The Loveland, Ohio resident reached the one-star rank of brigadier general in a promotion ceremony at Stout Field, Sunday, April 11, 2021.
Here is the story by Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry, 38th Infantry Division as published in Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS):
Indiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Cory Lusk, previously the joint director of military support for the Ohio National Guard, received his new rank from his wife Amy, family members and Maj. Gen. Tim Thombleson, the 38th Infantry Division commanding general, during the ceremony attended by scores of division soldiers, family and friends.
“With any promotion the more rank you get, the more responsibilities you have to your soldiers,” said Lusk. “We’re the greatest Army in the world, but we didn’t get there by tanks and cannons and equipment and technology and processes, we got there by the soldiers who employ our ranks.”
Lusk, who serves as the 38th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for operations, reflected on what it meant to be a part of the Cyclone Division.
“It’s great,” said Lusk, who’s been in his new role since December. “Right off the bat, I realized how professional the organization is, and how professional the soldiers are. I really enjoy that. When you come into a new organization by yourself, it’s kinda like my experience on active duty, you do not know what you’re walking into, but it’s been great.”
During the ceremony, Lusk, since he is now a general officer, received his new rank shoulder boards for his jacket, epaulets for his shirt, a leather belt, a pistol and two, one-star flags.
Thombleson spoke at the promotion ceremony and commented on the undying spirit leaders must possess to guide, mentor and advise troops.
“Today that spirit lives in our Army, lives in our service, lives in Cory and those who surrounded Cory in his career,” said Thombleson, who also assisted with the promotion. “You see that spirt in the deputy commanding general of one of 18 combat divisions in the United States Army. Cory brings that to us from our great neighboring state of Ohio.”
The division’s newest general officer has deployed overseas four times to Kosovo, Kuwait, Bosnia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba . In 1991 he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Kansas University and commissioned as a second lieutenant from the ROTC.
Lusk has received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal among many others. He led the Ohio National Guard’s 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from 2016 to 2019 including the 10-month tour to Kosovo.
Lusk and his wife, Amy, have three children Alex, Laurel and Mikhail.