Major General Bradley S. James is a native of Austell, Georgia and a graduate of Kennesaw State University. After graduating from flight training in 1988 he served in 2d MAW with VMGRT-253, VMGR-252 and at the HQ as the Air Transport Coordination Officer.
He joined 4th MAW’s VMGR-234 in 1993. During this tenure he served as the Weapons & Tactics Instructor, Detachment OIC for the 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units (SOC), and Operations Officer. In 1999, he transferred to MAG-41 HQ as the G-3A.
In 2002, Lt. Col. James rejoined VMGR-234 and served as Det Cdr, chopped to 3rd MAW, and deployed with the 13th MEU (SOC) during combat operations in Afghanistan. In 2003, he deployed to Bahrain as 3rd MAW Advance Party OIC and Group Cdr for the 319th/384th Air Expeditionary Wings (USAF) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He assumed command of VMGR-452 in 2003 and deployed to Al Asad, Iraq for OIF II-2. After Top Level School, he reported in May 2006 to II MEF.
As a Colonel, he served as the Deputy Group Commander of MAG-49, 4th MAW Assistant Wing Commander, Department Head at Reserve Affairs and Deputy & Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant of Plans, Policy, and Operations.
As a General Officer, Maj. Gen. James has commanded 4th MAW, Marine Forces Reserve, Marine Forces North and held the Office of Marine Forces Reserve. On 30 May 2019, Maj. Gen. James assumed the position of Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea.
He is a graduate of the Air War College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School, Weapons & Tactics Instructor, Joint Force Air Component Commander Course and numerous other courses. He has accumulated more than 5000 flight hours in the KC-130 E/F/R/T variants.
Maj. Gen. James’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Strike Medal with numeral "9", the Navy / Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Stars and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with the Silver Hour Glass.