Colonel Kevin M. James currently serves as the 2d Mission Support Group Commander, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, where he commands over 1,900 Airmen and civilians while also providing mission support services to B-52 aircraft and over 11,000 base and 25,000 retired customers.
Colonel James entered the Air Force in 2000 following completion of ROTC and graduation from Colorado State University. He has held a variety of communications and cyber positions at the wing, center and headquarters level. He has served as a flight commander in a space warning squadron and as an executive officer in two different operations groups. He has served as a flight commander, a director of operations, and a commander in a communications squadron. He has also served as a staff officer at the Major Command, Combatant Command, and Joint Staff Levels.
1999 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Colorado State University, Colo.
2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence
2012 Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Denver Seminary, Colo.
2016 Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, Joint Combined Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
2017 Air War College by correspondence
2019 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, R.I.
1. Jan 2000 – Dec 2001: Chief Maintenance Control, 90 CS, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
2. Jan 2002 – Apr 2003: Executive Officer, 39 OG, Incirlik AB, Turkey
3. May 2003 – May 2004: Deputy Chief, Database and Applications Branch, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. Jun 2004 – Jan 2006: Chief, Database and Applications Branch, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. Feb 2006 – Feb 2007: Flight Commander, SBIRS Maintenance Flight, 2 SWS, Buckley AFB, Colo.
6. Mar 2007 – Apr 2008: Executive Officer, 460 OG, Buckley AFB, Colo.
7. May 2008 – Aug 2009: Flight Commander, Operations Flight, 460 CS, Buckley AFB, Colo.
8. Sep 2009 – Apr 2010: Director of Operations, 460 CS, Buckley AFB, Colo.
9. May 2010 – April 2013: Deputy Chief, C2 Systems Branch, ACC/A3, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
10. April 2013 – July 2014: Deputy Chief for Force Readiness, Operations Division, ACC/A3, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
11. Aug 2014 – July 2016: Commander, 28 CS, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
12. Aug 2016 – June 2018: Cyberspace Observer/Trainer, Deployable Training Division, Deputy Director Joint Training, Joint Staff J7, Suffolk, Va.
13. July 2018 – May 2019: Student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
14. June 2019 – Dec 2019, Chief, Advocacy and Capability Portfolio Manager Liaison Branch, Requirements Division, NC3 Enterprise Center, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
15. Jan 2020 – Aug 2020, Chief, Next Generation Cell, NC3 Enterprise Center, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
16. Sep 2020 – Mar 2021, Deputy Chief, Next Generation Division, NC3 Enterprise Center, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
17. Apr 2021 – June 2022, Chief, IT Operations Division, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
18. June 2022 – Present, Commander, 2d Mission Support Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant January 2000
First Lieutenant January 2002
Captain January 2004
Major September 2009
Lieutenant Colonel March 2015
Colonel July 2021
(Current as of June 2022)