George E. Cutbirth, was born in Galena, Missouri, on December 30, 1950, and completed his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood in 1970. He served his first tour of duty as a heavy vehicle mechanic in B Company, 2nd Logistical Command, Okinawa; and his second tour as an M551 Sheridan mechanic in D Company, 173rd Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam.
From 1972 to 1973, Cutbirth was a squad leader and repair control supervisor in D Company, 801st Maintenance Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell. Then, he served in Germany from 1973 to 1974 as a squad leader and maintenance team chief in D Company, 708th Maintenance Battalion, providing direct support to the 8th Infantry Division.
Next, from 1974 to 1976, Cutbirth served as a platoon sergeant and motor sergeant in the Combat Support Company, 509th Airborne Battalion, Combat Team, Verona, Italy. In 1977, he returned to Fort Leonard Wood first as an instructor for the Engineer Maintenance Senior and Basic Warrant Officer Courses, and then as a drill sergeant and later as a senior drill sergeant in A Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Advanced Individual Training Brigade.
In 1981, Cutbirth was sent overseas again, serving a year as detachment first sergeant in the 194th Maintenance Battalion, Korea. In 1983, he returned to Fort Leonard Wood to serve as first sergeant of C Company, 2nd Battalion and later as first sergeant of B Company, 5th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade. After completing the US Army Sergeants Major Academy as an honor graduate in 1987, Cutbirth departed for another tour of duty in Germany and served as first sergeant of B Company, 125th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division.
In 1988, Cutbirth was selected to be the Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Armored Division's 123rd Main Support Battalion and deployed with the division for Operation Desert Storm. Following Desert Storm, he served in a series of increasingly senior and significant command sergeant major positions. From 1991 to 1992, he was Commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, US Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground. From 1992 to 1994, he served as the Ordnance Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major; from 1994 to 1996, he was the Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee; and from 1996 to 2000, he was Command Sergeant Major of the Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, Virginia.
Command Sergeant Major Cutbirth retired in 2000, completing 30 years of distinguished service to the Army and the Ordnance Corps.