Mr. James A. Chen assumed the position of Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, Wis. Jan. 11, 2016. He served previously as the Deputy Garrison Manager, Baumholder Military Community, U.S. Army Garrison, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University, Warrenburg; a master's degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.; and a master's degree in Military Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Chen received his commission as a U.S. Army Transportation Officer in 1978. He served in progressively responsible assignments in the United States, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Kuwait. He completed his military career while serving with the 94th Army Air Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Pacific Command in Hawaii. Chen retired with 29 years of service with the rank of Colonel. He is a Joint Specialty Officer certified with the Department of Defense.

He began his federal civil service career in 2007 as the Deputy Support Operations Officer with the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 8th U.S. Army in South Korea. His next positions were as Program Manager, BAE Systems, Inc. (A-76 Directorate of Logistics), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and then Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Baumholder, Germany.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army President Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, and Commander's Award for Civilian Service.

Chen is a member of the Association of the United States Army.