LTC John D. Cross hails from Elk City, Oklahoma. He is married to the former Laura Anne Bromley of Maroa, Illinois. They have two children, Danielle and Joshua.
LTC Cross began his service in the United States Army as Second Lieutenant of Infantry in May 1993 following his graduation from the United States Military Academy. His first assignment included time as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer (XO) of D/5-20 Infantry in the Republic of Korea. After returning to the United States, LTC Cross served in the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard) as a Platoon Leader, Company XO, and Assistant S-3. Following the Advanced Course, LTC Cross served as an Assistant S-3 and Commander of HHC, 1-502 Infantry at Fort Campbell, KY. He also served as the Commander of the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. Following command, LTC Cross served as the G-3 Chief of Training and G3 XO of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. In 2005, he became the Chief of Plans for the 1st Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany. He then served as the S-3 for 1-77 Armor in Schweinfurt, Germany and Ramadi, Iraq. In July 2007, LTC Cross became the XO for 1-18 Infantry in Baghdad, Iraq and redeployed them back to Schweinfurt in November 2007. In March 2008, as part of the return of the Dagger Brigade to Fort Riley, he became the XO of 1-2 Infantry and later served as the 172nd Infantry Brigade’s Executive Officer in Grafenwohr, Germany. LTC Cross served at the National Training Center as the Brigade XO Trainer and Operations Group Chief of Plans and Operations from January 2009 until May 2010. LTC Cross returned to Fort Riley and 1-18 Infantry in May 2010 to command the Vanguard Battalion. During this command, he deployed the battalion to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from November 2010 to November 2011. Following command, LTC Cross became the Regimental Tactical Officer of 1st Regiment, United States Corps of Cadet in June 2012. On July 1st, 2014 LTC Cross became the 27th Commandant of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School.
LTC Cross’ education includes a Bachelors Degree from the United States Military Academy, a Masters of Public Administration from Troy State University, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Staff Services School, the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has also graduated from the Air Assault, Airborne, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, and Ranger Schools.
LTC Cross’ military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the Numeral 4, and the Multinational Forces and Observers Medal. LTC Cross has also been awarded the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Naval Unit Citation, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.