Jim was born and raised in Chicagoland. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 2007. When Jim retired, he and his family returned to his wife’s hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
During his career he served just over a decade in Europe and most of the remaining fourteen years in the continental United States, including being assigned to F. E. Warren Air Force Base, WY on two occasions. He likes to tell people, God sent him back to Cheyenne because he did not meet his wife on the first go around.
In 2014 Jim
became a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Frontier Post 11453, he served as Post Quartermaster from 2016 - 2019. In 2019 he was elected to the office of Post Jr VC, and District 5 Trustee. Since 2017 he has served as Website Administrator for the Department and his Post.