Post commander pins on first star

By Sgt. Ann Venturato

The commanding general of the post, Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, received his first star Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony at the 13th COSCOM headquarters.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, commanding general, Multinational Corps, Iraq, had the honor of pinning on the first star.

"It took about 13 months since his announcement of selection, to be commanding general of the 13th COSCOM to Senate confirmation," said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Elder, the command sergeant major for the 13th COSCOM.

"Chambers is a Soldier's Soldier who fully understands all aspects of echelons above division in combat service support with an eye toward supporting the Army's divisions," Elder said.

"Just by getting selected for command of the COSCOM and for selection for promotion to brigadier general, the Army has recognized his leadership and potential. As such he has been given the prestigious assignment of one of the three COSCOMs in the active duty Army," Elder said.

"It is interesting to note that the MTOE (Modified Table of Organization and Equipment) calls for a two star general to serve as a COSCOM commander and the Army has chosen to fill those positions with brigadier generals. So the level of maturity and experience expected for a COSCOM commander is very high," said Elder.

While Soldiers here in Iraq watched the frocking ceremony in person, Chambers' family and friends were able to see by video television conference.

"My dad is probably the most excited about my promotion," Chambers said.

Chambers' wife Elaine was also excited about the promotion.

"I am so proud of Jim. He is the most honorable, fair person I know and the only man that, no matter what his rank, is the same every day. As his biggest fan, I believe there is no one more deserving than Jim and as he has always done, he will continue to do great things for the Transportation Corps and the U.S. Army," said Elaine Chambers.

His family, friends and neighbors back in Oklahoma are also proud of Chambers accomplishments.

Chambers' accomplishments are reflected in his pride for being in the military.

"Just as long as you enjoy what you are doing, just keep doing it. I enjoy being around Soldiers," said Chambers. "This has been a great experience. Our Soldiers have done extremely well."

Chambers has a long history of selfless service which began when he graduated in 1975 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and taught school in Oklahoma until he entered the U.S. Army in July 1978.

Chambers received his commission through Officers Candidate School as an Air Defense Artillery officer in 1979 at Fort Benning, Ga.

After he transferred to the Transportation Corps., Chambers was assigned to Panama and subsequently commanded the 475th Light-Medium Truck Company.

He was then assigned as a Combat Development officer at the U.S. Army Space Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After completing the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., he later commanded the 7th Corps Support Group, III COSCOM from 2000-2002, and is currently the commanding general for the 13th COSCOM.

His decorations include the, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

He has been married 29 years and has two children.


Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers
Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers