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Lt. Gen. James J. Mingus

Director for Operations, J3

Official bio photo for Lt. Gen. James Mingus, director of operations

Lt. Gen. James J. Mingus is currently the Director for Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia and assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in developing and providing operational guidance, and in fostering clear communication between the President, Secretary of Defense, unified commands, and services.  

 

EDUCATION
Winona State University –  BA –  Music
United States Army War College –  MSS –  Strategic Studies

 

MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses
United States Army Command and General Staff College
United States Army War College


PROMOTIONS            DATE OF APPOINTMENT
2LT                                       22 May 85
1LT                                       23 May 88
CPT                                         1 Jun 91
MAJ                                        1 Mar 98
LTC                                        1 Dec 03
COL                                       1 Dec 08
BG                                         2 Nov 14
MG                                         2 Aug 17
LTG                                        1 Oct 20


ASSIGNMENTS
Oct 20 - Present, Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, DC
Aug 18 - Jul 20, Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Jul 16 - Jun 18, Director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, United States Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth Kansas
Sep 15 - Jul 16, Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado and OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE, Germany
Jul 14 - Sep 15, Deputy Director, Special Plans Working Group, J-5, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
Mar 13 - May 14, Chief, Commander's Action Group, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
Aug 10 - Mar 13, Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan
Jul 07 - Aug 10, Commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq
Jun 05 - Jul 07, Commander, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia
Jan 03 - Jan 05, Chief, Joint Planning Group, later Chief, Current Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan
Jul 00 - Jan 03, Liaison Officer, later Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
Aug 99 - Jun 00, Student, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Aug 97 - Aug 99, Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 96 - Aug 97, Commander, Long Range Surveillance Company, 519th Military Intelligence Battalion (Tactical Exploitation) (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps,
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Mar 95 - Mar 96, Aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Aug 94 - Mar 95, Commander, Long Range Surveillance Detachment, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Apr 92 - Aug 94 ,Commander, B Company, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Mar 88 - Apr 92, Platoon Leader, later Executive Officer, later Maintenance Officer, 5th Battalion, 3d Infantry Division,
United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany


SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS                                                            
Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, DC, Oct 20 - Present, Lieutenant General
Deputy Director, Special Plans Working Group, J-5, United States Central Command, MacDilll Air Force Base, Florida, Jul 14 - Sep 15, Colonel/Brigadier General
Chief, Joint Planning Group, later Chief, Current Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan, Jan 03 - Jan 05, Major/Lieutenant Colonel


SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS 
Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 4th Infantry Division, OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE, Germany,
Jan 16 - Jun16, Brigadier General
Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan,
Mar 12 - Dec12, Colonel
Commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, IRAQ,
Jan 09 - May 09, Colonel
Commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, IRAQ,
Oct 08 - Nov 08, Lieutenant Colonel
Commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, IRAQ,
Apr 08 - Sep 08, Lieutenant Colonel
Commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, IRAQ,
Dec 07 - Feb 08, Lieutenant Colonel
Chief, Joint Planning Group, later Chief, Current Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan, Jan 03 - Jan 05, Major/Lieutenant Colonel


DECORATIONS AND BADGES
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit  (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab


(Current as of Oct. 2020)