SFC James Shanks

SFC James Shanks

Dates of Service: Oct 1996 - Aug 2012
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  • PVT Oct 96
  • PV2 Feb 97
  • PFC Oct 97
  • SPC May 98
  • SGT Jun 00
  • SSG Feb 05
  • SFC Dec 07

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I currently do volunteer work in the substance abuse field, partly with Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers. I am also an election official during local, state and national elections, as an Alternate Judge at election polling centers. I am also a Precinct Chair for my Precinct. Fleet Service Clerk American Airlines, Parts and Accessories sales Harley Davidson

Military Experiences

Feb 2009 - Aug 2012
Company FSNCO
2 Deployments. BN Master Driver, BN Motorcycle Safety Mentor.
Sep 2006 - Jan 2009
Apr 2007 - May 2008
Train, supervise, evaluate, and mentor Iraqi Army Battalion. Conduct combat missions with IA. Train Iraqi Army Officers in land navigation and map reading. Planned and coordinated a Kinetic strike packet that resulted in 4, 2000 lbs, GBU 31 bombs being dropped on an enemy observation post and sniper position. Received Bronze Star Medal and ARCOM.
Dec 2005 - Aug 2006
D Co
Company FSNCO
BFIST Gunner, Train and supervise 2 subordinates within the FIST team.


(3 years, 10 months)
Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
Iraq ribbon
Operation New Dawn (OND)
Battalion Master Driver. Manage Interpreters.
May 2009 - May 2010
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Acting Garrison Sergeant Major CSC Cedar II
Mar 2007 - May 2008
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
MITT with Iraqi army battalion
May 1997 - May 1998
South korea
South Korea
M981 FISTV Driver, identify targets, send description and location of target to Fire Direction Center.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools

Apr 2007 - May 2008

Mar 2007 - Apr 2007

May 2001 - Jun 2001

Apr 1997 - May 1997

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees


Western Technical College

Associate occupational studies, Automotive Technology/ sub specialty in light duty diesel