Jeffrey Cashman’s father administers oath in Pentagon ceremony
Jeffrey B. Cashman, a 1985 Essex Junction High School graduate, was promoted to brigadier general of the U.S. Air Force during a Pentagon ceremony in Washington, D.C. June 26.
The oath was administered by his father, retired Vermont Judge Edward Cashman, who lives in Essex.
Jeffrey Cashman, who was also a member of the high school’s Air Force Junior ROTC program, was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduating from the prestigious academy in 1989.
A command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours, Cashman served in the active Air Force as a B-52 pilot and T-37 instructor pilot at a variety of duty stations. He then joined the Vermont Air National Guard, based in Burlington, from 1998-2005. Cashman was one of the first Air Force pilots to launch the day of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In 2005, Colonel Cashman began a series of staff assignments in Washington D.C., primarily in the military legislative liaison business. That endeavor culminated in his assignment as the director of U.S. House of Representatives Affairs for the Secretary of Defense for two different presidential administrations.
The general is currently the Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, assigned to the Total Force-Continuum office in the Pentagon. Prior to his current assignment, Cashman served as the commander of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Operations Group in Milwaukee.