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194th Armored Brigade gets new commander in ceremony Tuesday

Col Scott D. King relinquishes command of the 194th Armored Brigade to Col. John M. Cushing, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Brave Riffles Field. M.G. Scott Miller gave remarks. (Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer) Col Scott D. King relinquishes command of the 194th Armored Brigade to Col. John M. Cushing, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Brave Riffles Field. M.G. Scott Miller gave remarks. (Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - In a change of command ceremony on Tuesday, Col. John M. Cushing assumed command of the 194th Armored Brigade.

Col. Cushing assumed command from Col. Scott King at Brave Rifles Field.

"John and his Family come in ready to go. When I look at John's resume, you probably don't get a better person to hand the colors to than John Cushing," said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Cushing was commissioned as an Armor officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has served in multiple tactical assignments in the 3rd Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division.

Most recently, he served as the G3, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support.

He served as a Tank Company commander and Recon Troop commander with the 2nd Brigade at Fort Stewart, GA, and as a Battalion S3 and Brigade executive officer for the 3rd Brigade here, as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Cushing's combat action includes tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Cluster and the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

During his career Cushing has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.

At the change of command ceremony, Cushing said that he and his Family, his wife and three children, are blessed to be back at Fort Benning.

"When I ask trainees why they join the Army, some join to be a part of a Family legacy, some want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, some want discipline and direction in their lives, some are looking for a new beginning. Whatever the reason, Sergeant Major and I are committed to giving them the opportunity to become an American Soldier," Cushing said. "The fathers and mothers of this great nation are trusting all the leaders in this brigade that you see before you to do the right thing, and we don't intend to let them down."

To see a video of the ceremony, click here.

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