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John James Cuddy

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Major General, Dental Corps
Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army
Chief, Army Dental Corps

John James Cuddy was born in South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loras College in 1964. Major General Cuddy graduated from Marquette University Dental School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969 and was given a direct appointment as a Dental Corps Officer. In 1979, he received a Masters' Degree in Health Care Facilities from Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri. His military education includes the AMEDD Officers' Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

General Cuddy has held a wide variety of important positions culminating in his appointment as Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army, on 8 March 1996; and appointed as Chief, Army Dental Corps on 1 December 1994. Other key assignments were: Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, and Installation Commander, Fort Sam Houston; Deputy Commander, Health Care Operations, U.S. Army MEDCOM (Prow) and Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Health Services Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Deputy Commander, 7th Medical Command/Assistant Chief Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany; Assistant Chief of Staff, Dental Service, HQ 7th MEDCOM, Heidelberg, Germany; Dental Corps Education Officer, U.S. Army Medical Personnel Center, Washington, D.C.; Commander, Vicenza DENTAC/102nd Medical Detachment (Dental Service), Vicenza, Italy; Instructor, Dental Science Division, Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Commander, U.S. Army Dental Activity, Tehran, Iran. Other assignments include: General Dental Practice and Instructor, Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; and General Dentistry Resident, Silas B. Hays Army Hospital, Fort Ord, California.

General Cuddy is a member of the American Dental Association, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, USA Chapter of Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He became a Diplomate of the Army Board of General Dentistry in 1978 and awarded Mastership in the American Academy of General Dentistry in 1981. In 1985, he was awarded the "A" Designator, The Surgeon General's highest award for professional achievement.

Awards and decorations which General Cuddy has received include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Army Service Ribbon, and Order of Military Medical Merit.