U. S. Air Force, SSgt, from 1965 to 1972.
Born and raised in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Departed there a week after high school graduation. Had basic electronics training at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi and then onto Heavy Ground Radar training before being shipped out to the 616 AC&W Wasserkuppe Air Station, East/West German border, controlling southern air corridor into Berlin. North Truro 762 AC&W Air Station, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Duluth Air Base, SAGE Building, Duluth, Minnesota. Dae Sung San AC&W Air Station (Road Runners), DMZ-Korea.
Currently serving as the Wisconsin VFW Tenth District Commander from 2019-. Other positions in the District was Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander. Former Post Commander of VFW Post 9867, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Currently the Commander for American Legion Post 225, Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Home VFW Post is 10568 Springbrook, Wisconsin.
I have a BS degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Industrial Management and an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Four + decades in Marketing and Sales.
I have coached Women’s softball, girls’ softball and basketball, boys’ softball, and baseball.
I have been involved in Scouts BSA for 35+ years serving as Den Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Troop and Cub Scout Committee Chairs, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, District Commissioner, District Vice Chairman, Merit Badge Councilor, Staff for many events. Completed Basic Commissioner Science, Bachelor and Masters programs. I am a Vigil member or the Order of the Arrow.
My family has a long history of serving our country:
Maternal Grandfather George Livingston-Navy-WWI,
Father Earl Cusick-101st Airborne, WWII- Bastogne
His brother, Gordon Cusick-3rd Armored. Liberated Bastogne. Wrote my Dad that 3rd Armor had liberated the 101st from Bastogne. My father wrote back and thanked him for letting him out of Bastogne. Gilbert Livingston was flight engineer on B25s and later sent to Boeing for B29 training. Later having to dismantle them at the end of WWII.
Uncles, Dudley Livingston and Howard Smyth-Navy and Army-Korean War
Brothers: Tom-Air Force-SAC, Dyess AFB
Alan-Navy (brown navy-Mekong Delta-Vietnam)
Tim-Navy-Aleutians to Hawaii. Worked on bell on Arizona
Son, Shaun Cusick-82ndAirborne-Airborne/Infantry
Nephews-Mark Cusick-Army National Guard-E-9 Bronze Star, Combat Medic Badge-Afghanistan and Iraq.
Paul Cusick-Army National Guard-enlisted, later received field promotion-Currently O-4. Bronze Star-3 tours Iraq.
Son Shaun’s wife, Lea, also has a family history of serving. Her Grandfather, SGM Raymond Echevarria-Army Special Forces-RT Arizona, CCN, MACV-SOG, 5th SF Group, USARV, is MIA October 3, 1966 Laos. In 1976 was declared KIA. In 2018 his children, 2 sons-2 daughters, received his Bronze Star. Vietnam wall, Panel 11E, Line 39.
Live back in Shell Lake with wife of 50+ years to Linda (Martin). Daughter-Kimberly, Sons-Christopher and Shaun. Four grandchildren-Jack, George W., Gabriel and Isabella Jade.