Brig. Gen. James Kokaska

Brigadier General James J. Kokaska Jr. assumed duties as Deputy Commanding General in August of 2020.

Brigadier General Kokaska was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1992 after graduation from Bradley University as a Distinguished Military Graduate. For over 26 years, Brigadier General Kokaska has served in both active and reserve units in the United States Army.  Previous assignments include Line Platoon Leader, Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader, Executive Officerand Assistant S 3, 23rd Engineer Battalion, Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany and Bosnia; XVIII Airborne Corps Engineer Operations Officer, 20th Engineer Brigade (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Company Commander, B/863rd Engineer Battalion, HHC/863rd Engineer Battalion and 739th MRBC; Civil Engineer, Facility Engineer Center Northwest, Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan; S 3 Operations Officer, Facility  Engineer Group, Darien, Illinois; Executive Officer 378th Engineer Detachment (FEST-M), Darien, Illinois; Executive Officer 416th Theater Engineer Command Deployable Command Post, Darien, Illinois; Deputy Chief, Theater Basing, ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan; Battalion Commander 863rd Engineer Battalion, Darien, Illinois; Brigade Commander 3 Engineer Brigade; 416th Theater Engineer Command Chief of Staff.

Brigadier General Kokaska holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering rom Bradley University; a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, United State Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, United States Army Airborne Course, the Sapper Leader Course, and the United States Army Ranger Course.

Brigadier General Kokaskas awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Superior Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 4, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Sapper Tab, the Ranger Tab and the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (GOLD).

His operational deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Iraq, and two tours Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. B Kokaska in his civilian capacity works as the Central Regional Director of Design and Construction for Advocate Aurora Healthcare in the Chicago land area.