|Major General James L. Huggins (USA)|
Commander, ISAF Regional Command - South
Major General James L. Huggins was commissioned through ROTC into the Infantry in March 1980 after graduating from the University of Georgia. His first duty assignments were Rifle Platoon Leader, C Company, later Battalion Support Platoon Leader, later Antitank Platoon Leader, Combat Support Company, later Executive Officer, C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
In January 1984, MG Huggins completed the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina as the Commander of A Company, 9th Battalion, 2nd Basic Training Brigade, United States Army Training Center followed by Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, later aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, United States Army Training Center and Fort Jackson.
In May 1988, MG Huggins reported to Fort Bragg where he was assigned as the Operations Officer, Tactical and Assault Command Posts/Emergency Operations Center, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From May 1989 to May 1991, he assumed command of A Company, 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, and participated in OPERATION JUST CAUSE, Panama and OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia. Following this assignment, he continued his military studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 1992, MG Huggins returned to Hawaii serving as the Exercise Operations Officer, United States Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith. He was then assigned as the S3, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, later S3, later Executive Officer, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light).
MG Huggins returned to the 82nd Airborne Division in June 1996 to assume command of 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and participated in OPERATION DESERT THUNDER, Kuwait. He continued his studies at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
In 1999, he returned to the 82nd Airborne Division to serve as the G3 and later as the Commander, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division and participated in TASK FORCE PANTHER, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan. Following command, he served as the Chief of Staff, 82d Airborne Division and participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq. In June 2004, MG Huggins served as the Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.
From March 2007 to June 2008, MG Huggins served as the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)/Multi-National Division-Center, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Most recently, MG Huggins served as the Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/ 5/7, Washington DC. Currently he is the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division and ISAF, Regional Command South .