Brig. Gen. John E. Seward assumed his duties as the Deputy Commanding General, for United States Army, Pacific on
7 July 2008.
Brig. Gen. Seward is a 1980 graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration. He was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His command experience includes Commander, B Battery, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Deputy Commander, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Germany, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, Saudi Arabia and OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia; Commander, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery; Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Kuwait and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Commandant, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Additional assignments include Platoon Leader and Battalion S-3 Air, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry and Executive Officer, Combat Support Company, 4th Battalion, 327th Infantry both with the 172nd Light Infantry Brigade, Fort Richardson, Alaska; Battalion Maintenance, and Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery and Assistant Division Air Defense Officer, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery both with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Southeast Asia Desk Officer, J6, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Inspector General, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Director of Training and Doctrine, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and School, Fort Bliss, Texas.
His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC). He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Brazilian, Canadian, German, and Venezuelan Jump Wings.