Brigadier General James F. Grant is assistant chief of staff for intelligence (J-2), U.S. Forces, South Korea, and deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence (C-2), United Nations Command and the Combined Forces Command, Seoul, South Korea.
General Grant was born in 1940, in Newport, R.I., where he graduated from De La Salle Academy in 1958. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island in 1963 and a master of arts degree in Russian area studies from Georgetown University in 1972. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1969 and the National War College in 1980.
The general was commissioned through Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in November 1963, then attended the Air Intelligence Officer Training Course, Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. After graduating in May 1964, he was assigned to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Bentwaters, England, where he served as an operational intelligence officer. He became chief of the Intelligence Section, 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Woodbridge, England, in November 1965. In July 1967 the general transferred to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where he was a combat mission planner and debriefer in the Wing Intelligence Division.
He returned to the United States in July 1968 and served as an international political-military affairs officer at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Alexandria, Va., until September 1972. The general then attended Georgetown University through the Air Force Institute of Technology program. In June 1974 he was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C., and served successively as briefing officer to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; special assistant to the director; and executive assistant to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
In August 1979 General Grant entered the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Upon graduation in May 1980, he was assigned to the Department of State, where he served an exchange tour of duty as a Soviet foreign policy analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
He became deputy commander for operations of the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in July 1981, and in July 1983 was appointed group commander. In June 1985 he became assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam. In June 1987 he was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., as deputy chief of staff for intelligence. He assumed his present position in June 1989.
The general's military awards and decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general March 1, 1989, with same date of rank.
(Current as of January 1991)