Present Commander

John McCarthy 2019-2020

Fred Babcock

John McCarthy (Colonel, U.S. Army Retired) enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1980, starting a military career that took him from his hometown of Bogota, New Jersey on a worldwide adventure serving in analytical and leadership positions in Army, Joint and Combined Intelligence Organizations from tactical through strategic levels. 

John enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard while attending Bogota High School and served in the Signal Corps.  He was commissioned as a field artillery officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1983.  He graduated from Trenton State College in Ewing, New Jersey in 1985 with a degree in Communications and started his active duty career.  John served in the 9th Infantry Division Artillery as a Company and Battalion Fire Support Officer as well as a battalion ammunition and nuclear surety officer.  He transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps in 1988 and served in critical intelligence positions that included:  Chief of Signals Intelligence for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea (ROK), Chief of the 1st Armored Divisions Analysis and Control Element, Senior Intelligence Officer in the National Support Element (Taszar, Hungary), Operations Officer for the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion (Kosovo), Intelligence Officer in the Information Operations Cell in V (US) Corps (Iraq), NATO’s Senior Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Officer (Afghanistan), Deputy Director for Intelligence for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Commander of the 527th Military Intelligence Battalion (Strategic Signals Intelligence) in the ROK, Senior Intelligence Officer for the Eighth U.S. Army in the ROK, and the Senior Intelligence Officer in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. John retired on 1 May 2013 after serving as an Operational Planner for U.S. Army Cyber Command.    

John’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, golfing, biking, running and generally getting out seeing the world as well as officiating baseball and softball.

He met his wife, Major General Jody Daniels (Commanding General, 88th Readiness Division), while running and after a three year courtship they married in November 2012 .

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