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COL (Ret) Brian James
Senior Army Instructor
jamesb@wvsd208.org

A native of Idaho, COL Brian J. James was assigned as the 141 Brigade Support Battalion Commander and Administrative Officer, on December 17, 2007. He was a Task Force Commander at Al Asad Air Base Iraq 2009 – 2010. In August 2010, he was assigned as the Deputy Brigade Commander and Administrative Officer of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team until retiring in August 2011. In December of 2011, he started a new JROTC program at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR. He moved closer to home and became the Senior Army Instructor at West Valley High School JROTC in July of 2015.

COL James graduated from Central Valley High School, Veradale, Washington. He is a 1990 graduate of Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. COL James also holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an endorsement in Leadership from the University of Portland, Oregon.

COL James was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army on May 11, 1990. He served on active duty with the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey Korea as a Vulcan and Bradley Stinger Platoon Leader and at Fort Lewis, WA, as a Battery Executive Officer. His other active duty assignments include Fort Hood, TX, as a Battalion S4 and Battery Commander in Kuwait during Operation Desert Strike in 1996. Following Battery Command, he was assigned as the Recruiting Operations Officer at the University of Portland AROTC program. In September, 2000, COL James joined the Oregon Army National Guard. His Guard assignments include Battalion S1 and 2nd Officer 741 Corps Support Battalion, Brigade S4, 41 IBCT, Battalion Administration and Executive Officer 141 Brigade Support Battalion, 41 IBCT, with branch transfer to Quartermaster, Officer Strength Manager 41 IBCT, Comptroller and Deputy USPFO, and the Deputy Director of Operations G3 of the Oregon Military Department.

His military education includes Airborne School, Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Bliss, TX, Maintenance Officer Course, Bradley Commander Course, Supply Management Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School, School of Cadet Command, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, Support Operations Course, Officer Strength Management Course and Human Resource Course.

COL James’ awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Oregon Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 10 year Device-Bronze, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Order of Saint Barbara and Saint Martin Medals. COL James has also been awarded the Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Master Recruiting Badge.

His professional affiliations include the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), the Oregon National Guard Association (ORNGA), the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the U.S. Army Air Defense and Field Artillery Association (AD&FA), the U.S. Army Quartermaster Association (QM/LG) and the 1st Cavalry Division Association. He is a member of the Gonzaga University Alumni Association and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also Adjunct Faculty members at the University of Portland, Oregon and Central Washington University.


1SG (Ret) Jeff Parks
1SG (Ret) Jeff Parks
parksj@wvsd208.org

A native of Virginia, First Sergeant Parks entered the United States Army in1993. He attending Basic Infantry Combat and Advanced Individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman.  His service to the Nation spans over 22 years

First Sergeant Parks’ assignments include:  SAW Gunner and Bradley Crew member A co 1st Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment Fort Hood, Texas, Infantry Rifle Squad Leader B co 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment Fort Carson, Colorado, Battalion S-3 Assistant Operations Sergeant HHC 1st Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment Camp Hovey, South Korea, Infantry Rifle Squad Leader and Bradley Commander  B co 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment Fort Carson, Colorado, Drill Sergeant D co 1st Battalion 48th Infantry Regiment Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant A co 2nd Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Bragg, North Carolinian, First Sergeant B co 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Team Chief  Security Forces Advisor (SFAT) Team 4 HHC 3rd IBCT Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, BDE S-3 Operations Sergeant HHC 3rd IBCT Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Command Sergeant Major 1st Battalion 196th Infantry Brigade, Kapolei Hawaii.

First Sergeant Parks’ military and civilian education include:  Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Basic Airborne Course, Drill Sergeant School, and Army Combatives Course.  He has earned his Associates of Arts from Central Texas College and is currently attending Liberty University pursuing a BS in business administration.

First Sergeant Parks’ awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal  (1st Silver Oak Leaf Cluster with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award) , National Defense Service Medal (1st Campaign Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1st Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3rd Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal (ISAF), Meritorious Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Order of Saint Maurice Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeants Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.

His professional affiliations include; Lifetime member of the National Infantry Association, Lifetime member of the 82nd Airborne Association, Lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army, and a member of the American Legion.