Maj. Gen. Terry M. Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General has named Col. Franklin C. McCauley Jr., of Kingsport, as Army National Guard’s the Tenth Commander of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment headquartered in Knoxville.
“Col. McCauley is a combat veteran Cavalry officer who has commanded at every level within the Regiment,” said Maj. Gen. Haston. “He brings a great deal of experience and professionalism to the job. The 278th is part of the more than 20,000 Tennessee Soldiers and Airmen who have answered the call to duty since Sept 11, 2001. The Regiment deployed on two occasions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, first in 2004 and again in 2010. The Tennessee Army National Guard has more than lived up to its nickname, the Volunteer State, and the 278th is a proud contributor to that tradition. I know Col. McCauley will continue the tradition of excellence set forth by the Regimental commanders who preceded him.”
The 278th is Tennessee’s largest command, with units stretching from Kingsport to Memphis and is composed of more than 3,700 Soldiers in three maneuver squadrons, a support squadron, a special troops squadron and a fires squadron.
Col. McCauley brings 30 years military experience to the job. He enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1981, spending two years as an enlisted soldier before receiving his commission through the ROTC program at East Tennessee State University in 1983. Col. McCauley graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Criminal Justice in 1985, and received his Masters in Criminal Justice in 1987 from Eastern Kentucky University. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course and Armor Advanced Course in Fort Knox, Ky., the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
In 2004, Col. McCauley deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Commander of 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and again in 2010 as the 278th Deputy Commander.
Col. McCauley is a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.