Col. Cameron Cantlon

Senior Military Fellow

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Colonel Cam Cantlon received his commission as an Armor Officer in 1993 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 2-72 Armor with the 2ID in Korea. Subsequently, he served as a Troop XO and Squadron Maintenance Officer in the DIV CAV (2-1 Cav and 1-10 Cav) in the 2nd Armored (reflagged as 4th Infantry) Division in Fort Hood, TX. As a captain, he served as a battalion logistics officer, Company Commander, and Headquarters Company Commander in 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas.  Following command, he served as an Armor Branch assignment officer at U.S. Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, VA.

As a major, he was first assigned to Area Support Group – Kuwait as the Brigade S3.  Following Command and General Staff College (CGSC), he was assigned as the Squadron XO in 2nd Squadron (Sabre), 3d Armored Calvary Regiment (ACR) on Fort Hood, Texas. While deployed to Iraq, he served as 2/3 ACR’s S3 and XO in Diyala and Ninewa Provinces. Upon redeployment, he served as the 3d ACR’s Regiment XO.

Upon his promotion to lieutenant colonel, Cam served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for 3d ACR until assuming command of 6-9 Cavalry Squadron, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. While in command of 6-9 CAV, he again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn where his squadron transitioned Wasit Province to Iraqi control in November, 2011. Following command, Cam worked as the III Corps and Fort Hood Commander’s Executive Officer before attending the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  

Following the War College, Cam and his family returned to Fort Hood, TX to assume command of 3d Cavalry Regiment (Stryker). Commanding from 2013-2015, the 3d CR added to its distinguished legacy through very successful combat deployments to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom & Resolute Support), Egypt (MFO Sinai), and Cuba (GTMO Security).

After command, Cam reported to the Pentagon for his first tour in the DoD’s Headquarters. He was selected as a Division Chief on the Joint Staff (J5). Cam led the Stability and Humanitarian Engagement Division in the Deputy Directorate for Global Policy and Partnerships. He provided support for interagency coordination of Coalition Affairs, Humanitarian Engagement, Stability Operations and Strategic Effects providing sound partnerships with our U.S. government and international partners.

Colonel Cantlon joined the Army Secretariat in the fall of 2016 as the executive officer to HON Patrick J. Murphy. He coordinated all support actions within the office of the Under Secretary and was the primary liaison to inner offices of the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, several Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other service and achievement awards. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, SPLC, CAS3, CGSC, and the US Army War College. He holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the Army War College. Cameron is married to the former Daphnie Weller and together they raise their four children, Delaney and Kylie (13), Michael (11), and Sawyer (9).

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