Lieutenant Colonel James Hill
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel James R. Hill
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) James R. Hill assumed command of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Army ROTC “Eagle” Battalion in May 2012. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief of Operations (S3) for the 8th Medical Brigade at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, New York. His other assignments include the following: Medical Planner for US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A); Medical Plans and Operations officer for Central Command (CENTCOM); Chief of Operations (S3) for the 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion; Medical Operations officer for the Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General; Medical Plans and Operations officer for Special Operations Command-Pacific; Medical Operations officer for US Army Europe (Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations-Crisis Action Team) and Liaison Officer for Europe Regional Medical Command; Medical Plans officer for Irwin Army Medical Center; Medical Operations officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Health Facility Planner for Bassett Army Medical Center; Medical Operations officer for the 381st General Dispensary; and Executive Officer for the 323d General Hospital.
LTC Hill received his commission as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1992 after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia. His military education also includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Joint Medical Planners Course, the US Army Combined Arms Exercise Course, and the Support Operations Course (Phase 2). In addition, he is a graduate of the resident Command and General Staff College (ILE) and Advanced Operational Warfighting Courses (AOWC) and the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with oak leaf cluster), Army Superior Unit Award, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.
LTC Hill has completed two years of doctoral studies in Military History (first year from Kansas State University and the second year from Texas A&M University). In addition he has a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education, from the University of Michigan; a Master of Military Art and Science (Military History) from the Command and General Staff College; a Master of Military Art and Science (Theater Operations) from the Command and General Staff College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.