William A. Cugno

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William A. Cugno
MGCugno
MG William A. Cugno (Official Photo)
Born (1948-04-04)April 4, 1948
Waterbury, CT
Died November 10, 2011(2011-11-10) (aged 63)
Naples, FL
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 12 March 1968 - 1 May 2005
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held

Major General William A. Cugno was born April 4, 1948, in Waterbury, CT. He was the son of Anthony and Marie Cugno of Harwich, MA. He graduated from Waterbury's Crosby High School in 1967. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT in 1984 and a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, in 1991.

General Cugno served as the adjutant general and commander of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard from June 1999 until his retirement in April 2005. Prior to becoming the adjutant general, during his 38 year military career, he served in several command and staff positions. General Cugno was a combat veteran of Vietnam where he served as a platoon leader from August 1968 to 1969 with the 9th Infantry Division. He joined the Connecticut Army National Guardin 1970 and held several staff and company command positions to include the 1st Battalion, 192nd (coastal) Artillery; Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 242nd Engineer Battalion; 130th Public Affairs Detachment. Following his company commands, General Cugno served as the Connecticut National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Manager for eight years. He then served as the commander of the 242nd Combat Engineer Battalion. Upon graduation from the U.S. Army War College, General Cugno was assigned as the commander of the 85th Troop Command, a brigade-size command, and served until 1994 when he was named the State Director of Plans, Operations, and Military Support for the Connecticut Military Department. In 1996, he served as the chief of staff for the City of Waterbury and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of city government.[1]

Education[edit]

1984 Eastern Connecticut State University - BA Degree - Political Science
1991 Shippensburg University - MPA Degree - Public Administration
1991 Army War College

Assignments[edit]

  1. August 1968 - April 1969, Rifle Platoon Leader, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army, Vietnam
  2. April 1969 - January 1970, Assistant Confinement Officer, 58th Military Police Company, Third US Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  3. January 1970 - September 1970, United States Army Reserve Control Group, St. Louis, Missouri
  4. September 1970 - December 1970, Platoon Leader, Battery B, lst Battalion 192d Artillery (Coastal), Connecticut Army National Guard, East Windsor, Connecticut
  5. December 1970 - May 1971, S4, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Connecticut Army National Guard, lst Battalion, l92d Artillery (Coastal), Hartford, Connecticut
  6. May 1971 - October 1971, Liaison Officer, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  7. October 1971 - October 1975, S1, later Assistant S3, Headquarters Company, 242d Engineer Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, Stratford, Connecticut
  8. November 1975 - October 1976, Commander, Headquarters Company, 242d Engineer Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, Westbrook, Connecticut
  9. October 1976 - January 1979, S1, later S3, Headquarters Detachment, 192d Engineer Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, New London, Connecticut
  10. January 1979 - November 1981, Commander, 130th Public Affairs Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, West Hartford, Connecticut
  11. December 1981 - February 1982, Test Control Officer, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  12. February 1982 - July 1982, Recruiting and Retention Officer, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  13. July 1982 - February 1983, Training Officer, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  14. February 1983 - August 1984, Supervisor Examiner, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  15. August 1984 - September 1088, Recruiting and Retention Manager, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  16. September 1988 - July 1990, Commander, 242d Engineer Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, Stratford, Connecticut
  17. July 1990 - June 1991, Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  18. July 1991 - December 1991, Facility Management Officer, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  19. December 1991 - April 1994, Commander, 85th Troop Command STARC, Connecticut Army National Guard, New London, Connecticut
  20. May 1994 - March 1996, Director of Plans, Operations, Training and Military Support, Headquarters Detachment, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  21. March 1996 - May 1997, The Retired Reserve, St. Louis, Missouri
  22. May 1997 - May 1999, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, State Area Command, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut
  23. June 1999 - May 2005, Adjutant General, Headquarters, State Area Command, Connecticut Army National Guard, Hartford, Connecticut[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge
Silver Star
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges. Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart
Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars
Humanitarian Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 silver hourglass device
Width-44 ribbon with width-6 central ultramarine blue stripe, flanked by pairs of stripes that are respectively width-4 emerald, width-3 golden yellow, width-5 orange, and width-7 scarlet Army Service Ribbon
Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device
Vietnam gallantry cross-w-palm-3d.svg Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General March 31, 2000
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General September 30, 1997
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel March 20, 1991
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel August 29, 1984
US-O4 insignia.svg Major February 15, 1978
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain March 29, 1972
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant March 12, 1969
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant March 12, 1968

Scandal and resignation[edit]

The Department of Defense Inspector General investigated MG Cugno focusing on several e-mails with sexual content with a Chief Master Sergeant Kristine Shaw in March 2004. Shaw denied any relationship with Cugno claiming she was the victim of jealousy and gossip. Shaw was a personnel administrator with the Air National Guard and did acknowledge she did work for MG Cugno beyond her normal duties, including travelling with him.

In an interview, Shaw denied any close or improper relationship with Cugno. Both are married. "I think it's pretty nuts," she said. "I never felt like he wanted a relationship, or he implied a relationship. As a matter of fact he would yell at me as much as he yelled at everyone else." She said others in the National Guard have resented that she has worked closely with Cugno. "I'm not the only one with a direct line to him," she said, but all the others are men. "I am a female, and there are a lot of jealousies."

Shaw acknowledged sending at least one e-mail with suggestive language to Cugno, but she said it was a bogus, intentionally provocative message designed to expose someone within the state military who she thought was snooping into e-mails sent by her and a few others who were close to Cugno.

The Hartford Courant obtained a printout of one purported e-mail exchange between Kristine Shaw and Cugno, dated March 1, 2004. In it, Shaw purportedly wrote Cugno that "it will be important to be able to have enough time for at least 3 or 4 times," with later language in the brief message becoming more suggestive. The printout also included a reply sent to Shaw soon after her suggestive message. The two-word message - "I promise" - appeared to have come from Cugno's military e-mail account and bore an electronic signature indicating it had been sent over his Blackberry wireless communication device.

As a result of the investigation and publicity, MG Cugno submitted a request for retirement to Connecticut's Governor, M. Jodi Rell effective May 1, 2005.[3]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "New London Day Obituary, November 18, 2011". New London Day. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "NGB Official Biography". National Guard Bureau. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cugno Retires Amid Federal Investigation". New London Day. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
David W. Gay
Connecticut Adjutant General
June 1, 1999 - May 1, 2005
Succeeded by
Thaddeus J. Martin