. Subsequently, he was selected to command the New England Recruiting Battalion located at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine from July 1994 to July 1996. After graduating from the Army War College, Colonel Allard was posted as the Theater Public Information Officer for the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from August 1997 to February 1998. Upon his return to the United States, he assumed duties as the G3/Director of Operations, Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for the United States Army Armor Center at Fort Knox.
Colonel Allard commanded First Region (ROTC) from 14 January 2002 until its inactivation in 2004. He was responsible for the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in 16 eastern seaboard states as well as the District of Columbia, Panama, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany and Italy. Colonel Allard was in charge of the largest number of colleges, high school programs, and the largest number of cadets of any region. Simultaneously he was also Commander of First Brigade, First Region (ROTC), USA Cadet Command from June 2000 to October 2004, and was responsible for all Army Reserve Officer Training Corps programs in the seven northeastern states of USA, from Maine to Upstate New York. His brigade included 21 senior ROTC battalions with more than 2200 cadets in programs at over 90 universities and colleges; as well as 36 JROTC programs with more than 5000 high school cadets. He retired from active duty in October 2004 after more than 30 years of service.
Following retirement Colonel Allard worked for the defense contractor MPRI designing course material for the Foreign Military University at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In July of 2006 he accepted a position as Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the U.S. Army’s New England Recruiting Battalion. He served in this capacity until 2013. At that time, he was elected to the Carpenter Library Board of Trustees in Pittsfield, NH, and is now Chair of that Board. In April 2016, he appointed as a Pittsfield Selectman to help manage the affairs of the town in which he resides. He represents the Board on the Wellness Coalition, the Economic Development Committee, Emergency Management Committee, and serves as a negotiator with the labor unions representing town employees. For over a decade, Colonel Allard served on the UNH ROTC Chapter Advisory Board and was key member in the planning and execution of the UNH Veterans Day/Hall of Fame Ceremony.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, and Recruiter Badge.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army, the State of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire, Colonel J.C. Allard is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.