James is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he studied Political Science and French. James deployed as the Supply Officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines to Afghanistan in 2012 and on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2013. Subsequently, he deployed in 2015 as the Supply Officer for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command before returning to the Materiel Readiness Branch at 3d Marine Air Wing in San Diego, CA. He will be pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School with the class of 2018.