Brigadier General Bradley S. James is a native of Austell, Georgia and a graduate of Kennesaw State University. He has accumulated over 4600 flight hours in the KC-130 E/F/R/T variants with operational flying tours in MAG-14, MACG-48, MAG-41, MAG-49, MAG-11 (FWD), and MAG-16(FWD). He has also served on the staffs of II MEF, 2d MAW, 4th MAW, MAG-41, and MAG-49.
After graduating from flight training on the Commodore’s List, he served at MCAS Cherry Point, NC with VMGRT-253 and VMGR-252. During this time, he served within the logistics, operations, and the safety departments. He also served at the 2nd Marine Air Wing Headquarters as the Air Transport Coordination Officer.
Captain James joined VMGR-234 in Glenview, Illinois in 1993 as a Reservist (SMCR). In 1994, he transferred with VMGR-234 to NAS Ft. Worth, Texas as the Weapons & Tactics Instructor and Aircrew Training Officer. During 1999, he transferred to MAG-41 co-located in Fort Worth, Tx as the Assistant Operations Officer. He also served as OIC for KC-130 Detachments for the 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units conducting forward deployed support in Macedonia and Kosovo.
In 2000, he transferred back to VMGR-234 as the Operations Officer. During his tenure as OpsO, the unit accumulated six major awards to include the Commandant’s Trophy. This was a first and only for a Reserve unit.
In 2002, he activated and assumed the position of VMGR-234 Detachment Alpha Commander. After being chopped to 3rd Marine Air Wing, he deployed to the Middle East and led a combined detachment attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) participating in combat operations in Afghanistan.
He deployed again in early 2003 to Shaik Isa Air Base, Bahrain. There he assumed the duties as 3rd Marine Air Wing Advance Party OIC, Marine Camp Mayor, and Group Commander for the 319th and 384th Air Expeditionary Wings (USAF) while also flying combat operations in support of I Marine Expeditionary Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. LtCol James assumed command of VMGR-452 in the fall of 2003. Ten months later, he deployed with the “Yankees” of VMGR-452 (-) to Al Asad, Iraq for OIF II-2. Reinforced with a detachment from VMGR-352, VMGR-452 (-) (REIN) were key air participants in Operation Phantom Fury and the first Iraqi elections in fifty years, along with other combat operations.
Upon graduation from the Air War College in May 2006, LtCol James reported to II Marine Expeditionary Forces at Camp Lejeune, NC as the Reserve Integration Division Site OIC and Operational Sponsor for the Individual Marine Augmentee Program.
Once promoted, Col James was selected to serve as the Deputy Group Commander of Marine Air Group 49 in Willow Grove, PA from May 2008 until Feb 2011. During this period, he also was the Air Component Element Commander for Exercise Javelin Thrust 2010. He then transferred to New Orleans and served as the 4th Marine Air Wing Assistant Wing Commander from Feb 2011-Aug 2013.
After completing his tour as AWC, Col James transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps Reserve Affairs at Quantico, VA as the Section Head for Reserve Personnel Management for one year. He then moved to the Pentagon to serve at HQMC as the Executive Assistant and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant of Plans, Policy, and Operations.
Brigadier General James is a resident graduate of the Air War College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School (JPME II), Weapons & Tactics Instructor Course, Weapons & Tactics Senior Watch Officer Course, Marine Corps University Senior Planners Course, Reserve Component National Security Course, Joint Interagency Multi-planners Course, and the Commandant’s Commander Course.
Brigadier General James’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Air Strike Medal with numeral “9”, the Navy / Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of fourth award, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with the Silver Hour Glass, “M” with numeral “3” devices.