Lieutenant General James M. Richardson assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command on 5 September 2018.
Lieutenant General James Richardson is a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps Hall of Fame. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Master’s Degree in Advanced Military Studies from the Command and General Staff College, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University. He is a graduate of Officer Basic and Aviation Officer Advanced Courses, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College.
Lieutenant General Richardson’s most recent assignments include Director, Office of Process Innovation and Integration, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Commander, United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, Deputy Commanding General III Corps and Fort Hood and while deployed he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, United States Forces Afghanistan and Commander of the U.S. National Support E lement. Throughout his career he has served in Army units in the United States, Republic of South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Lieutenant General Richardson is a Master Army Aviator who has commanded Soldiers in combat on six different occasions both in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has commanded at every level.
Lieutenant General Richardson commanded an Attack Helicopter Battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell Kentucky where he deployed his battalion to both invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq; he commanded the 1o1 st Combat Aviation Brigade in the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell Kentucky and deployed his Brigade to Afghanistan in 2009; Deputy Commanding General, pt Cavalry Division from 2010 to 2011 at Fort Hood Texas; and Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force 1 in Regional Command East, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.
His principal staff assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commander, International Security Force Afghanistan; Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army; Executive Officer, Army G3/5/7; Chief of the Army Initiatives Group; 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division Plans Officer, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Brigade Operations Officer, 159th Aviation Brigade, 10pt Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Squadron Executive Officer, 4th Squadron, 6th US Cavalry, Fort Hood Texas; Squadron Operations Officer, 1st Squadron, 6th US Cavalry, Fort Hood Texas; Battalion Operations Officer, 4th Battalion, 501st Attack Helicopter Battalion, Republic of South Korea; and Brigade Adjutant (Personnel Officer), 11th Combat Aviation Brigade, Republic of South Korea.
Lieutenant General Richardson is married to Lieutenant General Laura Richardson and they have a daughter, Lauren.