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Deputy Commanding General

Brig. Gen. John Cushing

As an Armor Officer, Brig. Gen. Cushing served in multiple tactical assignments in the 3d Infantry Division, the 1st Cavalry Division and the 1st Armored Division. Cushing has also served in TRADOC within the Armor Proponent at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.  His other assignments include teaching Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy and serving as the Armor Branch Chief at the Human Resources Command.

Previous assignments include command of both the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia and the 1st Recruiting Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland.  The 194th is responsible for Armor and Cavalry OSUT, 91 series AIT and Basic Combat Training for multiple MOSs.  The 1st Recruiting Brigade is responsible for recruiting operations for the northeast region of the United States.  After Brigade Command, he joined the “Iron Soldiers” of the 1st Armored Division and deployed to Iraq serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer of Sustainment for Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  Upon re-deployment, he assumed duties as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Armored Division.  He served as the 3d Infantry Division’s Deputy Commander for Support at Fort Stewart, Georgia prior to his current assignment at the Recruiting Command. 

Brig. Gen. Cushing holds Masters Degrees from the University of Virginia and the Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. Cushing’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.  He is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.