Lieutenant Colonel John Gaivin was born in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1991, his military career began as a Private and he attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX.As an Enlisted Soldier, he served with 3rd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, Fort Ord, CA, A Company, 168th Area Medical Support Battalion, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX, Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, NY, and The United States Armor Center and School, Fort Knox, KY. In 1999, he went on to Officer Candidate School, where he was then Commissioned to a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel Gaivin's military education includes the Warriors Leadership Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Quartermaster Officer's Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and Intermediate Level Education at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and Masters of Science in Business and Supply Chain Management from the University of Kansas' School of Business.Lieutenant Colonel Gaivin's assignments include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 26th Quartermaster Supply Company, Hanau, Germany, Aide-de-Camp Assistant Division Commander-Support, 1st Armored Division, Weisbaden, Germany; Battalion Adjutant, 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan, Commander, Charlie Company, Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg , NC, Senior Quartermaster Observer-Controller, 191st Training Support Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Brigade S4, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Support Operations Officer, Joint Logistics Task Force 57, Camp Afrijan, Kuwait and Iraq, Executive Officer, 57th Transportation Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and Executive Officer to the Director of Logistics, HQ, United States European Command, Vaihingen, Germany.Lieutenant Colonel Gaivin's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7), Army Achievement Medal (5), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Rigger Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Gaivin is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.