Major General John P. "Pat" Cavanaugh
CG, USASC&FG, COMMANDANT,
SCHOOL & CHIEF OF SIGNAL
Major General John P. Cavanaugh was born into a
military family at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1970 through the Reserve
Officers Training Corps at Central Missouri State
University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Political Science. Major General Cavanaugh also earned a Masters of Arts
Degree in Communications from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980.
In 1971, Major General Cavanaugh was
assigned to the Federal Republic of Germany as the Communications Officer
for 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, with a subsequent
assignment as Platoon Leader in 123d Signal Battalion.
Upon his return to the United States,
Major General Cavanaugh served as the Assistant S-3 for 327th Signal
Battalion, 35th Signal Group, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. During his tenure with 327th Signal Battalion, he commanded both
the 519th and 333d Signal Companies.
In 1977, Major General Cavanaugh
served in the Republic of Korea as S-3 for 51st Signal Battalion, I Corps,
followed by a staff assignment with the Eighth U.S. Army and U.S. Forces
Korea J-3 Exercise Branch. He was then reassigned to the Headquarters, Fort
Huachuca, Arizona, and later to the U.S. Army Communications Command, then
also at Fort Huachuca.
Major General Cavanaugh returned to
Germany in 1981 as the Signal Officer for 1st Brigade, 3d Armored Division,
with a subsequent assignment as S-3 of 143d Signal Battalion in 3d Armored
Division. He returned to the United States in 1985 for as Reserve Officers
Training Corps assignment at Eastern Kentucky University.
Returning to Germany in 1988, Major
General Cavanaugh served as the Commander of the 143d Signal Battalion, 3d
Armored Division, followed by an assignment as the Deputy G-6 for V Corps.
During Operation Provide Comfort in Iraq, Major General Cavanaugh served as
the J-6 for Joint Task Force Bravo.
After graduating from the Advanced
Operational Studies Fellowship, he was assigned to the Command and General
Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as the Director of the Department
of Joint and Combined Operations. Major General Cavanaugh also served as
Commander of 1st Signal Brigade and Assistant Chief of Staff, J-6, U.S.
Forces Korea as well as the J-6, USACOM.
He then became the triple-hatted
Commander of 5th Signal Command, Deputy Chief of Staff for Information
Management U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army and Senior Tactical Commander,
Mannheim Military Community, from 14 Aug 98 to 27 Jun 00. On 11 Jul 00, he
became Commander of U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, commandant of
the Signal School and Chief of Signal.
His military education includes the
Signal Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff
College and the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship.
Major General Cavanaugh's awards and
decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Assault
Last modified on:
April 04, 2012