Jason James promoted to lieutenant colonel

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Maj. Jason W. James was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 1.

Col. Robert Pavelko, 45th Space Wing vice commander, administered the Oath of Office, and James' wife, Laura James, daughter of Davis and Patsy Maulding, pinned on his new rank during the ceremony.

A 1993 graduate of James A. Garfield High School, James has served in the Air Force for 15 years.

The son of Judy James of Streetsboro and Hilliard, and David and Barbara James of Mount Gilead and Rio Verde, Ariz., he currently serves as the commander of the 45th Comptroller Squadron for the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

In his current position, he acts as the chief financial officer, providing financial and fiscal law advice to the wing commander. He is also the commander to more than 300 Airmen and Department of Defense civilians across the Comptroller Squadron and Wing Staff Agencies.

James oversees the financial support of the wing's $20 billion Eastern Range command and control assets including radar, optics, telemetry, weather, destruct, and communication systems.

His squadron is directly responsible for the accounting and execution of $800 million in wing, tenant and reimbursable funding annually.

His squadron is also responsible for financial customer service to 54 geographically separated units totaling more than 9,000 personnel.

He was commissioned through the Air Force Reserved Officer's Core program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1997.

He received his master's degree in 2005 from Wright State University in Dayton.

James has been deployed in support of both Operations Southern watch and Iraqi Freedom and has held leadership positions at the wing, numbered Air Force, major command, and Air Force headquarters levels.

The 45th Space Wing mission is one team delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.

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