Deputy CG - Support
COL Joseph P. McGee
Colonel JP McGee serves as the Deputy Commander- Support for the First Cavalry Division. A native of Atherton, California, he was commissioned as an Infantry lieutenant from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990. After commissioning, he graduated from Airborne School, the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Ranger School and Pathfinder School. His first assignment was with the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry at Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader before being assigned to 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.
Throughout his career, he commanded at every level commensurate with his rank. From 1996 to 1997, he commanded B Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In October 1997, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia where he served as the Battalion Assistant S3 and later commander C Company. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College in June 2001, he served in the 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington as a Liaison Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. During his time with 2d Ranger Battalion he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In August 2004, Colonel McGee served in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before being assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in November 2006. He assumed command of the 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment in the 1st BCT (“Bastogne”) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from December 2006 through February 2009. During this time, Task Force “No Slack” conducted combat operations in Samarra, Iraq. Following battalion command, Colonel McGee served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from April 2009 to August 2010.
Colonel McGee is an alumnus of the Army’s Senior Fellows program having served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for academic year 2010-2011. His work has been published in academic publications, including Stanford’s Hoover Digest. He returned to the “Bastogne” Brigade at Fort Campbell in July 2011 and served as the Brigade Commander through October 2013. During this time, the Bastogne Brigade served as one of the first Advise and Assist Brigades in Afghanistan and facilitated the transition of security to Afghan Security Forces in Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan Provinces. Most recently, he served as the Executive Officer to the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army, General Raymond Odierno.
Colonel McGee’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (5 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab. He earned foreign jump wings from Canada, Jordan, Korea and Thailand. COL McGee holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from West Point and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.