COL John M. Cushing

Deputy Commander - Support

Colonel John M. Cushing was commissioned as an Armor Officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993. As an Armor Officer, Cushing served in multiple tactical assignments in the 3rd 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.

Colonel Cushing commanded the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. The 194th is responsible for Armor and Cavalry OSUT, 91 series AIT and Basic Combat training for multiple MOSs. After Brigade Command, Cushing join 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, Cushing assumed duties as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Armored Division. Recently, COL Cushing Commanded the 1st Recruiting Brigade which is responsible for Recruiting operations for the northeast region of the United States. He assumed his duties as the 3rd Infantry Division’s Deputy Commander for Support on August 3rd, 2020.

Colonel 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.

Colonel Cushing is married to Marla Cushing of Killeen, Texas, and they have three children: Lauren (20), Tyler (17) and Katie (13).