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Lieutenant Colonel James Cutchin

Instructor of Military & Strategic Studies

Department of Military & Strategic Studies

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Contact Information

(719) 333-9410



Lieutenant Colonel James Cutchin is an Instructor in the Military Strategic Studies Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Lt Col Cutchin was commissioned in 1998 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army’s Officer Candidate School. Lt Col Cutchin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University Of Alaska, Anchorage and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies (Civil-Military Relations) from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Lt Col Cutchin has over three and half years of cumulative command time having commanded both conventional and special operations forces. Lt Col Cutchin has served in numerous staff positions culminating with his most recent assignment as Assistant Chief of Staff, G9, Fourth Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Lt Col Cutchin has a significant amount of ground combat experience with a multitude of deployments within or regarding several Combatant Commands. Lt Col Cutchin is a subject matter expert on civil-military operations, integrating SOF with conventional forces across a diverse spectrum of interagency partners.


Master of Arts, National Security Studies (Civil-Military relations), Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2012)

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska (2001)

Associates Degree, Liberal Studies, Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C. (1996)

Professional Experience

Instructor, Military and Strategic Studies Dept., U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (July 2018-Present)

Assistant Chief of Staff, G9, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. (Jan. 2015- May 2018)

Battalion S3, 82nd CA Battalion, Fort Stewart, Savannah Ga. (March 2014-Dec. 2014)

Company Commander, C Co., 82nd CA Battalion, Fort Stewart, Savannah Ga. (July 2012- March 2014)

Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (Nov. 2010- June 2012)

Brigade S9, 1BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. (March 2009- Sep. 2010)

Deputy CMOC Chief, B Company, 96th CA Battalion, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. (Jan. 2008- Feb. 2009)

ARSOF, Civil Affairs pipeline, USJFKSWCS, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. (Feb. 2007- Dec. 2007)

FA Company-grade (Pre-KD) Assignment Officer, HRC, Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 2006- Jan. 2007)

HHB Commander, 75th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. (June 2005- Dec. 2005)

B-Battery Commander, 1-77 FA, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. (May 2004-June 2005)

Brigade S1, 75th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. (Aug. 2003- May 2004)

WMD Team Leader, 75th XTF, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. (Feb. 2003-Aug. 2003)

Student, FACC, Fort Sill, OK and CAS3, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan. (Feb. 2002-Dec. 2002)

FA Battery Executive Officer, Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska (Dec. 2000-Jan. 2002)

Fire Support Officer, Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska (Apr. 1999- Nov. 2000)

Enlisted (SGT), Field Artillery, U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. (Jan. 1994- May 1998)

Honors & Awards

General Winfield Scott Medallion recipient (2014)

Honorable Order of Saint Barbara recipient (2006)

Distinguished Military Graduate (1998)

Distinguished Honor Graduate, Primary Leadership Development Course (1997)

XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year (1996)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Organizational leadership

Contingency planning

Irregular warfare

Effects based targeting

SOF integration

Interagency partnerships

Defense support to civil authorities

Joint humanitarian operations


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