Rear Adm. Edward Cashman is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a 1987 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1988 and holds a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
At sea, Cashman commanded USS Mustin (DDG-89) operating as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force from Yokosuka, Japan. He also commanded Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50, forward deployed in Manama, Bahrain. As DESRON-50, he commanded Task Force 55 under U.S. 5th Fleet and served as deputy commander, Coalition Task Force 152 as part of the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) operating at sea in the Arabian Gulf and from coalition command centers in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Previous assignments at sea include main propulsion assistant, USS Arkansas (CG-41); operations officer, USS Merrill (DD-976); main propulsion assistant, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); executive officer, USS Valley Forge (CG-50) and surface operations officer, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 3.
Ashore, Cashman’s tours include assignments to the U.S. Naval Academy, the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board (NPEB), the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) and the Future Operations directorate at 5th Fleet. Following command of DESRON-50, he served as chief of staff and Maritime Operations Center director at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and then as a fellow at the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, Rhode Island.
Cashman currently serves as the Commander for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, comprised of some 1750 personnel charged with the safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of law of war detainees. He assumed command in April 2017 following assignment as director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff, J8.
Cashman’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.