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Sullivan becomes USTRANSCOM’s deputy commander (updated on July 8, 2022)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (June 29, 2022) – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John P. Sullivan assumed the role of deputy commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) today. 


Sullivan, who most recently served as USTRANSCOM’s director of Strategic Plans, Policy, and Logistics, was selected by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general and to the USTRANSCOM position upon the retirement of U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Dee Mewbourne. Mewbourne served as deputy commander of USTRANSCOM for the past three years and will retire tomorrow after more than 40 years of service to the nation. 


“Lt. Gen. Sullivan has commanded at all levels of the Army logistics enterprise and has served in multiple roles within our own headquarters,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, USTRANSCOM commander. “I am extremely confident in his abilities and am equally excited to have him join us in this new role and capacity.” 


Sullivan has served as USTRANSCOM’s senior logistics and plans manager since the summer of 2021. Before that, he served as commanding general of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for three years. There, he led nearly 10,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel who provided mission command and operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency, and multinational forces and conducted theater security cooperation within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.


Sullivan has extensive leadership experience spanning more than 34 years of military service. He has served in a wide range of joint and operational assignments over his career, including supporting Operations Joint Forge, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 

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