James M. Hesson
Brigadier General James M. Hesson, Sr. was commissioned as an Engineer Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class #14-52, 28 July 1952. His first duty assignment was as a Platoon Leader, “C” Company, 199th Engineer Combat Battalion, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Company Commander, 199th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Military Advisor, 107th Korean Engineer Battalion, Korea; Company Commander, 485th Engineer Battalion (Reserve), Kankakee, Illinois; Army Aviator, 485th Engineer Battalion, Joliet, Illinois; Army Aviator, 40th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Experimental Pilot, 21st Aviation Company, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Research and Development Coordinator, Human Resources Research Organization, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Pilot/Maintenance Officer/ Transportation Officer, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Karachi, Pakistan; Operations Officer, 58th Transportation Battalion (Aircraft Materiel Management Center), Vietnam; Staff Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, The Pentagon; Logistics and Deployment Analyst, Advanced Aerial Fire Support System Office, The Pentagon; Battalion Commander, 5th Transportation Battalion (Aircraft Maintenance and Supply), 101st Division, Vietnam; Supply Director, Aircraft Materiel Management Center, Vietnam; Staff Officer, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Director of Basing and Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff Study Group (Close Air Support), The Pentagon; Study Director, Heavy Lift Helicopter, Concepts Analysis Agency, Bethesda, Maryland; Program Manager, CH-47 Modernization Program, St. Louis, Missouri; Deputy Commander; Troop Support and Aviation Materiel Readiness Command, St. Louis, Missouri; Director of Plans and Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. | Brigadier General Hesson is a graduate of the Army Aviation School, Army Helicopter School, Transportation Officers Advanced Course, Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His civilian education includes a Masters Degree from George Washington University. | His military awards and decorations include: the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal (3 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Korean Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. | Brigadier General Hesson retired and served as Co-Chair of the Sarasota, Florida, Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America “Support Our Troops” Committee.