The Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department paid tribute to one of its own.
Retired Lt. Gen. John J. Cusick, a Quartermaster Hall of Famer and a dedicated rigger, was honored with the dedication of Cusick Corridor before a small gathering of Family, friends, Soldiers and well-wishers May 14 at the ADFSD headquarters.
Cusick Corridor is located adjacent to the Shop Road entrance of the department’s state-of-the-art facility. It features photographs and caricatures of Cusick and a display case which holds his old rigger hat and other airborne clothing and equipment items.
Brig. Gen. Jesse R. Cross, Quartermaster Center and School commanding general, hosted the event. He said in his remarks that Cusick’s numerous rigger assignments is a testament to his dedication to the rigger career field.
“If you know anything about Gen. Cusick, you know he is an airborne Soldier,” said Cross. “I don’t care what you say, he’s airborne all the way.”
Cross also joked that the general’s spirited airborne mentality tended to spill over and was the stuff of legend at an operation they both commanded, Defense Supply Center-Philadelphia.
“I was told that Gen. Cusick made everyone do PT … Civilians and everybody,” said Cross to a concert of laughter.
During his remarks, Cusick shared with the crowd a number of war stories of his own, all of them ending with applause and laughter. On a more serious note, he said the dedication was a special event for himself and his Family and that the event calls attention to the job riggers do.
“It’s a wonderful day and we’re very appreciative of it,” he said. “I’ve always been greatly proud of the airborne paratroopers that we have out there and the parachute riggers; you can’t have a better bunch of folks.”
A native of Scranton, Pa., Cusick’s military career began in 1964 after completing the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps’ program at the University of Scranton. He subsequently attended a number of schools to include the infantry officer basic course, airborne school, and rigger school.
He also attended the Army War College and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government course.
Cusick has held a variety of positions in units stateside, overseas and during wartime. They include the commander of the 623rd Quartermaster Company, Vietnam; logistics advisor, government of Ethiopia; 42nd quartermaster general, and commanding general, Quartermaster Center and School; and director of logistics of the Joint Staff.
A rigger for 16 of his 34 years of service, the master