By AMC Public AffairsJune 30, 2008
Major General James A. Cheatham assumed the duties of the U.S. Army Materiel Command's Assistant Deputy Commanding General for Reserve Affairs on June 19, 2006. Previously he was the Deputy Chief of Engineers-Reserve Components, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
Major General Cheatham's home state is Texas. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Prairie View A&M University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Major General Cheatham also has a masters of science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. In his civilian life, Major General Cheatham serves as the Director of the Office of Planning with the Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C.
His military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
After completing his officer basic training, Major General Cheatham served as an Assistant Executive Officer with the Engineer School Brigade at Fort Belvoir, Va. He later served as an Assistant Operations Officer, 718th Transportation Battalion, in Columbus, Ohio; Pipeline Officer, 364th Engineer Group in Columbus, Ohio; Reconnaissance and Intelligence Officer, and Company Commander in the 972nd Engineer Battalion in Indianapolis, Ind.; Soils Engineer, 416th Engineer Company, Chicago, Ill., Commander, 367th Engineer Battalion, Fort Snelling, Minn.; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and later, Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, 88th U.S. Army Reserve, Fort Snelling, Minn.; Commander, 372nd Engineer Group, Des Moines, Iowa; Assistant Chief of Staff Comptroller, 416th Engineer Company, Darien, Ill., and Commander, 411th Engineer Brigade, New Windsor, N.Y.
From March-August 2003 and July 2005-May 2006, Major General Cheatham was on active duty and was assigned as Acting Director of Military Programs and the Deputy Chief of Engineers-Reserve Components, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
Major General Cheatham's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with an oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters.