After graduating from Butte High School in May of 1962, Jim enlisted in the USAF in September 1962. Jim served in Vietnam in 67-68 stationed at Phu Cat AB. He completed his B.S, degree in Civil Engineering under the Airman’s Education and Commission Program (AECP), graduating in May of 1975. After completing OTS, He was commissioned a 2Lt. in September 1975. Jim completed his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management in 1982 and retired from active duty in September, 1986. Jim found his second family with the VFW and has served as Post Chaplain (5yrs). Post Commander (3yrs), Department Chaplain, Department Jr Vice Commander, Sr. Vice Commander and currently commander. He is a Life/Gold Legacy member of Frontier Post 11453. Jim and his wife Jennie have been married 56+ years, have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Beside serving with the members of the Department of Wyoming, Jim enjoys time with his family and on the golf course.