By U.S. Army Garrison YongsanMay 24, 2016
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph M. James Jr.
Command Sergeant Major
United States Army Garrison Yongsan
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph M. James assumed responsibilities with U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan on May 24, 2016. He serves as the commander's personal adviser on all enlisted and civilian related matters, particularly in the areas affecting training and quality of life for the Area II Community in Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea.
Command Sergeant Major Joseph M. James Jr. is a native of Lake City, Florida and graduated from Paxon SR. High School, Jacksonville, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army in September 1987 and attended One Station Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He graduated as a 13B Field Artilleryman. He currently holds an AA degree in Administrative Management and is working on his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Excelsior College.
Command Sergeant Major James has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60. He is a graduate of the Battle Staff Course, First Sergeants Course, United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness and various other leadership courses stateside and abroad.
CSM James' assignments include overseas tours in Bamberg, Germany and South Korea. His stateside assignments include Fort Sill, Ok; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Lewis, WA; Univ. of Santa Clara Ca. and Fort Bragg, NC. He has served five combat tours of duty: Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm with the 1st Armored Division from January to May 1990; Operation Iraqi Freedom I, III, and V, all with the 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery. While assigned to 1st ABCT, 4ID, he deployed to Operation Spartan Shield. He has served in every duty position for a Field Artilleryman to include: Battalion Master Gunner; Battalion and Brigade Operations SGM. CSM James has served as the Battalion CSM for 4TH Battalion, 42ND Field Artillery and the Battalion CSM for 1ST Battalion, 30TH Field Artillery, FT. Sill, OK.
CSM James' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with four OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with seven OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with six OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (with two silver loops), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with three bronze service stars), Presidential Unit Citation, Superior Unit Award(with one OLC) Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 4), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Driver's Badge (track), and Meritorious Unit Commendation (with one oak leaf cluster) and the Combat Action Badge.
Command Sergeant Major James is recognized as a member of the prestigious Sergeant's Audie Murphy Club and is a recipient of the The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.