Lieutenant Colonel Cummings is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University in 1996 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2001.
Following completion of the Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, Lieutenant Colonel Cummings was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in 2002. During this tour, he served as a rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, FIST Leader, and security force commander.
He deployed as a platoon commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and in 2004 deployed with Task Force 3/2, 4th MEB Anti-Terrorism Battalion to Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Cummings deployed as weapons platoon commander and FIST Leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings was then assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in 2006 and served as the Operations Officer for Headquarters Battalion. During this period, he deployed as a Foreign Security Force Advisor to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan with Embedded Training Team 5-3, 3rd Marine Regiment.
Returning to civilian life, Lieutenant Colonel Cummings was a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania and served as an RSO with 1st Marine Corps District.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings graduated from non-resident Command and Staff College in 2016.
In 2016, he mobilized and deployed as an infantry advisor in Central America and as the Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team (HAST) OIC in Haiti with Special Purpose MAGTF – Southern Command in support of security cooperation efforts.
Upon returning to CONUS, Lieutenant Colonel Cummings became the company commander for Anti-Tank Training Company, 25th Marine Regiment in Broken Arrow, OK.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star (with combat distinguishing device), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with combat distinguishing device and gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with combat distinguishing device), the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star), and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University.