COL James Stevens Roach

COL James Stevens Roach

Dates of Service: May 1966 - Aug 1995
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  • SPC Sep 66
  • SP5 Oct 66
  • 2LT Apr 67
  • 1LT Apr 68
  • CPT Apr 69
  • MAJ Aug 77
  • LTC Sep 84
  • COL Oct 89
Commissioning Source:  OCS, Apr 1967

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Twenty nine years active duty, twenty years as an Infantry Officer, and the last nine years as a Special Forces Officer. Extensive experience in organizing and executing both security and training programs with senior military and civilian authorities. Started as a Infantry Platoon Leader with 2nd Bn 506th Inf, 101 Abn Div in Viet Nam. Ended as a Special Forces officer working in Latin America.

Military Experiences

Jun 1993 - Jul 1995
7th SFG(A)
Group Commander
The primary mission focus was the Andean Ridge, and the War on Drugs. We had a regular rotation into those Andean Countries including: Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and some activity in Ecuador.
May 1992 - Jun 1993
Director, Directorate of Doctrine & Training
Supervised the development of Doctrine and Training Materials for Army Special Operations Forces. Helped establish the first ARSOC Simulation Center.
Aug 1990 - Mar 1992
USE - Bogota
The Defense Attache Office is the OVERT Intelligence Collector for DOD. Worked with the Colombian Military Headquarters, and traveled to all corners of Colombia. We in the USA had the "Wild Wild West" but Colombia had the "Wild Wild East". The eastern part of the Country was much less populated than the Andes Mountain Range and the Coasts. All of the major cities were in the Andes Mountains or located on the Coasts. (Caribbean and Pacific Coasts)
Jun 1989 - May 1990
Deputy Commander


(10 years, 6 months)
Aug 1991 - Mar 1992
Defense Attaché, US Embassy, Bogota Colombia. Was selected for the job by General 'Mad Max' Thurman (CinC US SOUTHERN Command) because I spoke Spanish, but wasn't a FAO (Foreign Area Officer). Mad Max was convinced that FAOs had lost their connection, and loyality to the Army with all the academic training, and Embassy Duty. But I was still pure
Jun 1986 - Mar 1987
South korea
South Korea
Serving as the Commander of 2nd Bn, 1st SF Group - we were the Battalion assigned to the Korean Defense Mission. That involved at least two large exercises a year (Ochi Focus Lens, and Foal Eagle) and each exercise had at least three planning conferences. I was always in transist between Ft Lewis and Korea, and always jet lagged.
Mar 1984 - May 1986
El Salvador
One of the 55 Military Trainers for the Salvador Army. Worked as the Advisor to the 1st Salvadoran Brigade, then on a project to improve the security at the three major hydro electric plants in the country, and finally as the Chief of Operational Planning and Training Teams (OPATTs).
Mar 1983 - Mar 1984
Operations Officer, J-3 Directorate, US SOUTHERN Command, Quarry Hieghts Served as one of the Operations Officers in the J-3 Directorate. Big project that year was Exercise AHUAS TARA, and exercise in Honduras, that morphed into an operation, that continues to this day.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Aug 1988 - Jun 1989

Sep 1981 - Jun 1982

Marine Corps Staff College

Oct 1966 - Apr 1967

Infantry Officer Candidate School (DMG)

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Aug 1976 - Nov 1976

Special Forces Qualification Course (Honor Graduate)

Aug 1971 - Oct 1971

Ranger School (Honor Graduate)


Apr 2013

Distinguished Member 506th Infantry Regiment

Apr 1992

Hall of Fame, Infantry Officer Candidate School

Foreign Language Skills


Spanish (3+/3+)

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees