Brigadier General John B. Richardson IV grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1991. He is a Cavalryman.
His first assignment was with 1st Armored Division serving as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Motor Officer in 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment in Friedberg, Germany. He was next assigned to the 1st Infantry Division serving as a Battalion Adjutant, Tank Company Commander, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander with the 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas. While assigned to 1st Infantry Division he was attached to 1st Armored Division and deployed to Bosnia (IFOR) as the Command Liaison Officer to the Nordic-Polish Brigade.
As a major he was assigned to the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment. In the 2d ACR he served as the Squadron Operations Officer for 2d Squadron in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-2004. Upon re-deployment he served as the Regimental Operations Officer for the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 2005, he deployed a second time to Iraq as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.
As a lieutenant colonel from 2007-2010 BG Richardson served as the squadron commander of 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, the reconnaissance squadron for 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. During this command the squadron deployed to northwest Baghdad from 2008-2009. In 2011 he assumed command as the 74th Colonel of the 3d Cavalry Regiment and oversaw the conversion of the Brave Rifles from an ACR to a SBCT formation. Following command he served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.
His professional education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Norfolk, Virginia. For Senior Service College BG Richardson was selected to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School as a National Security Fellow with a concentration in Leadership and Management. He also holds a Master’s degree in Leader Development and Counseling from Long Island University.
Brigadier General Richardson has served in units awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Superior Unit Citation.