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Colonel John B. Richardson IV assumed command of the 3d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2011. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Armor in 1991. He served as a tank platoon leader and company executive officer in Germany. After graduation from the Armor Officer Advance Course, he served as a Battalion S-1, Tank Company Commander, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander. During this tour, he also deployed to Bosnia (IFOR) as the Command Liaison Officer to the Nordic-Polish Brigade. Colonel Richardson’s previous assignments included duty as Company Tactical Officer at West Point, New York; 2nd Squadron Operations Officer (S3), 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light), in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq; and Regimental Operations Officer (S3) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He returned to Iraq in 2005 as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. In 2007 he assumed command of a cavalry squadron at Fort Riley, Kansas. During this 33-month command, the 750-soldier squadron task force served a 12-month deployment in northwest Baghdad in 2008-09. This deployment encompassed the final phase of “the Surge” campaign, the provincial elections, and a number of strategic transitions during the implementation of the security agreement between the U.S. Government and Government of Iraq. Colonel Richardson holds a master of science degree in counseling and leader development from Long Island University; has attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and was selected as a National Security Fellow for a 1-year Senior Service College Fellowship in leadership and management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Authored by Colonel John B. Richardson, IV.
This is a case study of a cavalry squadron struggling with operational adaptability. Through this struggle, the study provides a means for analyzing the complexity of organizational leadership in the contemporary security environment. The case study provides an example where hard fought lessons learned resulted in a more holistic approach to leadership, because the leader transcended that of simply being an authority figure, and instead, become a real leader who provided a safe and creative learning environment where the organization was able to tackle and solve complex problems.