Brig. Gen. Justin M. Swanson serves as the Commander for the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. He most recently served as the chief of staff of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to that, he served as the support operations officer with that same headquarters.
Swanson served over 5 years as an enlisted Soldier; as a combat medic in the Louisiana National Guard. He received his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps from Louisiana State University in May 1993 and attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in September 1993.
He had various leadership assignments to include fire direction officer, fire support officer, platoon leader, and battery executive officer and battalion S4 in the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was the commander of Alpha Battery 3-27 Field Artillery of XVII Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Logistical plans officer in the 9th Theater Support Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Plans officer in the Joint IED Task Force in the Pentagon. Battalion operations officer in the 359th Transportation Battalion (Terminal) at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Logistics team chief on the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command at Joint Forces Command, Suffolk Virginia. Commanded the 10th Battalion, 80th Regiment (OES) in Owings Mills, Maryland, from May 2011 to May 2013. Global Force manager in Headquarters, Department of the Army G-3/5/7 in the Pentagon. Deputy division chief in FORSCOM G33 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Commanded the 518th Sustainment Brigade, 143rd ESC in Knightdale, North Carolina, from March 2015 to May 2017; during this command he deployed his brigade headquarters to Afghanistan to support the US Forces Afghanistan as the Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade commander from January 2016 through September 2016.
Swanson’s awards include the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, six Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, seven Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal with bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Field Artillery Order of Saint Barbara and Transportation Order of Saint Christopher.
Swanson’s military schools include the Combat Medic School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, USMC Amphibious Warfare Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Intermediate Level Education, and USMC MAGTF Logistics Course. He is a graduate of the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University. He also holds a Master of Administration in Hospital Administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Swanson is a criminal investigator with the United States Marshal Service in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is married with two daughters.