James R. Becker

Assistant Commandant, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Ordnance School

Colonel James R. BeckerColonel James R. Becker, a native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, assumed responsibilities as the U.S. Army Ordnance School’s Assistant Commandant in November 2020.

Colonel Becker earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky (1990). He completed the Quartermaster Officers Basic Course (1991) and Combined Logistics Officers Advanced Course (1995) at Fort Lee, Virginia. Colonel Becker attended the Combined Arms Services Staff School (2000) and holds a Master’s Degree in Military Arts & Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officers College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 2014, he became a U.S. Army War College Fellow while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2017, Colonel Becker successfully completed the Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

His key assignments and duties include HQ and Supply Support Activity Platoon Leader positions and Battalion S4, 51st Maintenance Battalion, Mannheim, Germany, 1991-1995; Division Property Book Officer, Forward Support Battalion S2/3 and Company Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 1995-2000; POW/MIA Search and Recovery Team Leader and Detachment Commander, Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, 2000-2003; Sustainment Brigade Supply Operations Officer, Brigade Support Battalion Support Operations Officer, Brigade Support Battalion Executive Officer, Infantry Brigade Combat Team Executive Officer, and Battalion Commander of Brigade Support Battalion,101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 2004-2011; Senior Sustainment Observer, Controller and Trainer, and Deputy Commander Operations Group, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, 2011-2013; Logistics and Resource Planner, U.S. Military Delegation to NATO, Brussels, Belgium, 2014-2018. Colonel Becker also served previously as the Assistant Commandant and Chief of Staff of the Ordnance School and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army CASCOM (2018 – 2020) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Defense Superior Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with second award; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal;, Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral five; NATO Campaign Medal; Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge; U.S. Army Air Assault, Parachutists, and Parachute Rigger Badges as well as Belgian Parachutist Badge; Joint Meritorious Unit Award with third award; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Army Superior Unit Award.



Last updated 19-Nov-2021