James Styles
District 2 Commander - Marines

COMMANDER JAMES WILLIAM STYLES WAS BORN IN EL PASO TEXAS. IN THE FALL OF 1974, I ACCEPTED A CONGRESSIONAL APPOINTMENT (ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN) TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY.  USAFA CLASS OF 1978 WAS DECORATED WITH THE NATIONAL DEFENSE RIBBON; COMMANDER STYLES BECAME A VIETNAM ERA VETERAN.  CADET STYLES COMPLETED ONE YEAR IN THE AIR FORCE BEFORE TRANSFERING TO WILLIAM R. HARPER JR. COLLEGE TO COMPLETE ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE DEGREE. COMMANDER STYLES THEN TRANSFERRED TO ROOSEVLET UNIVERSITY FINISHED A BACHELOR OF GENERAL STUDIES, MAY 1985, IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND PROGRAMMING. IN OCTOBER 2015, I EARNED MY MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP FROM WEBSTER UNIVRSITY, IRVINE. 

 

YOUR COMMANDER DEPLOYED TO THE PURSAN GULF WAR WITH MALS-11 MAG-11 3RDMAW WHERE HE WAS

TRANSFERRED MALS-14 (RAS AL GHAR) AVIATION COMBAT ELEMENT FOR OPERATION DESERT SHIELD / STORM 1990 – 1991.

 

LOYALITY, INSPIRATION, AND INCLUSION ARE MOTIVATIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS TO INITATE DRIVE FOR A DISTRICT TO PRODUCE A MILITARY COMMUNITY THAT WILL BE COMPETETIVE TO ACHIEVE.  A SYNERGY TO DEVELOP AND GROW A MILITARY COMMUNITY INTO ONE FAMILY.  I HAVE A DREAM, A WINNING TEAM, ONE VFW, OPERATIONALY COMMITED, TASK ORGANIZED TO EMBRACE EACH VETERAN WHERE HE IS FULLY COMMITED, GIFTED TO ACHIEVE AND LOYAL TO THE CAUSE.

 

AUTHORIZED DECORATIONS, MEDALS, BADGES, CITATIONS AND COMPAIGN RIBBONS

 

MARINE CORPS BOOT CAMP GRADUATE MARCH 1975.

SEPARATED FROM USMC NOVEMBER 1993, WITH 15 YEARS OF SERVICE. 

 

MOS 0311Rifleman (3 years, 4 months)

MOS 8654Recon/scuba/parachute qual (1 year, 2 months)

MOS 6132Helicopter dynamic components mechanic (1 year, 4 months 03 days)

MOS 6541Aircraft Ordnance Munitions Technicians (3 YEARS, 9 MONTHS)

Sea Service Deployment ( 2 months, 1 day); Organized Marine Corps Reserve (Career Course Class 1-84) / Good Conduct (3rd Award); Meritorious Mast (3rdMarines, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, "A” Company 2nd  Platoon, 7-78); Certificate of Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy Unit Citation; Secretary of the Navy Letter of Citation; Rifle Expert.

 

DEPLOYED TO GULF WAR MALS-11 MAG-11 3RD MAW

TRANSFERRED MALS-14 (RAS AL GHAR) AVIATION COMBAT ELEMENT FOR OPERATION DESERT SHIELD / STORM 1990 – 1991.

IN CONCLUSION, LEADERSHIP THROUGH FOLLOWSHIP WILL ACCOMPLISH ONLY SO MUCH.  IN THE END A COMMAND WILL SINK OR SWIM BY THE POWER OF ONE TEAM -- THOUGHT OF AS "WE,” CALLED ON COLECTIVELY AS "OUR OWN.”  WE SHALL BE INSPIRED TO ACHIEVE WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED THROUGH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND A LEADERSHIP CADRE THAT IS WILLING TAKE ON SMALL STEPS FOR A CAUSE AND ONE GIANT STEP TO FOSTER OUR VFW MISSION.