Lieutenant Colonel LeCedre official photo in uniform with flag

LTC JohnPaul LeCedre

Instructor of French


A native of Camarillo, California, LTC JohnPaul “J.P.” LeCedre is an Army Reserve Civil Affairs Officer (38A), specializing in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. A 2004 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, LTC LeCedre commissioned into the Army as a Field Artillery officer. After five years on active duty, including a 15-month combat tour in Baghdad during the Iraq Surge Campaign, LTC LeCedre transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs Officer.

Following transfer to the Army Reserve, LTC LeCedre completed law degrees at Georgetown University and Sciences Po—Paris. After passing the California Bar Examination, he began a career as a criminal attorney in Southern California, serving first as a Deputy District Attorney, then as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, California. A career criminal prosecutor, he has specialized in organized and transnational crime.

As a Civil Affairs Officer, he has been assigned to command and staff positions commensurate with his grade and time in service, most recently commanding the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) at Joint Base MDL, New Jersey. Prior to his assignment at West Point, he completed a resident fellowship at Harvard University as an Army War College National Security Fellow.

LTC LeCedre’s military education includes the Field Artillery Basic and Career Courses, Civil Affairs Qualification Course (Honor Graduate), Army Command and General Staff College, the French Army École Supérieure des Officiers de Réserve Spécialistes d'État-Major, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and Senior Service College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (5), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and French Brevet Parachutiste.