Brigadier General Ronald A. Cupples , U.S. Army
Deputy Commanding General
Brig. Gen. Ronald A. Cupples is the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa deputy commanding general and the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters-Massachusetts assistant adjutant general.
Cupples enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1986. He was awarded one of 150 active-duty scholarships through the Green to Gold program and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, as well as his commission as an infantry officer through the ROTC program at Boston University in 1990. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Cupples has held numerous leadership assignments from the platoon to the brigade level, including commanding Alpha and Delta Companies, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment; the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment; and the 51st Troop Command (Combat Arms). His previous key leader assignments include Brigade S-1, 26th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; S-3, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment; S-3 and executive officer, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment; chief inspector, deputy inspector general, and acting command inspector general, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts Army National Guard; AGR branch chief, J-1, and human resources officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts Army National Guard; and chief of staff, Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Cupples deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, serving as the executive officer of 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment conducting rear area operations, force protection and personnel security details from Camp Cropper, Baghdad, Iraq. He has served on extended ADOS-tours as the acting command inspector general for the Massachusetts National Guard. He has also mobilized on multiple occasions in support of state missions.
His military education includes: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captain’s Career Course, Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Inspector General Course, Command and General Staff College, Senior Service College, Senior Leader Seminar, Joint Task Force Commanders Course, and the Dual Status Commanders Course.
Cupples’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal (One Campaign Star). He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. He has also been awarded the Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association.