| Colonel Cavanaugh has
spent over 25 years in a variety of command and staff assignments with
both conventional and special operations forces. He has deployed
in numerous contingency operations, including Operation Desert Shield
and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and
Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq. He has also supported
other various contingency operations throughout Southwest Asia,
Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. Colonel Cavanaugh holds
a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the Citadel, Military
College of South Carolina, and a Master of Science Degree in
International Relations from Troy University as well as a Masters
Degree of International and Strategic Studies from the United States
Air War College. Colonel Cavanaugh's military education includes
the Field Artillery Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses, John F.
Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School's Psychological Operations
Course, Regional Studies Course, the United States Army Command and
General Staff College and the Air War College, Air University.
Early in his career, Colonel Cavanaugh was a Platoon Leader with 2/18th
Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was then assigned as the
Division Assistant Fire Support Officer, 6th Infantry Division, Fort
Wainwright, Alaska. He then served as a Commander for a 105mm
howitzer Battery in 4/11 Field Artillery, and Infantry Battalion Fire
Support Officer in 1/17 Infantry, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Colonel Cavanaugh arrived at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as
Operational Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and Battalion
Executive Officer in 8th PSYOP Battalion (Airborne). Following his
assignment in the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) he
served at United States Army Central and the Army Staff. Colonel
Cavanaugh then commanded the 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion
(Airborne). Following his Battalion Command, he then served as PSYOP
Branch Chief, Information Operations Division Chief, and finally the
Chief of Current Operations (CHOPs) at United States Army Central.
After graduating from the United States Air War College, Air
University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Colonel Cavanaugh’s
last assignment was commander, 8th Military Information Support Group
(Airborne) Fort Bragg, NC.
Colonel Cavanaugh's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit,
the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the
Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the
Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal,
the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army
Superior Unit Award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global
War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Kuwaiti
Liberation Medal. His foreign awards include the German
Colonel Cavanaugh is married to LaDonna of Columbia, South Carolina and
they have two sons, Peyton, who is a sophomore at College and Tanner
who is a junior in high school.