Submitted photoPresiding officer Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Neary, left, congratulates Lt. Col. Rob Lee James, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Edward L. James of Hancock, on his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of honorable service. Thanks for visiting HeraldMailMedia.com. You’re entitled to limited access of articles every 30 days. If you enjoy our site and want full access, we ask you to purchase an affordable subscription .
Lt. Col. Rob Lee James, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Edward L. James of Hancock, recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of honorable service.
Lt. Col. James graduated from Chattahoochee (Fla.) High School in 1986 and Florida State University in 1991.
He married Lara Jones in 1992, and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Marine Corps, shipping to Parris Island in 1993. Following recruit training, he was assigned as an engineer equipment operator, 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and deployed in support of Operation Restore/Uphold Democracy, Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.
Then James was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and received his commission in 1996. Upon completion of The Basic School, he was assigned as a public-affairs officer.
His assignments in public affairs included 2nd Force Service Support Group (1997-99); First Marine Corps District, Garden City, N.Y. (1999-2002); Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, N.C., (2002-05) during which time he deployed as the public-affairs officer 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), Al Asad, Iraq; Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, Joint Public Affairs Support Element, U.S. Joint Forces Command (2008-11).
While assigned to Joint Forces Command, he deployed in support of humanitarian operations for U.S. European Command (Republic of Georgia) and U.S. Central Command (Pakistan).
Additionally, James served at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island as a recruit training series commander, depot protocol officer and battalion executive officer (2005-08). He was assigned to the Joint Staff, J7, Joint Training Branch (2012-14 and 2015-17) as a member of the Deployable Training Division.
His professional military education includes The Basic School, Quantico, Va. (1997); Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. (1997); Expeditionary Warfare School (2009); Joint and Combined Warfighting School, JPME-II, Joint Forces Staff College (2011).
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College (2012).
James’ awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2); Navy Unit Commendation (3); Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3); Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; and Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon.