Maj. Gen. James L. Terry was born in Chatsworth, Georgia. He received his ROTC commission as an Infantry second lieutenant from North Georgia College in June 1978.
MG Terryâ€™s duty assignments include rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and anti-tank platoon leader with the 1-15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Federal Republic of Germany; S-4 (logistics) and S-3 (operations) with the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; assistant professor of military science and the assistant commandant of cadets at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia; battalion executive officer with the United Nations Command Security Force Battalion, the Joint Security Area, in Panmunjom, Korea; deputy G3 and brigade executive officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell; executive officer to the Inspector General of the Army; chief of initiatives and deputy commander of the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; operations officer for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Army Central Command, at Camp Doha in Kuwait; and Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), in August 2004. From January 2006 to February 2007, he deployed with the unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan.
Terry has commanded at multiple levels, commanding A Company of the 2-327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell; 2-22nd Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), at Fort Drum, New York; 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light Infantry), at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; and the operations group of the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Terry has attended the Basic Airborne School, Army Ranger School, Air Assault School, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the National War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Terryâ€™s awards include the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal and the Expert Infantryman Badge.