Profile: Lt. Gen. John Davis, Cybercom Deputy Commander

Lt. Gen. John Davis

Lt. Gen. John Davis

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon Davis serves as deputy commander of Fort Meade, Md.-based U.S. Cyber Command, having been appointed to this position as of June 2012.

Davis previously served at Fort Meade from 2006 to 2008 as deputy commander of the joint functional component command for network warfare.

Prior to joining Cybercom, the 33-year military veteran served as commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing between July 2010 and May 2012 and as deputy assistant commandant for aviation for the two years prior.

Staff billet services includes a two-year tour as a member of the 31st Commandant’s Staff Group and two years as the junior military assistant to the deputy defense secretary.

In 2003, he served as an Assistant Operations Officer on the 3rd Marine Air Wing staff in Kuwait during the Iraq War and then in 2004 he became officer in charge of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Red Team.

According to the Marine Corps, he has flown more than 4,500 mishap free hours in the AV-8 and other fixed, tilt-rotor and rotary-winged aircraft.

He was commissioned in May 1980, completed Basic School in August 1980 and received his wings in September 1982 to fly the AV-8.

Davis reported to VMAT-203 in October 1982, completed Harrier training and reported to VMA-231 in 1983 for deployment aboard the U.S.S. Inchon.

In 1985, he transferred to VMAT-203 serving as an instructor pilot, then attended the WTI course at MAWTS- and transferred to VMA-223 in 1987 for assignment as the “Bulldogs” WTI and operations officer.

Davis represented the Marines as an exchange officer with the British air force in 1988 and deployed to Gutersloh, Germany after training, where he served as a GR-5/7 attack pilot.

Upon return to the U.S. in 1991, he served as an instructor in Yuma, Ariz. and took command of VMA-223 in October 1998.

VMA-223 won the CNO Safety Award and the Sanderson Trophy two years in a row during his tenure there and the USMC says the team exceeded 40,000 hours of mishap-free operations.

After completing the Executive Helicopter Familiarization Course at HT-18 in Pensacola in 2003, he was assigned to MAWTS-1, where he served as executive officer and then as commanding officer from 2004 to 2006.

His personal decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legion of Merit awards, three Meritorious Service Medals and three Navy Commendations.

Davis graduated with honors from The Basic School and was a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

He is also a graduate of the Tactical Air Control Party Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, School of Advanced Warfighting and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, a master’s degree from Marine Corps University and a master’s in international public policy from Johns Hopkins, concentrated in East and Southeast Asian affairs.

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