Major George Duncan Cummings IV is a native of Los Altos Hills, CA and completed OCS-PLC in 2005. In December of 2005 he graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned as a 2ndLt in April 2006. 2ndLt Cummings graduated from TBS in March 2007, and reported to Undergraduate Pilot Training in Pensacola, FL in May 2007. He was selected for the MV-22 pipeline and received his wings in July 2009. Following completion of FRS training with VMMT-204 in New River, NC and subsequent designation as a T2P in January of 2010, 1stLt Cummings was assigned to VMM-263 where he served as a schedule writer and DRRS officer.
Capt Cummings deployed with the 22nd MEU and Bataan ARG in March of 2011 in support of the NATO operation Unified Protector. Serving as a SACO, and S-5, he attained designation as an aircraft commander in October of 2011. In February 2012 he returned from the 22nd MEU and the longest at-sea deployment in USMC history. In December 2012 Capt Cummings reported to VMM-264 and attained LATI qualification to support an imminent deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Afghanistan 13-1. During this period Capt Cummings served as the COPSO and later AOPSO, earned designation as Division Leader, and logged a combined 220 combat hours across 83 sorties during OEF 13-1.
Upon returning from OEF 13-1 Capt Cummings was designated an ANI and instrument evaluator. In December of 2013 he reported to VMX-22 New River, NC as operational test director, assistant maintenance, avionics, and flight line officer. In July of 2014 the CMC directed VMX-22 to form the ACE for SPMAGTF-South conducting TSC and partner engagement throughout Central and South America.
In June of 2015 Capt Cummings supported the re-deployment of VMX-22 to its new home at MCAS Yuma in order to establish a consolidated center of excellence for operational testing and evaluation for the Marines Corps. During this period VMX-22 (subsequently re-designated VMX-1) integrated a total of nine TMS aircraft in support of integrated development of systems and TTPs. Capt Cummings was promoted to Major in May of 2016, and during this period achieved Level 1 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) certification in operational testing and evaluation (OT&E), was assigned duties as AOPSO, and led TCAS implementation for the MV-22. During his tenure at VMX-1 he supported multiple MV-22B operational test periods and evaluation events to include carrier on-board delivery in support of USN V-22 development, F-35B Developmental Test Phase III aboard the USS America, and integrated aircraft survivability systems. In winter of 2017 Maj Cummings was selected for presidential support duty with HMX-1.
While serving with HMX-1 Maj Cummings was assigned billets as airframes OIC, QAO, and director of safety and standardization (DOSS). He supported the consistent and mishap free support of HMX-1’s no fail-mission, and during this period Maj Cummings earned designation as White House tiltrotor aircraft commander. Following DLPT certification in Spanish Major Cummings was selected as a translator to support overseas travel with HMX-1.
Maj Cummings joined the VMM-265 “Dragons” as the DOSS in summer of 2020, and transitioned to operations officer in early 2021, where he supported and directed the consolidation of detachments into an aviation combat element to support two rotation periods and deployments with the 31st MEU. In May 2022 he was selected to become the executive officer for VMM-265. During this period he has attained qualification as an aerial refueling instructor. He is DAWIA certified as a level 1 in OT&E. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Individual Award 2, and Bronze Numeral 4, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award. He is married to Maj Rachel Cummings, a logistics officer currently assigned to 3d Transportation Battalion.