Chiefs of Signal
Major General John P. Cavanaugh
2000 - 2002
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 Badge.