Lieutenant Colonel James Uwins attended South Pasadena High School, and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Politics, and Environmental Studies in May 1998. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in December 1999 and following his completion of the Basic School in June 2000 was designated a Logistics Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Uwins’ first operating forces assignment was with Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division, where he served as the S-4A and Battalion Motor Transport Officer. After two years on the battalion staff, he was assigned as the Executive and Operations Officer for Truck Company, 2d Marine Division, where he ultimately deployed in 2003 as a Truck Platoon Commander attached to 2d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Task Force Tarawa in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Following his deployment to Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Uwins was selected to participate in the Marine Corps’ Advanced Degree Program and to attend the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2003 to 2005 where he received a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management.
From 2005 to 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Uwins served as the Group Environmental Officer for 1st Marine Logistics Group, which included deploying to Camp Taqaddum, Iraq as the Base Safety and Environmental Officer. Remaining with 1st Marine Logistics Group, from 2007-2009, Capt Uwins served as the Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, where he conducted a WESTPAC deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In March 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Uwins transitioned to Marine Corps Forces Reserve and joined 4th Marine Logistics Group (FWD) West where he served as the Operations Officer. In January 2011, he joined Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 as the Headquarters and Service Company Commander and departed in August 2013, after also serving in the squadron’s operations section.
From September 2013 to July 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Uwins served as an Operational-level of Logistics Planner and Liaison Officer with the G-4, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and 4th Marine Logistics Group’s Service Component Operational Logistics Augmentation Cell. During this period he deployed to the Republic of Korea five times to address Marine Corps Theater-level logistics requirements.
Outside of Marine Corps Forces Reserve, Lieutenant Colonel Uwins is the Environmental Planning Director for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Lieutenant Colonel Uwins personal awards include a Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and Combat Action Ribbon.