Retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins serves as the 15th superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute following an affirmative vote in April 2021 by the VMI Board of Visitors Executive Committee. Maj. Gen. Wins is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1985 graduate of the Institute.
During his time as a cadet at VMI, Wins was a standout basketball player who finished his basketball career as one of the top five scorers in school history. Over his four years at VMI, he helped lead the team from last place in the Southern conference to the Southern Conference finals during his first-class year. In 1985, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics and commissioned into the Army as a field artillery officer.
He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He holds a master's degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology and master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the National War College.
Maj. Gen. Wins was the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), having assumed that role when the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) became the CCDC upon transition into the Army Futures Command (AFC) on Feb. 3, 2019. Prior to that, Wins served as the RDECOM Commander.
Before his assignment as RDECOM commander, Wins served as Director, Force Development in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. During his 34 years of service, he held leadership and staff assignments in the 7th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Ord, California; the 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army, Korea; Combined Army Support Command (CASCOM), Fort Lee, Virginia; Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, G-3/5/7, Headquarters Department of the Army and the Joint Staff, The Pentagon; the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Strategic Planning, J-8, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Program Analysis Evaluation Directorate (PAED), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8; and the Requirement Integration Directorate (RID), Army Capabilities Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
His deployments include Task Force Sinai, Multinational Force and Observers, Egypt, Operations Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 21st Infantry (Light); Program Executive Officer, Joint Program Executive Office-- Afghanistan Public Protection Force, Combined Security Transition Command --Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom; and Deputy Commander, Police, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission -- Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.
His awards and badges include the Distinguished Service Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster) and Parachutist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.