James K. Bruton, Jr. (Jim) was born in 1944, erved 28 years in the Army, active duty and reserve. He was commissioned 1966 in Army infantry from Washington and Lee University ROTC. Infantry School, 82nd Airborne Division, and advisor course and Vietnamese language training followed. James served four years in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, plus a year in Korea in infantry, advisory, and Special Forces assignments. In 1975 James transferred from active duty to the Army Reserve to obtain a business degree at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He worked ten years for a multinational construction products company with its US headquarters in Tulsa. Self-employment as a consultant and training developer came next. Reserve Special Forces and instructor duty in an Army Reserve Forces School whetted his appetite for more formal education in national security studies. He therefore migrated from Tulsa to DC for graduate work in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Following the Dayton Peace Accords ending the Bosnian War, he worked 1996-2000 for a defense contractor composed of retired military, conducting the State Department’s train and equip program for the Bosnian Federation Army. James considers his Bosnia assignment and his previous Special Forces tour in Thailand and Laos as his career highlights. James has published in Military Review, Special Warfare magazine, and other publications. He is trying to turn a manuscript on the dissolution of Yugoslavia into a book.
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