• Mingus promoted to major general

  • Mingus promoted to major general.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    The director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence, Combined Arms Center, was promoted to major general in a private ceremony Aug. 4 at Frontier Chapel.
    Maj. Gen. James Mingus enlisted into the Iowa Army National Guard in 1981, and was commissioned in Field Artillery branch in 1985 from Winona State University where he entered active duty in 1987 as an infantry officer. He and his wife Amy have three children.
    “It’s truly been an incredible journey,” Mingus said. “From a small town in Iowa and private to major general is more than we expected.”
    Mingus deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom 12 times from 2001 to 2012. He also served as the deputy J5, Plans with U.S. Central Command.
    Gen. Raymond Thomas III, commander of the Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., officiated the ceremony and made remarks introducing Mingus. He said Mingus has commanded at every echelon from company to brigade and worked in important staff positions with Army Special Operations Forces and joint units.
    “(Mingus) served in light, heavy, Ranger, special operations forces,” Thomas said. “He eventually went on to serve in the 1st Ranger Battalion; that’s where I got to know him. Suffice to say, (Mingus) was the most competent staff officer I’ve ever had in my life.”
    Thomas said Mingus was born in Spencer, Iowa, and is a classic story of a hometown boy who made good.
    “What an utterly spectacular career —12 combat tours, 13 operational tours, three companies, two battalions and a brigade,” Thomas said. “When you ask him his proudest accomplishment, his answer comes down to three things — leading troops in combat, serving across our Army and the fact he is still best of friends with his wife, Amy.”
    Thomas said the day also marked 30 years of exceptional service by Mingus to his country. He said such service was due to equal parts hard work, luck, active mentorship and unbelievable support from the Mingus family.
    “We are all tremendously proud of your accomplishments. We are all grateful to have had the opportunity to serve with you as a team mate,” Thomas said. “This promotion is a reflection of all you have done. But, just as important, it is a reflection of the potential the Army sees in you for its future.”
    Mingus acknowledged his family and guests who travelled to attend the occasion and presented some of the guests with gifts and tokens of appreciation.
    “After all of my years of service, I realize I’ve still got a lot more to learn,” Mingus said. “Thank you all for being here.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Before his assignment to MCCoE, Mingus was the deputy commanding general, 4th Infantry Division (Maneuver), where he also served as the mission command director for U.S. Army Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
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