Lieutenant Colonel Jack James’ military career began when he was accepted to West Point in 1988. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and attended the Officer Basic Course and flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala. where he qualified in the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter.
Following flight school he was assigned as executive officer, Company C, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea. From there, he was then assigned to 1st Battalion (Attack), 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, where he served as Company C “Outlaws” Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant S-3 and S-4. While at the 25th Inf. Div. he deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in 1995.
After attending the AH-64 Apache qualification course, Capt. James was assigned to 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. He served as Squadron Assistant S-3 before assuming command of R Troop “Renegades”, an AH-64 equipped attack helicopter troop. During his tour, he deployed R Troop to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge, SFOR 7 in 2000.
In 2002, Capt. James joined the New York Army National Guard, serving as Battalion S-2/3, 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, Brooklyn. Subsequently, he was assigned as Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion (Assault), 142nd Aviation Regiment, Latham, where he was promoted to Major. In 2006, he was selected to be the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade S-3 where he has served until present. He was promoted to Lt. Col. In 2008. Lt. Col. James has played a key role in the planning and execution of numerous operations and training events including state active duty mobilization in support of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, New Horizons-Honduras, Operation Vigilant Guard, pre-mobilization training for 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation, the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force and several Army National Guard aviation transformations. Lt. Col. James also served as the operations officer for New York’s aviation response to Hurricane Katrina, coordinating an aviation task force that grew to 28 aircraft and 500 Soldiers from three states, providing relief to citizens of the Gulf Coast region in September 2005.
Lt. Col. James’ is a 1992 graduate of West Point and a 2003 graduate of New York University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. He is also a graduate of several military schools, including the Command and General Staff College, U.S. Air Force Air War College, Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School and the Electronic Warfare Aircraft Survivability Course. He is a current Pilot-in-Command in the UH-60 Blackhawk and is rated in the AH-64, AH-1 and UH-1 helicopters, as well as fixed wing aircraft.
Lt. Col. James’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf clusters, two National Defense Service Medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He also holds the Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Lt. Col. James is married to the former Lesia Koropey. He has two daughters: Katherine and Juliana. In his civilian career, he is a Corporate Vice President at the New York Life Insurance Company.