East Lyme’s Cummings retires after 24 years in Air Force

East Lyme — Col. James P. Cummings recently retired after 24 years in the Air Force.

Cummings, a native of East Lyme, last served as commander of the 67th Network Warfare Group, the Air Force’s first and only group tasked as the service’s worldwide execution arm for offensive cyberspace operations. The group readies and employs more than 250 airmen in five locations worldwide.

Cummings graduated from East Lyme High School in 1984 and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating from Syracuse University in 1988.

His father, retired Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Thomas R. Cummings, commissioned him as a second lieutenant in the Air Force and read his retirement orders at the retirement ceremony. His mother, Ann, also attended both ceremonies.

James Cummings holds three master’s degrees and worked as an imagery interpreter, intelligence production manager, all-source analyst, targeting officer and senior intelligence officer. He was the director of homeland defense on the National Security Council and received numerous awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal.

Cummings lives in Texas with his wife, Michelle. They have three daughters, Ashley, Juliann and René.


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