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James E. Cartwright
Born September 22, 1949 (1949-09-22) (age 60)
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General James Cartwright
8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Nickname "Hoss"[1]
Place of birth Rockford, Illinois
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1971-present (Iraq)
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (1992)
Marine Aircraft Group 31 (1994-1996)
1st Marine Aircraft Wing (2000-2002)
United States Strategic Command (2004-2007)
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Awards Naval Aviator insignia
Naval Flight Officer insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)

General James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, USMC, (born September 22, 1949), is the eighth and current Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, from September 1, 2004 to August 10, 2007, and as Acting Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from July 9, 2004 to September 1, 2004. He assumed his current assignment on August 31, 2007.

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Early life

James Cartwright, born on September 22, 1949 in Rockford, Illinois, He attended West High School and then went on to the University of Iowa where he graduated in 1971 with a degree in Pre-medicine.

Military career

President George W. Bush (at lectern) announces the nominations of Cartwright (far left) and Michael Mullen (second from left) to be Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, on June 28, 2007

Cartwright was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1971. He attended Naval Flight Officer training and graduated in April 1973. He attended Naval Aviator training and graduated in January 1977. He has operational assignments as an Naval Flight Officer in the F-4, and as a pilot in the F-4, OA-4, and F/A-18.[2]

Cartwright's operational assignments include: Commanding General, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (2000–2002), Deputy Commanding General Marine Forces Atlantic (1999–2000), Commander Marine Aircraft Group 31 (1994–1996), Commander Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (1992), Fixed Wing Operations Marine Aircraft Group 24 (1991), Commander Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 (1989–1990), Administration Officer and Officer-In-Charge Deployed Carrier Operations VMFAT-101 (1983–1985), Aircraft Maintenance Officer VMFA-235 (1979–1982), Line Division Officer VMFA-333 USS Nimitz (1975–1977), Embarkation OIC VMFA-251 & 232 (1973–1975).[2]

Cartwright's staff assignments include: Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8 the Joint Staff (2002–2004); Directorate for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8 the Joint Staff (1996–1999); Deputy Aviation Plans, Policy, and Budgets Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (1993–1994); Assistant Program Manager for Engineering, F/A-18 Naval Air Systems Command (1986–1989).[2]

Cartwright was named the Outstanding Carrier Aviator by the Association of Naval Aviation in 1983. He graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB 1986, and received his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island 1991. He was selected for and completed a fellowship with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.[2]

From July 9, 2004 to September 1, 2004, Lieutenant General Cartwight served as Acting Commander, U.S. Strategic Command while awaiting official assumption of office and promotion as Strategic Command's new commander. On September 1, 2004, Cartwright was officially sworn in as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command.[3] He was promoted to full general on the same day.[4]

(Jan. 28, 2009)President Barack Obama, with Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff; Gen. George W. Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff; Gen. James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the President's first visit to the Pentagon as the Commander-in-Chief.

Nickname

General Cartwright's nickname comes from the fictional character Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright, the middle brother on the classic 1960s TV show Bonanza. He was played by actor Dan Blocker.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Cartwright (left) and Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England watching the progress of an SM-3 anti-ballistic missile in 2008

On June 8, 2007, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended Cartwright to be the next Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to replace retiring Admiral Edmund Giambastiani; President George W. Bush formally announced the nomination, with that of Admiral Michael Mullen to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on June 28, 2007.[5]

Senator John Warner of Virginia, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated, "General Cartwright has an extraordinary grasp and understanding of the global posture that America must maintain in this era of new and ever-changing threats."[6]

Cartwright's nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 3, 2007. Due to the retirement of Admiral Giambastiani on July 27, 2007, Cartwright assumed the position immediately upon confirmation.[7] He was sworn in on August 31, 2007 as the 8th Vice Chairman.[8] On March 18, 2009, Secretary of Defense Gates announced that Cartwright had been nominated for a second term as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.[9] He was confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2009.[10]

Awards

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
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Naval Aviator insignia
Naval Flight Officer insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ 2 oak leaf clusters Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Meritorious Service Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 3 oak leaf clusters Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars
National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 5 service stars
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

See also

References

  1. ^ Bush, President George W. (June 28, 2007). "President Bush Nominates Admiral Michael Mullen and General James Cartwright to Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Office of the Press Secretary, The White House. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/06/20070628-1.html. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Official Biography: General James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=138. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  3. ^ "General James E. Cartwright, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command" (Official Biography). United States Marine Corps. 30 August 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. http://web.archive.org/web/20060614025556/http://www.usmc.mil/genbios2.nsf/biographies/A12F0CE8687DFFD585256803004C023D?opendocument. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Public Directory of: U.S. Marine Corps General Officers & Senior Executives", U.S. Marine Corps, January 8, 2008.
  5. ^ McMichael, William H. (June 8, 2007). "Gates taps new JCS chairman, vice chair". Marine Corps Times. http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/06/navy_jcschair_mullen_070608w/. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  6. ^ Starr, Barbara and Suzanne Malveaux (June 8, 2007). "Pace leaving as Joint Chiefs chairman". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/06/08/gates.pace/. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  7. ^ Tan, Michelle (March 18, 2009). "Mullen, Cartwright nominated for 2nd terms". Marine Corps Times. http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2009/03/army_gates_mullen_cartwright_031809w/. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ U.S. Senate Legislation & Records Home Nominations Confirmed (Non-Civilian)

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Military offices
Preceded by
Edmund P. Giambastiani
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
2007–present
Incumbent
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