LTC John P. Cogbill
LTC John P. Cogbill is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He was commissioned as a 2LT from the United States Military Academy in 1994.
LTC Cogbill’s first assignment was as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. While serving as a platoon leader in 1995, he deployed as a peacekeeper to Port-Au-Prince in support of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. LTC Cogbill then served two years in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Civil-Military Affairs Officer at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. After completing the Infantry Captains Career Course, he served three years at Fort Richardson, Alaska in the 172nd Infantry Brigade. While there, he served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and Commander of Apache Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. He also served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of U.S. Army Alaska. Following his tour in Alaska, LTC Cogbill attended graduate school and taught Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. While serving on the faculty, LTC Cogbill left for a semester to deploy with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment to Iraq as the Officer in Charge of an Operations and Intelligence Fusion Cell for a Joint Task Force. After completing Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College, he spent 26 months as a Battalion Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division where he deployed for 12 months to Mosul, Iraq. LTC Cogbill’s most recent assignment was as the Strategic Plans and Requirements Officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment (RS8). He recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where he served as the Chief of Staff for a Joint Special Operations Task Force.
LTC Cogbill holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Career Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), 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 (1 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, and UN Medal. In addition, he has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Military Freefall Parachutist Badge.
LTC Cogbill is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children.