Major General James C. McConville of Quincy, Massachusetts graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the regular Army in 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and was a 2002 National Security Fellow at Harvard University.
Major General McConville held several command assignments to include command of an air cavalry troop in the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Ord, California, command of 2-17 CAV in 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and command of an air cavalry brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Major General McConville commanded the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry in Iraq from 2004-2005 during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and based on the heroism of his aviators and the tireless efforts of his Soldiers, his Brigade was selected as the 2004 AAAA Aviation Unit of the Year. Major General McConville served as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)/ CJTF-101/ Regional Command East in Afghanistan during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM from 2008 to 2009.
Major General McConville’s key staff assignments include S-3 for Flight Concepts Division, S-3 for 5th Squadron, 9th Cavalry, S-3 for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, J5 Strategic Planner for the United States Special Operations Command, G-3 for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Deputy Chief and Chief of the Office of Legislative Liaison.
Major General McConville is a Master Army Aviator qualified in the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, the AH-64D Longbow Apache, the AH-6, AH-1 Cobra and other aircraft. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medals (with Numeral Device “2”), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Parachutist Badge.