Major General Bradley S. James is a native of Austell, Georgia and a graduate of Kennesaw State University. After graduating from flight training in 1988 he served at MCAS Cherry Point, NC with VMGRT-253 and VMGR-252. He also served at the 2nd MAW HQ as the Air Transport Coordination Officer.
Captain James joined VMGR-234 in Glenview, Illinois in 1993 and relocated with the squadron to NAS JRB Ft. Worth in 1994. During this tenure he served primarily as the Weapons & Tactics Instructor. Major James served as OIC for KC-130 Dets for the 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units while deployed in Macedonia and Kosovo. In 1999 Major James transferred to MAG-41 HQ.
In 2000, he returned to VMGR-234 as the Operations Officer. LtCol James activated in 2002 as the VMGR-234 Det “A” Commander and led a combined detachment under the 13th MEU (SOC) during combat operations in Afghanistan.
He deployed in 2003 to Shaik Isa Air Base, Bahrain as 3rd MAW Advance Party OIC and Group Commander for the 319th and 384th Air Expeditionary Wings (USAF) in support of I MEF during Operation Iraqi Freedom. LtCol James assumed command of VMGR-452 in 2003 and deployed to Al Asad, Iraq for OIF II-2 supporting Operation Phantom Fury. In May 2006, LtCol James reported to II MEF at Camp Lejeune, NC as the Reserve Integration Division Site OIC and Operational Sponsor for the Individual Marine Augment Program.
As a Colonel, he served as the Deputy Group Commander of MAG-49, Willow Grove, PA, the 4th MAW Assistant Wing Commander in New Orleans, LA, Department Head at Reserve Affairs Quantico, VA and Deputy & Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant of Plans, Policy, and Operations at the Pentagon.
In April 2016, BGen James assumed command of 4th MAW. As of November 2018 he concurrently commands Marine Forces Reserve, Marine Forces North and 4th MAW. He is a graduate of the Air War College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School, Weapons & Tactics Instructor & Senior Watch Officer Courses, Marine Corps University Senior Planners Course, Reserve Component National Security Course, Joint Interagency Multi-planners Course, Senior Joint Info Operations Course, Joint Force Air Component Commander Course and Leading Innovation Energy Applications Course. He has accumulated more than 5000 flight hours in the KC-130 E/F/R/T variants.
MGen James’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Strike Medal with numeral “9”, the Navy / Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Stars and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with the Silver Hour Glass.